How a group of ‘Poseurs’ created yoga community on the Hill

The evening sky above Capitol Hill is dark. Outside, a mean cold nibbles at any piece of skin left uncovered, but the basement studio of 15th Ave E’s Dance Underground, decorated year-round with soft Christmas lights, feels warm and fuzzy. The weekly yoga class, organized by yoga group Poseurs, just finished. Students stream out of the room. Others linger to talk, check in with each other, hug. “I love you,” says one person as they leave.

“Poseurs is the place where I feel like I can go in my pajamas and everyone’s chill with it,” says Alyssa Yackley, who’s been teaching with Poseurs since 2017. “There’s something about showing up to a place where everyone’s there to practice yoga, be in service of the community. There’s not a lot of space in the city to feel that way.”

“I’ve done a lot of classes at Corepower, and it’s a lot of Lululemon, a lot of thin white people,” adds Silver Fox, who’s been going to Poseurs for two years and started teaching classes last year. “I felt out of place. Seattle hasn’t felt like home to me until I found Poseurs.”

Technically, Poseurs is not a yoga studio. For one, the group doesn’t have its own space but instead organizes classes at Dance Underground, the Vajra or Love City Love. The “community,” as the teachers and founder Emily Denton call it, also doesn’t operate like most other yoga studios on the Hill or elsewhere. A core group of 5 to 10 regular teachers volunteer their time, and the classes are donation-based. Continue reading

After closure to start year, Central District swimmers will enjoy Medgar Evers pool overhaul in 2019

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Central Seattle swimmers will have to start 2019 without the public pool closest to Capitol Hill.

The Central District’s public Medgar Evers Pool on the community center campus next to 23rd Ave’s Garfield High School will be closed starting January 1st for an 18-week overhaul: Continue reading

Seattle Parks says Cal Anderson experiment with cork-filled field a winner

With Seattle kids swarming playfields for fall soccer, Seattle Parks and Recreation tells CHS the department’s experiment at Cal Anderson using a new more environmentally friendly cork base for its turf fields has been enough of a success to roll the solution out at more locations in the city.

“We will be using the same synthetic turf system that we installed at Cal Anderson at Brighton and Soundview playfields and are in the process of updating our specifications for future synthetic turf conversion and replacement projects,” a Seattle Parks rep tells CHS. Continue reading

Skater protest can’t stop removal of rogue ramp in Cal Anderson

No ramps, please (Image courtesy Seattle Parks)

Skateboarding is not a crime. But building a rogue cement ramp in a Seattle park is.

Police were called to the busy courts of Cal Anderson Wednesday morning to a report of a group hindering a Seattle Parks work crew trying to remove a rogue ramp installed on the basketball court on the park’s western edge.

A Parks representative tells CHS somebody was lying down on the ramp prompting the call to police.

Police arriving to the callout around 10:30 AM reported that things had worked themselves out. There were no arrests. Continue reading

In decision pitting affordable housing vs. sportsball, County Council agrees to put $135M into baseball stadium

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Hopefully the future doesn’t judge present-day Seattle by Wednesday’s King County Council compromise on hotel tax revenue. In a 5-4 vote, the council agreed to pay for $135 million in repairs and maintenance at Safeco Field. 

“Providing $135 million in taxpayer funds to subsidize the owners of the Mariners – a private profitable business – is an irresponsible use of public funds,” council member Dave Upthegrove said of his vote against the plan and his opposition to the funding. “Something is broken in our political system when those who already have great wealth can pull the levers of government to benefit themselves.”

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Development at MLK and Union has created new housing, a new restaurant, and space for a longtime Central District boxing gym

A new home for Cappy’s

With renewed community support and now space for a proper fighting ring, Cappy’s Boxing Gym is welcoming clients new and old to use their facility. They provide one-on-one fitness classes as well as a youth boxing program for children between 8 and 17 years and a competitive team that goes up against other local teams and clubs.

“Cappy’s is a welcoming community,” said coach and office manager Ara Jane Olufson. “It’s welcoming. It’s open. It’s encouraging.”

Olufson, who became the gym’s office manager in November, also coaches boxers at the gym. Before that, she was a customer at Cappy’s for more than 11 years.

“I remember my first class,” Olufson said. Continue reading

CHS Pics | Last tip-off on Knights of Columbus gym’s home court

There are big changes coming for the 106-year-old Knights of Columbus hall at Harvard and Union. There are small changes, too.

One of those is the end of decades of pick-up basketball that have put the hall’s gymnasium to use on Monday nights. It’s a loose connection of friends and family that some players have been part of from 8th grade into their ’60s. Other players have stayed in the game long enough to set a hard — but loving — pick on their children. Continue reading

More Cal Anderson sports on Block Party weekend: Battle on the Block skate contest

Saturday will be a very sporty day in Cal Anderson Park. The Seattle Cascades of the American Ultimate Disc League are making the park’s Bobby Morris turf their home field Saturday night with hopes of catching some of the buzz of this weekend’s Capitol Hill Block Party.

Through the day, the park’s busy sports courts will also be put to use for some X-Games-worthy action as Pike/Pine skateshop 35th North presents a “Battle on the Block” mini-ramp contest:

Battle on the Block Mini-ramp contest

The day of ramp riding gets started at 11 AM. You’ll need to sign up in advance at E Pike’s 35th North.

While Capitol Hill lacks a proper public skate park, the Cal Anderson courts have provided a smooth space for riders over the years. 35th North, meanwhile, has helped support the local scene in Seattle since 2003.

 

Cascades bring American Ultimate Disc League battle — and Portland rivalry — to Capitol Hill

Shane Worthington, 24, joined the Seattle Cascades last year having played ultimate frisbee since he was 11. He and the Cascades will bring their game to Bobby Morris Saturday. (Image: CHS)

Lots of interesting things happen at Cal Anderson but Capitol Hill’s central park may have found a new symbol of its eccentric charm by means of a professional frisbee team—the city’s very first—called the Seattle Cascades.

“The Cascades are trying to do something more than just be a team,” Xtehn Titcomb tells CHS. “We have a fan base. We have a social media following. If we play our cards right, we can continue to grow and have what I think is a really big impact on sports culture beyond just ultimate frisbee.” Continue reading

CHS Pics | France vs. Uruguay on 12th Ave

Fans at Cafe Presse

World Cup drama continued Friday morning as France took on Uruguay in the first quarterfinal match of the tournament. The crowd at 12th Ave’s Cafe Presse was as partisan as you might expect. Warning: Contains spoilers!

The game was relatively tame until Uruguay’s Martin Caceres came inches away from turning a header past Hugo Lloris, but the French goalkeeper made a full-stretch save with the tip of his fingers to keep the score tied at zero. Minutes later, the tide turned in favor of the French. Continue reading