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

Restorative Sound Bath with Kevin and Vanessa

Room: The SweatBox Loft
Vanessa will guide you through a restorative yoga practice while Kevin plays a combination of crystal and Tibetan singing bowls. You will feel the healing vibrations from the bowls in the yoga poses held for a few minutes for you to ground, open and restore.
Kevin has been practicing yoga since 2004. Vanessa, his wife, introduced him to crystal sound bowls. In his first sound bath, he felt the healing energy from the bowls. He felt energy shift and deep relaxation benefits, now he believes there are untapped benefits to sound healing. In 2018, he completed the Art of Sound Healing certification with Irene Ingalls at the Seattle Sound Temple.Vanessa has  been practicing yoga since 2003 and teaching since 2011. She believes in the profound benefits of yoga and felt the affects deepen with the sound and experience of the bowls. Vanessa has been teaching along side a sound practitioner for many years and decided to become a practitioner herself this year. She completed Soundbath Practitioner Training in Los Angeles and the Art of Sound Healing certification with Irene Ingalls at the Seattle Sound Temple.

Kevin and Vanessa have been making magic together for over a decade, they thrive in offering nourishment to their community whether that is through a sound healing session, a yoga practice or a lovely meal in their home. They are thrilled to offer this evening of health with a combination of restorative yoga and sound to provide a relaxing evening to let go, ignite insights, and connect with The SweatBox community. Pre-registration required.

Resolve to Evolve- Teen Yoga and Intention Setting

Join Laura for a morning of yoga and inspiration. New Year’s Resolutions don’t have to be daunting. They can be fun, creative and inspired. This class is open to all teen girls ages 11-16. No yoga experience necessary. This class will be held upstairs in The SweatBox Loft and pre-registration is required.

Yoga and Sound- DJ YOGA EVENT

Join Reva and DJ Sharlese for an exciting collaboration of movement to music!! Reva will lead you through a journey of flow while Sharlese matches the movement with some tantalizing tracks. These two love to create a space for further exploration of your practice and invite you to take your body-mind experience to a whole new level!Reva has been a beloved SweatBox for years. She feels a strong connection to her students and can’t wait to share this project with her community! Class is open to all levels of experience. Just bring your positive vibrations!

Practicing for over three years now, Sharlese found her inspiration and confidence through a spiritual musical connection with the flow and the beat. Sharlese works at KEXP as their Education Coordinator and also is a rotating host on the electronic show Expansions on every Sunday night from 9:00 PM – Midnight. Whether she is on her mat striking a pose or taking you through your practice with her adventurous sound waves, Sharlese’s passion for music and yoga is one of a kind.

Launch Your Pause- A Positive Approach to Menopause

Join Laura Culberg and Kate Poux for this 4-Part series designed to prepare and excite you for your middle years. In this 4-Part Series, you will do yoga and learn a meditative writing technique. You will have the opportunity to create art and spend time with other inspiring women who want to launch their PAUSE! All classes will take place in The SweatBox Loft (Upstairs location of The SweatBox). We’ll finish each session with a sampling of ice cream from a different local Capitol Hill Ice Cream shop. Register for all or pick and choose your favorite. Pre-registration required for this workshop.

Winter Solstice- 108 Sun Salutations

The shorter days of winter are ahead of us. Let’s celebrate the Winter Solstice with 108 Sun Salutations!!! As we move through the darker months of the year, we can channel the fire and warm ourselves from within. In this 90 minute non-heated practice, Reva will lead you through 3 different ways to salute the sun. Vinyasa Style with the Chaturangas, Hot Hybrid Style with those wonderful crouch and curls and, a classic Hatha Style with long low lunges.
As our studio is diverse, so is the way we like to move our bodies. This method provides a nice way to break up the moving meditation and challenge yourself with something new! We will divide the 108 into manageable chunks of 18. Each style will be practiced two times in rotation nice and slow, with the breath. Come set your intentions as we invite in the darker season and celebrate our amazing community at the SweatBox!!

Mother’s Day at The SweatBox

Mother’s Day all day at The SweatBox. Practice with your mom and you get a 2 for 1. Bring her or have her bring you for any class and you pay $20 for both of you. This is a special-day package and cannot be combined with any other punch cards, memberships or discounts.

Whiskey + Yoga at Rhein Haus

The morning begins with an hour long, all levels, Yoga practice. Following our practice we will enjoy a Woodford Reserve craft cocktail and some lite snacks. Once we have finished up our cocktails and snacks, we will have an opportunity to learn more about the intricacies of Whiskey.

Together, we will learn, how a variety of foods pair with and bring out the flavors of Woodford Reserve. The tasting includes 5 specific food samples that will accentuate certain characteristics of Woodford Reserve Distillers Select Bourbon, all included in the ticket price. Leave your worries at the door, get your body in motion, enjoy some fine Whiskey, hang out with friends and make a few new ones! 

Timeline of events:

10-11am: Yoga

11-11:30: Cocktail and Snacks

11:30-1pm: Woodford Reserve 5 Sources of Flavor Tasting

About the venue: Rhein Haus is a Bavarian-inspired beer hall with house made sausages and other authentic eats, a huge imported draft list and spirits, 3 bars, and indoor bocce! Located in the Capitol Hill neighborhood, Rhein Haus is a popular Seattle watering hole.

FAQs

Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

Yes. You must be 21 to attend this event.

What should I bring?

A Yoga mat, water bottle and an attitude of gratitude

What time do doors open?

Doors open at 9:30am, we advise arriving early to give you a chance to set up your mat and get to know those around you

Can I bring my children?

We love the little ones, but this is an adults only activity

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

We reccomend taking public transit, however, street parking is available

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

cheers@justaddyogaevents.com

Is my ticket transferrable?

No, tickets are not transferrable

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Nope. In fact, we encourage you to use your mobile ticket. Save the trees!

What is the refund policy?

We do not offer refunds

Whiskey + Yoga starts on the bocce courts!

Whiskey + Yoga starts on the bocce courts!

Yoga studio celebrates 20 years on Capitol Hill, in ‘feminine leadership’ style

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The yoga center has been at The Greenus building since 1996

8 Limbs Yoga Center is celebrating 20 years on Capitol Hill.

Anne Phyfe Palmer opened the first 8 Limbs studio in the historic Greenus building at 500 E Pike in October 1996, and she has since expanded the business to have locations in Phinney Ridge, Westwood, and West Seattle.

“Anne has an entrepreneurial spirit and a deep passion for yoga,” said 8 Limbs Yoga’s Ashley Dahl. “From the get-go, this model has really worked.” Dahl says 8 Limbs is collaborative and emphasizes partnership behind the scenes. “That process – I would call that a feminine leadership style.” Continue reading