Sunrise Yoga at Sky View Observatory

Join us at Sky View Observatory for sunrise yoga. Abiola Akanni leads this Beginner Vinyasa series to help you practice the basics while building heat. Can’t make it to all 4 classes? Not to worry – modified versions of larger poses let you experience alignment at your own level. Enjoy unparalleled views as we transition […]
Oct 2, 2018

Curves in Bloom

Curves in Bloom is an inclusive, one day celebration of all bodies through music, art, dance, self care workshops, panel discussions, and fashion. Shop your favorite local fat-positive vendors. Heal yourself of body oppression with our Femmecee, Bevin Branlandingham, aka The Queer Fat Femme with her Fat Kid Dance Party! Check out the new collection […]
Jan 11, 2018

Jessamyn Stanley on being fat, black and a yoga instructor

Jessamyn Stanley, yoga instructor and body positive activist, wants yoga to be accessible to those who need it most.
Apr 20, 2017

Martial arts studios fight sales tax after falling enrollment

Martial arts studios in the state say that a 2016 tax on fitness studios led to a drop in martial arts students. Yoga and Qigong studios were also affected.
Feb 28, 2017
Inmates of the Washington Corrections Center for Women practice yoga at a Yoga Behind Bars teacher training. (Photo by Emily Westlake)

Training new yoga teachers behind bars

Yoga Behind Bars has offered yoga classes to prisoners for a while. Now it’s teaching inmates at the women’s prison near Gig Harbor how to lead classes themselves.
Dec 9, 2016
(Photo via Feng Shui Trend)

A love letter to the trolls

It's been a year since a local studio's yoga classes for people of color exploded into a national backlash. Laura Humpf says weathering the attacks made her a better person.
Oct 28, 2016
Hey, where's his lululemons? An Indian man practices yoga at dawn near Bangalore (Photo by Vinoth Chandar)

Shelly Tochluk balances oneness with identity in “Living in the Tension”

Shelly Tochluk's new book "Living in the Tension" can help yoga practitioners balance universalism with a recognition of diverse identities and experiences.
Jun 24, 2016
Irene Auma, at center, helps conduct a yoga class at Thursdayin Seattle. Auma plans to start the first yoga-in-prisons program in Kenya. (Photo by Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times)

On a mission to bring yoga, compassion to Kenyan prisons

Irene Auma is in Seattle this week taking special yoga-training classes in hopes of bringing her skills back home to vulnerable people in Kenyan prisons.
Apr 1, 2016
Classes at the now disbanded POC Yoga in Rainier Beach. (Photo by Eric McDaniel)

A wake up call for white yoga practitioners

Following intense backlash to a yoga class for people of color, Rainier Beach Yoga's owner reflects on the responsibilities of white yoga practitioners.
Feb 11, 2016

Death threats and civil complaints after People of Color Yoga controversy

The aftermath of a controversy raised by a conservative talk show host about a People of Color Yoga class in Rainier Beach continues.
Oct 23, 2015

Connecting the movements for Dalit and Black lives

When a Dalit delegation visited Seattle to raise awareness of caste apartheid in India, they found intersections with the fight for Black lives in the U.S.
Oct 22, 2015

Vitriol against People of Color Yoga shows exactly why it’s necessary

Hatred shut down a yoga class designed to make people of color feel welcome, which proves why such classes are needed.
Oct 15, 2015
A woman practices the crow pose

Yoga class at Episcopal church is a meeting of traditions

Yoga, a practice that began from Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism, has a home in a Seattle Episcopal cathedral.
Feb 22, 2015
The author, Sweta Saraogi, practices yoga at a temple India. (Courtesy photo)

Is yoga really for everyone?

What Americans are missing by only focusing on the physical aspects of yoga.
Dec 9, 2014
Yoga instructor Sweta Saraogi shows one of her moves in the yoga studio she teaches out of in her condo in Seattle. (Photo by Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle Times)

The Seattle yoga scene’s diversity problem

"That’s the face of yoga: a thin, white, blonde American teacher who can do crazy pretzel moves and pass for a super model.”
Nov 28, 2014

Ashtanga Yoga feeds spiritual hunger in West, but few Indian followers

The legions of Americans taking their winter workouts inside to the warm sanctuary of yoga classes are part of a global trend taking to the Indian physical-spiritual practice. A love of yoga took one Ashtanga instructor from Abu Dhabi to Finland, pushed her physical limits and brought her in to a whole new community. But […]
Oct 24, 2012