Looking for a place to practice yoga in Seattle?
If you’re in the Seattle area, from Tacoma to Bellevue, you won’t have a problem finding a yoga studio. But, if you’re like me, you want to find a community to practice with that feels supportive, aligned, and energizing.
These days, a yoga studio is so much more than a yoga studio. You might even go so far as to call your studio your sacred space, or wellness haven. And, you’d be right in many cases. Some of my favorite studios offer women’s and men’s circles, holistic wellness support such as Ayurvedic coaching and Reiki, and opportunities to join ceremonies, such as cacao ceremonies, breathwork, and even shamanism.
Whether you’re looking for a space to practice, be in community, or take your personal growth to new places, here are some of the best yoga studios to explore in the greater Seattle area.
A Seattle institution, 8 Limbs Yoga offers four locations in Capitol Hill, West Seattle, Phinney Ridge, and Wedgwood. These studios are rooted in the lineage of Eastern teachings, and have become known for their quality teachers, classes and welcoming atmosphere. Beyond yoga classes, 8 Limbs holds the space for many healing gatherings, including sound meditation, retreats, breathwork, along with a firm commitment to social change and inclusivity.
Ritual House is known for its great vibe. Their philosophy is that breath and spirit are one in the same, and that is the purest expression of strength. For this studio, integritous action takes the form of their many gatherings. In addition to the multi style yoga classes and intensives offered each week, they host many community-focused gatherings, creating a space for healing and connection, around practices including sound meditation, myofacial release, breathwork ceremony, ancestral healing, and also women’s gatherings. If you need a deeper space for connection and bonding, be sure to explore their urban retreats, too.
From the moment you walk in the doors, the temperature of the lobby, the scent of sweetgrass or sage, and the smile behind the front desk weave you into the tapestry of the community at Sangha Seattle, a beautiful yoga and meditation studio with amazing programming. Sangha is a Sanskrit word that actually means community, and the staff here have fostered a thriving community spirit that is reflected in all they offer. Their priority is to cultivate a safe and friendly space where everyone can be exactly who they are. They see each student as part of their family and strive to make sure they feel cared about — both on and off the mat. You’ll find Soundbaths and Breathwork in addition to the regular line up of Hatha, Vinyasa, Flow, Restorative, Yin and Prenatal.
Founded by Abiola Akanni, Trap Vinyasa™ has expanded from a living room launch into an extremely popular yoga-fitness movement. The body positive hip hop yoga experience offers space for women of color and allies to identify as sensual vessels as opposed to sexualized bodies. As a first generation Nigerian American born in Atlanta, Georgia, Abiola fuses traditional west African dance and trap rap music into the 4 proprietary Trap Vinyasa™ yoga sequences. Each sequence incorporates yoga, dance, boxing and body weight exercises for a one-of-a-kind fitness experience. Expect an empowering class and encouraging community. Check out the Trap Vinyasa™ schedule for upcoming classes or hop on their waitlist for the next Trap Vinyasa™ “Master of Ceremony” retreat in Kauai, Hawaii. They also host Divine Feminine Yoga workshops as well!
With locations in Fremont, Kirkland, and Sammamish, Bala Yoga is a high vibrational community for all yogis. Built on the philosophy that that one style doesn’t fit all, and that our needs change from day to day, Bala offers full spectrum yoga studios, with classes that include power vinyasa, yin yoga, prenatal, Bala Barre and kids yoga sessions, all of which challenge, nurture, and suit a range of needs. We’ve heard great things about their music meditations, too. Literally a warm and welcoming space, Bala studios are heated to 85 degrees (not nearly as hot as hot yoga or bikram). Doesn’t that sound cosy?
Source Yoga Tacoma was one of the first yoga studios to open up in Tacoma, and 14 years later, is the longest running studio in the area. Founded by Erin Joosse and Melissa Paz, Source Yoga opened its doors in Tacoma’s North End in July 2005 and opened their second studio location in University Place in May 2011. Today, they have a thriving community, quality teachers, and a supportive, uplifting atmosphere. Source Yoga has a strong focus on mindfulness and meditation, and they offer a range of classes, workshops, retreats, family yoga programming, and the Pacific Northwest’s only Mindfulness Based Yoga Teacher Training. A welcoming community vibe awaits you here.
Not your regular yoga class, Rainier Beach Yoga’s mission is to provide a healing and therapeutic space for people dealing with life challenges such as depression, grief, racism, shame, sexism, and the struggle to love the body they live in. Classes are rooted in cultivating community, compassion, building resilience and social justice. Classes at Rainier Beach Yoga are one part group processing and discussion, one part movement and one part meditation. All classes include a discussion on yoga philosophy, the movement portion of class is less about putting your body in particular shapes and more about embodying yoga philosophy, and each class ends with meditation.
As you choose a studio, I’d recommend going back a few times and trying a few different teachers to give each a fair chance. And if you’re ready to immerse yourself in yoga for a weekend or longer, be sure to explore these Washington yoga retreats and these meditation retreats in Washington. Are there any studios you feel should be added to the above list? Feel free to send me your recommendations via DM on Instagram.
Monica Krake is the founder of Head + Heart, your guide to all things spirituality and wellness. Discover events, retreats, resources, teachers, and community across North America. www.headplusheart.com