This fall we invite you to check our list of yoga events happening all over the Seattle area. These fun Seattle yoga events will help you cope with the temperature changes and will inspire you to keep a balanced yoga practice. Don’t waste time, grab your mat and join one of these special events!
For more events please visit our event calendar.
About this Event: The Intro to Yoga Series is a great place to start your practice. At 8 Limbs the most senior and experienced instructors are selected to provide what can be the introduction to a lifelong practice. Rest assured that your instructor will be welcoming, accommodating, and foster a non-competitive and safe atmosphere in class. These six-week sessions are designed for anyone new to hatha yoga or continuing students interested in reconnecting to the fundamentals of a physical yoga practice, including basic yoga postures and breathing practices.
Start Date: Sep. 23rd
Instructor: Nancy Burtenshaw
About this Event: In the Tantric tradition, the full moon represents the fullness and glowing radiance of our consciousness. When the moon is full, it is said that it drips nectar down into us and reminds us of our inherent light and fullness.
Gazing, chanting, and basking in the moon at this time can bring forth deep healing and profound stillness of being. As participants practice the full mandala of yogic arts (movement, chanting, pranayama, meditation and rest), they will dance and honor the fullness of their embodiment; body, breath, mind, heart. This practice is a place to release the accumulated stress of the past month and prepare for the month to come. All are welcome to this circle.
Date & Time: Multiple Dates
Instructor: Elizabeth Rainey
About this Event: With all the changes, uncertainty, and unknowns of the last 15 months, now seems the perfect time to add yoga to your self-care regime. (Think: reduce stress, breathe deep and slow down a little.) Come learn with us in a fun, safe, and welcoming environment.
Jenna leads this special beginner series, offering all the important foundational aspects of yoga with an emphasis on proper alignment & technique. She will help you learn to release tension and stress in the body, build strength and flexibility, and gain a deeper connection to your body that will benefit you on and off your mat.
This 3-week series is designed specifically for the absolute beginner, a returning yogi who has taken a hiatus from practice, or anyone wanting a step-by-step review of the basics. Students will be gradually introduced to a variety of beginner-level yoga poses and will learn how to use props and stay safe through alignment basics.
Although Jenna will cover a lot, there will be time for questions, demonstration, and review.
Starting Date: September 29th
Instructor: Jenna Buckley
About this Event: Yoga Nidra, Yoga Bliss is a potently relaxing blend of self-massage and gentle movement, followed by Yoga Nidra (Yogic sleep). Join Tracy for this monthly celebration of self-care rituals and leave with practices for self-care that you can use forever!
This soothing workshop begins with an array of self-massage and gentle movements that help untangle chronic patterns of tension-holding in the body, enhance circulation, down-regulate the nervous system, and relieve pain. When you move into parasympathetic response, your immune system functions improve and you discover an increased sense of well-being. Slow, deep breathing with awareness enhances these positive effects.
The workshop closes with Yoga Nidra, an internal, meditative practice that happens while your body is completely supported and still. When you remove stressors, the body relaxes and you uncover vitality and vibrant health. A key element of this practice is the combination of relaxation with Sankalpa: a positive statement or intention that invites you to transform your life as you look inside and ask yourself the question “what does my heart desire?” Coupled with relaxation, this intention can sink deep into your subconscious, where the secret to lasting change resides.
No previous experience necessary. Wear comfortable clothes (think pajamas) that allow you to move and breathe freely. You will need a blanket or two, a light eye covering of soft fabric (scarfs or sleeves work well), some pillows or bolsters, and a firm but comfortable surface to lie on. Invite a friend!
Date & Time: Multiple Dates
Instructor: Tracy Hodgeman
About this Event: Join Megan the 2nd Sunday of every month for a sound bath at Capitol Hill. Pack your pillows and comfy blankets and set the tone for your coming week with a relaxing hour listening to crystal bowls.
The perfect end to the weekend and a great start for the week ahead, this practice uses the power of sound and vibration to help the body and nervous system relax, much like a massage might do, and students often report that following a sound bath they feel clearer, calmer and sometimes report decreases in physical body pain and often a better night’s sleep. This evening practice will simply involve arriving, getting comfortable and relaxing to the sound of the bowls, this evening ending with a short meditation.
Date & Time: Multiple Dates
Instructor: Megan Sloan
About this Event: In these sessions, participants will contemplate what is showing up in their lives related to the theme; bearing honest, compassionate witness as embodied presence. Each experiential practice will include self-reflection, mindful movements, breath and sensation awareness, time for meditation, stillness, and deep rest – all with the goal of finding deeper peace, integration, and an expanded sense of their inherent wholeness. It is from this place that they can access their most empowered selves in life and in community.
Participants can expect the following event format:
✓ A brief introduction
✓ Gentle asana (movement)
✓ Pranayama (breathwork)
✓ Restorative yoga
✓ Yoga Nidra (yogic sleep)
✓ Dedicated time for journaling, drawing, or other personal reflection/expression
Sessions will not include group discussion or breakout rooms. Participants will have the option to turn their camera off. After each session, participants will receive a follow-up email with potentially relevant resources to explore on their own time.
All are welcome to this practice; no prior yoga experience is necessary.
Dates & Time: October 24th & December 12th @1pm–4pm
Instructor: Nicole Bratt
About this Event: Self-Compassion can be described as, “treating yourself as you would treat a friend.” The Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) program teaches principles and practices that enable participants to respond to difficult moments in their lives with kindness, care, and understanding. Research shows that self-compassion is strongly associated with greater emotional wellbeing, reduced anxiety, depression, and stress, and maintenance of healthy habits such as diet and exercise. It’s also associated with more satisfying personal relationships, and enhancing performance in settings from healthy aging to athletics to professional growth.
Based on the groundbreaking research of Kristin Neff and the clinical expertise of Christopher Germer, MSC is an empirically-supported, 8-week training program designed to cultivate the skill of self-compassion.
Self-compassion can be learned by anyone, even those who feel uncomfortable when they are good to themselves. It’s a courageous attitude that stands up to harm, including the harm that we unwittingly inflict on ourselves through self-criticism, self-isolation, or self-absorption. Self-compassion provides emotional strength and resilience, allowing us to admit our shortcomings, motivate ourselves with kindness, forgive ourselves when needed, relate wholeheartedly to others, and be more authentically ourselves.
Program activities include meditation, short talks, experiential exercises, group discussion, and home practices. No previous mindfulness meditation practice is needed! The goal is for participants to directly experience self-compassion and learn practices that evoke self-compassion in daily life.
Start Date: October 6th
Instructors: Joel Grow & Hanna G. Kreiner
About this Event: As yoga teachers or students studying to hold space for others and teach the sacred practice of yoga, we have a responsibility to understand how to bring the larger cultural context into our teaching and practice. Many are wondering how to respond to the collective trauma caused by Covid-19, white supremacy and racism and all forms of superiority and oppression. Many are wondering how to make space for their grief and liberation amid social isolation and distancing. Dominant culture wants us to continue to disassociate from ourselves and others, divide and conquer, maintain the status quo and turn away from heartbreak we may be feeling at this time. While we have questions about how to respond and be in this moment, I believe that we must respond with steadfastness and courageous hearts to the urgent concerns of this time. Spiritual practice invites us to lean into discomfort and truth, move through and with our emotions and grief, better understand the nature and causes of suffering and transform in service of the collective good. Spiritual practice including meditation and yoga, allow us to work with sensation, toxic thought patterns, grief, cultural conditioning, overwhelm, and anxiety through mindfulness and thoughtful care.
Skill in Action is a workshop designed to explore systems of power and oppression, the intersection of social justice and yoga, external and internalized patterns of oppression, power and privilege, and how we can respond to the current cultural and political challenges through practices of self-study, movement, pranayama, contemplation and collective action. Through these teachings you will learn more about both how to create more inclusive spaces for healing and teaching as well as how to infuse your teachings with content centered on social justice. Throughout this workshop participants will practice asana (postures), meditation, mindfulness, pranayama (breathing), holding space together and mantra work to sharpen our goals and visions for our work to change the world.
Starting Date: Oct. 15th
Instructor: Michelle C. Johnson
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