This is the June 2015 edition of yoga studios news & updates, which will provide you with the latest news of yoga studios in the Greater Seattle area in the last couple of months.

Ritual House of Yoga opened its doors in Capitol Hill the first week of May 2015. This Seattle yoga studio offers classes in a variety of styles including hatha yoga, vinyasa yoga, restorative yoga, forrest yoga and ashtanga yoga. You will typically find four to five classes to choose from each day, and the studio also carries fresh juices from Juicebox. Drop-ins are $18 per class but you can take advantage of the new student special: 30 days for $40.

The Sutra Yoga studio in Seattle is closing its doors. The bhakti-style yoga studio located in Wallingford on 45th Street, hosted a closing party for the community on May 30. The yoga studio building will be taken down to give room for new construction. The studio owners, Amber Tande and Colin Patterson, plan to move to Leavenworth but expect to continue being active within the Seattle area yoga community.

Tiger Lily Yoga studio just opened its doors on June 1 at Rainier Valley, located between Columbia City and Mt. Baker, about four miles from downtown Seattle. The studio owner, Emily Iverson, aims to create a space that is inclusive and champions diversity with a special focus on welcoming the LGBTQ community and people of color. Iverson was able to raise over $18,000 through a crowdfunding campaign to finance the construction expenses for opening the studio. Tiger Lily Yoga specializes in warm vinyasa yoga, with 27 classes offered each week. The studio also offers a scholarship fund for Seattle foster kids and LGBTQ youth.

The Samarya Center is considering closing its yoga studio location in the central district later this summer, but the nonprofit organization will continue its operations. Founder Molly Lannon Kenny remains committed to keeping the Samarya Center alive and well in its values, community and trainings. The potential change will enable the organization to optimize its operation with even more focus on its mission. (Update: a group of yoga teachers at the Samarya center are working on a plan to keep the studio open, we will share more information about it and update you on that effort in our next quarterly report)

Rainier Beach Yoga, a home yoga studio led by Laura Humpf,  opened its doors on May 12th 2015 in South Seattle. The yoga studio offers individual and group yoga and meditation classes limited to 10 students as well as yoga therapy sessions.

The Bikram U-district yoga studio is going through some major changes over the next few months: rebranding to a new name, remodeling the studio and switching from offering just Bikram yoga classes to various styles including vinyasa and acroyoga classes. The new name and new class offerings are expected to be announced soon.

Barre Bohemian opened its doors the first week of April in West Seattle. The studio offers over a dozen classes a week with a fusion of interval training, yoga and pilates. This style of exercise has been gaining popularity in the Seattle area over the course of the last couple of years but this is the first studio specialized in barre classes in West Seattle.

The Fruition Yoga studio, located in Laurelhurst close to the University of Washington, is closing its doors on June 15. The current lease of the studio will be ending on June 30 and the building owners have decided that they would rather lease the space for office tenants. The Shefayoga studio will honor existing class packages after the studio closes. Danielle Zissou, the studio owner, plans to continue holding teacher trainings all around the Seattle area and consulting with other local yoga studio owners.

Sattva Yoga studio opened its doors in downtown Redmond at the end of March with a grand opening party and an open house held on March 29. The Redmond yoga studio replaced the previous Bikram yoga Redmond which had closed a few weeks earlier. You can learn more about the studio in this interview with its owners, Brittany Granger and Ali Valdez.

Shakti Yoga closed its Redmond yoga studio after 5 years of operations in that location, a closing ceremony was held on March 29. Shakti continues to operate two other studios in the Seattle area: a Bellevue yoga studio on Main street in Downtown and a Seattle yoga studio in Ballard.

Are you aware of an important change at a yoga studio in the greater Seattle area? Make sure to let us know so we can include it in our next update.

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