On Dec. 1, a new yoga studio called Yoga for Every Body is opening in Mill Creek (16030 Bothell Everett Hwy Suite 100). Last week the owner, Lorie Gail, offered classes to her family and friends to get a taste of the new studio. Gail’s mission is to provide a variety of classes, from Hatha and Vinyasa-power to restorative flow and Yin, to meet the physical, mental and emotional needs of the community. In the heart of Yoga for Every Body lies the philosophy that yoga should be accessible to every body, thus their focus is to provide yoga to people with all body shapes, conditions and sizes.
“The studio building shares space with a physical therapist, massage therapist, dentists, vision doctor, psychologist, and chiropractor,” the studio’s website says. “We consider yoga to be both a physical discipline as well as a healing tool so we think we fit right in with this building of healing practitioners.”
To gain a better understanding of what Yoga for Every Body has in store for people in the Greater Seattle area, we asked Gail a couple of questions:

 

Seattle Yoga News: Who is Lorie?

Lorie Gail: My day job is a self-employed accountant and while I love my work and my clients, I also am drawn to sharing my practice of yoga with others. I have been practicing yoga before studios were common place by reading and looking at the pictures of a Richard Hittleman yoga book (visualize beehive hairdos and leotards and tights)! I started practicing for real in 2003 at Ananda in Bothell and received my 200-hour RYT certification through them. I am currently very close to completing my Yoga Therapist certification. I have also studied with Judith Lasater (Relax and Restore), Richard Miller (iRest) and Matt Sanford (Adaptive Yoga).

SYN: Why a yoga studio and why this specific name?

LG: Opening a studio is something I had talked about for a long time. My vision was to open my teachings up to a broader audience and make a place available to other teachers so they would have a place to practice. I specialize in restorative and adaptive therapeutic yoga, so it was important to have a studio that would open yoga up to everybody regardless of their shape or ability.  The name “Yoga for Every Body” seemed like a natural fit. Operating a studio cannot be accomplished by just one person. I have been very lucky to meet teachers that share the same vision and are willing to invest the time it takes to start a new studio. Many of the teachers have specialized training or years of “mat experience” and since we all come from different disciplines we can offer many different styles of yoga all with the same goal in mind — to help each student reach their optimal health. I also want a place where people could have fun and laugh a lot, too. We take life way too seriously. Fortunately, my teachers also agree with this vision.

SYN: Tell us more about the classes you would offer.

LG: Currently, we are offering a variety of classes which include: vinyasa, yin, restorative, yoga nidra, gentle hatha, general hatha, restorative flow and mindful yoga.  We will soon be offering classes for kids, prenatal and adaptive yoga for people living with disabilities. The classes we would like to offer in the future are only limited by our imagination but could include: yoga for first responders, addiction recovery, vets and on the lighter side, dance yoga. The list seems endless.

SYN: Why Mill Creek?

LG: I have lived in the Mill Creek area for 30 years and have watched it grow from a heavily-wooded, two-lane street to a city.  I believe this studio will be a safe, warm and inviting place for people to practice in and create a community within a city. It will be a great joy and honor to help others find the peace and joy that I and my teachers have found in our lives through the practice of yoga.


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