Yoga at Breathe
Bikram 90 - Coming Soon!
The traditional Hot Yoga series developed by Bikram Choudury. A healing sequence of 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises designed to systematically work the entire body.
Bikram 60 - Coming Soon!
A condensed version of the Bikram 90 minute class. Same series of 26 poses and 2 breathing exercises, however some postures are only practiced once. We recommend taking at least 5 Bikram 90 minute classes before jumping into a 60 minute class.
Breathe 90 - View Schedule
An intermediate/advanced class for experienced Bikram students. Class is based on the traditional 84 asanas in the Bikram sequence and has been specifically designed by Amber Borgomainerio for those ready to explore more advanced postures in this lineage. We recommend taking at least 10 Bikram 90 minute classes or 15 Bikram 60 minute classes before coming to Yoga Asana.
Cali Yoga - View Schedule
Basic vinyasa class. Class will move through sun salutations & moon salutations. Class is practiced in a warm room.
Cali Yoga Level II - View Schedule
An intermediate vinyasa class. Class will move at a more rigorous pace. Basic knowledge of sun salutations & modifications is encouraged. New students are welcome to attend. Class is practiced in a warm room.
Community Class - View Schedule
A free class taught by our teacher trainees! Class is taught with out heat. Community classes on Capitol Hill will be our Cali series for the month of August. The classes in West Seattle will be the Yoga Asana series for the month of August. Thanks for your support!
Happy Hour Yoga Asana - View Schedule
A 60 or 90 minute class based on our Yoga Asana series. Only $10 drop in!
Hot Pilates - Coming Soon!
A fun and challenging full body workout using Pilates principles. Hot Pilates is specifically designed to create long, lean muscle mass, burn fat and increase fitness levels. Class is practiced on a yoga mat in a hot room (95 degrees, with 40% humidity) and is suitable for all fitness levels!
Hot Vinyasa - Coming Soon!
Heated flow yoga. Unleash your inner artist warrior in this musical yoga journey that will lead you deep into the perfect intersection of body, mind and emotion.
Left Coast Gym Workout of the day - Coming Soon!
Come experience the Left Coast Gym Workout of the Day with Travis Boothe. Be prepared for a wicked cocktail of body weight calisthenics, martial arts and yoga in this old school method of physical training. This class will not only kick your ass physically, it will also challenge your mental toughness. Be advised. Your CrossFit friends may not be able to hang.
Wildcard Yoga - View Schedule
Join Travis Boothe, for a fun, all levels class. Come with an open mind and get ready to sweat!
Yoga Asana 45 - View Schedule
15 poses & 2 Breathing Exercises in 45 minutes.
Yoga Asana 45 is designed to re-invigorate tired bodies that have been hunched over a desk for hours. Get ready to move, breathe and leave your workday stress behind.
Yoga Asana 60 - View Schedule
32 poses & 2 Breathing Exercises in 60 minutes.
A faster paced posture flow designed to work the entire body. Come focus your mind, move your spine and relax your brain. Class will leave you feeling reenergized and stress free! Suitable for all levels.
Yoga Asana Level 2 - View Schedule
A 40 posture yoga series based on the Master Core class by Tony Sanchez. Suitable for beginners and great for people looking to expand their current yoga practice!
What is Yoga?
A Time-Tested System
Yoga has been around for centuries. The Sanskrit word yoga generally means to yoke, unite or join. In the earliest spiritual texts of India, the goal of yoga is defined by terms such as moksha (liberation) and samadhi (concentration).
Somewhere between 5,000 B.C. and 300 A.D., "The Father of Yoga", Patanjali, systemized the already existing ideas and practices of yoga. It is unknown whether Patanjali was an individual, or many ancient sages and seers using the same title.
The Yoga Sutras (threads) of Patanjali helped to define rÄja* yoga, the earliest type of meditative yoga, as well as hatha yoga, the modern physical exercise that we practice today at Breathe. (*Not to be confused with raja, activity, or rÄjÄ, king.)
Yoga was reintroduced to the modern world by luminaries such as B.K.S. Iyengar, K. Pattabhi Jois, Swami Sivananda, Paramahansa Yogananda, and his brother, Bishnu Charan Ghosh.
The Ghosh lineage was brought to the West by his student, world-champion Bikram Choudhury, and is carried on by his students (and champion yogis), including Baron Baptiste, Tony Sanchez and Esak Garcia (who is known to visit us at Breathe!).
Hatha yoga is defined by specific poses or postures (asanas) performed in a particular order, with intense concentration on breathing, and stillness of the mind and body. The Ghosh lineage provides us with 84 postures, the practice of which is historically and scientifically proven to increase the health of all bodily systems, inside and out.
Our Bikram-style yoga classes, more advanced Breathe series, vinyasa yoga and hot pilates will bring practicioners endless challenge, healing and transformation.
Renunciation and Surrender
Yoga is never a waste of time. Come to class with an open heart and a hydrated body and you will be on a path to increased strength, endurance, flexbility, concentration, focus and relaxation.
Renounce the fruits of your labor and enjoy the bliss of detachment from results. Mahatma Gandhi's favorite lesson from The Upanishads is "Renounce and enjoy!" This does not mean indifference to the result. As Gandhi said, "By detachment I mean that you must not worry whether the desired result follows from your action or not, so long as your motive is pure, your means correct."
This idea is why a successful yoga practice is not dependent upon ability, but upon your own concentration, effort, stillness and focus. A great yogi or yogini is skilled not in strength or flexibility, but in honesty, discipline, patience, integrity and consistency.
As yoga celebrates our strengths, it can also expose some of our weaknesses, in a kind and gentle way that ensures we rebuild and rediscover our true selves over time. It is a process and we each bring our own challenges into the room.
"Moving meditation," "individual group practice," and "conscious relaxation" are a few terms that separate yoga from other forms of exercise, and ultimately empower each of us to reach beyond our physical and mental limitations. Surrender to the process and your growth will be truly amazing and profound!