Spira is a Latin word meaning breath. Through its etymology it has been used to describe soul and mind and is a root word for the English word inspiration.
Our studio is at 2332 California Ave, West Seattle (across from the Admiral Theater)
At Spira Power Yoga our wish is to translate an eastern art form for a western mind.
All wisdom traditions teach mindfulness. We take our physical postures from the Ashtanga yoga tradition, where the poses are not held for long periods of time. We flow from pose to pose, pausing yes, but for only 5 breaths. It is an athletic practice that includes breath and mind awareness. At Spira we are open to Western and Eastern interpretations of mindfulness. We guide our classes using the English language with a few common Sanskrit words thrown in on occasion. Classes can sometimes be concluded with a reading form any form of literature and we use music from all genres.
Although, Power yoga is a rigorous exercise, it can modified to fit all individuals from 10-100 years of age. We have students in their youth, and adults in their 60s who just started yoga a few years ago. No matter your fitness level, you will have fun, and more patience and love for your body when you practice this style. As a matter of fact, you may find that there is no need for your gym membership! This has happened to all of our teachers. All the strength you see from Spira Instructors is from Power Yoga alone!
So what makes it yoga and not exercise?
It is your mind. Throughout the class we will be encouraging you to stay focused on your breath and stay compassionate with yourself. Although during the class we challenge you, yoga is never competitive. We never compare, we never judge, and we never force any pose. There are no mirrors in the studio to help you with this process! If you find a pose challenging, we will help you modify it. We will be there to help you take the practice seriously, but also to teach you to take yourself lightly.
Laughter and compassion are muscles that we use during practice. Often, we are much too hard on our own bodies and we judge our capabilities by what we see others doing or achieving. Our minds can be our worst enemy. Our goal at Spira Power Yoga is not only to get you into a healthy body, but also to strengthen your body and mind with joy, compassion, and peace!
So come and join us on the path of yoga!
Peace be with you,
Dora Gyarmati – Owner and Artistic Director of Spira Power Yoga