One Weekend. Two Yoga Events.

One Weekend. Two Yoga Events.

Not one, but two chances to grow your practice this weekend.

Join us Saturday, May 18 at 10:00am at our Snohomish location for a chance to practice with seasoned yoga instructor, educator and author Stacy Dockins.

Stacy is the author of Embodied Posture: Your Unique Body and Yoga. We will have a limited supply of her book on hand for purchase (and signing!). 

During this two-hour Master Class, Stacy and her husband, Dave, will present a  30 minute discussion on the practice of embodied self-awareness followed by a 90-minute vinyasa practice. 

Dave and Stacy have been teaching yoga since 2003. They have three college-age children, Jake, Kera, and Luke. They own Yoga Project Studios based in Texas and lead trainings and retreats in Bali, Costa Rica, and Thailand. They hold functional wellness, embodied presence, and joy at the heart of their teachings.

This affordable Master Class is $35 per person and we have a few spots left. To sign-up, click here.

Please note that the Snohomish studio will be operating on a revised schedule on May 18 to accommodate this Master Class.

If taking your mat outdoors is more your style, join us at Wanderlust Seattle this Saturday and Sunday at King County’s Marymoor Park in Redmond.

This the first time Wanderlust will be bringing its festival to  Seattle. An evolution from Wanderlust 108 of years past, Wanderlust Seattle offers the full range of Wanderlust Festival experiences: 50+ classes per day led by premiere teachers in yoga and meditation, a wide variety of expert fitness instructors and activities, and a full lineup of inspirational speakers, all in a premium festival setting featuring local foods, craft vendors, healers, live music and more.

Fill your days with classes and experiences in our beautiful tented venues and our sprawling festival grounds. Keep your wallet filled by saving 10% off your ticket price as a result of our partnership with Wanderlust. Contact either studio for discount information.

To learn more about the festival, including the line-up of classes, click here.

Lots of great opportunities to let the Spark in you shine this weekend!

A Day in the Life of a Yoga Teacher: Retreat Edition

A Day in the Life of a Yoga Teacher: Retreat Edition

I wake to the sound of a gentle breeze knocking mangoes off a tree onto the deck outside my bungalow. Its early, but it sure beats my alarm clock back home in the frigid cold of a western Washington spring. I liberally apply my pre-breakfast sunscreen because I have a unique ability to burn in the shade and under cover- especially in the hot Costa Rican sun.

Earlier this week I made friends with a bird who hangs out in the dining area- I’ve named him Eran. He’s a large Costa Rican Blue jay with a tall tuft of feathers and eyes that say, “Are you going to finish that?”. He’s back today and I watch him fly off with half of someone’s unattended empanada. The jungle is a perilous place.

After Breakfast I make my treacherous commute through the well-manicured jungle to our tree top shala overlooking the ocean to teach our Arm Balance and Inversion workshop. My co-host Haley is amazing for so many reasons, but today I’m especially grateful because she leads the group through a killer warm up and several arm balances and then leaves me to do my favorite thing-talk about going upside down. We could not ask for a better group to have with us on our first retreat. Each and every person here is brave, playful, and just as excited for this experience as we are. We have 25 incredible Spark students, and our resident Canadian Rebecca. She doesn’t know it yet, but she going to have to move to Snohomish so we don’t have to say goodbye to her.

After class I have the tough choice between lounging in the beautiful salt water pool, or reading on a swing in the juice cabana. I opt to stay out of the sun for a bit and seek some cover, along with an icy smoothie of fresh tropical fruits. My sweet husband Joe-our retreat photographer spends the time loading our pictures from the morning practice into our group album online.

Our mid-day excursion is a tour of the mangroves so just after 2 PM we all gather in the lobby-passing around room keys, water bottles, and sunscreen to prepare for the trip. After a 15-minute dust filled roller coaster of a ride we turn a corner and catch views of a glittering ocean inlet. Our tour guides Jason, Kenneth, Junior, and Alan do a quick safety training and ensure us that there are definitely crocodiles in the mangroves, but that they probably aren’t interested in eating us. Very comforting. We nervously joke and laugh when each log we pass looks suspiciously sentient, but we make it to our private beach with no incidents. Our guides pass around fresh tropical fruit and we drink straight from coconuts hacked open by machetes (which is totally safe, right?) while coconut water drips down our faces. After some swimming in the sea and the obligatory group shot we head back and finally get our close encounter with a crocodile but survive to tell the tale.

Back to the bungalow for my 3rd (but not last) shower of the day. I thought I showered a lot before, but when stepping outside immediately coats you in a layer of sticky sweat it feels like a shower is necessary every 20 minutes. Good thing the showers here are outdoor with rain shower heads and pebble floors, it feels like a spa experience every time- even when I have to share with a thirsty gecko looking for a little splash to drink.

Our group dinners have been voted everyone’s favorite part of the retreat, and for good reason. The food here is incredible, and the company and conversation even better. They serve a giant bowl of freshly made guacamole bigger than my head that I could finish all by myself, but I decide as a retreat leader I should probably share.

After dinner I lead a Yin class focused on stretching out our shoulders and back from the Arm Balance/ Inversion workshop, and our time spent paddling through the mangrove forest trying to outrun all the hungry crocodile-logs. Tonight we get to use the outdoor open air shala so we are surrounded by the sounds of Cicadas, and what Joe tells me are geckos making their nightly booty calls (those may or may not have been his words). I try to remain calm and yogic when I see my first lighting bug of the trip, but fail miserably as I excitedly show him off to the class. I think I’ll name him Pepe after our favorite waiter at the Bodhi Restaurant.

Around 9:30 I sleepily stumble the short path back to my room, quickly shower off the last sticky sweat of the day, and pass out quickly- excited to do it all again tomorrow.

New Fall Schedule starts September 4th

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New Fall Schedule starts September 4th

You can feel the weather starting to change. Fall is coming.

As we enter into a season of crisp mornings and changing leaves, we invite you back on your mat. 

Our 2018 Fall schedule starts on Tuesday, September 4th. Lots of choices to fit your schedule and your style. 

New to hot yoga? We recommend starting with one of our Hatha or Slow Flow classes. But all of our classes are for ALL levels. If you have any questions, send them our way via the contact page or call the studio at 425.610.4421. 

Start the new season off with a commitment to self care. It's the least selfish thing you can do. 

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Master Teacher Bryan Kest Workshop May 12

Master Teacher Bryan Kest Workshop May 12

We are over-the-moon excited to announce that Master Teacher Bryan Kest will be at our Snohomish location this May!

This is a rare opportunity to practice with a true legend in the yoga world. This 3-hour workshop will be begin with an hour long lecture followed by a fun and rockin' 2-hour flow. 

****Spark Hot Yoga Automatic Monthly Members Priority Registration is now open!****

In gratitude for their unwavering loyalty, we have opened registration to our Automatic Monthly Members first. (Those students - from either location - that have their membership automatically withdrawn once a month.)

Please use this direct link: https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/classic/ws?studioid=36884&sclassid=858&sDate=5%2F12%2F2018&sLoc=1&sTG=40&sType=1

At 5:00pm on Tuesday, March 27th, registration will be open for all class pass and 1, 3, 6 or 12 month members as well as the general public.

If you have been on the fence about converting to an Automatic Monthly Membership, now is an excellent time to do it! Please visit our 'Rates' tab and scroll down to Yoga Packages & Specials.

This workshop is $75/student and must be paid at time of registration to secure a spot. We anticipate this event to sell out quickly. 

For questions, please about this workshop, please email info@sparkhotyogastudio.com.

To learn more about Bryan Kest, visit his website at https://poweryoga.com

Holiday Teen Yoga Class ~ Celebrating the joy of giving

Holiday Teen Yoga Class ~ Celebrating the joy of giving

The holidays are back - and so is Preteen and Teen Yoga!

Space still available for this Friday's chance for your preteen or teen - and his/her friends! - to log out, unplug and recharge their own batteries while we celebrate the holiday season.

This class is a perfect compliment to the busy academic, extracurricular and social schedules our kids are facing today. 

Plus, yoga helps young adults build confidence, self-awareness and strengthen their focus – all in a safe and non-competitive space. 

Your preteen or teen will be guided through a fun asana practice and learn mindfulness techniques they can use in and outside of the studio. 

This class is suitable for youth ages 11-16. The heat will be down, but the room will still be warm. Bring a yoga mat (if possible – limited supply available at the studio) and a bottle of water. 

An hour without any electronics costs just $12 per student. Sibling discount available. 

Holiday gift for each young adult presented at the end of class. 

Registration is not required, but encouraged. Reserve a spot online or call the studio at 425-610-4421.

Happy Holidays!

Thankful & Grateful - Thanksgiving Day Schedules

Thankful & Grateful - Thanksgiving Day Schedules

Before the hustle and bustle of the Christmas holiday season really kicks in, we stop and gather together to celebrate what we are thankful for.

All of us at Spark Hot Yoga are thankful for ALL of you! We couldn’t do what we love for the communities we call home if it was not for our amazing, kind and inspiring students.

To show our gratitude for your continued support, all Thanksgiving Day classes are free community classes at both of our studios.

All week long, we are proudly collecting non-perishable food and cash donations to help our local food banks. If you have guests coming in for Thanksgiving dinner – it’s a great time to clean out your pantry!

Please consider gathering together with us on Thursday morning for an hour of yoga and helping our neighbors in need.

Thanksgiving Schedule

Snohomish Studio:

8:00am Hatha

9:30am Power

Please note, no 6:00am Hatha on Black Friday.

Regular class schedule for the rest of Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

 

Marysville Studio:

8:30am Hatha

10:30am Power

Regular class schedule for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

 

 

 

 

 

A Day in the Life of a Spark Yoga Teacher

A Day in the Life of a Spark Yoga Teacher

6:00am - Alarm goes off. I was told once that I should love teaching yoga so much that I should bound out of bed at 4 in the morning excited to teach. I love what I do, but I have never once “bounded” out of bed, and I’m not about to start now so I hit snooze.

6:15am - Joe (my sweet and very patient husband) tells me the coffee is ready so I grudgingly rise, wrap up in a blanket and grab the first of what I’m sure will be many cups of coffee today. 

6:30am - Take shower number one. I vaguely remember a life where I took one shower a day, or sometimes no showers at all.

7:15am - Practice my yoga breathing on the way to teach as I watch 15 people clearly not carpooling pass me in the carpool only on-ramp. Deep breath in through your nose, back out through your nose

7:30am - Student buys leggings and points out to me the cute embroidered peppers on the leg. I must have them. I decide to hold off until Friday since Lululemon is coming to visit and I don’t want to blow my budget prematurely.

8:00am - Teach Hatha, I’m quite tired but I manage to pull it together (or so I think) I love all the regulars in this class, and this happens to be sort of a sleepy morning for everyone so we’re synced up nicely.  Big plus, everyone laughs at my joke about nude Happy Baby pose. I make a mental note to take a song off my playlist before people start falling asleep in side angle pose.

9:30am - Teach Power-Yin, I feel so energized by a big class! I love the two new songs I added to my playlist, and its one of those days where the timing of my songs is just working perfectly with my flow. A student brought their 4-5 year old daughter to class and she is the cutest. She seems to be following along well enough, except every time I walk past her mat she appears to be laying face down on her towel like a starfish. I’m digging it though, it looks comfy and I think she might be a yoga genius.

11:00am - I take shower number two. Pick up copies of our new student waiver from Post-Net, and grab food from Fred Meyer because I forgot to bring anything with me and I’ll be gone all day.

12:00pm - Massage time! She rubs my calf for an hour because I hurt it doing something glamorous and exciting. Or I was digging up weeds. You decide. She reminds me to take my Magnesium.

1:30pm - Back to Spark for some emailing, student account maintenance, and a phone call with Janette where we make jokes about private lessons, and privates -  lol we are five.

3:30pm - Grocery shopping! I buy all sorts of healthy yoga foods because I only eat kale and quinoa. Kidding. I buy wine.

4:30pm - I get home and realize that despite owning 16 thousand pairs of leggings I have almost none left that are clean. I dump my weekly trunk load (yes that’s where I keep them, in the trunk of my car) of dirty yoga clothes and towels on the kitchen floor (I can hear you judging me, and I don’t blame you) to sort and start laundry.

5:00pm - Time to make dinner. I whip up a big batch of veggie-bean chili with some organic, grass fed beef. Then I make some macaroni and cheese – with extra cheese. 

6:00pm - Eat dinner, drink wine, and chat with Joe about his day. I also make him read the first part of this post that I’ve typed up and he laughs out loud so I consider it a win and decide to keep going.

7:00pm - I work on my bio for the new Spark website, who am I? Why is this always so hard? I consider writing it in Haiku form. Timory Malone. Works at Spark. Tells really bad jokes. I remember to change out that song on my Hatha playlist.

7:30pm - Take shower number 3 to get rid of the chili smell before it becomes permanent. Being the talented mixologist that I am I make my favorite yoga teacher cocktail of electrolyte replenisher, and vitamin C. I load up the Netflix, and call it a night. I remember that I’ve only just begun the marathon that will be finishing my laundry this week, but decide to practice some self love and plant my butt on the couch to rest. I’m sure teaching in jeans wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world…

- Written by guest blogger Timory Malone

Teen Yoga - Starts Friday November 10th

Teen Yoga - Starts Friday November 10th

Is your preteen or teen glued to their phone? Time for them to log out, unplug and recharge their own batteries! Join us for our new Preteen and Teen yoga class the second Friday of every month. Our first class meets this coming Friday, November 10th at 6:30p.m.

Yoga helps young adults build confidence, self-awareness and strengthen their focus – all in a safe and non-competitive space.This class is a perfect compliment to the busy academic, extracurricular, and social schedules our kids are facing today. Your preteen or teen will be guided through a fun asana practice and learn mindfulness techniques they can use in and outside of the studio. For more information about the benefits of teen yoga, check out this great article.

This class is suitable for youth ages 11-16. The heat will be down, but the room will still be warm. Bring a yoga mat (if possible – limited supply available at the studio) and a bottle of water.

An hour without any electronics costs just $12 per student (sibling discount available)! Registration is encouraged, by not required. Register here.

October Workshops and Events

October Workshops and Events

With our #SparkTober 30 Day Yoga Challenge well
underway, students many need to pick up a few
classes. We’ve got lots of great workshops and events
scheduled now through the end of the month.
Remember, each workshop or event counts for two
Challenge classes, even if the class is only an hour
long.

If you are on Facebook, be sure to like our page and
check out the event invites for each workshop or class.
The invites provide more information and registration
links, plus it’s an easy way to share and invite your
friends!

Here’s what’s coming up in October:

Saturday, October 21st - 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Essential Oils + Yoga Part II
$15

Saturday, October 21st - 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Date Night Slow Flow (Happy Hour after)
Regular class rate/membership or $15/drop-in

Sunday, October 22nd - 10:00am – 12:00pm
Vinyasa for a Cause at Woodhouse Wine in Woodinville, 60 minute yoga class followed by wine tasting to benefit hurricane relief.
$20 suggested donation

Friday, October 27th - 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Halloween Flow in the Glow
Regular class rate/membership or $15/drop-in

Saturday, October 28th - 12:30pm – 2:00pm
Advanced Pose
$30

Check back soon for our November workshops and events!

Community Class of the Month: Veteran's Yoga Project

Community Class of the Month: Veteran's Yoga Project

Giving back to our community is not only an honor, but also our responsibility. It’s a responsibility we take to heart.

Each month, we host a community class benefiting a non-profit organization. These classes are taught by one of our qualified instructors or a guest instructor. Students are encouraged to donate any amount to attend the class, with all donations going directly to the highlighted organization. Every little bit helps.

It is our hope that these classes not only raise funds, but raise awareness too.

Recently, we hosted one of these classes with the help of our friends at Lululemon Alderwood benefiting Veterans Yoga Project.

This organization provides yoga classes and resources for veterans in our community. We encourage you to learn more about Veterans Yoga Project (or consider making an online donation here).

Our October community class was guided by Monica Thorne, a Spark Hot Yoga instructor and active Veterans Yoga Project member. At the end of her Power/Yin class, we raised $1214. And get this: Lululemon Alderwood matched that donation!

If you have a non-profit who might be a good fit for one of our community classes, we’d love to hear from you. Send us an email at info@sparkhotyogastudio.com.

Together, we can make a difference.

The Yin and Healing Sound Bath Experience

The Yin and Healing Sound Bath Experience

Have you tried one of our Yin & Healing Sound Bath classes?

If not, treat yourself! These special classes combine a yin yoga practice with the healing sound vibrations from crystal singing bowls and gongs to relax and heal your whole body.

Yin yoga is done primarily on the floor. Each pose is held for one to five minutes in order to get into the connective tissues of the body (tendons, fascia and ligaments) to increase circulation in the joints and improve flexibility. The longer holds also allow us time to be still and really listen to both the body and the mind.

The heat is down for these special classes so you are able to comfortably hold each pose. When needed, we’ll help you set up each pose with the use of complementary props such as yoga blankets and blocks.

By adding the live, healing sounds of the crystal singing bowls and gongs, you are able to get into a deep state of relaxation while the sound vibrations heal the body.

Here are just a few of the many benefits to a sound bath experience:

  • Stress Reduction
  • Depression Reduction
  • Anxiety Reduction
  • Insomnia Reduction
  • Muscular-skeletal Pain Reduction
  • High Blood Pressure Reduction
  • Boosting the Immune System
  • Illness Prevention

Our Snohomish location hosts a Yin & Healing Sound Bath each Sunday evening.

Plus, our Marysville location is hosting a special session on Monday, October 23rd from 7:30pm – 8:00pm. Register here!

 

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

The American Cancer Society estimates that there will be
252,710 new cases of invasive breast cancer among U.S.
women in 2017. That number is staggering and concerning,
but together we can make a difference in bringing it down.
In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness month, 15%
of proceeds from all sports bra sales made at our
Snohomish location through October 31st will be donated to
breast cancer research. Check back here around the first of
November when we post the grand total of money donated!
We’ve got lots of new styles from top yoga brands like
Manduka, Glyder Apparel and Onzie in stock. So if you are
in the need of a new, supportive bra to wear during your
yoga practice, why not pick one up this month and help
support a need?