I would consider myself a dedicated yogi and about this time last year I found YogaLife through one of the studio teachers. Instructor Fran Gallo was the reason I joined, but the entire community and the myriad activities is why I have maintained my membership. I have practiced with most of the teachers at YogaLife, but here are three highlights.
The studio is owned by Michael Suzzeris, who is also a primary teacher. Michael is dedicated to building a sound community and in a way, yoga is just one of the ways he does it (he also facilitates Urban Permaculture workshops in Seattle and bi-annual yoga retreats on Orcas island (more information on the Web site: www.yogalife.com). Michael's teaching style incorporates different techniques with an emphasis on alignment, breath and deep stretching.
Fran Gallo is another favorite instructor. She teaches her Hatha yoga and fills class with the most wonderful imagery to compliment thought series of movements and postures and stretches. Class with Fran is like being a kid in a sandbox--playful and ultimately restorative. Fran regularly holds yoga retreats in Ocean Shores, Washington (littlerenaissance.com).
Gordon Kaplan comes to yoga by way of the basketball court. His teaching style is a blend of Vinyasa and Iyengar yoga, a style that focuses on proper alignment by going deeper into postures and holding them for a longer period of time. What I appreciate the most about his class is his insistence that students remain present--not spinning off into the past or getting ahead of themselves in the future.
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