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9250 14th Ave NW, Seattle, WA | Directions 9811747.697573 -122.373957
Neighborhoods: Ballard, Crown Hill
Great, Down-to-Earth Studio – I really enjoyg coming to this studio. It is warm and friendly. The workshop that was offered with George Purvis was fantastic and Laura's Yoga Nidra Sunday night classes are a wonderful way to end the weekend and begin the week.
Simply fabulous – I had studied with Theresa a number of years ago before I left the Seattle area and when I moved back, she was the first person I looked up to take classes from. I was so struck by the relaxed and inviting atmosphere of this neighborhood studio which is a part of a very cool community of artists and healers all housed in the Crown Hill building. Needless to say I continue to study here and just last month completed the Pacific Yoga Teacher Training that is offered at Taj Yoga. I can't express my gratitude and excitement at having found this studio and encourage all of my clients and friends to explore and deepen their practice in a place that is tons of fun and very informative. Fabulous job, Taj Yoga!!
Taj Yoga has it all – I value the care, the excellent instruction that includes a willingness to explore the safest process, that all the teachers at Taj employ to teach students. There is the light filled room and the humor too! Theresa Elliott, Melissa Samuels and occasional classes with Dylan are the pleasure of my weeks.
Outstanding Yoga Studio! – This is a great yoga studio with very talented teachers. I have loved all the classes I have taken at Taj Yoga! The community setting is perfect.
Just a great studio – Wonderful studio - wonderful teachers. I have taken yoga for over twenty five years - one of the walking wounded. This studio made me believe in movement, freedom from injury and love of my body again! Great place, cool people, and great enviornment. Try a class, and enjoy learning from real professional, highly trained movement teachers!
Great neighborhood Yoga Sudio – I am a beginning yoga student and have been at Taj for about 2 years. I love the small class sizes and individual attention. The instructors really care about you and your body . They want to make sure you are not injuring yourself but encourage you to try things when you are ready. The atmosphere is relaxed. My yoga class is the highlight of my week and has made a difference how I feel every day
Best yoga studio in Seattle – All the teachers at Taj yoga are caring and extremely knowledgeable. I have gained a thorough knowledge of anatomy as well as the philosophy of yoga through the classes I have taken at the studio. I especially enjoy Carol Levin's Alexander Technique class, which has given me a new sense of freedom in breathing and movement in every aspect of my life, and has given me an extra dose of in-depth knowledge on how our minds and bodies work.
Thank you to all the dedicated teachers of Taj Yoga and to Theresa Elliott for having the foresight to create such an incredible studio for all of us to play in :o) !
A great place to practice yoga – Since 2001 I have been attending classes with Theressa Elliott every time I can get to Seattle at the right time - that is the right time for one of her classes. I have NEVER been disappointed with a class from Theressa. She is not only extremely talented but funny and very knowledgeble. She takes her subject and students seriously, but not herself. What a refreshing combination.
Great teacher! – In a sea of yoga teachers today where do you think one can find teacher that is knowledgeable , talented, experienced ,who actually practice what she preaches, refines her own practice, deepens her knowledge, as great for the seasoned practitioners as for complete beginners, have great sense of humor , absolutely inspiring and loved by her students but possesses neither
inflated Ego nor disease of self importance? ......you find her in her Taj yoga studio. Her name is Theresa Elliott!
The Crown of Seattle Yoga – I am, to put in crudely, extremely promiscuous when it comes to checking out the yoga scene in Seattle. I would drive by a yoga studio, my car would come to a screeching halt (like in the movies), and I'd flip a U and check it out.
My promiscuity also extends to yoga styles. If someone's labeling it, trademarking it, or teaching it, I'm taking it. My Baskin-Robbins approach has taken me to teachers and yoga conferences from the East side to the West side, and even all over the country. (I'm sure the hallmark of a yoga nut is you travel for it).
So yes, I get around, and I can truly say that Theresa Elliott is one the best yoga teachers I've ever had, and most certainly hands down *the* best yoga teacher in the Seattle area.
While the claim of "best" anything is purely subjective, I make this strong statement about Theresa and Taj for the following reasons:
+ Location location location - As they love to say in Real Estate (also, bubble bubble bubble, but I digress), yoga is also about understanding what is happening *where* in your body, and whether that's desirable or not. I had never learned how to do this until I met Theresa, where I learned what "moving with awareness" really means.
+ Safety first - yes, yoga is all about peace, love, and all that groovy good stuff, but we are working, first and foremost, with the body in the physical branch of yoga. Like any other adrenaline-induced beginners, I went along with the more is better mentality. More backbends, more touching my head to the floor, more pushing my knees back. As a result, I've brought upon myself a few yoga injuries, and at Taj, I can practice with the confidence that someone is making sure that I get rid of that habit.
+ Variety is the spice of life - There are classes for: Beginning, Skill in Asana, Vinyasa Techniques, Universal Flow , Back Care, Kids Yoga, Senior Yoga, and Alexander Technique. The Skill and Technique classes break down the mechanics of the poses, and makes the anatomy geek in me very satisfied. The Flow classes are great when you need to build more heat and endurance. Even after over 10 years of doing yoga, I still consider myself a beginner, and I always learn something new in the Beginning class.
+ Real people - Yes, yoga teachers are real people too! Ok, I'm being facetious, but really, the teachers are casual, relax, down-to-earth, and have a good sense of humor, allowing me to also relax and be myself, and it makes the learning experience much more pleasant.
+ One last thing about the studio before I end my epic review. The setting of Taj Yoga is really unique and unlike any other studio. As you've probably gathered from the other reviews, it's in an old 1950s-ish building, which is also home to a ballet school, Wassa African dance, Flamingo dance... ok you get the idea. It's always really fun for me to come to class and see all the buzzing activities going on.
There it is, I've given the Iliad a run for its money, but all this rambling is really to say that Taj Yoga is a great studio, and whether you're a brand new or seasoned yogi, you'll love working with Theresa Elliott and the awesome teachers at Taj.
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