The practices, ideas, and approaches of yoga we offer you have ancient and modern roots in what is now known as India.
Hatha Yoga refers to the most widely practiced form of yoga in America. It is the branch of yoga which concentrates on physical health and mental well-being. Hatha yoga uses bodily postures (asanas), breathing techniques (pranayama), and meditation (dyana) with the goal of bringing about a healthy body, clear mind and a sense of well-being.
The majority of Three Trees Yoga classes are based in the hatha tradition
Gentle Yoga (Series and Drop In)
Well-suited to those who are looking for a relaxed, gentle paced workout. The poses are presented with many modifications, making the class appealing to anyone with moderate physical, medical or age-related challenges. More information on Getting Started.
Intro to Yoga (Series and Drop In)
Allows you to learn at your own pace regardless of your level of flexibility (or lack thereof!). This class is a perfect fit for the new yoga student wishing to “start at the beginning”, learning the foundations of yoga practice. The class will teach correct breathing methods, increase strength in the arms, legs and torso, improve balance, posture and flexibility. You may notice the increased feeling of well-being and calm before the class is over. The advantage of a series class is that you build on what you learned the week before as you grow into your practice of yoga. More information on
Beginner Yoga: Level I (Drop In)
A moderately paced class for students who are physically healthy but new to yoga, or prefer a less-rigorous class. Attention focuses on conscious breathing, healthy alignment in poses while gaining strength,flexibility and focus. The Intro to Yoga Series is recommended as a prerequisite but not required.
Mixed Level: Level I-II (Drop In)
Open to both beginners and the more experienced practitioners. The pace will be a little faster than a strict Level I with less emphasis on alignment in the basic postures. Options will be given for both the beginner to practice safely and the experienced student to feel challenged.
Vinyasa/Flow: Level I-II (Drop In)
Open to both beginners and the more experienced practitioners. The pace increases in this class as postures flow together in a graceful way and in time with your breath. It will build heat, strength, and endurance. The sequence will vary from class to class and modifications/options will be given for those newer to the practice. It is important that the student has an understanding of basic poses, a desire for an energizing pace and an awareness of their own limitations.
“I love that Samitha teaches challenging poses, including the intermediate/prep poses and modifications to meet the needs of each participant. She really helps each person gradually advance their practice from wherever they are.”
– Angie Fosmark
Vinyasa or Flow Yoga: Level II (Drop in)
The pace increases in this class as postures flow together in a graceful way and in time with your breath. It will build heat, strength, and endurance. The sequence will vary from class to class. It is even more important that the student has an understanding of basic poses and their own limitations.
Unique, Specialty Classes:
Restorative Yoga (Drop in)
This class involves only the most delicious yoga poses. It includes very gentle stretching as well as relaxing postures that are held for several minutes. The body is invited to release and let go while the mind is encouraged to be quiet and awake.
You will experience a variety of poses that help to: * relieve anxiety and nervousness * treat and prevent head aches * soothe the nervous system *combat insomnia * relieve depression and foggy thinking * improve digestion * reduce symptoms of PMS * refresh and rejuvenate the entire body. Dim lights, soft music, bolsters, blankets and lavender-scented eye pillows will assist you in releasing tension from the body and the mind. Float home and enjoy the rest of your weekend in peace. No previous yoga experience required. All props are provided. Pre-registration strongly recommended. Class size limited.
Community Yoga: Level I-II (Drop In)
The purpose of this class is to provide yoga at an affordable rate for every one and to give new teachers a place to fine tune their skills. Pay what you can (cash or check) or use your current drop in pass.
Yoga Nidra (Drop in)
Yoga Nidra is a powerful technique in which you learn to relax consciously. In Yoga Nidra, the state of relaxation is reached by turning inwards, away from outer experiences. One appears to be asleep, but the consciousness is functioning at a deeper level of awareness. For this reason, yoga nidra is often referred to as psychic sleep or deep relaxation with inner awareness. In this threshold state between sleep and wakefulness, contact with the subconscious and unconscious dimensions occurs spontaneously. This is yoga nidra, the state of dynamic sleep. There is very little movement to this class. Come in, get into savasana (a pose that involves lying flat on the floor), and enjoy!
Mindful Yoga (Drop in)
A mixed level hatha yoga class with an emphasis on embodied present moment awareness. Attention is given to alignment and breath as well as to what is arising in the mind/heart. The intention for the class is not about form or stamina but rather about how to be with one’s experience in an open, kind, and discerning way. This practice allows you to experience pathways to meet life’s ups and downs with greater equanimity and self-compassion.
Yoga for the Nervous System (Drop in)
This class held in the Studio and Online.
Yoga for the nervous system is a trauma sensitive, mindful yoga practice that is designed specifically to help calm the nervous system and restore it to a natural state of harmonious balance. With continued practice, it helps alleviate the effects of chronic stress while promoting optimal physical and emotional health.
While all yoga can build awareness and help balance the systems of the body, the practices for this class are done with the specific intention of tending and befriending our nervous system, which is the primary driver of all of our behaviors. As we become more mindfully aware of the flow of the nervous system’s energies and the associated emotional fluctuations, we begin to have powerful tools for self-regulation and for changing our lives for the better.
In this practice, preference is given to body sensing in a pose and its functionality for nervous system regulation, rather than on form and alignment. This is done through exploring slow, rhythmic movement infused with specific breath practices that either energize or soothe the nervous system. This process of learning self-regulation is further supported with mindful pauses and stillness, and ends with a guided, restful meditation practice to cultivate, integrate, and nourish an overall sense of feeling safe, grounded, and at ease in the wholeness of our Being.
Prenatal Yoga can help you have the best possible pregnancy and delivery and ensure a loving, nurturing environment for your baby right from the start.
* Encourages awareness and appreciation for your body as you undergo the many changes that pregnancy brings.
* Can increase focus, concentration, and decrease stress
*Regular yoga practice helps to reduce swelling, back and leg pain, and insomnia
* A place to honor and share your experience with other moms-to-be.
Yoga Nidra is a powerful technique in which you learn to relax consciously. In Yoga Nidra, the state of relaxation is reached by turning inwards, away from outer experiences. One appears to be asleep, but the consciousness is functioning at a deeper level of awareness. For this reason, yoga nidra is often referred to as psychic sleep or deep relaxation with inner awareness. In this threshold state between sleep and wakefulness, contact with the subconscious and unconscious dimensions occurs spontaneously. This is yoga nidra, the state of dynamic sleep. Just come, get into savasana (a pose that involves lying flat on the floor), and enjoy!
Tai Chi & Qigong
Tai Chi – (series)
For those wanting to learn the traditional Yang style short or long form.
Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese system of slowly flowing movements and shifts of balance that strengthens the legs while conditioning the tendons and ligaments of the ankles, knees and hips, increasing their range of motion and making them more resilient and less prone to injury. The constant weight shifts practiced in Tai Chi increase balance and body awareness, leading to greater ease of movement within the practice and in everyday life. Tai Chi is a physical practice, done standing, that focuses the mind, while conditioning the body.
“I recently had major surgery. My physical therapist remarked that the reason I have done so well is because I had been practicing Tai Chi every day.” – Jim Lyons
Harvard Medical School lists these 7 Big Benefits to Tai Chi:
- Better Balance–Of all Tai Chi’s big benefits, it’s the best-documented in medical literature! Studies show that older adults who do hour-long Tai Chi sessions one to three times a week are 43% less likely to fall, and they cut their risk of injury in half!
- No More Pain–A growing number of clinical trials show that Tai Chi offers significant relief from back, neck, arthritis, and fibromyalgia pain.
- A Sharper Mind–Tai Chi can help reduce age-related cognitive decline … and even slow dementia.
- A Boost in Mood–In 82% of studies, Tai Chi greatly improved mood and lowered anxiety. Plus, it was shown to be an effective treatment for depression.
- Less Stress–Learn to step back and take a deep, calming breath.
- More Confidence–While gaining muscle and mind control.
- A Healthier Heart–Tai Chi may offer advantages over other types of aerobic exercise, especially for people who are sedentary or very out of shape. And that’s not all; it also lowers blood pressure and total cholesterol, reduces chronic inflammation, and tones the sympathetic nervous system.
Private Yoga Sessions
Private sessions allow a student to practice postures, breath practices and meditations that address their unique needs.
Helpful for: Conditions such as anxiety, depression, fibromyalgia, cancer recovery, digestive issues, arthritis, MS, insomnia, migraines, menopausal symptoms, injuries that make it difficult to attend a regular yoga class and a desire for personal instruction until confidence is built enough to attend drop-in classes.
Yoga for Veterans
In collaboration with the Veterans Administration Puget Sound Deployment Health Clinic, Three Trees supports veterans experiencing symptoms of PTSD from a recent deployment by offering free yoga classes.
Please call Suzy atfor more information.