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Day 14 Seattle-Yoga Bliss-Maria Bliss

Mercer Island

Mercer Island

After learnin’ a boatload from the body alingin’, mind-expandin’ Masters of Seattle Yoga over the past 2 weeks, the YoYos were feelin’ a little power (Yoga) lust coming on.  Word on the street was that no trip to Seattle’s top yoga studios would be complete without a body-drenchin’, heart-openin, rockin’ time at Yoga Bliss located in the “you got to be kiddin’ me” neighborhood of Mercer Island. Arriving early, we went lookin’  for a park for peacein’- out before wringin’ it out, only to realize this giant island IS a Park with  endless biking trails, walking paths, “never seen on the planet earth” flora and fauna, and mondo-beyondo mansions.

Maria Bliss

Maria Bliss

Entering the small “downtown”, we headed over to “Power it up” with Maria Bliss- real last name, owner of Yoga Bliss located next to not just one – but two Starbucks! This intimate studio painted with hues of deep color; powerful purple, and heart charka green accented with rich wood tricked the poor YoYo minds into thinking they had entered a spa.  The friendliness of Amy at the front desk was overwhelming, welcoming us as one of the energetic yogis who call Yoga Bliss home- and the YoYos felt good!

Super-smilin’, super-fit, super-awesome Maria Bliss, highly trained by the superstars of power yoga came in after riding her bike ½ way around the island to her studio, a ride she takes daily to give her exciting, super imaginative classes.  “OM”ing into killer creative Sun Salutations, Maria turned up the heat and turned on the music challenging the class with fluid, fun flows that allowed the YoYos to stretch and strengthen every fiber of their being. Wheels turnin’ , sweat drippin’, this unique class works the mind and body in a way that begs you to come back for more…and more …and more it will be, the next time these Power Junkies return to this epic hub of “takin’ it to the edge” yoga.

The Ultimate Mountain Pose

The Ultimate Mountain Pose

Crossing the bridge “home” was like a nostalgic e-ticket ride at Disneyland. Standing over the endless sparklin’ water; the majestic, impossibly giant, snow covered Mount Rainer stood in a most amazing Mountain Pose giving the YoYos guidance and inspiration for what was to come…as they continue this amazing journey!

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Day 23 Portland-CPY SE-Jill Allen

CorePower Yoga SE Portland

CorePower Yoga SE Portland

Havin’ experienced a most outrageous butt-kickin’ at CorePowerYoga NW, the masochistic YoYos decided to travel across P-town to check out the latest, greatest creation of this national powerhouse. Enterin’ CorePowerYoga’s SE location, we found CPY’s  signature urban hip space; filled with friendly yogis chattin’, comfy couches for hangin’, spa-like dressin’ rooms for chillin’ and outrageous yogi wear for stylin’ while takin’ some of the most rockin’ yoga classes on the planet.

Jill Allen

Jill Allen

Findin’ our way inside the sparklin’, sun drenched space; we found our 2×6 next to the dazzlin’ wall of windows and breathed deeply while waitin’ for this innovative studio’s premiere teacher, Jill (ie) Allen, a sweet, killer red-head with a gentle demeanor – at least for the first few minutes. Her filled to capacity class of faithful followin’ “love to power it up” yogis began with a “come onto your mat- and into your body warm-up” that soon lead to a, “you gotta be kiddin’ me- this is kickin’ our butt”, unique flow that made the YoYos wonder how they could be totally wrung out, and beggin’ for more. This girl mixed it up and kept the YoYos on their toes… feet, heads and hands as we envisioned Jill spending days, hours and weeks in creation of those perfectly sequenced asanas. Consistently, she tested the commitment, strength and balance of her super – experienced students, as she guided those “up for a challenge newbie’s” right along with the pros. Her precise adjustments and spine-tingling foot massage in savasana clued the YoYos that Jill was a supreme massage therapist… You can be sure to find the YoYos blissin’ at Jill’s place, Just Breathe Oregon.

Wrung out, calmed down and lovin’ the world as we oozed out the door , we decided to do some YoYo roadtrippin’ research and check out not one, but many of the zillion happy hours that help make this electric city a YoYo fave!

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