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Review: Yin Yoga, Reiki, & Aromatherapy

As I breathed into the second minute of the twist, I felt the stress of the day slowly melt away. The air rushing through my nostrils carried the scent of the essential oils we rubbed on our hands and feet at the beginning of our practice. The dimmed lights and the blankets only added to the aura of comfort that filled the room.

Earlier in the day, I had agreed to help my sister move into a new apartment. Hours of working around broken elevators, lifting dressers into moving trucks, and finagling couches through doorways left me drained. A small part of me regretted I had signed up to do yoga that night. I just wanted to go to sleep.

But when I passed the curtain and up the stairs to the yoga studio, I knew I was in the right place. After leaving my belongings in a cubby, I sat down on a perfectly positioned yoga mat near the front of the room. The owner of the mat politely informed me that I was supposed to get my own mat from the stack at the side of the room. Whoops! After a short laugh, I got myself together and waited for the class to begin.

The room was calm yet energized as Danielle Kurtz led us through a series of relaxing asanas. Yin yoga is a peaceful practice where poses are held for three to five minutes each. You enter a meditative state as your body begins to unwind.

Occasionally, Danielle or Hannah would come by and place their hands on us, transferring healing energy as we relaxed just a little more.

Finally, Danielle turned down the lights, and we entered a ten-minute Shavasana. Flirting with the edge of sleep, I was completely relaxed, breathing in the energy around me.

Somewhat reluctantly, I sat up for the final seconds of our practice. After a collective Namaste, I thanked Danielle and walked back down the stairs to the Seattle night. Thoughts of moving couches, beds, and dressers were far from my mind. I was entirely at peace.

Yin Yoga, Reiki, & Aromatherapy is hosted on a monthly basis at We Yoga Co. Check out upcoming dates and buy tickets here.


Michael Bjorn Huseby is a freelance writer specializing in health, wellness, and travel. He loves practicing yoga, writing music, and attempting to speak foreign languages. If you want to learn more, visit bjorn2write.com

Review: Thanksgiving Yoga With Jenny Rhodes

With dual intentions of awakening gratitude and earning my dinner, I made my way to Aditi Wellness Studio at 9:30 am on Thanksgiving morning. Jenny opened the door to the Wallingford Center with a warm smile—a nice contrast to the frigid morning air. 

After reluctantly taking off my shoes and socks (I still hadn’t warmed all the way up), I staked out a spot in the cozy yoga studio. The ample windows and attractive hardwood created a beautiful environment for our practice. 

We began by passing around a vial of Bergamot essential oil. After rubbing our hands together, we massaged our hearts with our right hands, introducing ourselves to our neighbors. The room lit up with delightful energy. 

With the class settled in, Jenny led us as we sang a simple mantra evoking gratitude and bliss. Without even a hint of shyness, we all joined in enthusiastically, synchronizing our voices as we followed Jenny’s example. 

For the next hour and thirty minutes, we worked our way through side planks, crescent lunges, and active vinyasas. We were called back to gratitude throughout the practice, even while pushing ourselves in deep chair poses. 

After a challenging yet peaceful practice, we set ourselves up with two blocks and a bolster to recline in queen pose. As we relaxed into a peaceful Savasana, Jenny gently pulled back our shoulders and opened our hearts. 

After wiggling our fingers and toes, coming back to reality, we sat up and said farewell. I left feeling refreshed, energized, and grateful. We certainly earned our Thanksgiving dinner. 

Jenny’s class was taught at the Aditi Yoga & Bodywork Studio, at 1815 N 45th St Suite 205, Seattle, WA 98103. 


Michael Bjorn Huseby is a freelance writer specializing in health, wellness, and travel. He loves practicing yoga, writing music, and attempting to speak foreign languages. If you want to learn more, visit bjorn2write.com