Local Mercer Island yoga studio , seeking more space for a growing, stress-relief seeking clientele, announced reopening at its new and improved Town Center location Monday morning.
Closing down at their old location Sunday, Nov. 13 and reopening just two blocks down on SE 27th Street at 7803 SE 27th Street (across the street from ), Yogabliss founder and owner Maria Bliss didn't miss a beat. She said the doubling in square footage and creating two studios will offer her 18 instructors more opportunities to interact with over 500 members.
“Too often I see conversations after class wiggled into a corner, or pushed out into the cold because of lack of space," she said. "Ultimately we want to develop and deepen relationships in the studio, which in turn provide a framework for working together to address community concerns.”
A "Grand Opening" open house event is planned — complete with live music performed by a group of African drummers — for Saturday, Nov. 19.
The new space also offers men's and women's locker rooms, a massage room and yoga-oriented retail. According to a press release about the move, Yogabliss's improved facilities are outfitted with infra-red radiant heat, allowing for "hot" hatha yoga classes.
“We have designed our hot yoga practice to build both physical strength & flexibility, while increasing mental focus. It’s not ‘Bikram Yoga’, but it’s plenty hot so be prepared to sweat!”
Bliss said she and other Yogabliss instructors also keep involved in charitable community efforts, from making dinners for a student in need, to raising money for charities such as the Union Gospel Mission, , Treehouse, and various women’s shelters in Seattle.
According to a press release, Yogabliss teachers have often donated their income to support these causes and taught complimentary classes to various Mercer Island school and community groups.