BE KIND. BE STRONG. BE FREE.
"Lokaah Samastaah Sukhino Bhavantu" "May All Beings Be Happy and Free" –traditional Sanskrit chant
"Be the change you wish to see in the world" –Mohandas K. Gandhi
We love being a part of this amazing community and neighborhood! We are committed to practicing "Karma Yoga", or the yoga of selfless service, in as many ways as we can. For us, this takes the shape of serving our community and to being an active participant in furthering a world where all beings can be happy and free. We are just one small business, but it is only through the actions of individuals that true change is made. We practice karma yoga in the following ways:
Sliding Scale "Community Classes"
New Tiered Payment!
As an experiment in offering truly inclusive yoga, we are giving a tiered yoga payment system a try.
Please support our efforts in this regard by using the payment option that you can afford.
These payments will be offered for all our weekly classes (on-line, hybrid and in-person). We offer these options freely without attachment, and we hope that our community will be able to balance the payment tiers: with some students who can pay more doing so that that others can attend for less. This tiered payment experiment can only continue if Lotus can thrive both as a business and as a community moving together toward a more inclusive yoga and mindful movement culture. Please know that you are welcome here.
|Single class payments|
|$0||—||Supported||—||for those who otherwise couldn't attend our classes|
|$9||—||Sliding Scale||—||for those who can pay a discounted price|
|$18||—||Sustaining||—||this pays our expenses and keeps us in business|
|$25||—||Pay-it-Forward||—||for those who can pay more to help support others|
|Class cards: Our class cards don’t expire!|
|3 classes for $27||—||Sliding scale||—||for those who can pay a discounted price|
|5 class card for $85||—||Sustaining||—||this pays our expenses and keeps us in business|
|5 classes for $125||—||Pay-it-Forward||—||for those who can pay more to support others|
|10 classes for $130||—||Sliding scale||—||for those who can pay a discounted price|
|10 classes for $155||—||Sustaining||—||this pays our expenses and keeps us in business|
|One month unlimited||—||$110|
|3 month unlimited||—||$315|
|One year unlimited||—||$1090|
Click here to purchase a new class card or unlimited.
Organizations We Have Worked with to Offer Benefit Classes
Converge Media: Converge media is an incredible NW news organization. Converge Media is a leading producer of culturally relevant content in Seattle and across the Pacific Northwest. We create videos, editorial and creative writing, podcasts, and local news coverage curated specifically for an urban audience. We believe that the Black community deserve authentic representation, a focus on our community’s issues, and equitable access to elected officials, leadership, and governmental information.
Founded by Seattle Central District natives Omari Salisbury and Erik Kalligraphy, from day one, Converge Media has been a platform to amplify not only our own original content but also the content of independent African-American creators throughout the region, providing them with access to our engaged audience that is interested in their voices and perspectives. (whereweconverge.com)
Annual Thanksgiving Day Benefit Classes: An annual tradition at Lotus from the beginning and taught by Maia Laverty, owner of Lotus these classes benefit Rainier Valley Food Bank, our awesome local foodbank (rvfb.org).
Family Yoga Benefit Classes: We are partnering with Next Generation Yoga and Nicole Koleshis to offer an on-going series of benefit classes benefiting local Rainier Valley non-profit organizations. These classes are open to our community, pay-what-you-can, and are a fun way to practice yoga as a family! All proceeds go to that classes' non-profit:
- November 2017: benefiting Rainier Valley Food Bank!
- October 2016: benefiting Rainier Valley Food Bank!
- Spring 2016: Our 1st family yoga benefit class raised over $320 and benefited:
Refugee Woman's Alliance! (ReWa: rewa.org)
Team Survivor NW: Offering a broad range of fitness and health education programs to enable women cancer survivors, in any stage of treatment or recovery and at any fitness level, to take an active role in their ongoing physical and emotional healing. For more information on their work please see: teamsurvivornw.org.
Nepal Earthquake Relief: This benefit class was taught by Julie Fournier one of our Lotus teachers who studied with a yoga teacher in Nepal. The class benefited Habitat for Humanity and their long-term efforts to rebuild from the major earthquake there in 2015. (habitat.org)
Got Green: Got Green is a Columbia City-based grassroots organization leading community organizing efforts, public policy advocacy, and leadership development programs to ensure that the benefits of the new, green economy — green jobs, access to healthy food, energy efficient homes, and public transit — are widely available to low income communities of color in Seattle/King County and beyond. (gotgreenseattle.org)
Northwest Harvest: A hunger relief agency dedicated to supplying “food for free, without dues or fees of any kind, to a network of nearly 300 independent food banks and meal programs throughout the state. For more information on their work see: northwestharvest.org.
As Lotus Yoga continues to grow we hope to expand our Karma Yoga program, please contact the studio if you have any ideas or suggestions for benefit classes or other ways in which we can continue to be a positive force in our community & our world.