Chair Yoga


This class is taught by:

Ashley Northup

I took my first yoga class about 16 years ago at a gym in San Francisco and it quickly became part of my weekly routine as it helped me deal with the stress of being a middle school special education teacher. After being home with my children for six years, I realized that I missed teaching and still loved yoga. It seemed obvious to combine the two and become a yoga instructor! However, I did not picture myself teaching traditional classes. Lots of ideas came and went, but ultimately, I decided I wanted to teach yoga to individuals that did not see traditional yoga as accessible. This group includes senior citizens that are working with aging bodies, people with limited mobility due to injury or other physical limitations, or people who are just beginning to add increased physical activity to their lives. For all of these people, chair-based yoga can offer tremendous benefits. After completing a 200-hour teacher training in the spring of 2016, I took more courses in chair yoga instruction and began teaching in the fall of 2016. Sharing yoga with my students brings me great joy. Guiding my students on their journey to discover yoga and all of its benefits is such a privilege. By striving to keep the atmosphere warm, light, and fun, I hope to create a space where everyone feels welcome and comfortable to discover their personal yoga. Come join me!

Audrey Benton

Audrey has been practicing yoga since the 1990’s, first with Erich Schiffman and Bryan Kest videos and later taking Bikram Method Hatha Yoga from local teacher Marta McDermott in a gym. Later, she walked into Belltown Bikram Yoga (now closed). It took the hot room to show her that yoga was what she wanted to do for the rest of her life. Audrey considers teaching yoga to be a calling. Audrey’s first yoga teacher certification was with Bikram Choudhury in 2002. She remains passionate about this style of yoga. In 2004 and 2005 she completed Power Vinyasa teacher trainings with Baron Baptiste (Level 1 & 2). From 2004-2005, she also completed 3 teacher trainings with local teacher Lisa Black (again in the style of Baptiste), including the TAP program, which is dedicated to hands on adjustments. Thinking of her beloved niece and nephews, Audrey completed the Rainbow Kids Yoga teacher training in 2009 and a Next Generation Yoga training in 2015. Though teaching in very physical styles, she is also drawn to more passive practices such as Yoga Nidra and Yin Yoga. One consistent piece of feedback Audrey has always received is about the quality of her voice. Yoga Nidra puts her voice to use in a new way. In 2009, she completed a local training with Laura DeFreitas in Richard Miller’s iRest method followed immediately by a teacher training with Richard Miller himself. Regarding Yin Yoga, Audrey is self-taught in the style of Paul Grilley having studied everything that he and his senior teachers have ever published. She's been teaching Yin since 2009. In 2011, she was asked to train her peers at Fusion Hot Yoga in the style of Yin Yoga. She strives to make all of her classes as rich as possible. She's passionate about teaching yoga in a way that is equally accessible and yet challenging to all levels from beginning through advanced simultaneously.

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"Life is movement. The more life there is, the more flexibility there is. The more fluid you are, the more you are alive." -- Arnaud Desjardins

Improve and maintain mobility, stability, and strength, through seated and standing postures. If appropriate students will work on getting down to, and up from, the floor safely.  All abilities and ages welcome. 

Upcoming classes:

  • Wed Mar 29 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm with Ashley Northup
  • Fri Mar 31 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm with Ashley Northup
  • Wed Apr 05 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm with Ashley Northup
  • Fri Apr 07 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm with Ashley Northup
  • Wed Apr 12 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm with Ashley Northup
  • Fri Apr 14 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm with Ashley Northup
  • Wed Apr 19 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm with Audrey Benton
  • Fri Apr 21 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm with Audrey Benton
  • Wed Apr 26 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm with Ashley Northup
  • Fri Apr 28 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm with Ashley Northup
  • Wed May 03 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm with Ashley Northup
  • Fri May 05 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm with Ashley Northup
  • Wed May 10 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm with Ashley Northup
  • Fri May 12 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm with Ashley Northup
  • Wed May 17 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm with Ashley Northup
  • Fri May 19 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm with Ashley Northup
  • Wed May 24 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm with Ashley Northup
  • Fri May 26 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm with Ashley Northup
  • Wed May 31 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm with Ashley Northup
  • Fri Jun 02 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm with Ashley Northup