Dora Gyarmati is the owner and instructor for Spira Power Yoga, opening in the Admiral District this spring.
UPDATE: Spira Power Yoga coming to the Admiral District
The former location for Herban Feast Catering in the Admiral District at 2332 California Avenue s.w. is set to become a yoga studio by the name of Spira Power Yoga.
The owner/instructor is Dora Gyarmati who has been teaching yoga for five years though practicing for 15.
"I came from Hungary when I was 17, " Gyarmati said, "and went to UCSB to study neurobiology. I worked in that business developing drugs and began studying yoga and then I found that I could really help people with it so began teaching full time."
The new shop, "if the construction gods are smiling," will open May 15 "but probably June 1."
Prior to making the decision to open a studio in West Seattle Gyarmati did an extensive study of the market, looking at demographics and existing yoga offerings and decided she could bring something different to the area.
She practices a "slowing style" of yoga in which poses are held for a few breaths, "then you continue slowing into another pose."
Other work such as pushups and "sun salutations" is sometimes done between poses as well. "I was a competitive athlete for many years and I haven't been in as good shape as I am now. I haven't set foot in a gym for probably eight years."
She points out that while it's a "butt kicker of a workout" it can be modified to suit any body. "I have practitioners in their 60's and their 20's."
If you'd like to learn more, you can visit her current site (the new one is under construction) at http://www.mindfulpoweryoga.com/
and reach Dora through firstname.lastname@example.org .
"I like the vibe in West Seattle," she said, and she chose the name Spira "because it is a latin word that means breath and in etymology also means body, and mind and is the root word for inspiration.
"I picked a latin word because my goal is to teach yoga more as a western mindful discipline and take it out of its hinduism roots (...) I think yoga got stuck in this esoteric world of hinduism that actually isolates a lot of practitioners. I want to make it more about what is current in our lives right now."