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Imagine: you step into the studio you booked through your phone. Everything is personalized to your preferred temperature, volume, and even scent. You roll out a mat and take a seat. The wall-to-wall screen in front of you reads “Welcome”, followed by your name and, as soon as you settle in, your one-on-one virtual class with a world-class instructor begins.
Sounds like something from the future, right? Well, the future is here thanks to Sanctuary, Seattle’s immersive, customizable yoga and meditation studio.
Most of us don’t have the time to go on an exotic, days-long meditation retreat, but with Sanctuary, all you need is an hour and a half to enjoy a refreshing and rejuvenating escape.
Opened at the end of September 2019, the studio occupies a second-floor suite in a building near the waterfront on Elliott Ave., nestled between Belltown and Lower Queen Anne. The startup has has been met with rave reviews and lots of interest since their grand (and relatively quiet) entrance to the wellness scene, boding well for their goals of expansion over the next decade.
So, what should you expect for your first visit to the innovative studio? Get ready for a luxury experience, beginning with the ease of booking your studio time on the Sanctuary app and getting to choose all your settings beforehand, so everything is ready for you upon your arrival. You’ll be handed a cup of locally-made Miro tea to get you in a calm headspace and then sent on your way to your private wellness oasis. And there’s no need to worry about bringing your own mat, blocks, straps, or anything else — Sanctuary has all of that available for you.
Just choose from a range of yoga practices and meditation sessions then prepare to be whisked away by one of the pre-recorded classes shot in gorgeous locales like Morocco, Mexico, and our very own Bainbridge Island. And between the floor-to-ceiling screen, the colored lighting, and the immersive sound set up, you’ll feel like you’re right there with the instructor, downward dogging on a mountaintop.
Once you’ve finished working those muscles (and your mind), you'll get an additional 30 minutes to extend your savasana or take a shower in their five-star bathroom complete with organic, ethically-sourced soaps and toiletries by Sangre de Fruta — whatever you need to prepare yourself to head back to the real world.
But—no surprise here—this first-class experience comes with a first-class price tag. While your initial session is free (woohoo!), after that, it’s $50 for a private session or $30 for a group session, where you can bring up to five friends.
So, if you need to press pause, but don’t have the time or funds for a relaxing vacay, stop by Sanctuary, your new self-care haven.
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