UPDATE: Following the most recent guidelines from public health authorities,
face masks must be worn by all participants while indoors.
PLEASE NOTE: Due to a concert in the nave, Cathedral Yoga will be cancelled on September 27.
Every Monday at 6:30 p.m.
In the sacred space of Saint Mark’s Cathedral, this spiritual practice is designed to improve health, release tension, and deepen spirituality. It is a gentle, restorative, and contemplative practice, and the instructors guide the group in ways that welcome newcomer and experienced practitioners alike. Pay what you can.
Please bring your own mat. At this time, masking is required for all participants at all times while inside the building.
About the Cathedral Yoga Ministry
The Cathedral Yoga ministry was launched in the fall of 2013, offering a one-hour practice in the sacred space of the cathedral nave each Sunday evening. Over the course of the next 6 years the ministry created a devoted community. For some, it was yoga that brought them through the doors of Saint Mark's for the first time. It is spiritual practice, but its spirituality emerges through an intense, focused bodily awareness. The classes are gentle, restorative, and contemplative. Participants are asked to pay what they are able.
In March of 2020 the offering was suspended, and it remained dormant for the remainder of 2020 and into 2021. After some unsuccessful attempts to offer Cathedral Yoga virtually, the ministry will begin again as a weekly in-person offering on July 26, 2021.
About the Instructor
Wendy Townsend first came to Saint Mark's in 1996, and has been involved in Cathedral Yoga since its very beginning in 2013. For those who think that yoga teachers are all super-flexible contortionists, it may be interesting to know that Wendy has both scoliosis and spinal stenosis. In 2020, after experiencing terrible pain, she went through serious back surgery— a laminectomy in the lumbar region. After a lot of healing she is now pain-free and practicing yoga as she has been for over 50 years!
How did you first get involved in yoga?
I loved the first yoga class I attended in 1964 in Boston. I then always went to yoga classes wherever I was—in Manila and Sydney and then here in Seattle. Through the years I experienced many different types of yoga and studied with a lot of yoga "stars". Finally I did my teacher training with Ana Forrest and Shari Friederickson.
What are your goals for a Cathedral Yoga class?
My goals for Cathedral Yoga are to have people receive a visceral sense of the sacred, to leave feeling better than when they came, relaxed and stretched out.
If someone was on the fence about attending Cathedral Yoga for the first time, what would you say to them?
Individuals have told me over the years how much they enjoy yoga on the altar platform. No other yoga setting can compete!
The idea of attending a yoga class can be intimidating to someone who has never done it before, but it's worth the adventure. Cathedral Yoga is always taught in a way that will be rewarding for people of all levels, including absolute beginners. Some have found that practicing in the huge space of the cathedral nave actually make them less self-conscious than they feel in the smaller space of a typical yoga studio!
2021 Cathedral Yoga Schedule
Below is the current schedule of Cathedral Yoga offerings doe 2021. Special offerings, such as guest teachers and accompanying musicians, are being planned—please check back!
- August 2
- August 9
- August 16
- August 23
- August 30
- September 6
- September 13
- September 20
- September 27 • CANCELLED
- October 4
- October 11
- October 18
- October 25
- November 1
- November 8
- November 15 • cancelled or potentially relocated TBA
- November 22
- November 29
- December 6
- December 13
- December 20 • cancelled or potentially relocated TBA
- December 27