Alicia Barrett was climbing the typical corporate ladder at a Fortune 50 retailer after receiving a bachelor’s degree from Western Washington University and a stint at a regional retailer.
Yoga had long been a part of her personal life, so she decided to make marry it with her professional life by opening Tuladhara Yoga Studio rather than continue that trek through corporate America.
“Yoga was very transformative for me,” she said. “I thought it was something the community could really benefit from.”
She received her 200-hour Yoga Alliance accreditation and then opened her studio last spring, while she is working on her 500-hour trainer certification through Semperviva Yoga.
Her Lakewood studio offers varying levels of yoga training at various times of the week to fit the needs of the students, whether they want to simply improve their physical fitness and flexibility or want to become more personally centered through meditation.
“People choose yoga for a reason,” Barrett said. “They come to yoga because they weren’t finding what they were looking for in a gym. I want people to get what they need from each of the classes.”
Each class includes movement and flexibility positions, meditation and “breath work” to help students learn how to better get in tune with their bodies and their limits rather than compete with others in the class.
“The idea is to respect where you’re at,” Barrett said, noting that students are encourage to modify yoga poses to fit their needs and limits rather than feel pressured into doing it “right.” They can then build from there and reach for a physical balance through practice that then translates into a balanced life out of class.
Tuladhara, after all, comes from the ancient Sanskrit word “Tula” meaning balance. Tuladhara is someone who embodies balance in their daily lives and changes the world by striving to always be the best versions of themselves through taking care of their health, practicing peace with themselves and others.
“How you deal with things on the mat is how you deal with things in life,” Barrett said.
Students who are frustrated on the yoga mats because they feel pressure to do the yoga pose perfectly will feel frustrated in their work, their lives and their relationships, so the studio strives to be supportive rather than competitive. The seemingly simple practice of focusing attention on breathing and being present in a yoga class can help students be present and focused in their everyday lives in the outside world.
Tuladhara Yoga Studio offers an introductory package for $30 for unlimited classes for a month so people new to yoga can see if the classes are right for them as well as prices for individual classes and unlimited memberships for more active students.
The studio teaches Vinyasa-style yoga that focuses on strength building and cardiovascular health and Yin Yoga that focuses predominately on stretching. Classes are held in a moderately heated room, between 80 and 85 degrees to provide comfort that is not nearly as hot as a “hot yoga” studio.
Tuladhara Yoga Studio offers an introductory package for $30 for unlimited classes for a month so people new to yoga can see if the classes are right for them. There is also pricing for individual classes and unlimited memberships for more active students.
Tuladhara Yoga Studio is located at 7304 Lakewood Dr. W, Suite 12 in Lakewood. More information is available at TuladharaYoga.com or by calling (253) 244-9056.