Denise Benitez, Founder of Seattle Yoga Arts, has been fascinated by the human body ever since she realized she had one! She has spent much of this lifetime delving into the curious phenomenons of embodiment and consciousness, beginning with candle-gazing at the age of 13. When she found the practice of yoga at age 16, which combined these two great passions, she was instantly and forever in love with its artful and profound approach to movement and being. She has studied yoga for over forty years, and has taught since 1985.
Denise is inspired and informed by multiple streams of yoga. She studied Iyengar yoga beginning at age 16 with many esteemed teachers of that method, and since 1992, she has been galvanized by the Anusara principles of alignment and by the study of Tantric philosophy which informs her teaching of hatha yoga, and her mantric meditation practice and instruction. She looks to nature, animals, her students, the great mystical masters of embodiment exploration and her own observations of the life of the body and soul as resources for her teaching. Lessons are everywhere in the way that life gracefully and abundantly renews itself.
Denise founded Seattle Yoga Arts in 1990. She thinks that being a yoga teacher is a high calling, and takes her student's well-being and development seriously, while also appreciating a good joke and loving to laugh. The greatest students and teachers in Seattle (probably the world) continuously stream to the studio, creating a vibrant, amazing, and big hearted yoga community, to which she is happy to welcome you.