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"I have practiced yoga off/on for 40 years. It wasn't until I met Dorothy that I started practicing every day of the week! She really knows how to relate and read her clients. I've learned so much from Dorothy in the 4 years of working with her and am better for it! Always, always professional but personable also. A warm welcoming smile!"

--Chris Robinson, Retired

  Bellevue, WA

"Dorothy is the embodiment of the warmth, serenity and positive spirit that we all strive for in yoga. She is an excellent teacher for all levels, whether you are a complete novice, a more advanced student or someone simply seeking a good stretch and a recharging of your heart center. I was a beginner when I first took Dorothy's class and was pleased that her classes were both comfortable and as challenging as I wanted them to be, and always with clear guidance about safe postures and poses. Her sense of humor and 100 megawatt smile can really get your day off to a great start and is part of why her classes always had a line forming well before the door opened. Everyone at the Coal Creek (WA) YMCA misses Dorothy, wish her the best and hope she comes back for visits. Namaste, Dorothy!"

--Dana Sullivan, President at Dana Sullivan Design/Illustration

 Greater Seattle Area

"I took yoga classes for four years from Dorothy. I am stronger, more flexible and more graceful as a result. She is knowledgeable, understanding, and always helpful. Her voice is the most soothing and calming of any yoga instructor I've experienced. Her classes were always full and we would love to have her back!!"

--Vicki O'Briant, Retired from IBM

   Greater Seattle Area

"I’ve been taking multiple weekly yoga classes for the past 10 years and have come across many yoga teachers, some good and some not so good. Dorothy epitomizes THE BEST in many ways. She excels in her field, providing skilled balanced instruction with genuine grace and compassion, always with a smile on her face. I would re-organize my work and social schedule, just so I could attend Dorothy’s classes which left me feeling inspired, relaxed and happy, not to mention stronger and more flexible.

Every class I go to, I compare the teacher to Dorothy. The bar is set high and so far, I haven’t met anyone who comes close. The Bay Area yoga students miss Dorothy and are envious of any yoga studio or student who is lucky enough to have Dorothy as a teacher. I highly recommend Dorothy if you are looking for a great yoga teacher."

--Fay Fingles

Sunnyvale, CA

Dorothy is, hands-down, the best yoga instructor I have ever had, and I've been to many different yoga classes in a variety of cities throughout the US. She is highly skilled but also makes you feel comfortable going at your own pace. She focuses on alignment and listening to your body. She strikes the perfect balance between exercise and relaxation. Her classes became the highlight of my week, and I greatly looked forward to every class. When I became pregnant, Dorothy sent me a variety of resources and also took time to suggest alternative poses; I felt comfortable knowing I had expert guidance to continue my yoga practice and accommodate my changing body without hurting myself. She also has a warm, welcoming, sweet personality. And her music choices are great! :-) Any studio would be extremely lucky to have Dorothy.

--Alison Wynn

San Francisco Bay Area

"I have taken Yoga classes from Dorothy for over three years, and not only is she extremely knowledgeable about yoga applications, she remained the center of tranquil professionalism with a gentle spirit. I am extremely thankful to her for helping me attain a higher level of flexibility and strength at age 65. I remain deeply saddened at her departure from Washington, yet I know she will continue to share her skills and talent with a new group of fortunate students."

​--Melinda Wahlstrom, Retired Consultant at Boeing

  Greater Seattle Area

"As an educator and a class participant, I highly recommend Dorothy Corrigan as a yoga teacher. She uses her expert knowledge of yoga, her kind, loving personality as well as her experience as a teacher to give her students an enriching experience in yoga no matter what the level of yoga expertise or age of the participants.....

After a class with Dorothy, I would feel like I had left a spa, relaxed and refreshed to face the day! She made everyone feel special, because each person was special to her. My hope is that she will be given the opportunity to share her expertise and her beautiful gift as a yoga instructor to more fortunate people in your area."

​--Ann Marie Braaten

​ Greater Seattle Area

"Dorothy is a  true teacher. Her ability to articulate the instructions for the poses is amazing. She is well prepared for each class, following a format which highlights the many benefits of a yoga practice. Not only does she explain how to do the poses, she also explains the benefit to the pose and is willing to integrate something different to address a current issue (e.g., nasal exercises during cold season).

 Her organization lends a sense of calm to her class. Dorothy's class follows the same format but she makes sure the poses will be varied to work the entire body. It makes her classes easy to follow yet interesting and beneficial. It adds to the calm she herself brings to her classes.

Dorothy is a genuinely caring person. She wants everyone to enjoy yoga at whatever level their abilities allow them. She makes sure to offer alternative poses to her students and always has their comfort and safety in mind.

Dorothy does all of this with her ever present smile! It was truly a joy to go to her class."
--Maryanne Q.

Sunnyvale, CA