Birmingham Yoga slowly transforms its students into stretchier, bendier humans with a varied assortment of yoga classes. In an intimate, comfortable studio space, cork floors keep participants tacked down in firm form as they link their postures and breathing in an Ashtanga Vinyasa class (offered six days a week), or flex their way through the lengthy poses of a Yin Yoga class. Experienced and certified instructors ensure that all students, be they novice or elite yogis, get top-quality training, a relaxing experience, and helpful guidance as they make their way down yoga’s inspiring path to self-discovery and the corner convenience store.
Casting beams of solar qi on spiritual soils, yogis of all skill levels develop a healthy awareness of their bodies through controlled breathing practices during Sun Ray Yoga's Iyengar or Ayurveda classes. Certified instructor Becky McCune––who has 12 years experience teaching Iyengar classes—leads intrepid students through a flowing and athletic style of yoga that emphasizes proper form and body alignment. She also teaches a slower style of the class for those with specific body soreness or physical ailments. Ayurveda teacher Liz Campbell uses her experiences as a holistic nurse to help guide limbs into poses that relieve pain in the lower back caused by day-long wheel-barrow races. Both instructors teach a five-day schedule geared toward increasing flexibility, preventing injuries, and relieving tension.
Quiet Mind’s professional muscle manipulator Ethan Crowell relieves tension and bodily pain with therapeutic neuromuscular massages. The firm yet gentle pressure of a Swedish massage transforms coiled sinews into pliable clay, obliterating stress deposits and freeing up bodily energies confined in subcutaneous bubble wrap. Liberal applications of Prossage Heat warming cream heighten relaxation and stimulate circulation. Alternatively, aromatherapy introduces aromatic essential oils, which combine with the massage's soothing strokes to create a holistic experience that can invigorate, relax, or balance clients' checkbooks. Ethan Crowell possesses extensive experience and credentials, including licensing by the Alabama Board of Massage Therapy.
Everyone is welcome at Love Yoga. The studio offers two classes per day, including beginners', basic, and heated classes. Open classes lend a workshop aspect to sessions, combining asanas with philosophy and myth. Instructors Kumari and Adam Shirley bring an incredible breadth of experience to the classes they lead, thanks to Kumari's and Adam's background.
With a lineage that traces back more than 30 years to its founders' respective schools, Tiger Rock Martial Arts has grown to more than 200 locations nationwide. Tiger Rock's primary focus is tae kwon do, through which certified trainers teach youngsters the skills to defend themselves, as well as confidence and discipline. Adults can learn tae kwon do as well or encounter martial-arts moves in a calorie-torching aerobic workout. Tiger Rock also partners with sports teams to bolster their training or with corporations to get their employees up, moving, and healthy.