At East Wind Yoga, instructors have options for every skill level. Basic classes ease newcomers and returning students into the body mechanics of yoga. Flow classes improve their breathing and cardiovascular endurance, and yin classes combine postures from hatha yoga with deep stretches to address any joint compression and misalignment. Held in a room heated at 105-110 degrees, hot yoga classes help purge toxins after a long day of sleep-testing sarcophagi. Intense Yosu yoga targets balance through the use of soft and rubbery BOSU balls.
Each of the studio's two locations offers a welcoming interior of paper lanterns, exposed brick, and stacks of colorful yoga mats for rental.
Hailed by the Auburn Journal as the Best Yoga Studio of 2010, Canyon Spirit Yoga's experienced instructors unfold a varied schedule of Vinyasa flow yoga to nourish strength, flexibility, and concentration. Seize control over internal ventilation systems and bickering organs during Beginner Yoga, which interlaces breath, gentle movement, and relaxation. Instructors assist experienced pupils as they glide through Energizing Flow's seamless sequence of challenging Vinyasa flows, head-over-heel inversions, and bicep balances. Stress flees from practitioners of all levels during Yin and restorative yoga, as sustained postures unlock stiff hips and waves of serenity wash over the mind, infusing it with a fresh-from-the-clothesline scent. Within Canyon Spirit Yoga's confines, enthusiastic instructors ensure a serene practice space by enforcing a no-cell-phone policy and piping in soothing serenades performed by on-staff crickets.
Tony Hunt started taking karate classes at the age of 25, after spending years wishing he had the courage to sign up for a class. But when he did, he was hooked immediately and started earning his belts. Today, Tony is a fourth-degree black belt who has been teaching karate since 1987. His classes instill discipline into his students, who learn the art of Shotokan karate within his immaculate dojo. There, he leads children and adults through perfecting their strikes and jumps in hopes that they will apply karate's lessons of self-confidence and honor to their own lives, even on weekends.
Equipment: Rouge, GetRxd, WOD
Students should bring: Water, towel and a great attitude
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1–5 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Come ready to work out and have a great time.
Curves encourages women to take the reins of their physical health with positive, supportive fitness classes and gym sessions. Pioneering the circuit-training regimen, the gym's trainers crafted a 30-minute workout that accommodates women of all fitness levels with a combination of strength training and cardiovascular exercises. For maximum benefit, workout sessions operate in tandem with the trainers' encyclopedic knowledge of diets, nutrition, and gravity.
Though Studio Be offers up a wealth of workout classes, it's much more than a fitness center. The establishment's focus on community and connection shines through its centering yoga sessions, highlighting its motto "Be peaceful, be present, be you." It moves beyond physical fitness, inviting members to give their souls a workout during Reiki and Ayurveda workshops, serenity-inducing concerts, or play days with crafts and stories.