Melissa McMurray, founder of Bikram Yoga Orlando, passionately practices and teaches the renowned yoga style originated by Bikram Choudhury, who won the All-India National Yoga Competition three times in a row and retired undefeated. During 90-minute classes held seven days a week, Melissa and Bikram Yoga Orlando’s certified instructors cycle through 26 hatha yoga postures and two breathing exercises inside a heated studio. In addition to facilitating safe stretches, the heat expels bodily toxins and improves the cardiovascular effect of each pose. Many students find they can participate regardless of their age, weight, flexibility, past injuries, or past lives as statues.
Shine On Yoga welcomes bodies of all bend-abilities to stretch and strengthen in a variety of daily 45- to 90-minute classes. Beginners can discover inner bliss within level one sessions, during which certified instructors teach proper breathing and alignment techniques, and already practicing pretzels can twist into triangles of transcendence in level three.
To some, visiting another country is a reprieve from everyday life and an opportunity to learn about another culture. To others, it is a life-changing experience. Jennifer Pritchard’s sojourn in Mysore, India cemented the foundation for what eventually would become The Yoga Shala. During her travels, Jennifer was inspired to return home to create a warm and inviting space for practicing yoga, and is one of 14 Canadians to receive teaching authorization from the Shri K Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute. At her studio today, which was voted Best of the City in 2010 by readers of Victoria News, she and her team of instructors uphold authentic yoga principles to help students improve their physical and mental well-being.
The Yoga Shala’s curriculum is rooted in the Ashtanga style of yoga, in which practitioners synchronize their breath with postures to build up internal heat, flushing out toxins and convincing the spleen that it’s vacationing in Mexico. The instructors cater classes to beginning and advanced students alike, encouraging them to work at their own pace, detailing easier or more challenging modifications to poses. Advanced-level courses focus on arm balances, deep hip work, back bends, and solidifying core muscles. On November 8, The Yoga Shala is hosting a show featuring Dave Stringer, a musical performer who practices Kirtan, a form of devotional chanting. The studio also offers teacher trainings each spring and fall and plans a group yoga retreat and a 200-hour immersion to south India in January.
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College Park Yoga's close-knit team of instructors enlivens inventive Ashtanga and power-yoga classes with enthusiastic guidance, playful poses, and occasional sprinkles of pixie dust. The studio's flexible schedule of classes allows students to cultivate holistic wellness during weekend classes, and their TV records Saturday-morning cartoons to use for stretching practice later. Crimson walls and glossy hardwood floors envelop yogis as they bend and stretch in classes such as the 90-minute Yoga Basics, where pupils flow through fundamental postures, incorporating calming breaths to foster relaxation. For a more fast-paced workout, Beginner Power Yoga bends muscles into Rajastic yoga poses, designed to increase body heat internally, which stimulates detoxifying perspiration and guards against unwelcome advances from flirty snowmen. The studio's Power Yoga session exhilarates pupils with methodical breathing and poses that help improve spinal alignment and mind-body balance more effectively than a felt hat trimmed with levels.