After graduating from Penn State, sisters Jessica Bajoras and Jamie Malinowski went into pharmaceutical sales. Sharing a passion for healthy living, both sisters eventually found their way to yoga and were studying with instructors across the country. Though they achieved success in the sales world, Jessica and Jamie decided to realize a lifelong dream of opening a business together when they founded Prima Yoga. Today, they offer classes in Bikram yoga, a hot-yoga style that involves 26 postures—participants simply must contort their bodies into all the letters of the alphabet, i.e., a hyper-charged version of the “YMCA”—and two breathing exercises over the course of 90-minute sessions. The sisters teach these sessions in a heated room with antibacterial flooring.:
Yoga Lounge was founded as a studio where yogis new and old could grow into their yoga practice. This explains the range of class styles that they offer: restorative yoga gently heals achy muscles, while challenging power flow whittles muscles and hones concentration. Over time, those who stick with the practice report a slew of health benefits, including improved flexibility body-wide, increased strength, and a deep-breathing technique that helps when challenging a dolphin to a diving contest.
The experienced instructors at Stray Dog Yoga Studio shepherd body benders through a series of Vinyasa movements executed in a heated room. Pupils stretch and sweat their way through the flow, which unites movement with breath the way a magnet unites Dad's finger paintings with the refrigerator door. Each class challenges partakers to push their bodies, find the limits of their flexibility, and discover a sense of peace within themselves. Stretching students of all levels can participate, as modifications for difficult poses allow beginners to follow along and work toward improvement.
Inside The Li'l Yoga Shop's powder-blue studio, students strengthen muscles, flexibility, and mind-body connections under the guidance of certified yoga and Pilates instructors. Instructors spread themselves across three levels of yoga classes that vary in difficulty to accommodate practitioners of all abilities, easing beginners into the practice with fundamental poses and breath work and challenging decorated warriors with advanced strengthening and balancing postures and flawless 21-sun salutes. The Li'l Yoga Shop's resident meditation specialist and spirit-animal tamer, Eden Kozlowski, leads peaceful meditation sessions to help pupils calm minds and enhance body awareness. Pilates and Yogilates instructors focus on pushing students through rigorous workouts to build up core strength, alignment, and flexibility through efficient floor exercises that isolate specific muscle groups across the entire body.
Although Lifesource normally dedicates itself to the age-old practice of yoga, occasional age-appropriate exotic-dance workshops shimmy their way onto the class roster. Instructor Jessica Rawson began teaching at Lifesource in 2009 and has 28 lunar rotations, or two years, of private pole-dancing and exotic-dance lessons under her belt. During the course of the two-hour workshop, Jessica will take the pole's helm and instruct participants in a variety of exotic dance techniques, from pole dance and lap dance to strip-tease techniques and cheeky burlesque moves. Although participants will wear their clothing, the techniques can be easily applied to garment-free activities at a later time. As your inner seductress makes her way to the surface, you'll build confidence and engage rarely used muscles, sometimes resulting in day-after pangs of soreness and a self-assured saunter.