Hot yoga doesn't just help practitioners lose weight, increase flexibility, and tone muscles. It also helps them heal from life-threatening injuries. Bhakti Yoga South Jersey owner Ed Gergler is proof of that. After a near-fatal car crash, Gergler discovered hot yoga, which helped him treat his chronic back pain without surgery. It was so effective that he switched careers from a construction pipe worker to a yoga teacher and studio owner. Now he and his staff lead students through heated yoga classes that strengthen their cores and Warm Yoga with Nidra that helps them reduce stress and achieve peaceful mindsets. The teachers even offer up tips to new students, encouraging them to drink plenty of water and keep an open mind.
The Yoga Sanctuary's impassioned instructors helm an extensive array of classes that cater to varying skill levels and yogic interests. Tasked with centering minds and corralling stampeding thoughts, Hatha sessions indulge arching limbs with a gentler yoga style that bolsters stamina and mindful concentration. Vinyasa classes enlist a dynamic series of fluid transitions that integrate measured breaths, crafting an invigorating sequence of poses that flows with the grace of a waterfall in zero gravity. Throughout the kinesthetic symphony of Ashtanga yoga's intensive regimen, the style's Primary Series of poses sculpts lithe limbs with powerful postures that hone the strength and flexibility needed to arm wrestle an octopus.
Lorean, Open Center Yoga’s seasoned leader, sits crossed-legged on the glossy wood floor, focusing her breath before leading yogis of all levels through her lineup of flexibility-building classes. She guides students in setting their intentions—points of focus to transfer from yoga to day-to-day life, such as calming one’s mind, becoming more adaptable to change, or harnessing enough will power to finally beat _Donkey Kong_—to connect spiritually to the practice. The classes can include visualizing chakras and channeling energy. Throughout the 75-minute sessions, students build muscle and increase their flexibility while flowing through the fluid postures, and workshops offer a more spiritual experience in which students meditate using deep, even breaths to quiet anxious thoughts and assuage tension.
Laura Rothstein co-founded Yogasphere in 2005 with the goal of making yoga accessible to everyone. These days, Laura, co-owner Elle Kaplan, and their team of instructors follow through on that mission by hosting an array of yoga services, from vinyasa yoga classes to six-week prenatal yoga workshops. To gear up for the workouts, students can check out The Boutique at Yogasphere, the studio's on-site shop that sells yoga apparel.
• For $49, you get a punch card valid for a five-pass punch card (a $100 value) and a 30-minute personal training session (a $60 value; a $160 total value). • For $49, you get a punch card valid for a five-pass punch card (a $100 value) and a 30-minute massage (a $55 value; a $155 total value).
At Integrative Fitness Pilates, instructors Linda and Susan draw from decades of experience in yoga, fitness training, and Pilates to restore bodies to lithe, strong, naturally healthy forms. The studio places a special focus on holistic training, putting the body on a self-healing path through posture reeducation and therapeutic movements. Through specialized-equipment courses or simple mat exercises, students in Pilates can improve their range of motion, build a lean, powerful core, and forge a strong connection between body and mind. Restorative Pilates courses help clients overcome injury and chronic pain with 10 weeks of exercises and therapies designed to release tension and stiffness.