It takes plenty of dedication just to stay in the 105-degree studio for 90 minutes at a time, which is what many of Pure Yoga Austin's students do multiple times a week. Mardy Chen followed her own devotion to the practice to open Pure Yoga Austin with help from her husband and co-director, Jeff Chen. Their team of certified Bikram Yoga instructors share the sweaty yoga style that has been known to help students of all fitness levels achieve leaner physiques, improved athletic performance, and greater mental clarity. The signature Bikram sequence of 26 postures help students develop strength, improve flexibility, and attain the heat endurance necessary to succeed at spelling bees held in saunas.
Like so many others before her, Heather Craig found relief from her problems in exercise. After surviving a near-fatal bout with poly-cystic ovarian syndrome in her mid-20s, Heather found herself plagued by a lack of motivation and energy. By her early 30s, she knew something had to change. She forced herself to visit a gym, and soon she discovered Pilates. The impact it had on both her physical and mental well-being was immeasurable.
Now a Peak-certified Pilates instructor, Heather leads private lessons inside her cozy home studio. Thanks to her past, Heather has no problem relating to her clients and their diverse range of goals—she has to fight every day, too, to stay fit and motivated. So she’s created a space to do just that, complete with spots for mat work and a Pilates reformer. During sessions, Heather provides hands-on instruction, making sure to move at a comfortable pace and emphasize proper form with every exercise.
Sacred Streams has classes to suit every lifestyle, including bodhisattvas, those expecting regular babies, and those seeking increased flexibility and inner peace. For a fast, fat-burning ride of flowing poses, test-drive a vinyasa class, or dive downward-dog first into the slower, more-deliberate hatha practice. Those hoping to free up stored energy can opt for the rapidly moving kundalini practice, while those in need of a self-pampering can cozy up to a restorative class rife with pillows and blankets. Buy one for yourself, and gift the guys from your sewing circle or the ladies from your crocodile-wrestling club to join you on your journey across the yogaverse.
Bolstered by knowledgeable guidance from a certified instructor at the bright and spacious Davenport Village studio, budding and seasoned Pilatesfolk alike will develop new ways to discipline unruly areas and strengthen muscles through a range of controlled motions and resistance. In two private sessions (a $150 value), a pre-requisite for Pilates neophytes, a personal instructor determines individual fitness goals and develops a regimen to properly strengthen cores, improve flexibility and posture, and balance the body’s energy like a teeter-totter holding two cans of Red Bull.
Arching spines and unfurling limbs fill Breath and Body Yoga's studio space during sessions of gently-heated, extroverted yoga. The studio's daily schedule accommodates students with varying fitness and stress-relief goals with classes such as 90-minute Baptiste Power Vinyasa yoga, which challenges muscles with 53 dynamic yet modifiable poses designed to strengthen muscles and mental focus, and Hour Power Flow sessions condense the regimen into a 60-minute workout that includes hand balancing and inversions.
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Nicole Shaw and Brandon Hartsell opened the studio in an effort to create a consistent, reliable stretching space for students of all skill sets as well as a yoga program that combines hot yoga with regular yoga in a delicious yoga stew. Instructors are required to complete more than 500 hours of yoga schooling—including training in anatomy, philosophy, ethics, lifestyle, and technique—before getting the green light to lead lessons wearing a cape and holding a yoga whip.
Beginner-friendly health and vitality is a 90-minute course that will help you perfect 34 postures in a climate-controlled studio. At the beginning of the year, try a class in the Intro Series, meant to remove your yoga fear by helping those who are intimidated understand the practice. Yoga veterans can challenge themselves to the stamina and strength class, which helps hone movement and breath, and move at a more vigorous pace. View a list of all courses here, with specifics regarding temperature, humidity, duration, skill level, and ghost likelihood. Redeem your voucher at either the Triangle or North Hills Center location (see locations by scrolling down to the bottom of this page).
Testimonials praise Sunstone Yoga for aiding in weight loss and pain removal:
- After about 6 months he told me my posture was better, the sway in my back had diminished and that my overall health had improved. – Charles Opheim
- I like to practice yoga at the end of the day because it helps me to integrate, accept and release. Yoga is about strength, balance, focus, self control and clarity. – Ed Rankin
- Not only has yoga shaped my appearance, it has been instrumental in shaping my heart and soul. – Rachel Davidson
At Dharma Yoga’s recently erected, 2,400-square-foot studio, flickering candlelight gives the earth-tone hues and gleaming hardwood floors an inviting glow. Like stumbling into a lounge-singer convention, the studio’s comforting vibes relax the mind with calming music as the band of certified instructors gently guides students of all experience levels through a series of healing physical postures. Though classes vary in style—ranging from the dynamic Vinyasa flow to slower-paced meditative classes—each session explores traditional Indian yoga and Buddhist practices.
In the course of more than a decade of teaching and practicing yoga, Dharma Yoga founder Keith Kachtick has served as the senior instructor with the Lineage Project, a nonprofit that offers meditation and yoga practice to prisoners in the New York City area. Keith has also contributed his yogic philosophies to publications such as Yoga Journal, Newsweek, and the New York Times. His codirector, Camilla, has a master’s degree in social work and a background as a clinical therapist. These experiences fuel her nurturing teaching style, especially in yoga-therapy sessions, which are designed to help to release physical, emotional, and mental tension.