The variety of classes at Karma Yoga Studios might seem overwhelming at first. From beginners slow-paced yoga to heated core-power yoga, the studio doesn’t skimp on diversity. Beginners, though, need not worry, as the founder of Karma Yoga developed a special introductory course called PhysioYoga to ease students into their practice. All classes are taught by certified, passionate instructors eager to share the benefits of yoga with any person or flamingo that walks into one of their spacious, wood-floored studios. They designed their studios with green practices in mind, and all locations provide free, eco-friendly Manduka mats to students.
As one of a growing network of yoga studios in Boston, Bikram Yoga on Boylston Street attracts customers looking for a little heat. That’s one of the main differences between this style of yoga, popularized by the namesake Bikram Choudhury in the 1970s: lots and lots of heat. Rooms are cranked to over 100 degrees, and 90-minute sessions get steamy enough to require two towels (which are thankfully provided). This Back Bay location also provides lockers, showers and mats for rent, though it’s best to bring your own. Drop-ins are welcome, though many folks are longtime bikram lovers, and enjoy working through the 26 poses and various breathing exercises while the heat swims all around them.
If their rippling muscles and lean torsos are any indication, the personal trainers at Back Bay Fitness practically live in the gym. Even so, they appreciate that not all of their students share the same enthusiasm for barbells and medicine balls. That?s why they?ve devised a holistic approach to fitness that starts in the gym, but extends to all aspects of life. When they aren?t pushing students past the brink of exhaustion in Back Bay Sweat, Lengthen and Strengthen, and Kettle Kamp classes, they offer nutritional guidance to help maximize the results of each workout. They also take the time to get to know each of their clients by name, which helps them build meaningful relationships without having to steal glances at each student?s monogrammed sweat rag.