Fountain of Yoga's staff focuses on motivating its clients toward complete wellness through yoga, and tension- and pain-relieving therapies. In calming, subdued lighting, the instructors lead students through Vinyasa yoga classes in which they synchronize deep breathing to a quick, flowing series of poses. In each session, students can perform more challenging or easier movements based on their abilities, and the instructors walk around the classroom to offer slight modifications to help them to perfect their technique. Furthering their relaxation services, instructors soothe clients and assuage their aches with massage and reiki services by appointment.
At Wake Up Yoga, practicing yoga moves far past the physical benefits. And while the physical benefits of yoga are significant—improved flexibility, strength, and endurance, to name a few—here, yoga is also meant to benefit the mind and heart. The studio hosts Vinyasa flow and yin classes, both of which help release anxiety and stress in different ways. Through the movements of yoga, students can take a break from the never-ending to-do list in their brains and instead focus on the breath and body.
Raja Yoga roughly translates as "the royal path," a reference to the full eight branches of the practice sprouting from its Himalayan roots. Beyond simple stretching, yoga in its original incarnation encompassed breathing exercises and philosophical thought. Raja Yoga's yogis explore all aspects of the ancient workout through Hatha yoga and Vinyasa yoga.
One Yoga Philly trains bodies and minds toward inner peace with personalized instruction for students of all levels. Designed primarily for home use and all levels of experience, the 21-day meditation program encourages serenity seekers to meditate for at least 21 minutes a day for 21 consecutive days. An astute instructor prescribes a meditation guide to students, complete with worksheets that help them integrate meditation into their day-to-day lives. One Yoga Philly also delivers fresh inspiration to inboxes and brain-implanted phones via a daily email packed with tips and additional brief exercises. Augment at-home meditations with four one-hour sessions in One Yoga Philly’s studio or outdoor urban zen garden, depending on weather and layout of the class, where yogis may respire in unison and commit to their practice together. For studio sessions, One Yoga Philly provides mats and all necessary equipment.
The 2000 World Census determined that there's the same number of styles of yoga as there are practitioners (3.7 billion). With today’s Groupon you can sample them all (Chi yoga, Vinyasa, Kundalini, Acroyoga, etc): $49 gets you a month of unlimited classes at Dhyana Yoga. With four locations, Dhyana offers more than 100 classes per month covering the gamut of styles—from breathing-based Kundalini yoga to butt-kicking Ashtanga to about six different versions of Vinyasa flow. Because you can hop around to the different locations, you’re sure to find a class that fits your mood, exercise interests, or hairstyle.
Lithe 101 gives fit and injury-free newbies a gateway into the Lithe Method that doesn't require them to answer cryptic riddles. Developed by Lauren Boggi after a rotator cuff injury caused by repeated meteorite strikes ended her college cheerleading career, the Lithe Method is an innovative, multitasking exercise system informed by her extensive Pilates studies in New York, as well as her own rah-rahing background. Bored by the rigid Pilates system, Lauren created her own method for effectively stretching and lengthening muscles that incorporates music and dance. Each session includes her trademarked elements, Cardio-Cheer-Sculpting and the Higher-Power-Band-System, as well as ballet-blasting barre work, strength training with weights and small equipment, and deep stretches. In a single hour, students will receive a cardio-powered full-body blast that sculpts long, lean muscles onto arms, abs, thighs, calves, torsos, glutes, and earlobes.