For The Yoga Studio’s owner Pik Chu, yoga has been much more than just an exercise routine. An instructor for more than 10 years, Pik believes yoga has helped her to overcome an early-life diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis that she was told would confine her to a wheelchair. Now wheelchair- and medication-free, Pik runs The Yoga Studio, which offers a versatile schedule. Classes range from gentle yoga sessions that focus on simple breathing techniques to restorative yoga that combines energy work with visualization. The Yoga Studio also specializes in offering aerial yoga, which utilizes soft fabric hammocks that allow individuals to suspend themselves in the air while practicing traditional Hatha techniques and making sure that gravity still works. Beginners start by alternating between using the hammocks and regular yoga mats in order to ease students into new techniques.
Movement Fantasque teaches attendees how to use the natural grace of the human body to rejuvenate the mind and body. Led by owner Louise La Fosse, the winner of two gold medals in the Tai Chi Senior Division at the 4th Annual 'Golden Gate" Chinese Martial Arts Championship, and instructors with formal training in yoga, martial arts, tai chi, and dance, the studio?s classes emphasize precision above all else, providing students with outlets for creative expression that also manage to bolster physical fitness. Small classes allow the teachers to more easily provide individualized feedback and guidance for students of all skill and fitness levels.
Owner Bethany Hooks?s dancing skills landed her in such Broadway shows as Grease, My Fair Lady, and Rent. Her impressive r?sum? also includes an assistant choreographer position for Holland America Cruise Line, which took her to Hawaii, Alaska, and Mexico. She now runs Just B... Dance & Fitness, where students as young as 2 years old can learn ballet, modern, tap, jazz, and hip-hop dance moves.
Yoga is a personalized practice, and the instructors at bYs Life Yoga Studio cater to the needs of virtually all their visitors by offering classes specifically tailored to the skill levels of beginners as well as more experienced students. Whether visitors are looking for a physical practice that alleviates stressful thoughts or builds muscle tone, the schedule accommodates their needs. Introductory lessons teach newcomers how to focus on their alignment and breathing as the instructors provide individual attention and feedback. For a more invigorating practice, the studio offers faster-paced, energetically flowing Vinyasa-based classes as well as sessions that use sustained stretches to develop core strength. Restorative yoga provides a different approach altogether, using gentle poses to promote relaxation and healing in students.
The instructors at YogaSource strive to make yoga accessible to everyone, regardless of age or ability. To meet that goal, they offer eleven types of classes split between two studios, which are kept at different temperatures to accommodate those who prefer to stay calm and cool during practice, as well as those who like to sweat as they stretch. Yoga basics and intro to Hatha classes lead newcomers from pose to pose to build a foundation for future practice, and may incorporate props such as straps, blocks, and donuts that dangle just out of reach. Advanced options include power Vinyasa, where students flow through rigorous poses in 90-degree temperatures believed to help increase flexibility and promote detoxification, as well as the open-level class—known as The Practice—in which instructors and students attempt handstands and other challenging feats.
Founded by Jan Hutchins and guided by his 38 years of yoga experience, Yoga Center of Los Gatos relaxes away stress and anxiety with its holistic wellness practices. Hosting classes from early morning to late at night, Yoga Center's schedule proves nearly as flexible as its experienced and welcoming yogis. Beginners can start with the Basic & Beyond class, which moves at a slow pace to enable careful pose perfection, and established spiritual sportspeople can opt for power Vinyasa sessions, which combine intense strength, stamina, and moderate levitation with focus and centering practice for the mind. For a less exercise-centered practice, transformational yoga and restorative yoga employ meditative scrub brushes to scour away the day's tensions. To ensure healthy yogic practices, instructors must first approve students before they can register for advanced classes or shuffle a pack of cards with their feet.