Having trekked to Minnesota from India, South Africa, and across the United States, the instructors at Yoga Prairie pack a world’s worth of experience into a single studio. They each have attended at least 200 hours of certification training, and all share a focus on practicing yoga with correct physical alignment. During daily classes, the instructors guide students through diverse, therapeutic programs based on traditions including Hatha, Vinyasa, and Ashtanga. They also operate as a 200- and 500-hour yoga teacher training program, helping students work toward becoming instructors themselves.
At over 100 locations throughout the country, CorePower Yoga (CPY) invites students to creative classes that meld movement, breath, heat, and music into entrancing routines to energize the body and mind. Signature CPY classes are taught by approachable certified yoga instructors who lead students through dynamic, Vinyasa-style flows with demonstration and verbal cues, helping pupils of all experience levels tone core muscles and cultivate balance. CPY also offers teacher training and lifestyle programs to empower students to become yoga instructors or to just advance their individual practice. During construction of all its new studios, CPY strives to use recycled content, install eco-friendly and efficient mechanical systems, and ensure that any waste created doesn't end up in landfills or just piled in Mr. Henderson's garage.
In 2009, Kelly Larson and Jenn Holm turned what was once just an empty space in a strip mall into a serene yoga haven, replete with cushy cork flooring, soft lighting, and a modern sound system. Along with a team of certified yoga teachers, the duo strives to share yoga's physical and mental benefits with practitioners of all fitness levels, packing their schedule with classes suitable for beginners, advanced students, or children. They lead a variety of styles, including gentle Yin yoga, more advanced hot yoga, barre, and XY fitness.
Yoga 4 You is also the only studio in Minnesota licensed to teach Yoga Body Boot Camp—a total body regimen that fuses yoga and adrenaline-raising moves inspired by the popular shows The Biggest Loser and Survivor.
The Absolute Beginner series meets once a week for four weeks and provides novices with the basic tools they need to get started down their yoga path with nice posture. During your month-long session, under the expert guidance of an experienced, friendly instructor, you will learn the fundamentals of yoga asana (poses) and pranayama (breath work), as well as gain a general understanding of the different forms of yoga so that you can choose to continue training in a style that best suits your current physical condition and goals. Call ahead or go to the Yoga Center's website to register for your four-week series.
At Green Lotus Yoga & Healing Center, instructors facilitate spiritual growth from the inside out. Yoga and mat Pilates classes can improve your strength and balance, while meditation sessions foster relaxation via breathing exercises. Inside intimate treatment rooms, practitioners administer a wide range of holistic healing services, including acupuncture, massage, and reiki. Founders Marcia Appel and Merry Beth Hovey also lead retreats, such as a recent trip to India, where students were able to deepen their studies and sharpen their agility by striking a tree pose atop the spires of the Taj Mahal.
CorePower Yoga founder Trevor Tice knows yoga is much more than a tool for increasing physical strength. "We've seen first hand emotional breakthroughs, physical improvements, and most of all, a new found confidence and balance our students carry from the studio into their daily lives," says Trevor. To further their holistic efforts, CorePower provides additional services and programs across various locations. Some outposts house spas where visitors can quiet their minds with a massage or facial, while others host Karma Yoga events wherein teachers lead free classes for cancer survivors, and students share home-cooked food with homeless youths.
But yoga resides at the heart of CorePower's mission to inspire as many people as possible, so each studio boasts a range of classes that accommodates all experience levels. Truly serious students can conjure pensive expressions as they enroll in a yoga-teacher-training program, and all patrons can take comfort in knowing their studio was built from recycled materials and equipped with energy-efficient fixtures.