Traditional Hatha yoga is the focus at The School of Royal Yoga Inc, but despite the classic approach, the staff there strive to make the practice accessible to non-traditional audiences. Here, the broad range of yoga classes caters not only to newcomers and experts, but to seniors, teens, and children. Extra gentle yoga classes are available for those recovering from special needs or those who haven't exercised in some time, while mother and baby yoga classes provide a unique bonding experience for parents and children and are open to babies as young as six weeks. This dedication to spreading the joys of yoga also manifests itself in The School of Royal Yoga's nine-month yoga-instructor certification course, which readies participants to lead their own classes.
Fitness Yoga Studios stretches out its arms to encourage everyone, at every experience level, to improve their strength and flexibility with yoga. Though it specializes in Vinyasa flow, a breath-focused style of yoga, Fitness Yoga Studios offers a wide variety of classes, while a convenient schedule aids in achieving and maintaining physical, spiritual, and emotional health for budding yogis. Unwind with the gentle yoga class, perfect for newbies or a jury that’s snuck out of its deliberation, or challenge the body's limits with the hot Vinyasa flow session, where guests flex in a room heated to about 90 degrees. Students can obtain newfound energy in the yoga renew class, which emphasizes proper alignment, or increase their range of motion in the yin/Vinyasa sessions. Novice contortionists can also try out the soothing, fluid motions of the classic Vinyasa experience and enjoy profound meditation once their Third Eyes have been safely pried open.
At Dana Hot Yoga, the path to relaxation is sprinkled with sweat. Within a heated studio, Vinyasa classes—which accommodate both advanced yogis and beginners—mix rigorous sequences with meditative breaks. By varying the pace and intensity, instructors ensure each workout targets almost every muscle while bringing the mind to stillness. And the warmth is an integral part of the experience as well, as it helps loosen up tendons so they flex further and release stored toxins.
Even though the environment is hot, the prevailing attitude is anything but. Teachers stress that students needn't be flexible or have ball bearings installed in their joints before taking their courses. For them, consistent practice and a positive outlook are more important than perfection.
While studying under renowned Ashtanga masters, Mark Nelson, owner of The Yoga Garden, learned that each person receives unique benefits from their yoga practice—be it the calmness felt postclass or the increased physical strength gained from core-centric poses. His roster of instructors, a diversely trained group, teaches with this knowledge in mind. The guiding yogis include a prenatal yoga master, a former philosophy student and martial artist, and a published author who pens poetry when she is not positioned in downward facing dog. The faculty also offers lessons in Pilates and meditation, allowing clients to choose from multiple, mat-paved routes to inner peace.