Oak park Yoga has taught yoga to thousands of people over it's 10 years in existence. People keep returning because they like the professional quality of the instructors, the serene and meditational environment and the benefits they feel from the classes.
Village Pilates Studio's owner, Regan Hoerster, boasts an impressive 1,000 hours of apprenticeship work, earning a master's certification with The Pilates Center in Boulder and another certification with the Pilates Method Alliance. She draws from her extensive education to create a comfortable, friendly environment with class styles to accommodate patrons of all skill levels and varying needs. Hoerster offers one-on-one private lessons and semiprivate lessons with a maximum of four participants, which are especially beneficial to beginners. The small class sizes enable her to devote ample attention to each person to foster the development of proper technique. More advanced patrons can opt for gender-specific classes, large-group mat classes, or those that incorporate props such as the barre, pole, and low chair. Reformer machines—built specifically to enhance Pilates workouts by adding resistance to the exercises—line the walls of the hardwood studio, with the majority of the floor space left open for performing mat work and impressing fellow students by forming every letter in Mississippi with your body.
The instructors at Ahimsa Yoga Studio lead classes that have something to offer yogis of any age and skill level. Those new to practicing yoga can jump into the art of precise stretching and breathing in beginners’ yoga, whereas experienced practitioners can learn more in-depth maneuvers in hatha Vinyasa sessions. Prenatal yoga classes gift soon-to-be moms with a number of exercises that alleviate tension and discomfort, and in Yoga Kids classes, children as young as 4 can channel their abundant energy into noncompetitive movements. Instructors also helm teen yoga meetings that teach calming techniques to soothe anxiety over upcoming tests, summer jobs, or passing the limbo portion of the state driving test.
Former Yoga Trek students Kate Wester and Catherine Cappel carry on ownership of the studio passed on to them by their former instructors, leading a staff of impassioned yoga teachers as they guide students in the physically dynamic Vinyasa and Ashtanga styles of yoga. The instructors accommodate students of all skill and fitness levels except in the most advanced sessions, which transition between challenging poses at a rapid pace. Beginners and intermediate students can build up practice over time, learning to incorporate meditation and mindful breathing techniques to center thoughts while bolstering physical stamina with traditional yoga poses. Instructors help to prepare students before class by passing out any yoga mats, supportive props, or chakra-warming space blankets guests need.
Students should bring: Mat, towel, water. These items are also available for rent or purchase, if students forget to bring their own.
Average class length: 60–90 minutes
Number of Staff: 5–10 people
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: No
Good for beginners: Yes
Pro Tip: Come hydrated, on an empty stomach, and ready for a challenge.
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
Bikram yoga helps students feel better—not only physically—but mentally and emotionally, too. If you feel stressed, anxious, worried, or have trouble sleeping, take some yoga. It helps keep you balanced, both on and off the mat.
The luminous hue of Get Fit, Now! Fitness Studio's lime green walls match the vivacious nature of its classes, many of which are built around music and dance, like Zumba, which incorporates Latin beats into the workout. The combination of groove and physical exertion helps Get Fit achieve its goal of making exercise a fun and engaging experience. The fitness studio welcomes adults aged 16 and up and seniors of all physicalities.