A brand-new yoga studio beckons stretchers seeking more than just sweat from their exercise regime, as a Chopra Center–certified yoga instructor helps guide disciples down the path toward physical, mental, and spiritual peace.
Blending Hatha yoga and primordial-sound meditation—an ancient Vedic tradition designed to silence mental distractions—classes of up to 80 stretch, meditate, and practice turning invisible in unison. Sunrise yoga practiced at 6:30 a.m. Monday and Wednesday on the rooftop (weather permitting) gives yoga bears a chance to greet the sun personally, Hatha yoga classes at 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday give limber limbs a good workout, and relaxation yoga at 6 p.m. Monday and 6:30 p.m. Thursday helps purge stress leftover from the workplace.
Taking its name from the classic Audrey Hepburn film, Yoga at Tiffany's blends modern pampering with time-honored calisthenic techniques at its elegant studios. Passionate teachers draw from diverse experiences—ranging from Catie Coon's years of Ashtanga study to Whitney Haney's background as a CrossFit and BodyFlow instructor—helping students tone their bodies, soothe their spirits, and calm their minds with posing and breathing techniques. Classes span a range of disciplines and skill levels, such as the cleansing and stamina-boosting of a Hot Hour of Power, or the stress-reducing balm of a gentle-flow session. After mastering backbends in a Flying Warrior class or toning muscles with deep, static stretches, guests can work away tension with massage therapy, or attract swarms of butterflies with body-sugaring treatments.
One could say that 1996 was one of the worst years of Sara Alavi’s life. Within the span of months, she lost sight in her left eye, was diagnosed with MS, and developed a heart condition. Any one of those conditions could have debilitated her spirit, but Sara always lived by the mantra of “gratitude toward the gift of life and being grateful for our loved ones' lives.” That devotion to celebrating life led her toward the mind-calming and body-strengthening practice of yoga. After continued dedication to the ancient art, her eyesight returned and her health began to skyrocket.
Now a certified yoga instructor herself, Sara uses her earth-toned studio to host the bodies and minds of her students. Her yoga classes aim to improve bodily health by increasing blood flow and releasing muscle tension while stimulating the mind for sharper concentration and funnier Mad Libs. In the studio’s flower-curtain-lined healing room, Sara performs the raindrop massage: a combination of essential oils and reflexive therapy. She balances disrupted energy flows with reiki healing and assists at-home meditation with a guided relaxation CD.
At Nothing but Class, seasoned instructors lead fitness-goers and dance enthusiasts alike during energy-packed group classes and hip-hop parties. A full schedule of 45- to 60-minute group sessions inspires coordinated calorie torching and synchronized sweating, with 5–10 students in each. Participants slide into traditional routines such as yoga and Pilates, or join a combination class such as Barre None, which increases stamina through a fast series of modified ballet moves centered around a folding chair and mat. The Booty Camp class tones each participant's derrière and the Pole Aerobics class employs a vertical pole and swinging moves to strengthen the body without dancing or cage-fighting.
Students should bring: Water and towel recommended, not required.
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: No
Parking: Parking lot
Q&A with Denise Springer, Owner/instructor
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
Eclectic playlists and evolving yoga sequences make each class unique - plus, we're fun.
Do you run your gym according to a particular exercise philosophy?
We think yoga provides a powerful opportunity to change and improve life, but it's also fun. We approach yoga with a sense of wonder and a sense of humor.
When and how did you first develop a passion for fitness?
I've been an active person always; I just feel better, internally and externally, when I'm active. Yoga is the most balanced approach to fitness I've ever experienced. It's not just about the body??it's about the mind, emotions, breath, and outlook.
Lifelong yogi Katie Windom views the age-old physical art form as a remedy to life’s many ills, from stress and pelvic pain to depression. Katie’s multipronged perspective presents itself in her diverse list of classes, which includes hatha yoga, hot yoga, and sessions catered to kids and teenagers. As a master reiki instructor, Katie injects energy-based spirituality into several of her classes, which she prepares for with a complimentary meditation session every Monday morning.