World Peace Yoga thrives on a sense of community. Through the movements performed in each class, instructors aim to create a feeling of connection. They believe that yoga allows its practitioners to tap into reservoirs of love and empathy and that by healing oneself, each individual is closer to healing the world. This philosophy seeps into every aspect of the studio. It starts in the studio’s roots—a diverse band of instructors who infuse their certified teaching methods with rich, varied personal experiences—and branches out to each student with sundry class offerings such as spirit-energizing Laughter Yoga and body-toning Pilates mat classes. World Peace Yoga is a part of World Peace Earth, a foundation dedicated to creating change both on a global scale and within individual habits and mindsets. The foundation aims to foster a more peaceful world through small actions such as sustainable eating habits and larger gestures such as creating a sanctuary for exploited horses.
The experienced team of instructors lead both novices and seasoned yogis through sequences of poses in Hot 60 or 75-minute sessions or creative Yoga Flow with Music courses. In addition to yoga, the studio hosts Pilates, Cycle Alive, and BarreAlive workouts. The studio holds 51 classes per week, 15 of which are for beginners.
Students gather in Clear Wellness's practice spaces in small groups, focusing all attention on their instructor, who bends and curves limbs gracefully while demonstrating exercises with enormous muscle-toning potential, enhancing every gesture with directions to guide attendees' movements. Each workout blends elements from different disciplines, including Vinyasa- and Iyengar-style yoga, Pilates, TRX suspension training, and reiki, creating hybrid workouts demanding vigorous physical exertion and sharp mental focus. By limiting each class's attendance to four students, instructors can monitor every individual's form and posture, providing slight hands-on adjustments to correct any missteps. Outside of the practice room, staff members stock the shelves with TZone skincare products, which help to reverse the signs of aging with antioxidant-rich balms, collagen-building formulas, and millions of microscopic babies to fill pores.
Modo Yoga's signature 40-posture hot-yoga series blends standing poses with prone poses?such as corpse pose?on the studio's cork floors. That doesn't mean the classes are all identical, though. Some encourage a meditative silence, while others focus on flowing transitions between postures. Each instructor brings a personal flair to teaching, too, often setting a session-specific goal, such as building students' awareness of their breath or strengthening their core muscles.
Cydney Rabe has always loved the boost in strength and flexibility that Pilates afforded her, but it was a car accident that made her realize the important mind-body connection it also fosters. This realization came when she managed to completely heal her resulting shoulder injury through Pilates. At Core a Movement Studio, she follows the teachings of Joseph Pilates while harnessing the latest workout equipment—including Pilates Reformers, springboards, and Exo-chairs—to amplify each core-sculpting workout by pumping up resistance. And she keeps her Pilates and Corealign classes between 3 and 10 students to ensure that everyone receives personal attention as they strive to improve their posture and carve out fitter frames.
In January 2014, temperatures in Cincinnati dipped as low as -6 ?F. The chill wasn't just unpleasant?it wreaked havoc on piping systems beneath the ground. But when a pipe froze and burst at The Breathing Room, the center's passionate owners and instructors decided to turn their bad luck into a blessing.
Instead of throwing their hands up in despair, they set to work making their yoga and Pilates studio into even more of a serene retreat than it had been before. They embarked on a full renovation, installing radiant floors to emanate therapeutic heat, and building a new second Pilates space and locker room. Today, the new and improved studio welcomes students to classes ranging from Booty Everywhere, a barre-fusion class that sculpts students' bodies with ballet-inspired movements, to Cardio Pilates, which centers around challenging Reformer workout techniques. An aesthetician, massage therapists, and Ayurvedic specialists have also joined the team, and a fluffy white canine named Duke regularly attends classes to help students fine tune their downward dog poses.