At Yoga West, experienced, dedicated instructors promote healthy, centered lifestyles with sessions that unite the mind and body within a nurturing environment that emphasizes community, not competition. Owner Kristin Abel—whose motto is "It's just yoga"—welcomes patrons of all ages, shapes, and skill levels to ease into the relaxing world of yoga at their own pace, learning to release stress while having fun and getting fit. In classes suited to those who are stretching across the mat for the first time to advanced yogis, Abel and her team of dedicated instructors foster the release of toxins as students flow through Vinyasa's series of poses or stretch and soothe the body in restorative-yoga classes. The instructors also lead sensual belly-dancing classes and TRX resistance classes to bolster core muscles and cardiovascular systems without the need to jog with a giant sloth clinging to your back.
At the various Dahn Yoga studios throughout the country, it's quite common to see people bouncing up and down while hitting their abdomens with closed fists. Like the fighter who pumps himself up by pounding his chest before a big fight, the students perform this movement to help warm up their bodies and prepare them for a Dahn Yoga class. Practitioners believe the repeated fist taps concentrate energy in their abdomen and help them focus.
Next, they move on to more traditional yoga moves that help stretch and strengthen the body, as well as improve balance and boost circulation. Classes wrap up with a variety of energy work and meditation techniques, including brain-wave-vibration therapy and jigam—which helps practitioners quiet their minds and take a break from trying to figure out which really came first: the chicken or the egg?
This type of East Asian energy work drives Dahn Yoga, helping its participants create more balanced lives and enhance their overall feelings of well-being. Because it doesn't follow a strict set of yoga poses, but relies instead on mind-body exercises, Dahn Yoga is good for people of all ages, body types, and fitness levels.
Pieces by local artists, yoga demonstrations looping on a flat-screen TV, and comfy furniture all line the sun-soaked lobby at Bikram Yoga Sugar Land. The waiting area exudes the same soothing vibes students find inside the studio, where teachers lead 90-minute yoga sessions. Each class consists of 26 postures and two breathing exercises, which pupils of all ages and body types enact in a room heated between 105 and 107 degrees. The heat helps bodies stretch during the intensive cardiovascular workout, which burns calories, melts away stress, and increases flexibility.
If that sounds overwhelming, don't fret––the studio hosts beginner's classes several times a day, and supplies helpful info for first timers. Bikram Yoga Sugar Land even offers courses for kids, special-needs children, and babysitting for moms. Once class lets out, students can enjoy one of the studio's relaxing spa treatments, which range from massage therapy to organic facials.
Bikram Hot Yoga Missouri City's certified Bikram instructors aim to help students of all levels and ages diminish waistlines, build stamina, and limber up in temperatures of up to 105 degrees with 40%–45% humidity. While fostering personal growth within their students, they systematically work muscles and tendons across the entire body while flowing through Bikram's rigorous sequence of 26 postures and two breathing exercises. The therapeutic heat, meanwhile, facilitates safer, deeper stretching as it helps coax out toxin-laden perspiration and raise heart rates, much like middle-school slow dances.
In addition to offering onsite showers, the studio ensures a hygienic practice space with antibacterial flooring, water-filtration systems, CO2 sensors to maintain the level of fresh oxygen flow, and an ultraviolet air-treatment system that zaps unwanted microbes.
After undertaking a three-week foray into asceticism, Body & Brain Holistic Yoga's founder Ilchi Lee reached an epiphany about the interconnectedness of the body, the mind, and the universe at large. In an effort to share his newfound philosophies with others, Lee formulated a holistic yoga technique adapted from a 9,000-year-old text and sun do, an ancient Korean practice that mixes yoga, tai chi, and meditation techniques. Nowadays, senior and basic instructors teach Lee's curriculum at facilities across the county, where students can tap ki energy during various classes and workshops, including Dahn yoga classes, healing chakra workshops, and the five-step Brain Education Systems Training (BEST). BEST training teaches natural healing techniques that rely on the brain and involve no copays to the medulla oblongata. Each program at Brain & Body Holistic Yoga is designed to imbue participants with physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual benefits.
Dahn Yoga integrates Korean Taoist philosophies and holistic Korean Oriental medicine into a form of yoga that strives to forge stronger connections between mind and body. The certified instructors at Dahn Yoga adhere to these ancient practices and help students of all ages and fitness levels develop core strength, which, according to Dahn philosophy, is the basis of physical, mental, and spiritual health. Through classes, private lessons, and workshops, students learn to link postures with breath control, ultimately developing greater bodily awareness. Besides improving flexibility, strength, and posture, instructors also emphasize the brain's role in overall well-being. They lead brain exercises that challenge and sharpen the mind to develop more productive habits and levitate pennies out of mall fountains.
Dahn Yoga's founder, Ilchi Lee, also built a comprehensive brain-development program—called Brain Education—from the principles upon which Dahn Yoga is founded. Combining physical, emotional, and cognitive exercises with guided imagery and games, Dahn Yoga's instructors develop emotional control, improve communication between the brain's hemispheres, and inspire guests take decisive action. This program has five progressive steps that can be applied to a dedicated yoga practice as well as everyday life.