The smooth roll of considered exhalations drifts up toward a high ceiling and into the garden waiting room at Yoga Flow. Though instructors there draw upon more than 25 years in business while leading classes, the floating bamboo floor and other improvements in the 25,000-square-foot center are the product of a recent renovation. Seven days a week, teachers lead yogis of all levels through classes that blend breathing exercises and hatha yoga poses. Yoga pupils settle into guided meditation, and Zumba courses let pulsing rhythms drive quick footwork beneath ebony pictographs on bamboo screens.
Sweat removes toxins from the body. Fevers burn away unwelcome invaders. Heat allows muscles to extend and contract further. Heat can be healthy, a lesson Bikram Choudhury embraced when he moved his yogic practice into a 105-degree room, 2 degrees hotter than the average temperature inside a yak. The idea caught on, spreading around the world and eventually coming to Bikram Yoga Westfield in the form of Bikram-certified teachers. They lead Bikram's classic series of 26 asanas and two breathing exercises, a 90-minute session of stretching in which each pose builds upon the benefits of the last. In addition to their signature heated yoga, the staff members also facilitate wellness with massage services, holistic nutritional counseling, and even CrossFit coaching through their sister organization, CrossFit Westfield.
At My Om Town Yoga, we believe in creating a sanctuary-like setting that is comfortable and nurturing; a place that truly allows you to be yourself. There are a multitude of classes and integrative therapies offered that encourage body awareness, harmony and promote overall well-being.
The walls of Bhakti Barn Yoga bloom with poppy-red and robin's-egg blue, reflecting nature's outer beauty in a space teeming with natural light. Ganesha, the Hindu god of wisdom, dances above yogis in a vibrant mural, waving his arms in encouragement as students stretch theirs skyward to slap him a high-five. Experienced instructors guide students of all levels through meditative Kundalini routines and flowing Vinyasa sequences. Cores grow during Bhakti Basics sessions, which teem with fundamental poses, deep-breathing exercises, and alignment pointers. To promote community and keep stress at bay, teachers pepper classes with calming tea breaks.
Bikram Yoga Princeton's intensely heated practice space enfolds students in 105-degree air made velvet by humidity as high as 40%, urging muscles to relax and stretch further during athletic Bikram sessions. Instructors attentively lead students of all ages and fitness levels through two breathing exercises and 26 poses, using standing twists and seated stretches to methodically shepherd oxygen-rich circulation throughout bodies. The physical exertion, combined with infrared heat, encourages detoxifying perspiration, purging students’ bodies of dangerous toxins to make room for the more enjoyable toxins that accompany the weekend. Throughout class, teachers demonstrate proper form, fine-tune their instruction with verbal cues, and suggest pose modifications with hands-on adjustments. After practice, the studio's shower and changing facilities allow men, women, and sentient claymation figures to regain their composure.
Whether it's open-flow Vinyasa classes, Bikram for beginners, or vigorous Ashtanga yoga, all of the fun classes at The Yoga & Healing Center pose challenges to yogis of all experience levels. Along with the center's more traditional yoga classes, participants can opt for a Soul Sweat asana practice, which combines a dynamic yoga flow with an emphasis on freedom and ease of movement. Regardless of the class, the center aims to help students get into shape while teaching them to love living in their bodies.