Inside NBalance Hot Yoga & Fitness's studios, infrared-heating systems warm only the objects in studios, not the air that surrounds them. This technology prevents studios from feeling oppressively hot while still delivering the benefits of hot yoga: systemic detoxification and an intensified cardio workout. In the warmth of the studio’s confines, yoga classes range from hot yoga, during which students hold Hatha poses to increase endurance, to Vinyasa style, in which flowing transitions link Hatha poses to the sounds of upbeat music. The studio also offers indoor cycling sessions, Pilates, and TRX workouts, conducted on a suspension trainer that harnesses the power of body weight and gravity.
True to their studio's name, the staff of Hot Yoga House strive to immerse guests in a comfortable, homey atmosphere. The instructors host classes for all experience levels that bathe bodies in 95- to 100-degree heat, and they complement the warm temperatures with compassionate teachings. Each instructor brings their own character to the sessions, which follow the Barkan method of yoga mixed with elements of Vinyasa and meditation. They blend these styles to help students cultivate strength, flexibility, and personal growth, a feat normally only accomplished by doing handstands on top of a hardcover copy of Arnold Schwarzenegger's Modern Encyclopedia of Bodybuilding. Between classes, the resident massage therapist, Julia Rix, can soothe tense muscles with specialized kneading.
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Taught by certified instructors in a studio that combines yoga's sustained movements and soul-stretching poses with a Finnish sauna's infernal temperatures, Hot Yoga Nashville's classes are suitable for all ages and levels of experience. In each class, variations on poses are presented for different levels of ability, so gurus who are a few squares ahead on the Chutes and Ladders board of fitness can challenge themselves alongside greenhorns. Hot yoga seeks to de-stress the anxious, strengthen the weak, and flex the rigid into a taffy-like fluidity. Other physical benefits to the practice include improved circulation, balance, stamina, and—if sustained over multiple sessions—weight loss. The studio's heated setting tenderizes muscles to prevent injuries, and bastes the body with a savory, cleansing sweat that detoxifies as it seasons.
Yoga Source's seasoned instructors, working from passionate teaching philosophies, usher students into a state of mental relaxation and limber up their limbs during one- to two-hour group classes. Sessions convene throughout the week, with the majority of them focusing their instruction on the Vinyasa flow style and emphasizing the progression of the assorted poses. Each class combines guided meditation, standing and seated sequences, and cutting-edge pretzel imitations to cultivate a well-rounded and serene workout experience. Sessions also impart the rejuvenating techniques behind the more-static bliss yoga style, which seeks to open the core along the hips and spine and increase personal awareness. The Ashtanga primary series incorporates Vinyasa motions, controlled breathing, and gaze points into a regimen intended to bolster physical strength and endurance without requiring guests to wear exercise leggings made from solid platinum.
As a ballet dancer, David Gensheimer didn't need much help becoming lean, limber, and lithe. But when he found himself recovering from knee surgery, he knew he needed to find something that would keep him strong without compromising his healing process. In addition to physical therapy, he turned to Pilates and was won over by the sport's ability to strengthen core muscles and enhance flexibility. Though he was back to pirouetting in no time, David never lost the Pilates bug and went on to complete his Pilates training while serving as a company member with Ballet Austin and Nashville Ballet and dancing with the Houston Metropolitan Dance Company and Stillpoint.
Today, when he's not busy dancing his way through guest performances around the country, David helms Simply Balanced where he helps others strengthen, rehabilitate, and challenge their bodies through Pilates and yoga classes. Students can also try Gyrotonic classes, which blend elements of gymnastics, yoga, dance, and tai chi, performed on a weight and pulley machine that engages the entire body. Beyond transforming the way visitors look, move, and feel about spandex shorts, the Simply Balanced studio also showers them with feel-good perks such as complimentary beverages, free parking, and access to a team of highly trained massage therapists.
Ninety-minute classes at Kundalini Rising Yoga blend yoga techniques and meditations for a muscle-building—yet relaxing—experience. The Kundalini method works to increase one’s oxygen capacity while posing, with benefits such as less stress, more energy, and a stronger immune system that deflects kryptonite. Daily classes range form introductory to advanced, and include prenatal and Mommy & Me.