Indigo Wellness Center's professional ligament-looseners shepherd students of all skill levels through yoga classes designed to bolster the body and mind. In addition to traditional Hatha and Vinyasa yoga courses, the schedule of 90-minute classes also includes Adaptive Yoga, an Iyengar-based class relying on props, and Gentle Yoga, an easygoing session geared towards every age and body type. Take an afternoon break from office work or robot husbandry with the quick and restorative Lunch Box Yoga, or commence weekends with a cocktail of fitness and mental tranquility in Happy Hour Yoga. If your muscles are shy, then warm them up slowly in a four-class beginner yoga fundamentals workshop. Indigo Wellness Center's helpful staff assists experienced yogis and namaste-newbies alike in determining which class and instructor would fit them best.
At Sweaty Ganesh Yoga studio, yoga serves as a transformative journey for every person who enters. All students, no matter their experience or skill level, are recognized for their current ability and empowered to test limitations of strength and flexibility. Along with beginners’ hot yoga classes, held throughout the week, the studio also holds classes for kids 6–12. Workshops help students perfect bow poses, backward bends, forward folds, and stretching postures. The fundamental approach teaches strength and flexibility while the postures test balance.
Led by founder Sandy Adler, certified Anusara instructor, Freedom Yoga's instructors lead classes throughout the week for both beginners and more advanced students. Instructors tap into their experience, skill, and dedication to help students develop a safe and meaningful yoga practice, searching within themselves and their pupils to align spiritual centers, increase strength, and boost flexibility. Rather than using intense exercises or giant marionette strings to affect the mind and body from the outside, Anusara's poses originate from within the body, using deliberate breath and movement as a form of meditation to hone the mind while helping the body increase its strength and balance.
The last thing Leigh McCarthy wants is for anyone who visits her studio to feel uncomfortable, so she rids the air of pretension right away. "I am not the picture of perfect physical fitness, nor can I form my body into a pretzel," she writes in her bio. She understands that everyone comes to yoga for a different reason, perhaps to stay in shape, maybe to improve posture, or possibly even to fulfill a dream of being Stretch Armstrong for Halloween. Leigh began practicing to help manage her anxiety and chronic back pain, but it was the peace of mind she discovered that led her to continue.
This understanding that yoga is a journey infuses Leigh's instruction. She takes a patient approach with all students, encouraging them to develop at their own paces. To enhance the benefits of her classes, Leigh partners with massage therapist Andrea Banks, who performs Swedish and restorative massage, manual lymphatic drainage, and craniosacral therapy.
Exercise is for everyone. That's the belief at The Lotus Studio, where classes include yoga, Zumba, dance, and specifically designed fitness classes for seniors. Yoga classes range from flow-style and power yoga to relaxing yin yoga and chair yoga classes for those with weight-barring limitations. Zumba, meanwhile, feels more like a party than a workout, as participants burn calories while moving to easy-to-follow dance steps set to international rhythms. Kids get to have fun during Tumble Bugs gymnastics, ballet, and other dance classes to distract them from asking for a pony before every meal.