At Essential Hot Yoga, formerly Sumits Yoga, students stand squarely on the hardwood floors of the heated studio as they celebrate four years in business. Instructors lead them through 75-minute classes, fusing inspiration from Hatha and Ashtanga power-flow styles of yoga to create a dynamic and fluid practice. Essential's two styles of hot yoga cover a sequence of balancing and energizing physical postures, called asanas, set to motivating music. The practice room's hot and humid atmosphere warms and relaxes muscles more effectively than a bear hug from an actual bear, helping yogis to reach deeper stretches.
Lotus7 welcomes students of all ages and skill levels to practice alignment- and anatomy-based yoga classes. The small-group classes max out at 20 students, with anywhere from 6 to 12 students generally in a class. Yoga classes include all-levels flow, Restorative, guided meditation with breath work, whereas Pilates enthusiasts can practice classic mat work or Pilates-yoga fusion.
Bamboo and natural-fiber floor coverings, aromatherapy, and harmonious music all work together to create Lotus7's tranquil sanctuary.
Here, seven is more than just a number. The professional instructors share seven ways to guide students on the path to fulfillment, including:
Guided by a mission of embracing every student's quest for personal growth, the team at YogaWorks offers programs for all ages and walks of life. Harnessing a minimum of 500 hours of Yoga Alliance training, expert instructors build lean muscles with traditional Ashtanga, Iyengar, and Vinyasa flow classes enhanced by inspiring music, ambient candlelight, meditation, and props. Their fitness classes further the body-shaping results of yoga, strengthening core muscles with Pilates, increasing endurance and lean muscles with TRX classes, and building stamina with resistance-based SculptWorks.
Instructors also host exotic yoga retreats, which marry the excitement of travel to far-away locales with the benefits of yoga to bestow students with the confident grace required to approach a foreign yoga mat without startling it. Those in search of further training can access online videos by subscribing to myyogaworks.com, which offers a free, 14-day trial for new users. Students can search for videos by workout duration, skill level, and the targeted area of the body.
Between the two of them, Viktor and Kelly Uygan have more than 25 years of experience in two disciplines that require intense conditioning: personal training and professional ballet. So perhaps it's not surprising that at Konnect Pilates, the fitness studio they opened in 2002, they emphasize physically challenging routines that push clients to tone their physiques. Often these routines incorporate special equipment, such as Reformers and Pilates chairs, though some classes simply take place on a Pilates mat. The studio even holds a 30-day lifestyle challenge that can help clients get in the habit of exercising without having to tie a barbell to their index finger to remind them.
TriYoga's classes guide students through traditional poses supported by rhythmic breathing and a deep, centered focus. The practice?s founder, Yogini Kaliji, travels the world to teach her signature style, with occasional stops into TriYoga Center of Santa Cruz to lead master classes. Yogini Kaliji designed her method and classes to shuttle beginners and experts alike toward deep relaxation, attainable elsewhere only by convincing a sea breeze to sing you "Happy Birthday." As students graduate through levels and master TriYoga?s wavelike movements, they often note boosted strength, flexibility, endurance, and breath control.
At Bikram Yoga Laguna Hills, the impassioned instructors encourage students of all skill and fitness levels to challenge themselves mentally as well as physically by participating in physically demanding classes held within a heated studio environment. The classes specifically consist of two breathing exercises and 26 standing and seated asanas, which use deep, sustained twists and stretches to work most major muscle groups. With the addition of the joint-loosening heat, students are better able to sink into each stretch while maintaining an unwavering focus on the connections between mind and body. Continued practice can help build strength, flexibility, and endurance over time, but it also teaches folks how to quiet their minds.