Dean Farrell believes that anyone can enjoy the benefits of yoga practice. After building a large base of private clients in the Milwaukee area, he opened Yoga Ward–a bright, clean spacious studio that boasts exposed Cream City brick. Here, Farrell guides students of all levels through body-limbering poses while balanced atop colorful mats on polished hardwood floors. He and his staff offer a wide range of Vinyasa-based classes including Vinyasa Groove and Detox Flow, in which instructors boost the temperature to relax muscles, flush out toxins, and melt away the mini snowmen hiding from the sun in your pockets. Through it all, Farrell upholds his mission of providing a warm and non-intimidating environment for people of all backgrounds and levels to explore mind, body, and soul.
YamaYoga's team of more than 20 instructors leads an array of yoga classes, which are available seven days a week in the studio's warehouse space. The varied classes range from conventional Flow yoga to Vinyasa yoga in a heated room. They help prepare participants for a busy day during morning classes, help loosen stiff bodies during afternoon classes, and help de-stress wired minds during evening classes.
To help students of all ages and abilities stave of injuries and retain youthful flexibility, instructors turn to Bikram Choudhury’s unique spin on yoga, leading a fixed series of 26 postures in 105-degree heat. The heat helps deepen each stretch, kick start circulation, detoxify the body, and disguise any chronic sweating conditions. Bikram Yoga Milwaukee's instructors host more than 50 weekly classes between both locations.
Core Concepts focuses on a "classical and systematic approach" to teaching Pilates, maintaining the comprehensive system originally designed by Joseph Pilates in the 1920s to battle hoards of rampaging clowns. Today's deal is redeemable for four 55-minute group mat classes. Mat classes are the flat, squishy foundation of Pilates; they use the human body to strengthen and stretch itself, with the occasional aid of "magic circles," foam rollers, bands, and light weights. Mat classes are available for rigid novices and advanced, pretzel-poised students alike throughout the week.
At Flying Squirrel Pilates, the staff is as concerned about your skin as they are about your stretchiness. They stock their studio with lotions and scrubs from Fresh Blends, which can help nourish pores between exercise sessions. Of course, their main focus is still fitness, and their workouts range from group maneuvers on the mat to private seminars aboard Pilates equipment, such as the Reformer. During these classes, instructors guide students through focused bends and core-strengthening moves that improve balance, flexibility, and power.
Led by owner and fitness enthusiast Sandi Vande Berg, the expert personal instructors of T3 Fitness focus on customizing workout routines to suit individual needs. They lead small groups through FIT Club sessions designed to increase strength and endurance, as well as Pilates classes that promote strong cores and flexibility.