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.
Followers of ayurvedic and yogic philosophies believe that the human body is governed by pranas, or energy centers. The term samana, which founder Beth Hope used to name her practice, is the specific prana that equalizes and balances physical systems. Beth draws from her personal history to fashion services that help restore physical and spiritual equilibrium. Beth's journey to becoming a yoga instructor began at age 17, when she first studied Indian culture and philosophy. She studied Ashtanga yoga with its founder, Sri Krishna Pattabhi Jois, and developed her own style that incorporates breathing exercises, mantras, and sacred songs to facilitate transformation for clients and stressed caterpillars.
Beth creates a space where people can feel comfortable receiving alternative therapies and medicines. Along with a team of trained massage therapists she runs yoga, kirtan, reiki, and Thai massage sessions to empower people to lead more healthy and balanced lives.
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.
At Absolute Pilates, certified instructors guide exercisers through a series of controlled stretches, extensions, and other moves that rely on body weight and gravity to add muscle-toning resistance. Atop floor-laid mats, pupils learn Pilates’s precise, muscle-group-isolating techniques that work to straighten posture, fortify core muscles, and tone limbs without piling on huge bulk and its attendant purple shorts. The studio's warm yellow walls, natural lighting, and wood floors create a cheery and calming atmosphere for students in group or private lessons.
The most practiced students at YogAsylum are not the ones who can touch their toes—they’re the ones who know how far they can safely reach. Fueled by the belief that yoga is an individual experience, the instructors prioritize personal exploration of physical limits over competition. They put this principle into action while leading classes that accommodate guests of any experience level and cover styles such as Ashtanga, Vinyasa, and Hatha. Using provided props, bolsters, and blankets, they help students ease their bodies into more challenging poses. Because they advocate a holistic approach to spiritual health, they offer more than drop-in classes—they provide energy healing and spiritual counseling in addition to therapeutic massage in their wellness center. They also hold musical events, special workshops, and a registered Yoga Alliance teacher training program that has been approved by the Wisconsin Educational Approval Board.
YogAsylum is one of the largest studios in Wisconsin, and was built from scratch to incorporate eco-friendly principles and elements of feng shui. Its cork floors diminish joint discomfort in students stretching beneath energy-efficient bulbs, and movable walls can easily resize the space to accommodate bigger groups and alter the difficulty of life-size games of Pong.