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At Studio Kelani, owner Ioana is literally following in her ancestors' footsteps. She is a descendent of performers in the Royal Polynesian Revue, and pulls from their traditional dance techniques to lead innovative, rhythmic fusion workouts. Kelani Fitness also incorporates Pilates elements into its core-tightening repertoire, creating a routine rich in hip isolations and tribal beats that also tones lean muscle. By joining modern exercise techniques with the choreography of her heritage, Ioana both educates and engages her guests. The studio's name—a combination of the names of her two daughters—bridges the generations that have influenced her business. Ioana believes that one's foremost workout tool is his or her own body, not gym machines or the body of the mannequin that one throws on the treadmill for inspiration. During her classes, she encourages guests to become comfortable in their skins with a judgment-free attitude. Her staff teaches lessons on yoga, kickboxing, and dance, including Bollywood and salsa, in addition to the studio's signature Kelani Fitness classes. With a focus on functional training for health of mind and body, private wellness programs tap into Ioana's expertise as a registered holistic nutritionist and personal trainer.

3774 Walker Rd.
Windsor,
Ontario
CA

When Gina Wasserlein received a Bryan Kest yoga video from a friend, she had no idea it would change her life. After practicing its routines for several months, she felt tall, light, and happy, like a balloon giraffe filled with laughing gas. Drawing upon experience from the worlds of fitness and grade-school teaching, she founded Downtown Yoga Studio to help fellow yogis unlock the joy and wisdom that lie within. Knowledge gleaned from her teaching staff and mentors such as Jonny Kest has shaped her class lineup, which explores yogic traditions such as Ashtanga and Kundalini. Filled with basic poses and breathing exercises, beginners’ classes build enough strength, flexibility, and focus to dance Swan Lake in cast-iron chainmail. Advanced practitioners can challenge their minds and bodies during hot power yoga classes, whose elevated temperatures promote deep stretches and toxin release.

315 Pelissier St
Windsor,
ON
CA

Breathe Pilates and Fitness Studio's experienced instructors coach advanced and casual athletes of all ages with a range of yoga, Pilates, and core fitness classes. With a 10-class pass ($100), students can leap into an extensive schedule peppered with 45- to 60-minute aerobic outbreaks, such as Hot Yoga Pilates Fusion, Cardio Kickboxing, Zumba Dance Fitness, and Turbo Air Guitar. Small group mat classes tailor exercises to each patron's needs, and expectant mothers gently inhale for two during Prenatal Yoga. Students come prepared by arriving with an entourage clutching gym clothes, a yoga mat, water, and towels for tossing to adoring fans.

1670 Wyandotte St E
Windsor,
ON
CA

Owned by Anusara-inspired teacher Dianne Bondy, Eastside Yoga Studio nurtures students of all skill levels with a vast, accessible range of yoga classes performed in a caring, compassionate environment. Today’s Groupon provides apprentice yogis with the secret password to all classes, ensuring a comprehensive yoga experience. Increase flexibility and well-being with a Gentle Yoga class, ideal for beginners, or learn the basics of postures, breathwork, and meditation in the Yoga Basics class. For a more strength-oriented option, the studio’s signature power class, Fusion, offers extra attention to both nuclear and anatomical cores. After mastering the basics, Eastside’s Follow the Yogini class gives students an opportunity to create their own unique rhythms, fashioning a chorus line of synchronized movement and breath. All classes at Eastside Yoga Studio are intended to help individuals work towards their greatest potential, and provide the fundamentals for developing strength, both of muscle, mind, and spleen.

9733 Tecumseh Rd E
Windsor,
ON
CA

The gurus at The Yoga Suite - Center for Yoga Studies adhere to the Iyengar method of instruction, emphasizing precise alignment while helping students bolster stamina, flexibility, and balance. The studio's flexible schedule accommodates students of all skill levels, boasting a variety of classes throughout the week. Each 90 minute yoga class fosters a sense of physical harmony, warming up muscles, loosening tight joints, and endowing minds with the clarity they need to solve crosswords in Esperanto. To ensure each pupil reaches proper alignment without incurring injury, the studio equips classes of up to 20 students with lumbar-buoying yoga props at each class, and attendees fasten themselves into wall-mounted straps to perform an array of gravity-defying poses. Assorted evening classes cater to work schedules and eschew sun salutations in favor of campfire sing-alongs.

9631 Joseph Campau St
Hamtramck,
MI
US

Students should bring: all props provided, water is available at no charge
Average class length: 60-90 minutes
Number of Staff: 1–5 people
Class location: Indoors only
Established: 2013
Registration required: No
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: No
Parking: Metered street parking
Pro Tip: arrive 10 mins before class, wear clothes like t-shirt and shorts, a changing room is available

Q&A with the Manager

Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
We offer community events, celebrations, and movie night where we offer food and snacks. People enjoy community gatherings.

What's the most radical physical transformation you've seen a client make?
Students have said they have grown inches. Back issues have been resolved, knee problems corrected, and individuals have lost weight.

What is a typical session of your program or class like for a student?
It starts with vigorous standing poses, and inversions, then seated forward bends and twists and ending in reclining and relaxing poses.

Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
Yoga is not only a physical form of exercise. It is also a spiritual practice that effects physiological as well as emotional well being. Yoga practice also effects cognition, memory and concentration. It reduces stress and improves blood pressure. It helps control weight and can be helpful for individuals with diabetes. Yoga helps individuals make better choices for themselves.

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9618 Joseph Campau Avenue
Hamtramck,
MI
US