Jody and Bjorn Turnquist opened 3 Bridges Yoga with the philosophy that yoga should warmly embrace practitioners of all skill levels. As a result, they offer Vinyasa-style classes for beginners and advanced yogis. The Turnquists and other certified instructors teach postures and breathing techniques in a room heated to 75-80 degrees with lessons that focus on basic postures and alignments in addition to more intensified bending. With sun streaming through expansive windows and spilling out onto cork floors, their studio lends itself to a practice more peaceful than swimming through a pool of warm chamomile tea.
You never know where an artist will find inspiration. For glass artisan Peter Ridabock, it comes from two places. The mysterious depths of the ocean are well suited to the liquid, layered nature of glass, leading Ridabock to create alternating strata of color and pattern that recall an ocean habitat. The artist also finds motivation in music, as the distinct elements that come together in a glass piece recall the cooperation required of players in an orchestra. With these inspirations as his guide and more than 30 years spent honing his craft, Ridabock flaunts a collection of colorful and abstract glass pieces in his personal gallery. The artist also shares his gift with others in daily glass-blowing demonstrations and a range of workshops that teach seasoned and beginner glass blowers to create one-of-a-kind pieces out of molten glass, which look a lot better than that time they left their eyeglasses in the center of the earth.
The teachers at Nataraja School of Yoga certainly acknowledge and harp on the importance of alignment, posture, and breath. But, to them, the ability to reconnect the mind and body is yoga’s most powerful tool. All of the instructors have passed Iyengar-influenced training in both poses and philosophy, though they lead such class styles as beginner yoga, Very Gentle yoga for seniors, and advanced practice for descendants of the Gumby family. The studio also hosts Zumba classes, a faster-paced dance-cardio workout that sometimes includes weighted sticks for added toning.
Saco River Yoga embraces the reflective aspect of the Ashtanga system in their classes, training students to glance inward as they unfurl and stretch their physical forms. The studio's mission—to find peace in both muscles and minds—carries over to its meditation sessions and promotes an inner balance previously attained only while walking across a tightrope over a blazing pit of incense.
Outside of classes, diligent instructors work to build a community among their students through book clubs, drum circles, and gong meditations. Their specialized brand of mind and body training has earned Saco River Yoga kudos from Examiner.com.