Sandy, the owner of Choose Again Yoga, is used to heat. She spends most of her time in her 95-degree studio, stretching and bending through asanas with her students. Keeping most classes appropriate for beginners, she focuses on the healing qualities of yoga. Her series of poses, in addition to limbering up the body, releases toxins from tissues with a healthy sweat. Her favorite pose, however, remains the relaxing savasana, during which the yogi simply lays still on the floor while breathing deeply, allowing the mind to experience a sense of oneness with its environment.
Before heeding the call to a life as a certified yoga instructor, Diana Roehl helped companies to cultivate corporate talent as a human-resources specialist. Now she helps individuals to discover the strengths that lie within. Roehl steers students toward these revelations with Hatha yoga, whose deep breaths and focused poses center the mind as they fortify the muscles. Natural light and calming blue walls envelop group classes at her studio, casting a soothing glow on shiny wooden floorboards where students practice shoulder stands and bridges. Roehl also brings her yoga teachings to local offices, showing employees how to dislodge stress and impossibly jammed printer paper with graceful movements and powerful exhalations. Between classes, she leads Thai bodywork sessions, which combine acupressure and ayurvedic medicine through assisted yoga poses.