Lorean, Open Center Yoga’s seasoned leader, sits crossed-legged on the glossy wood floor, focusing her breath before leading yogis of all levels through her lineup of flexibility-building classes. She guides students in setting their intentions—points of focus to transfer from yoga to day-to-day life, such as calming one’s mind, becoming more adaptable to change, or harnessing enough will power to finally beat _Donkey Kong_—to connect spiritually to the practice. The classes can include visualizing chakras and channeling energy. Throughout the 75-minute sessions, students build muscle and increase their flexibility while flowing through the fluid postures, and workshops offer a more spiritual experience in which students meditate using deep, even breaths to quiet anxious thoughts and assuage tension.
Wood beams, exposed air ducts, and dangling lights tower above yogis at Blossom Yoga as experienced teachers guide students through yoga maneuvers. The schedule of classes, held in a stunning rehabilitated barn that was originally constructed in the 1700s, accommodates all experience levels. Instructor Ginger walks beginning body benders through movements during Yoga Basics sessions, Alexis focuses on intermediate and all-levels classes, and Kathleen works with more experienced students.