After collecting 13 years of teaching experience, certification from ACE Fitness and Jonny Kest's Center for Yoga, and a degree as a registered dietitian, Andrea von Behren combined her passions for healthy living and strategic poses into Body Language Fitness & Yoga Center. There, a highly trained staff patrols both a heated yoga studio and designated workout room during more than 80 weekly classes. Andrea strives to keep the center's atmosphere convivial yet challenging with a custom blend of cardio, strength training, yoga, and nutritional guidance. Her efforts have earned the center the title of Detroit's Best Yoga Studio from Vote 4 The Best in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014. Alongside the majority of fitness and yoga classes, onsite child care helps to foster a family-friendly ambiance and adorable games of Duck, Duck, Downward Dog.
After signing up for Yoga For Life's teacher-training program, one aspiring instructor ended up getting a lot more than she bargained for. "I knew I would learn more about yoga philosophy...What I did not realize, however, was that this tiny, but powerful teacher would help me crack open the protective shell surrounding my own heart."
The teacher being referred to is Heidi Peters, the founder of Yoga For Life. Since she began teaching in 2000, she adopted a specialty in Anusara yoga, a style with philosophic undertones designed to help practitioners feel empowered, inspired, and happy. Her entire team is registered with the Yoga Alliance, teaching a broad selection of classes that range from introductory level instruction to advanced, mixed-level sessions. They can even help youngsters benefit from yoga with YFL kids classes, which work to instill self-esteem, body awareness, and compassion, as well as an attitude of cooperation.
Serenity Now Yoga centers anxious minds and forges substantial mind-body connections for students of all skill levels during yoga classes in a variety of modalities. Sprinkled throughout the studio's weekly schedule, gentle beginners sessions banish stressful thoughts and recurring nightmares by giving patient instructors the opportunity to introduce fundamental poses at a slower pace while imparting invaluable deep-breathing techniques. The Vinyasa Flow class challenges experienced students with sequences of vigorously transitioning poses that occasionally incorporate headstands, handstands, and kickstands, honing the unwavering focus needed to maintain balance during a staring competition. To ease withheld tension in the body's canvas of connective tissues, the Yin Yoga class loosens tightly spooled muscles and opens inflexible joints with deep stretches and mindful breathing.
As handpicked songs reverberate through the sun-filled room, certified instructors lend individualized guidance and adjustments as students sequence through challenging physical poses. The scene is a familiar one inside Yoga Planet Studio, where a supportive community of students mingle with a laid-back teaching environment. New owners took the reins of the space in March 2013 and since then have built a staff of nearly one dozen teachers who relieve stress and bolster fitness levels for it students. Yogis of all ages and skill levels fill a variety of classes, including Hot Vinyasa, Yoga/Pilates Fusion, Basic, and Gentle classes, as well as more specialized workouts.
Yoga Center for Healthy Living's staff makes their more than 35 yoga classes as pain-free as they can. They unite a comfort-inducing mélange of sunshine, plants, and a padded floor in their studio in an effort to make limbering up not a chore, but comfortable way to improve the mind and body. A talented crew of instructors, lead by owner Lee Ann Louis-Prescott, guides students through more than 30 total sessions per week. Their courses include Hatha, which is an ideal class for those new to yoga, as well as restorative yoga, which places an emphasis on achieving a state of tranquility. The team also presents specialized sessions, such as prenatal and kids and parents classes, for mothers-to-be, new mothers, and people dressed up like Mother Goose.
Rasa Yoga is an Anusara yoga studio, stretching limbs until their alignment unfurls bodies into a stress-relieving state of unity and relaxation. Derived from the school of Hatha yoga, Anusara yoga unifies a philosophy of intrinsic goodness with universal principles of alignment, like a campfire sing-along with Jupiter's moons. A one-month membership grants students unlimited access inside the bright, calming studio, allowing members to choose from an all-day schedule of classes, from basics to prenatal yoga, which connects a mother and child without leaving the mark of a secondary bellybutton.