The instructors at Yoga Patch embrace inclusiveness, leading classes for children, adults, and families. Youngsters learn the asanas while making noises as they pose, adolescents try partner exercises that build teamwork, and adults learn to drop stress during meditation and DMV line reenactments. For patrons who have difficulty standing, the staff leads chair yoga sessions that increase balance and flexibility with supportive props. They also schedule Pay What You Can classes, further demonstrating their belief that anyone should be able to practice yoga, regardless of build or budget.
The instructors at Zona Yoga have all taken different paths to get to where they are today. They've all studied under numerous mentors, and some have even traveled around the country learning, sharing their wisdom, and picking up different skills. Kelly Colln, for instance, has completed 1,000 hours of education, and is certified to teach restorative yoga. That diversity manifests itself in Zona's schedule, which features a varied selection of yoga approaches: some more fitness-focused, others more therapeutic.
Barbara Anderson is an expert in many forms of exercise, but she only has one goal. In her own words, that goal is to "teach you to move better." What does it mean to move better? For Barbara and her students, it means moving with ease and without pain, and in a way that both reflects and results in good health. Teaching since 1975, Barbara has long honed her instructional technique, and continues to shore up her skills as new workout styles and schools of thought emerge.
She's assembled a team of talented teachers at Body and Soul of Kansas City, where the team offers classes in yoga, Feldenkrais, and Pilates. Curricula also include gentle exercise options. The Feldenkrais Method, for example, uses slow repetition to instill awareness of one's body, while a class called NIA offers low-impact cardio dance. Yoga classes, meanwhile, include three different levels in addition to a pre- and post-natal option.