The mission of Body and Brain Yoga—alongside its affiliate yoga centers—is to make yoga accessible to everyone, everywhere. To this end, each team of instructors modulate movements based on Korean sun do to match each students’ needs. Classes emphasize aligning the body and mind equally through stretches, breathing exercises, and meditation, and each session is capped off by a 10-minute tea time, during which students and instructors can socialize or reenact Alice in Wonderland's interview with the Easter Bunny.
Inside a 2,000-square-foot studio with wood floors and natural light, the certified instructors of Karma Yoga & Fitness guide groups through restorative breathing exercises and asana. They lead classes for students of every experience level, from athletic Vinyasa flow to meditative Yoga Nidra that aims to diminish tension and anxiety. Prenatal sessions and Baby and Me classes deliver special health benefits to mothers, and children’s yoga classes kick-start healthy habits at a young age.
Featuring a blend of corporeal disciplines, one-hour barre3 classes innovate on the traditional ballet barre to tone bodies, improve balance, and instill calm. Try a traditional or foundations class to shape your body and cultivate your cores at your own pace. Experienced instructors guide pupils in lean muscle-making contortions that merge the graceful flows of yoga with the rigorous sequences of Pilates, leading to timely results and postural peace treaties with spiteful spinal columns.
IM=X (Integrated Movement Xercize) fuses the muscle-toning techniques of Pilates with resistance and plyometric jumps for a more athletically geared workout. Limbs will be lengthened during two private reformer sessions, in which a certified instructor familiarizes clients with the reformer equipment, bending physiques to reach their individual fitness goals with ample personal attention.
Although they’re practitioners of different disciplines, licensed massage therapist Jacqulyn McDougal, naturopathic physician Jen Bogus, and Pilates instructor Nisa Windsong-Frazier unite in a single goal: to help others, as they say in their mission statement, "find balance, wellness and vitality." Dr. Jen calls on natural, holistic healing agents to treat conditions ranging from chronic pain to digestive issues. Ms. McDougal, meanwhile, targets muscles with massage modalities such as trigger-point release, sports therapy, and Swedish. In private and semiprivate Pilates classes, Ms. Windsong-Frazier uses mats and springboards to correct postural imbalances and strengthen the body's ability to open beer bottles with its core. Aside from Pilates, the center hosts group fitness classes such as Zumba and Vinyasa yoga.
As its name attests, Yoga Union is all about togetherness, valuing the strength and support of its student community over the athleticism of its members. Although this community is made up of people from all over the city, its roots are firmly planted in the surrounding Mount Tabor neighborhood; many of the highly trained teachers come primarily from the surrounding homes speckled across the scenic countryside. In fact, residents Annie Adamson and Todd Vogt—who would eventually become co-owners of the studio—fell in love with each other as students at Yoga Union, a testament to the close-knit, supportive atmosphere of the studio.
During the nonjudgmental classes, natural light spills in from the windows onto bamboo flooring, illuminating an open space where bodies of all builds and experience levels stretch, breathe, and hone their "Om" yodeling skills in rhythm.