Yoga Passion's Peter Sklivas taps his experiences practicing yoga in Rishikesh, India and under the tutelage of Bikram Choudhury and Baron Baptiste to lead students through the studio's signature HotCore yoga courses. The studio boasts a seven-day schedule in a heated studio to loosen muscles and deepen stretches without risking injury. Instructors walk pupils through a series of 33 postures designed to simultaneously target one set of muscles at a time. Yogis of all skill levels can enlist in HotCore sessions, where each student determines the intensity with which they perform moves. The studio’s boosted temperature can help organs flush out toxins on the backs of departing sweat beads while poses stretch and massage organs, inflate lung capacity, and fortify bones more safely than a swallowed suit of armor. Yoga Passion stocks a supply of mats to rent or purchase, and shower facilities are available for use.
The diverse team of practitioners at Eternal Balance helps to tune out the chatter of the outside world and rejuvenate the mind, body, and spirit with reiki, massage, and private yoga services. The intimate healing studio, tucked away in the Cummings Center, contains a private massage treatment room where the therapist tenderizes sore muscles and unties braided tendons with Swedish, deep-tissue, and prenatal techniques.
A nearby classroom hosts groups of students during life-enhancing workshops, such as The Art of Natural Breathing. The studio's owner, Olga, a trained reiki practitioner and yoga instructor, concludes each session with an improvised haiku to brighten each client’s aura.
Despite many obvious differences, new yogis and fighter pilots share a common fear: turning upside-down for the first time. At Yoga Sakti, however, instructors have installed a yoga wall that acts as a fail-safe for students who want to practice their inversions. A system of straps and props support pupils as they attempt advanced postures or strive to overcome physical difficulties, such as back problems. An aid for beginners and experts alike, the wall also acts as a symbol of the large studio's welcoming, encouraging atmosphere.
When they aren't manning the wall, yoga instructors lead classes in a wide variety of styles, from heated Vinyasa sequences to mellow gentle-stretch sessions or even mellower Nap in Your Parked Car seminars. Variety is a major theme running through the gym's curriculum: TRX routines bookend spin classes and ballet-barre workouts or combine with kettlebell swings to form one of several combo classes. For a more meditative visit, guests can explore the onsite wellness center, where massage, acupuncture, and hypnosis therapy aim to calm the mind.
To help women achieve their fitness goals, the certified personal trainers at Get In Shape For Women focus on four areas: weight training, cardio training, nutrition, and accountability. In small group sessions, trainers modify exercises to suit up to four ladies' fitness levels, beginning by calibrating strength-training sessions—such as free weights, lunges, and squats—to each client's abilities while still ensuring they are challenging themselves. Then comes high-intensity cardio interval-training sessions in which trainers encourage exercisers to achieve optimal results on the treadmill or elliptical.
The trainers supplement the group workouts with nutritional planning centered around the concept of eating six small, balanced meals six days a week. They set aside the seventh day as a "free day" for a bit of indulgence, be it eating a favorite sweet or lusting openly after bacon. To hold their women accountable, trainers talk nutrition on the floor during scheduled appointments, and the ladies' progress toward reaching their goals is measured by trainers each week.
Though some practitioners don’t know it, asana, or poses, are just one of the eight limbs of yoga. At Buddhaful Souls Yoga Studio, instructors incorporate the other aspects, such as breath control and meditation, by focusing on the mind-body connection and leading a variety of classes so that students leave feeling physically stronger and mentally lighter. Vinyasa-flow yoga links breath to movement at a more vigorous pace, while Yin-yoga classes encourage students to hold poses for longer amounts of time to gently heal scar tissue and loosen uptight fascia. The staff also teaches children's yoga, seeking to rebalance the tiny humans after their normal practice of rolling around in and drinking mud—through straws—leaves their bodies out of whack. Additionally, the studio sells products in-store and at their online shop.
Enhancing Mother Nature's spiritual flow, Green Tea Yoga energizes chakras and enlivens aspiring yogis with a rotating schedule of seasonal 60-, 75-, or 90-minute classes. Green Tea Yoga's experienced instructors guide twisters and toners through a series of poses to help to strengthen postures and limber up limbs. EarthSky yoga, a moderate-intensity class, brims with Vinyasa flow techniques such as bending, stretching, and controlled breathing. Students in search of a more intense course can slide into a Forrest yoga session, and moms-to-be can partake in a prenatal course or the Momaste class, designed to help to relieve stress and shake off lingering fears of toddlers taking over the world. Occasional children’s classes are also offered throughout the year.