Yoga students who practice at Bikram Yoga South Kansas City experience a discipline that is as closely related to founder Bikram Choudhury's as possible, as each class is taught by an instructor who studied directly under the yogi and returns to study with him every three years. With that wealth of knowledge, each teacher approaches classes with a deeper understanding of the physiological and mental benefits of practicing yoga in a heated environment. As the studio's heat increases heart rates, practitioners benefit from an added cardiovascular element during their core strengthening and joint stretching, which also helps the body eliminate toxins through sweating. During classes, instructors also encourage students to look inward while forming each pose. By focusing on the internal state of the body, practitioners become more cognizant of the external influences that affect their well-being, such as negativity and the pieces of sky that have started falling.
When Ruthann Zentner began studying yoga, she soon realized that its focused breathing, emphasis on enhancing flexibility, and core-strengthening poses could help people of any age achieve mental and physical wellness. Throughout her yoga journey, she spent time working with Shakta Khalsa, a renowned children's yoga instructor, which inspired her to educate children through engaging stories and kid-friendly yoga classes as a certified yoga storyteller. Within the teal-green walls and dark wood floors of the studio, kids limber up while having fun during yoga-centered games, working off the stresses of filing lemonade-stand taxes. Adult students learn the basics in beginner-level yoga classes, or strengthen their cores and improve their balance in PiYo, which merges elements of Pilates and yoga into high-intensity routines. For her older students and those unable to do floor work, she partners poses with four-legged props in chair yoga.
As parents work on their downward dogs, kids caper about in the lime-green childcare center, keeping busy with sundry toys and games. Further demonstrating dedication to the wee ones, The Zen Zone also hosts badge-earning programs for Girl Scouts that focus on teaching little ladies to lead healthy lifestyles and channel their inner yoga warriors' strength.
The instructors at New Day Yoga Studio strive to cultivate a welcoming atmosphere for students of all ages and experience levels. With an emphasis on the physical and mental health benefits of yoga, they encourage each person to go at their own pace, so that the body feels light and relaxed at the end of class. Bamboo floors, soft lighting, and calming music welcome visitors to sessions in two spacious yoga rooms, where they practice poses in various styles, such as ashtanga, vinyasa, hatha, and New Day's signature gentle hot yoga.
A hair studio, yoga den, and holistic wellness center might seem like a unique combination, but it makes perfect sense to founders Holly Williams and Angela Cronk. Both come from work backgrounds in beauty services and maintain personal lifestyles that emphasize holistic wellness—creating the roots of their center that combines the best of both worlds. At Hagoyah, they’ve assembled a team of stylists, massage therapists, yoga instructors, and life coaches that provides just those things to all of their clients and students, helping them achieve a personal balance between the physical and mental.
On a regular day at Hagoyah, a massage therapist soothes muscles with various techniques, and elsewhere instructors move through relaxing yoga poses within heated rooms. Aestheticians create their own facial products for clients, and stylists with John Paul Mitchell and other credentials cut and color hair to complement their clients’ looks. The services don't stop at the studio, though. Life coaches and nutritional coaches are also on hand to help clients make lifelong positive changes that can bolster their health inside and out.
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.
For nearly three decades, the experienced practitioners at Yoga School of Therapeutics have been steering students toward emotional health and physical wellness with a flexible lineup of Iyengar yoga classes and therapeutic massage services. Before hopping in, instructors helm one-on-one body assessments, helping them to pinpoint the most beneficial yoga poses for each student. Atop bamboo floors in the studio's tranquil confines, aspiring yogis ease into standing poses and pretzel impressions to increase flexibility in healing Level 1 classes. Alternatively, instructors walk students through exhilarating asana poses in Morning Yoga classes to awaken consciousness more effectively than sipping a cup of hot coffee or bathing in a pool of hot coffee. For students with limited mobility due to injury or age, the Restorative/Therapeutic class incorporates gentle postures, as well as provided blocks and bolsters to assuage aching hips and backs. Committed to individualized instruction, Yoga School of Therapeutics caps classes at 18 students.
While their toes dig into the glossy bamboo floors, students stretch their arms to the ceiling, feeling the hot air curl around their fingertips as their muscles relax into the posture. As light streams in from the windows, an instructor leads the students through one of many classes held at Radiant Yoga, which are designed to suit all fitness levels. Newcomers starting in Yoga Basics get a feel for the proper alignment and foundational asanas before graduating to the titular Radiant Hot Yoga, which covers core- and strength-building moves in a studio heated to 90–95 degrees. Yoga therapy also helps those with musculoskeletal imbalances or painful childhood memories of playing a perfectly still tree in a school play.