Arizona Power Yoga's classes embrace athletic as well as introspective styles, ensuring that the studio is a welcoming environment for students of virtually any skill or fitness level. As owner Joseph Lauricella claims in a video on his website, "what we do here…is make yoga very accessible and demystify it." Regardless of the intensity, each class emphasizes a holistic approach to personal fitness and well-being by incorporating mindful breathing exercises and meticulously controlled movements. Arizona Power Yoga's temperatures fall between 85 and 90 degrees for the energetic and athletically paced Power Vinyasa sessions, which use fluid sequences of dynamic asanas to hone balance and build up stamina. In contrast, the instructors also lead gentler sessions that introduce students to fundamental poses while showing them that conscious breathing can improve mental focus and diminish the number of instances when they inexplicably turn blue.
The instructors at Red Monkey Studio train the bodies and minds to function at their peak performance levels. The community-based fitness center welcomes guests to its supportive, energetic environment that features group classes such as Pilates, yoga, Dance for Fitness, and core training. TRX Suspension Training helps clients sculpt arms with svelte precision while Barre classes teach them to build strength from within. Bevies of fitness fans swivel their hips during Zumba classes or amp up endurance during cross conditioning. Those looking for goal-orientated, customized training programs can enlist a member of the personal training team who can custom a workout plan that fits any lifestyle.
A partner gym of Rocks & Ropes, The Bloc climbing + fitness is a 20,000 square-foot, air-conditioned rock-climbing destination. Inside, a dozen autobelays allow visitors to make high, harness-assisted ascents. Or, you can test your bouldering skills on a 7,000 square-foot wall. In addition, the gym offers yoga, meditation, and pilates classes in its 2nd-story heartSTONE studio, welcoming both beginners and experts. The gym also includes cardio and weight equipment for those looking for a vigorous exercise or a heart-to-heart talk with a treadmill.
For more than 20 years, Yoga Connection's classes have focused on stretching, strengthening, and breathing techniques?but founder and director Priscilla Potter isn't afraid of yoga's more holistic side, either. When she's not teaching, she's an astrologer and a meditation instructor, and her multifaceted perspective on yoga shines through in the studio's schedule. Sessions range from bouts of yin yoga to chakra yoga, which explores the body's seven energy centers.
Chrystal Rae and Andres Illera became best friends practicing yoga together, so it's no surprise that love is a fundamental tenet of Gaia Flow Yoga, their shared studio and registered yoga school. When describing the tenets of love-based yoga, Chrystal says that the practice hinges on the opening of the heart, which allows the spirituality of ancient yogic practices to blend with modern Western mindsets. So far, Chrystal and Andres have coaxed open the cardiovascular doors of more than 300 yoga teachers through their school, reaching exponentially more students and students’ imaginary friends along the way. With 36 active instructors and three locations, they teach an endless stream of classes that combine the ideas of Hatha, Raja, and Bhakti yoga.