In 1997, Amy Caldwell discovered yoga. As she backpacked through Asia, Australia, and parts of Europe, she stopped to train with yogis she met along the way, exploring the styles of Vinyasa flow, Sivananda, Iyengar, and Ashtanga. As she learned, she blended these styles into her own dynamic flow. Since this nomadic journey, Amy's rapidly developing skills have earned her a spot on two Yoga Journal covers. Today, as owners of Yoga One studio, she and her husband Michael incorporate their own unique yoga and meditation styles into their teachings.
The flexible duo leads a team of experienced instructors, who foster a positive, non-competitive environment and also specialized in different styles of yoga, such as sunrise flow, Vinyasa flow, and gentle flow. Inside the main studio, where natural light from skylights casts a glow onto hardwood floors and saffron curtains, instructors lead groups through classes that cover optimal alignment, breath, and present-moment awareness. They also guide students outside the studio to stretch and align on a sunny rooftop in Little Italy. Inside softly lit massage rooms, therapists help visitors release tension from aching muscles.
Arizona Power Yoga specializes in the Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga System, a challenging collection of techniques that helps improve flexibility and strength while ridding the body of excess toxins, gravy, and weight. The studio's experienced instructors create a welcoming and upbeat environment in which students (novices and experienced yogies alike) can stretch and sweat their way to a happier and healthier existence. More than 15 classes are offered a week; consult the schedule and recruit the guys from your sewing circle or the ladies from your crocodile-wrestling club to join you on your one-month journey across the yogaverse.
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.