Hot Yoga Asheville?s new 3,800-square-foot studio?equipped with six showers, custom antimicrobial yoga flooring and far-infrared Radiant Heat panels with automatic CO2-sensored fresh air exchange?does as much to detoxify the environment as it does its human visitors. While the latter work their way through the 26 traditional Bikram poses on biodegradable mats, they are surrounded by formaldehyde-free insulation and air purified by a hydroxyl generator, which helps eliminate odors and assist with injury recovery.
Lighten Up owner and seasoned stretcher Lillah Schwartz opened Asheville's original yoga studio in 1981 with a mission to lighten and enlighten flexers of all fitness levels. The highly trained and experienced teachers provide one-on-one attention, altering poses to fit each student's skill level and zodiac sign, while a 15-minute complimentary consultation helps newcomers find their ideal class. Intro to yoga introduces the basic postures and breath work at a slow, relaxed pace, while Asana levels one and two warm up limbs for more impressive feats of nimbleness. The studio's flexible class schedule also includes focused courses for students with back problems and other health conditions, and mats are available for those who would otherwise resort to a quilt made of fruit roll-ups.
Choose five weeks of yoga to improve flexibility, balance, and strength while promoting a peaceful mind. Mats and props are provided for proper posture as students advance through poses, salutations, and rings of fire. Students looking to tone their core and limbs with an ancient, non-impact workout can opt for five weeks of belly dancing. This suave and engaging routine gives participants a chance to have fun, burn fat, and bring their abdominal flag tattoos to life. Peruse the online schedule for a full rundown of upcoming classes.
For more than 40 years-since her first diapered yoga pose at the age of 6 months, in fact—long-time Knoxville life coach Shanti has embraced the essence of yoga. She began her career as a yogini by training at Instituto de Yoga Bolonia, her parents' yoga institute in Nicaragua. Between then and now, she has sought the knowledge and teachings of masters from around the globe, expanding her repertoire to include everything from healing breathing techniques and qigong to biomagnetic therapy, reiki, and metapsychology counseling. Today, her resume reads like a who's who of holistic wellness solutions, which she uses to help better the lives of those around her.
She brings the diversity of her skill set to each class at Yoga with Shanti, whether she's teaching beginners or working on an advanced sequence with students. Known for her gentle approach to both group and private sessions, she provides spiritually calming yet invigorating results for students of all ages. These sessions take place within a spacious studio, whose butter-yellow walls and hardwood floors are flooded by the loving natural light that flows through the windows. Meditative music also lilts throughout, transcending each moment and blending nicely into end-of-session sound healing.
A licensed massage therapist and the president of Studio Rejuvenate, Hunter Jones worked as a registered nurse for years before returning to school to learn the stress-melting techniques of massage. He calls upon his wealth of academic and medical experience to ease chronic pain and tension alongside a team of fellow therapists trained in various massage modalities, from the gentle strokes of Swedish to the firm taps of Morse-code lullabies. Hunter and his team also treat soreness or recurring pain with reflexology techniques that target pressure points and deep-tissue strokes that run against the grain of muscles to break up knots of tension. Regardless of the modality you choose, expect to receive expert tips on at-home exercises to help you to further manage pain.
When their own nimble fingers are not enough, Studio Rejuvenate’s massage therapists enhance the efficacy of their treatments with heated pebbles, soothing aromatherapy, and hot or cold therapy courtesy of Biofreeze products. They pride themselves on soothing backs and shoulders of all ages and even dispatch outcall services to those who prefer to remain at home.
Featured on Scene on 7 for its flexibility-boosting, detoxifying hot-yoga classes, 90 Degrees Hot Yatra Yoga brings experienced instructors together with motivated students seven days a week for challenging traditional- and hot-yoga practice. A fusion of heated-yoga styles, yatra yoga's one-hour sessions guide yogis through heat-deepened postures designed to warm the muscles, limber the body, and purge the mind of half-finished scripts for buddy-cop comedies. Both challenging and accessible for students with various levels of yoga experience, yatra yoga allows participants to work through poses at their own speed, honing mental clarity and facilitating the release of toxins through sweat.