At Yoga Shelter, you won't hear esoteric chants echoing through the halls or meditation music reverberating from rock-shaped speakers. That's because founder Eric Paskel wants to make yoga accessible for all students, whether they're searching for inner peace or a more toned bod. Hip hop, dance, soul, chill, contemporary, and classic music accompanies all classes, ranging from Yoga Rocks, which focuses on sequenced postures, to Fusion, a blend of faster- and slower-moving classes. There is no hierarchy of classes; each 60- to 75-minute session is open to all skill levels. As Paskel himself puts it on his about page, “What's different about us is that we admit we have issues, we know we have work to do—if you can relate to that, you'll love this place.”
At Mordent Music, 10-year teaching veteran Stephanie Teller calls upon her experiences as a schoolteacher and professional concert pianist as she shares her passion for tickling keys with aspiring Chopins of all ages and skill levels. During half-hour or longer piano lessons, Teller beckons proteges over to a rich, resonant baby grand to learn how to play contemporary pop, country, or hip-hop songs as well as more traditional classical music. Teller instructs younger pupils through lively games and creative exercises, and challenge older, more serious students with the Royal Conservatory of Music curriculum, which elevates piano proficiency through written study and a regimen of 100 finger pushups a day.
Under the passionate tutelage of Anne Hunt, students at Creativity! untangle artistic inhibition to craft textural masterpieces during fibre-rich workshops. Interested pupils can reserve a spot among five others in two weaving workshops ($75 each), wherein colourful fabrics and yarn entwine to create a woven piece that's suitable for gifts or hiding leftover pizza under. Popular classes include hand-woven bowls, hand-woven life purse, and hand-woven amulet. Pupils master the basics of pattern design while working with a supply kit included with the course. When the weather is nice, Anne likes to move the small assembly outdoors to the banks of the Belle River, where tranquility seeps into participants’ pores at a rate paralleled only by bathing in paraffin wax.
Pointe Fitness cobbles bodies into sturdy, muscle machines with 21,000 square feet teeming with free weights, cardio equipment, and one half of a basketball court. Skilled instructors guide students through cardio workouts, yoga sessions, and Zumba dance-offs, while specialized women's fitness programs promote healthy lifestyles with one-on-one teaching and inspiring group support. During breaks from chiseling physiques in the circuit training space, or building up enough core strength on the rowing machines to start a transatlantic canoe club, Moe⎯the business's canine mascot⎯frolics with guests to keep spirits high.
Practice Yoga’s friendly, enthusiastic instructors are fully certified and know how to help students sweat and stretch until they're calmer, more energized, and more revitalized than the 217 rechargeable AA batteries that power Greater America. If you're new to yoga, this is a great chance to learn the downward dog, the upward dog, and the omniscient narrator. Practice Yoga offers several classes, including Vinyasa and its intense linking of movements as well as the more atmospheric candlelight yoga. With more than 28 weekly offerings, Practice Yoga’s convenient schedule offers plenty of opportunities for drop-ins to partake in a stretchy workout. Courtesy policies ensure that each yoga session is a tranquil experience free of feral animals and flying shuriken.
The gurus at The Yoga Suite - Center for Yoga Studies adhere to the Iyengar method of instruction, emphasizing precise alignment while helping students bolster stamina, flexibility, and balance. The studio's flexible schedule accommodates students of all skill levels, boasting a variety of classes throughout the week. Each 90 minute yoga class fosters a sense of physical harmony, warming up muscles, loosening tight joints, and endowing minds with the clarity they need to solve crosswords in Esperanto. To ensure each pupil reaches proper alignment without incurring injury, the studio equips classes of up to 20 students with lumbar-buoying yoga props at each class, and attendees fasten themselves into wall-mounted straps to perform an array of gravity-defying poses. Assorted evening classes cater to work schedules and eschew sun salutations in favor of campfire sing-alongs.