Powerhouse offers group classes for beginners as well as veterans more moldable than molasses. A beginner Vinyasa flow course teaches the basics of alignment and form, and a Yin-Yang yoga session mixes tempos by combining 1–2-minute-long held poses with faster-moving active posture. Finding a Pilates mat class to fit your weekly schedule is as easy as balancing discarded take-out boxes on a dusty elliptical machine; take a look at Powerhouse's schedule here. All group classes can be modified to suit students of any level, and the friendly, extensively trained instructors will work to find the pace that's right for you.
Born in the late 1930s, Sri Dharma Mittra studied the eight branches of yoga under guru Sri Swami Kailashananda, the man largely responsible for introducing the healing practice of yoga to the Western world. Through years of selfless teaching, and focus on building a community of healthy, spiritually-centered yoga practitioners, Dharma Mittra developed a devoted following of students throughout the United States.
Arlington Yoga Center's instructors stay true to the yogi?s teachings by welcoming pupils into an oasis of soothing pastel-colored walls and an airy practice space, guiding students through a roster of classes for all skill levels. A quick perusal of the studio's schedule yields ample opportunities for rejuvenation in a variety of sessions, including the restorative sequences of Gentle Dharma, which invigorates minds and bodies alike with gentler, less demanding poses. Targeting the muscles that support the spine, Dharma 1 and 2 sessions incorporate the eight limbs and 40 phalanges of the style's philosophy into a series of asanas that promotes stamina, graceful flexibility, and the ability to imitate a statue. More advanced classes bump up the thermostat to 80 degrees in order to ensure a more invigorating workout with deeper stretches. As a precursor to attending yoga classes, Arlington Yoga Center requires all new students to fill out a waiver and leave their pet howler monkeys at home.
At Sunstone Yoga, students radiate calm and self-awareness as they practice ancient poses designed to stretch, strengthen, and purify the body. Instructors complete 500 hours of training in yogic techniques, teaching, and physiology before leading classes, so they can hand out researched, tested tips on safety and alignment. Most classes come in 30-, 60-, and 90-minute varieties and focus on energy or restorative relaxation. A two-class introductory series welcomes beginners with basic standing poses, and the popular fire series explores up to 34 poses in a 99-degree room that loosens muscles to facilitate deeper stretches as it ousts toxins. Filled with soothing music and 90-degree temperatures, the water series cultivates more serenity than getting a massage from a singing whale.
Co-owners Jana Holland and Julie Parsons believe that yoga's benefits can reach anyone willing to try the art. After several hundred hours of training, they opened Divine Center of Yoga as a springboard for a diverse student base, hoping to bring guests of all backgrounds together with classes on several posing styles. Their emphasis on acceptance is apparent in their teaching etiquette: they provide modified stretches for all skill levels and accommodate visitors with chronic ailments or injuries. The wheelchair-accessible studio also offers private lessons for pupils stuck in Celtic knot pose.
Shanti Yoga Studio’s experienced instructors lead a variety of fitness-boosting classes peppered over a schedule of several morning and evening sessions. Beginning students can contort their way through Gentle Yoga, a slower-paced, stretch-heavy class, and patrons looking to safely shed a few pounds while sweating to a mirror-perfect sheen can enroll in Hot Yoga, a heated yoga session guaranteed to keep the towel industry afloat indefinitely. Popular among portmanteau buffs, Yogalates combines the stability of Pilates with the flexibility of yoga for a muscle-toning full-body workout. Hatha pairs postures and breathing techniques to help practitioners achieve a healthy balance between mind, body, and artificially implanted alien conscience.