Yoga Shakti Wellness Center's director, Diana Pipaloff, has unwavering confidence in her instructors' abilities. It's appropriate, because most of them learned their practice at the center. Their 500-hour training program, which includes post-graduate mentorships and internships as soft pretzels, equips graduates with Yoga Alliance registration. Once trained, a select few of these yogis begin work at Yoga Shakti Wellness Center's locations in Irvine and Huntington Beach.
At each location, students stretch and breathe during more than 10 types of yoga classes. Shakti yoga, the center's flagship style, leads participants in combining sun salutations, poses, and energy work to move toward increasing their physical and spiritual strength. Other options from the more than 100 classes offered each week include prenatal yoga and gentle yoga, which elucidates yoga's foundational poses and philosophy.
However, the staff isn't super-glued to their yoga mats. They also teach ayurveda, a lifestyle that combines dietary changes with massage, meditation, and other purification therapies. Guests can further heal their bodies with chiropractic and massage.
Owned and operated by an all-female staff of motivating fitness instructors and trainers, Newport Fitness for Women fosters a comfortable setting for women to hone their physical and mental strength. The tidy, well-lit facility is flanked by a variety of weightlifting and cardio equipment, including machines, dumbbells, and elliptical trainers, and its airy Pilates studio's gleaming hardwood floors support rows of Pilates Reformers. In addition to inspiring patrons to whip into shape during one-on-one personal-training sessions, the certified trainers lead group fitness classes, including yoga, boot camp, and stretching classes. These sessions add variety to stagnating workout routines, making patrons feel less like a hamster mindlessly running in a wheel and more like a hamster triumphantly escaping its cage to take down the family cat with an MMA chokehold. To supplement their workouts, each guest is treated to complimentary water and coffee, towel service, and a locker room and showers stocked with the pertinent toiletries.
Helmed by the passionate and experienced duo Stacey Craven and Christina Jondie, Smoke and Mirrors Fitness’s fleet of enthusiastic female instructors helps ladies to sculpt lean, muscular bodies while boosting self-esteem in empowering pole-fitness classes. Accommodating gals of all fitness and experience levels, they introduce newcomers to the weightless art of vertical gymnastics with beginner classes and help more advanced shimmiers to master complex tricks, inversions, transitions, and flips.
As guests stretch and climb on the collection of sleek silver poles, they tone upper-body muscles and increase flexibility, helping them to fit more comfortably inside large birthday cakes. Other classes such as chair dancing, yoga, and Tahitian dance let exercisers express themselves through sensual and centering maneuvers.
No matter the time of year, the workout room at Center Yoga Studio stays the same temperature: 85 degrees. The studio’s power yoga classes would make students sweat even with the air conditioner cranked up, but the added heat helps muscles stay loose as they bend and twist through a series of strengthening poses. Unlike the temperature, the classes themselves are anything but predictable. The exact poses vary from day to day as instructors explore new creative pathways to keep their students on their toes—sometimes literally. Those in search of even more variation will likely find it in the studio’s Yoga Sculpt class. A variation of power yoga, Yoga Sculpt builds strength with light dumbbell weights and uses fun, upbeat music to help students synchronize their heart rates with the instructor’s.
Studio founder Patrice Simon established the Bikram Yoga College of India "to nourish the soul as well as the body," a mission reflected in the studio's noncompetitive environment, highly trained instructors, and deliberately designed practice space. Each of the studio's certified instructors studied Bikram at the feet of the style's eponymous guru Bikram Choudhury, where they learned to master the athletic Bikram style, and to shepherd students of all skill levels through Bikram's 90-minute, unchanging 26-pose regimen. During each of the seated, lying, and standing poses, instructors assist students by supplying modifications to accommodate inexperience, injury, and pregnancy. Every posture methodically pushes oxygen-rich blood throughout the entire body, encouraging healthy organ function and building muscle tone. A pair of mindful breathing exercises helps students maintain focus amid the practice space's sultry temperatures of up to 105 degrees, a sweat-inducing environment that allows attendees to safely push each stretch further while perspiring away any toxins that fail the body's citizenship test.
Filled with radiant heat and eco-friendly furnishings, Ra Yoga's quartet of practice spaces emanates warmth, calm, and a pervasive sense of well-being. Here, a team of instructors leads more than a dozen classes designed to strengthen the body and center the mind. They offer a range of different yoga styles—including restorative Yin, flow-centric Vinyasa, and more rigorous hot yoga flow—with and without added heat meant to foster detoxification and keep out nosey penguins. They also helm Little Ra-Scals classes to help youngsters aged 4 to 13 cultivate concentration, motor skills, and a lifelong love of whimsy during an hour of playful poses.
To melt any remaining stress after class, students may unwind in the studio's showers or socialize in its cozy lounge. Parents may also leave kids aged 6 months to 9 years in the care of an experienced babysitter during most of the studio's midmorning classes.
The Sanctuary is a holistic wellness center and yoga studio. We are dedicated to healing at Body, Mind, Spirit and Soul level and raising awareness of our individual and collective awakening. We promote individual and world-wide healing, peace and abundance.