Sunlight spills through Maya Yoga?s glass-block windows, quietly illuminating students as they meditatively make their way through a series of poses amongst tapestries of Hindu deities. Here, teachers shepherd students of all levels through flowing Vinyasa sequences and the ancient poses of the Ashtanga tradition. To help loosen tight muscles and oust toxins, teachers heat up the studio to a limb-limbering 80 degrees. They also play tranquil music to help the group breathe deeply as they commune with their inner selves and train their third eyes to not wink at every attractive stranger who passes by.
Kundalini Yoga is about far more than just exercise. At 3HO Kundalini Yoga Center, it's about tapping into each person's energy source, and finding new insights into both the self and others. The ancient practice includes meditation and deep-relaxation exercises. Along with regularly scheduled classes, the center also hosts retreats and teacher training.
Westport Yoga?s owner and head instructor, Kate Lindholm, considers herself a lifelong student of yoga. For more than a decade, her passion for learning has led her to study under a number of prominent instructors. But in her words, Kate?s journey only truly began when she discovered the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali in 2005. This ancient text heavily influenced her teaching style, providing her with 196 aphorisms around which to base her classes in hot-flow, Vinyasa, classical, and restorative yoga. Kate has shared her knowledge with her staff, who lead classes in a variety of yoga and levitation styles.
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William Drew—known as Drew by his friends and students—founded Healing House Kundalini Yoga after becoming a certified instructor through the 3HO Foundation. He is also a member of the International Kundalini Yoga Teachers Association and has taught in both traditional and nontraditional yoga spaces. Bearing that experience in mind, he passionately shares the healing and balancing effects of Kundalini yoga, finding personal satisfaction in seeing the change that comes over people when they embrace joyful stillness.
Drew and his fellow teachers at Healing House focus on Kundalini yoga—the original yoga that gave birth to all 22 schools and, therefore, deserves at least a card on Mother's Day. Unlike other styles, which were designed for monks, Kundalini is meant for busy people with worldly responsibilities. It eschews difficult poses in favor of simple postures, gestures, breaths, chants, and meditation. These elements are arranged in a sequence to achieve precise effects while simultaneously strengthening muscles and increasing flexibility. Kundalini yoga also fortifies the mind by expanding inner awareness and reconnecting bodies and minds severed by earthly cares.
As a registered yoga school with the Yoga Alliance and International Association of Yoga Therapists, KCFitnessLink regularly mints new instructors. The fitness company advances students through 200- or 500-hour programs that yield certifications in various styles including Hatha and Vinyasa. In addition to transforming students into teachers, KCFitnessLink empowers people to become healthier and happier. Corporate wellness programs bring relief to stressed-out employees by integrating massage, yoga, and retreats to naturally occurring water coolers. Alternatively, personal-training sessions tackle individual goals such as weight management and sports conditioning. Replete with drop-in yoga and boot-camp sessions, KCFitnessLink's class schedule caters to athletes of all abilities. Massage therapy, available in several modalities, keeps muscles limber and free of knots.
Mandy Morris has never enjoyed staying put. For more than 14 years, she dedicated her life to dancing and acting, performing in venues from New York to Los Angeles, as well as on cruise ships. She returned to Kansas City with a global cornucopia of experience in jazz, hip-hop, salsa, and calypso. By founding Studio Moves, Mandy and her fellow instructors gave themselves a way to both share their passion for dance and help students of all skill and fitness levels discover new ways to work out.
The schedule of eclectic classes reflects Mandy's own passion for all things dance. Ballet fitness combines classical ballet exercises, yoga stretches, and cardio dance to develop the grace, power, and sculpted muscle tone associated with professional dancers. Zumba speeds up the pace with a cardio-intensive regimen of simple-to-follow choreography set to upbeat, Latin-inspired melodies. The studio also dispels pent-up stress with meditation, calm stretches, and a complete absence of hawk screeches during zen sessions.