Gary Olson taught martial arts, trained in meditation, and worked as a musician for much of his life, but the only discipline that allowed him to combine those passions was yoga. These mediums inform the sequences at The Ashram Yoga, which take structure from his martial-arts training, mindfulness from his meditative practices, and flow from his music career. He and a vast team of instructors lead seven styles of yoga, ranging from classic hot yoga with a Vinyasa-like sequence to the more meditative-focused yin yoga.
They also teach kids' yoga classes that introduce wee ones to postures with fun movements. They strive to boost kiddos’ self-discipline and self-esteem and help them productively cope with the stresses of school and tax season for their lemonade stands.
Bala Yoga’s collective of teachers helps students of any skill level explore and practice yoga. During power vinyasa sessions, participants tap into their physical and spiritual power with a sequence of poses designed to cleanse the body, warm muscles, and relax the mind. Along with vinyasa, restorative, and yoga basics classes, the studio also hosts teachers’ training and special events such as a 30-day detox and a kids’ yoga session.
Located across the street from Redmond Town Center, Bikram Hot Yoga Redmond is run by a devoted team of yogis. Walking past cheerful black-and-white striped awnings and into a studio with lots of light and 10-foot ceilings, students get ready to practice 26 traditional asanas on an antibacterial rubber floor. The Bikram system—known for its use of heat in excess of 100 degrees—is designed to work every major muscle and organ system while detoxifying the body and boosting flexibility. A certified instructor teaches every class, including the original 90-minute class as well as the 60-minute condensed class that helps students with packed schedules.
Diets, traditional medicine, and exercise regimens all work best when people keep one thing in mind: Everyone’s body is different. Vitality Pilates Studio's instructors, some of whom boast more than a decade of experience, understand this basic truth, tailoring their teachings to individual bodies. They blend both traditional Pilates practice with newer teaching styles in introductory classes, private lessons, and multilevel training classes that may integrate apparatus and prop work. To accommodate those who want to dive into Pilates more extensively, they offer an instructor-training course and a rare copy of Joseph Pilates's high-school diary.
Pilates Plus's workouts combine traditional Pilates exercises with the principles of SPX fitness for a workout that keeps muscles burning until they hit failure, boosting strength gains, and speeding students toward full-body fitness. Each session on the studio’s schedule empowers students to work toward five fitness goals: muscular strength, muscular endurance, cardio-respiratory endurance, flexibility, and body composition. The signature 40-minute workout routine, much like a life-or-death chess match, combines high intensity with slow, controlled movements. Students saddle up to the specialized Megaformer machine, a cousin of the traditional Pilates Reformer, which resists students' stretches, pushups, and lunges to provide a high-tension muscle workout without putting any stress on joints, the spine, or students' clockwork wind-up gear. After completing a class, Pilates Plus practitioners further benefit from excess postexercise oxygen consumption, which keeps the heart beating faster, calories burning, and nearby trees clocking overtime photosynthesis hours.
From a six-month journey across the Indian subcontinent to graduating as one of the first yogis ever to be certified by Baptiste yoga creator, Baron Baptiste, there’s seldom been a dull moment in Lisa Black’s 12-year history with yoga. She even invented her own style of yogic practice called Shakti Vinyasa yoga in 2003. With the help of a fleet of instructors that she personally certified, she brings her wealth of experience to each class she teaches through Shakti Vinyasa Yoga’s four studio locations.
All four studio locations provide a venue for renowned yogis to visit and hold workshops while passing or levitating through town. The brightly lit, hardwood-floored rooms have hosted such experts as Baron Baptiste, Shiva Rea, and Ana Forrest.