Larissa Anderson may look young, but she's already enjoyed opportunities that older yogis would bend over backwards for. The owner and senior instructor at Firehouse Hot Yoga completed her training in 2003, and by 2004 was already invited to judge the Southern California Regional Yoga Competition. From 2006?2007 she honed her skills as an instructor at the prestigious Bikram International World Headquarters in Los Angeles, before entering the championship circuit herself and taking home a second-place finish in the Washington regional competition.
Finally establishing a studio she can call home, Anderson welcomes yogis of all levels to stretch their limits in 105-degree heat, which encourages muscles to stretch, pores to oust toxins, and penguins to hold dance practice somewhere else. Each session explores a sequence of 26 Hatha poses performed in a deliberate order with breathing exercises designed to strengthen the body and usher oxygen to its extremities.
Behind the elegant wooden desk in its reception area lies the thing that sets Be One Yoga apart?two things, in fact. The state-of-the-art Studio A features an infrared heat system that varies temperatures between 95? and 110?, the ideal levels for intensive hot yoga. Air conditioning systems monitor CO2 levels, pumping in high-oxygen air to keep bodies energized, while all circulating atmosphere goes through UV light to keep it clean as clean as Mr. Clean's highly censored DVD collection. Studio B allows for more temperate practice, as well as hosting Be One Kids programs, introducing young ones to the joys of yoga. Complementing yoga's wellness-boosting properties, massage services knead away muscle stiffness and evaporate tension beneath the therapists' gently kneading hands.
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, incorporate 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 Hot Power Yoga and Classic Bikram Yoga in the hot room to the meditative Yin and playful Yang classes in the warm room.
They also teach kids' yoga classes on weekends 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.
In addition to yoga classes, The Ashram Yoga regularly holds Deva Meditation training sessions and workshops that encourage clients to develop personal meditative practices.
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.
Tami Jones was a dancer since she was 2 years old, but an injury in college prevented her from pursuing it as a career. She turned to Pilates for physical therapy and in it discovered a renewed love of fitness. Later, Tami fused her favorite exercises?dance and Pilates?to create The Union Method, a fitness-focused program that seeks to unite mind, body, and soul while building lean bodies. Now, she and her fellow instructors teach yoga, Pilates, and barre classes to students of all experience levels.