Founded on the belief that yoga’s transformative benefits should be shared with anyone interested—regardless of age, gender, or religion—Puma Yoga welcomes students of all experience levels to its non-competitive studio. Calming music reverberates through the intimate studio as students work on everything from relaxing flow to the more intense power yoga classes lead by knowledgeable and welcoming instructors. Private yoga sessions and workshops help developing yogis deepen their understanding of the practice and discover that triangle pose has nothing to do with their high-school band experience. Puma Yoga also offers workshops on topics such as nutrition and holistic health, and also offers a 10-week yoga teacher-training program for aspiring instructors.
As Jaclyn Hoffman discovered, the myriad benefits of yoga—strength, flexibility, peace of mind—apply at any point in your life. After spending her youth honing her mental and physical skills as a dancer, Jaclyn suffered the pangs of adulthood ten years later. Mired by stress and a bad back, she began practicing yoga, which quickly healed her mind, body, and spirit. Now a certified Bikram yoga instructor and the co-owner of Prana Bodhi, Jaclyn guides others toward the same tranquility. Classes take place in a studio heated to 105 degrees, which helps increase blood circulation and sympathy for people who live in Arizona. Jaclyn is also a massage practitioner, offering spa services such as acupuncture and facials at the studio.
Sometimes our dreams are within reach, but more often, those dreams are on the highest of high shelves, beside the BB gun and the cupcakes "for tomorrow." Reach that shelf with today's Groupon to stretch your muscles and muscle your stretches into a stretch of intense muscular moves. For $30, you get a five-class pass to Westside Yoga Studio in Lakewood, a $65 value. Upon your first visit, you'll receive your pass, which can be used toward any of the classes offered at the comforting studio. Once activated, you'll have 60 days to use your five classes, giving your card the considerable shelf life of a gallon of dehydrated milk.
Alyssa Lee Wilmot once envisioned a place where people could come and express themselves through movement; she brought that place to life when she opened The Movement Factory. Wilmot strives to find classes that combine fitness with movement arts, which explains her fitness-class schedule that's replete with dance-inspired Zumba, yoga, hip-hop, and barre sessions. All sessions at The Movement Factory welcome students aged 18 and older of all experience levels.
At Tango Apasionado, students learn graceful Argentine tango steps and the basics of leading and following under the tutelage of an instructor with more than 35 years of dance experience. Classes include group sessions, which students can attend without a partner, as well as a five-week Argentine boot camp that immerses them in the dance.
The expert benders of River's Edge guide students of all levels through yoga classes that strengthen wobbly bodies and calm bustling brains six days a week. Rather than starting newbies out with flashy yoga tricks and slick no-hands mat moves, beginner classes help novices learn the basics of breathing and relaxation as they perform postures while standing, sitting, and lying on the floor. Reservations are recommended for the first class. Align and restore wayward muscles to their rightful places during moderate classes, or streamline body and breath during the vigorous practice of Vinyasa. Next Step Yoga, which features an increased variety of poses, inches students toward greater muscle power, and gentle Chair Yoga coddles fragile frames with standing or seated poses supported by a steadfast seat back. Most classes span 90 minutes, and students should bring their own mats but can call ahead to reserve a complimentary rental if theirs is taking a personal day.