Lorean, Open Center Yoga?s seasoned leader, sits crossed-legged on the glossy wood floor, focusing her breath before leading yogis of all levels through her lineup of flexibility-building classes. She guides students in setting their intentions?points of focus to transfer from yoga to day-to-day life, such as calming one?s mind, becoming more adaptable to change, or harnessing enough will power to finally beat Donkey Kong?to connect spiritually to the practice. The classes can include visualizing chakras and channeling energy. Throughout the 75-minute sessions, students build muscle and increase their flexibility while flowing through the fluid postures, and workshops offer a more spiritual experience in which students meditate using deep, even breaths to quiet anxious thoughts and assuage tension.
Laura Rothstein co-founded Yogasphere in 2005 with the goal of making yoga accessible to everyone. These days, Laura, co-owner Elle Kaplan, and their team of instructors follow through on that mission by hosting an array of yoga services, from vinyasa yoga classes to six-week prenatal yoga workshops.
• For $49, you get a punch card valid for a five-pass punch card (a $100 value) and a 30-minute personal training session (a $60 value; a $160 total value). • For $49, you get a punch card valid for a five-pass punch card (a $100 value) and a 30-minute massage (a $55 value; a $155 total value).
At Integrative Fitness Pilates, instructors Linda and Susan draw from decades of experience in yoga, fitness training, and Pilates to restore bodies to lithe, strong, naturally healthy forms. The studio places a special focus on holistic training, putting the body on a self-healing path through posture reeducation and therapeutic movements. Through specialized-equipment courses or simple mat exercises, students in Pilates can improve their range of motion, build a lean, powerful core, and forge a strong connection between body and mind. Restorative Pilates courses help clients overcome injury and chronic pain with 10 weeks of exercises and therapies designed to release tension and stiffness.
Riverflow Yoga owner Rhonda Uretzky lives and breathes yoga. After 40 years of dedicated practice?and with every member of her immediate family either teaching or practicing yoga?she has come to think of it not just as a workout, but as a way of life. Aided by an experienced team of instructors and sweat-inducing temperatures that work to purge bodies of toxins, Rhonda?s Hot 26 Yoga classes focus on stretches that nurture physical flexibility and foster spiritual exploration.
Riverflow Yoga's studio, located in a former laceworks, features free parking and uses a combination of heat to boost blood flow, ease sore joints, stretch tight muscles and tone bodies during hot yoga sessions. When Rhonda's guiding students through each class? 26 poses, she elongates spines and unkinks vestigial tails with hands-on adjustments. Her hands, adept and perceptive from so much practice, can feel when bodies are tense; a mere touch can tell her where each student needs the most attention.
Mahan Rishi Singh Khalsa and Nirbhe Kaur founded the Khalsa Healing Arts & Yoga Center as a center for holistic healing. In addition to offering massage, acupuncture, and chiropractic treatments, the center also features kundalini yoga and meditation classes.