Soni Anderson has been a yoga enthusiast since infancy. As a baby in the Fiji islands, she received yoga massage from her grandmother while her grandfather danced and performed stories from ancient Hindu texts. Her village endorsed meditation and an Ayurvedic lifestyle, prompting Soni to practice her asanas alongside extended family and friends as she matured. Today, as the owner and head teacher of SoniYoga, she strives to combine her grandfather's playful mindset with the therapeutic customs of her homeland.
SoniYoga focuses on the Hatha style, though its studio also embraces restorative, Kundalini, and yin and yang postures during certain classes. A serene atmosphere of acceptance welcomes all students to challenge themselves each time they visit, whether they wish to push the boundaries of their flexibility with a more advanced pose or with a more restrictive suit of armor. Soni also channels her holistic upbringing by offering Ayurvedic counseling, products, and massage services which can help customize a wellness plan for clients based on their body types.
Husband-and-wife team and Prana Power Yoga cofounders Philippe and Taylor Wells foster an environment in which clients can explore holistic wellness through yoga, intensive workshops, and events. Instructors at each heated studio locations roll out the welcome yoga mats, encouraging students of all interests and skill levels, from mothers-to-be to veteran sun saluters, to build strong bodies and peaceful minds in a judgment-free environment. During athletic Vinyasa-style yoga classes, certified instructors crank up temperatures as high as 99 degrees before taking mat mavens through a sequence of sweaty postures linked with mindful breathing exercises designed to boost lung capacity to Sting-like levels. Meanwhile, visitors in search of a transformative experience can attend one of the studio's workshops or events, which range from juice cleanses to destination yoga retreats in Nayarit, Mexico.
The instructors and massage therapists at Zen Muscular Therapy & Wellness Center rely on yoga and Pilates classes, massages, bodywork sessions, and energy healing to keep bodies and minds in optimum condition. They work on bodies in yoga and Pilates classes, guiding participants through moves that challenge muscles and increase flexibility, and on massage tables, where they perform everything from injury work to lymphatic drainage massage.
They relax minds and rejuvenate spirits during bodywork sessions, which rely on hot stones and aromatherapy, and during energy healing appointments, which rely on Reiki and energy healing techniques. The wellness experts also perform private meditation sessions that teach clients how to relax their minds and finally stop singing "Blue (Da Ba Dee)" over and over in their heads.
Light streams in through the studio windows, bouncing off the painted brick walls and illuminating the yogis—each like a cat arching its back in a sunbeam—stretching on the hardwood floor. At Shiva Shakti Yoga Center, instructors, each with at least 500 hours of training, tailor each 60- to 90-minute yoga class to accommodate the needs of students of all experience levels. Drawing on such methods as hatha, Vinyasa, vigorous, restorative, and Anusara, the dynamic of fluid sessions help strengthen muscles and center minds for yogis of all kinds. The studio also hosts occasional workshops with guest teachers to keep bodies limber through varied regimens.
Yogapower's instructors lead students ages 16 and up through an intensive form of yoga performed in a heated studio. Instead of a mechanical series of memorized poses, the 60- to 90-minute classes employ a rigorous sequence of full-body moves that, like the legal definition of treason, changes daily. Instructors heat the yoga room to approximately 88–90 degrees Fahrenheit, causing muscle tension to slacken and sweat-gland managers to mandate overtime. Sessions cater to all skill levels, allowing students to progress at a comfortable pace or earn their yogi merit badges in record time. The studio requires the use of yoga mats and towels and rents them for individual lessons ($4/mat, $1/towel). Yogapower packs its schedule full of dozens of classes throughout the week, with sessions available from the early morning through the evening.
Waverley Oaks Athletic Club was founded in 1979 as a racquetball club by a family focused on fitness. Over the years, they added on to the club, creating a 55,000-square-foot facility with modern workout equipment, fitness classes, and amenities such as a nursery and heated indoor pool. In addition to its four regulation-size racquetball courts, Waverley Oaks now also houses facilities for volleyball, basketball, and spinning. Strength training and cardio rooms provide dumbbells of up to 120 pounds and more than 10 types of cardio machines. Groups can stretch their muscles in yoga classes or prepare for community theater roles as Jean-Claude Van Damme in kickboxing classes.