The 10 experienced instructors and wellness practitioners at Abundant Joy Yoga & Wellness share their expertise through an array of yoga and martial arts classes and healing services. The studio offers several styles of yoga, from beginner level to Aerial Yoga, along with group classes and one-on-one private sessions, private retreats, and even stand-up paddle board yoga during July and August.
Inside the tranquil Serenity Room, students explore holistic health from a variety of angles, including private sessions of energy-balancing Reiki, Thai Bodywork, Integrative Chakra Healing, and Cranio-Sacral Therapy. Once a month, the room also hosts thermography imaging sessions, which assess and address the inflamed muscles and nerve dysfunction associated with conditions such as fibromyalgia, TMJ, and diverticulitis.
At Core Center of Pilates, certified instructor Lindsey Cannon provides individualized attention to students, working to craft programs that fit each student’s body type and goals. Pilates students practice control over their bodies and breathing as they mindfully move through each exercise, building long and lean muscles.
Now in its 10th year, Soleil Lune Yoga Center was born from the minds of two passionate yoga instructors, Trisha Washburn and Robin Philips. In 2003, Trisha quit her corporate job and took the helm. Since then, the center has served as a haven from the outside world where yogis of all experience levels come to improve their bodies and calm their minds. Inside the studio, certified instructors guide students through a set of unique classes. Rather than jostle for a spot at the bar or water cooler at the end of the workday, patrons can head to a Happy Hour flow class, a 75-minute session of medium-paced movements set to fun and modern music. In addition to workshops and retreats, the studio also offers balance-improving gentle flow sessions, power yoga, and specially designed courses for deaf or hard of hearing individuals that are lead by a yoga teacher and ASL interpreter.
Ronda Arndorfer began exploring Pilates in 2001 at the age of 40, when she was trying to recover from the multiple running injuries she incurred while training for her first marathon. Her rehabilitation was so successful that she decided to learn how to share the experience with others. She became a certified Pilates instructor and?after opening a studio out of her home?eventually founded The Movement Center, a place where students can restore both body and mind in a positive, lighthearted environment. Arndorfer continues to attend workshops and teacher trainings with master instructors throughout the country, and some of her staff members have trained in Pilates via Arndorfer's teacher-certification program.
Arndorfer's passion for movement has paid off: the center has been featured in numerous television and magazine media outlets and was voted the Best Pilates Studio by CityVoter in 2009, 2010, and 2011. In addition to traditional yoga and Pilates classes, the crew offers innovative and challenging techniques such as aerial yoga?in which students "float" on a trapeze-like swing?and yoga performed on open water using a standup paddleboard. Barre classes require students to hold onto a ballet barre or the outstretched arm of a handsome stranger while strengthening muscles with a mix of yoga- and Pilates-inspired moves.
The center's team includes massage therapists, a nutritionist, and a physical therapist and certified Feldenkrais practitioner who continue the healing that begins within each class. They also offer childcare for guests' convenience.
The founders of Reaching Treetops Yoga believe in the power of an all-inclusive fitness community. To that end, they have brought together yoga, Zumba, core-strengthening classes, tai chi, and aerial yoga in two studios in Waukesha. The aerial-yoga classes introduce students to weightless stretching as they flow through yoga poses while suspended several feet off the ground in a silk hammock.
The most practiced students at YogAsylum are not the ones who can touch their toes—they’re the ones who know how far they can safely reach. Fueled by the belief that yoga is an individual experience, the instructors prioritize personal exploration of physical limits over competition. They put this principle into action while leading classes that accommodate guests of any experience level and cover styles such as Ashtanga, Vinyasa, and Hatha. Using provided props, bolsters, and blankets, they help students ease their bodies into more challenging poses. Because they advocate a holistic approach to spiritual health, they offer more than drop-in classes—they provide energy healing and spiritual counseling in addition to therapeutic massage in their wellness center. They also hold musical events, special workshops, and a registered Yoga Alliance teacher training program that has been approved by the Wisconsin Educational Approval Board.
YogAsylum is one of the largest studios in Wisconsin, and was built from scratch to incorporate eco-friendly principles and elements of feng shui. Its cork floors diminish joint discomfort in students stretching beneath energy-efficient bulbs, and movable walls can easily resize the space to accommodate bigger groups and alter the difficulty of life-size games of Pong.