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.
Students of all skill levels flex their way to stronger minds and bodies and achieve premium pliancy at Copper Tree Wellness Studio, named one of the area’s best yoga studios by WISN.com. With a packed schedule of daily yoga and Pilates classes, the studio makes limber limbs more accessible for those busy with daily demands of work, family, and basket weaving. Concentrated around a powerful core, Pilates sessions focus on stability as the first principle before working toward more challenging moves, such as torso twists or hands-free cartwheels. Yoga, a practice more than 2,000 years old, is adaptable to any body and can improve posture and alignment, along with spiritual and physical health.