Yoga Belly's misty-blue studio with its inviting wicker love seats envelops students in a soothing ambiance to match its invigorating yoga schedule and strong sense of community. A stable of savvy instructors guides stretchers of all levels amid heated classrooms stoked to warm the muscles, enticing stubborn sweat and room-temperature leftovers from the body. Yoga Belly's San Jose studio affords each stretcher enough space to sprawl atop rich, chocolate-colored wooden floors. Yogis can bring their own mats and towels, or can rent them for class or makeshift-fort duty.
The expert staff at Camelot Center invites patients into a tranquil abode for treatments that target both physical and mental maladies. Sign up for a reflexology session and surrender hands and feet to the healing massage of a professional practitioner who stimulates the body's qi, or universal life energy. The therapist can use the medium to treat problems, such as stress, physical pain, or a tendency to wear shoes on the wrong feet, in everyone from babies to the elderly, ultimately improving quality of life.
Smiling terra-cotta statues, forever posing, and potted orchids caught in a heliotropic stretch mirror the stillness and intensity inherent in Yoga at Cindy's challenging sessions. Skilled yogis guide groups through hot-yoga classes, sweating out toxins and loose change caught in pores in the 90-degree rooms. Practitioners of all skill levels bend their way through a variety of poses in the 60-, 75-, and 90-minute sessions as the heat helps to keep muscles malleable, improve blood flow, and promote detoxification. Classes include heated Vinyasa-flow that focuses on the synchronization of breath and Yin Yang Yoga, which consists of slower movements. In between classes, the studio is cleaned daily, and deep cleaned every other week to avoid the notoriously judgmental eye of the full and half moons.
Han Yoga has created its own wholly unique approach to yoga. With a basis in meditative hatha yoga, its founder Jonathan Han combined eight different practices, the result of which is an inviting routine he named HanChickitsa, suitable for practitioners of all ages and experience levels. The studio's instructors also lead a variety of classes in classic hatha, therapeutic yoga, and high-octane Vinyasa flow, as well as teacher training.