Inside Amherst Yoga’s spacious, sunny studio, yoga students exercise mind and body with a variety of yoga classes. But it’s more than just yoga at this studio: clients can also partake in personal training, Zumba, and neuromuscular stretching. Wellness services are also available, including cardiovascular training and massage therapy.
Dena Carbone has spent 16 years practicing yoga, and in that time she has earned a Hatha certification from the AFAA, rigorously studied the Kripalu style of yoga, and even opened her own studio. At the appropriately named Yoga…Redefined, Carbone draws on her knowledge to blend the Hatha and Kripalu styles in an innovative class available to students of all levels. She has also developed a signature arsenal of modifications, some of which are designed specifically for breast cancer survivors and sufferers of many autoimmune conditions.
Carbone’s thoughtful twists on traditional poses make yoga accessible to anyone. She has even been known to get playful from time to time, as is the case in a Yoga Funk session set to an upbeat soundtrack. Other classes focus on teaching moms to practice yoga with their newborns or helping teens deal with the awkward tails they grew in puberty.
Though Gateway Hills Health Club flourishes with yoga and spinning studios, group fitness classes, and personal-training sessions, it's much more than a gym. Offering 24-hour access, the health club is also staffed with professionals who are dedicated to helping members achieve their health goals, assisting them with weight management, and helping them build strength and flexibility during hot yoga and hot pilates classes. Their new computer controlled infrared heating system can bring the temperature up to 105 degrees.
When Brandy Hill opened her own studio, she named it after the banyan tree. This massive plant supports itself by perpetually extending new branches and roots?a quality that symbolizes eternal life in Hindu mythology. At Banyan Tree Yoga, she and her team of seasoned instructors hope to give students a sanctuary where they can put down roots and find balance through yoga, during a range of classes that range from therapeutic yin and restorative classes to strength building Vinyasa sessions.
Inside a spacious studio equipped with yoga blocks, a children's play area, and cubby holes for hermit-crab poses, yogis and their progeny can bond during Mommy and Me yoga, and moms-to-be can offload some of the muscular tension that comes from carrying an littlun in Prenatal classes.