Guided by a mission of embracing every student's quest for personal growth, the team at YogaWorks offers programs for all ages and walks of life. Harnessing a minimum of 500 hours of Yoga Alliance training, expert instructors build lean muscles with traditional Ashtanga, Iyengar, and Vinyasa flow classes enhanced by inspiring music, ambient candlelight, meditation, and props. Their fitness classes further the body-shaping results of yoga, strengthening core muscles with Pilates, increasing endurance and lean muscles with TRX classes, and building stamina with resistance-based SculptWorks.
Instructors also host exotic yoga retreats, which marry the excitement of travel to far-away locales with the benefits of yoga to bestow students with the confident grace required to approach a foreign yoga mat without startling it. Those in search of further training can access online videos by subscribing to myyogaworks.com, which offers a free, 14-day trial for new users. Students can search for videos by workout duration, skill level, and the targeted area of the body.
The instructors at Triad Yoga & Pilates lead classes that not only strengthen students' bodies, but also increase their awareness. The studio's seven yoga classes cater to various skill levels and needs. Beginners might try out a hatha yoga session, while more experienced yogis head to a flow class and moms-to-be take a prenatal class to address fatigue and prepare for upcoming limbo competitions. Meanwhile, two Pilates classes offer floor exercises that create leaner, stronger muscles or traditional Pilates exercises at a faster pace.
Students at Villa Pilates & Yoga sweat in an earth- and body-safe studio furnished with sustainable bamboo floors and bathed in nothing but nontoxic paint and natural light. Owner Carly Farmer and her staff carefully cultivate the noncompetitive atmosphere at what the OC Metro called a “little gem” by teaching a seven-days-a-week schedule of classes that welcomes all skill levels—from beginners seeking a comfortable environment to begin their practice to experienced yogis looking to perfect advanced moves in a private or semiprivate class. Steadily transitioning poses form the basis of Vinyasa-style yoga flow classes, whereas music yoga classes rely on melodies and rhythms to help move yogis through a choreographed sequence. Reformer Pilates offers a change of pace from the studio’s yoga sessions by putting students through a more intense, calorie-burning session than either yoga or traditional Pilates. Students in need of a mat can rent one for a dollar or visit the studio’s boutique store to shop for accessories such as yoga mats and water bottles, as well as exercise clothing for those who forgot to dress their shadow before class.