To program director William Brashear and his team of teachers, yoga is a spiritual journey that begins within while a person is creating a bond with humanity. They inspire students of all ability levels to seek this inner peace in their classes, which cover a variety of styles. Options range from Mysore—a meditation-focused discipline—to power yoga—a vigorous Vinyasa-based course—to gentle yoga—a slower-paced rehabilitative class. To zero in on students' specific areas of concern, they lead one-on-one sessions, helping them master their techniques and learn Sanskrit words such as, "asana" which means "pose," or more commonly, "Can you please help me? My leg is stuck behind my head."
In addition to yoga, the school provides healing services, including Ayurvedic Thai yoga massage, in which a trained practitioner gently pulls arms and legs and twists torsos and shoulders in an effort to loosen the muscles and release stress. It also hosts yoga- and meditation-centric events and organizes calming retreats to locales such as Leeland Valley.
The mood and pacing is constantly shifting at Yoga ah, as students of all ages lay out their mats for their class and prepare to harmonize body and mind. The students start young here, beginning, even in utero with prenatal classes. Adult classes follow an Ashtanga and Vinyasa flow, led by instructors who guide students through challenging poses. Intense moments occur during Rocket yoga?Ashtanga yoga classes, with a Pilates twist that aim to get students into inversions, arm balances, and outer space.
The experienced team of instructors lead both novices and seasoned yogis through sequences of poses in Hot 60 or 75-minute sessions or creative Yoga Flow with Music courses. In addition to yoga, the studio hosts Pilates, Cycle Alive, and BarreAlive workouts. The studio holds 51 classes per week, 15 of which are for beginners.
Eastside Wellness Connections? studios offer a range of core-strengthening workouts. Stationary bikes form rows inside one room for spinning classes led by a certified instructor. Laminate floors provide the stomping grounds for yoga classes, where students on mats bend, twist, and somersault their way into a series of poses. And Pilates students use mats and reformer machines to build long, lean muscles.
Though the contraction "it's" was originally invented by disheveled British men to herald the arrival of flying circuses, today's deal uses it to herald something completely different. For $25, new clients get five yoga classes at It's Yoga (a $55 value). Bring your Groupon to the studio above the Ludlow Garage on Ludlow Avenue and attain the same limber happiness that runs through the branches of your happiest miniature bonsai trees. Choose your classes from a full schedule of yoga sessions, which run from morning through evening and extend into the late evening on hectic weeknights.
Power yoga differs from regular yoga in a few key ways, most notably its dedication to the destruction of evil through extreme muscular flexion. The wide range of class offerings ensures pliable posers of all levels can find a suitable challenge. Greenhorns can get started with a New to Yoga course, while veterans of powerful yogic posturing can up their yogame with the Power Flow 90, a 90-minute workout designed to infuse power yoga poses directly with DNA, creating the fitness version of Jurassic Park. Consult the schedule for a full lineup, and plan on arriving 5 to 10 minutes before a class is scheduled to begin. Bring a towel and water bottle to wipe away and replenish exercise tears.