One could say that 1996 was one of the worst years of Sara Alavi’s life. Within the span of months, she lost sight in her left eye, was diagnosed with MS, and developed a heart condition. Any one of those conditions could have debilitated her spirit, but Sara always lived by the mantra of “gratitude toward the gift of life and being grateful for our loved ones' lives.” That devotion to celebrating life led her toward the mind-calming and body-strengthening practice of yoga. After continued dedication to the ancient art, her eyesight returned and her health began to skyrocket.
Now a certified yoga instructor herself, Sara uses her earth-toned studio to host the bodies and minds of her students. Her yoga classes aim to improve bodily health by increasing blood flow and releasing muscle tension while stimulating the mind for sharper concentration and funnier Mad Libs. In the studio’s flower-curtain-lined healing room, Sara performs the raindrop massage: a combination of essential oils and reflexive therapy. She balances disrupted energy flows with reiki healing and assists at-home meditation with a guided relaxation CD.
Yoga takes a holistic mind-body-spirit approach to exercise, granting regular participants the ability to simultaneously restore a sagging set of muscles and a droopy joie de vivre. Cadence offers challenging vinyasa-based classes for all experience levels and has a team of encouraging instructors who will teach you how to properly position all possible postures of your person, including Downward Facing Dog, Pensive Panda, and Unreliable Narrator. Get acclimated with the essentials in a yoga basics class, which explores the exercise's traditional postures and breathing techniques at a gentle pace for beginners. For a challenging abdominal workout, stop in for a core blast class, which throws some targeted Pilates movements into the usual yoga mix, or participate in a yoga fit session that incorporates weight training. Cadence's mind-body and restorative classes explore the more meditative, soothing aspects of yoga and will help you relieve your mind of emotional tension to make way for more important things, like Star Trek: Voyager fan fiction, vice-presidential trivia, and your cubicle mate's first name. Find a class that matches you on Cadence Yoga's class schedule.
A brand-new yoga studio beckons stretchers seeking more than just sweat from their exercise regime, as a Chopra Center–certified yoga instructor helps guide disciples down the path toward physical, mental, and spiritual peace. Blending Hatha yoga and primordial-sound meditation—an ancient Vedic tradition designed to silence mental distractions—classes of up to 80 stretch, meditate, and practice turning invisible in unison. Sunrise yoga practiced at 6:30 a.m. Monday and Wednesday on the rooftop (weather permitting) gives yoga bears a chance to greet the sun personally, Hatha yoga classes at 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday give limber limbs a good workout, and relaxation yoga at 6 p.m. Monday and 6:30 p.m. Thursday helps purge stress leftover from the workplace.
Inner Peace's studio is a beautiful space in which to surround the self while engaging in the ancient practice of yoga. The custom-designed facility boasts a gleaming, 1,077-square-foot yoga floor built from Lisbon natural cork. With today's deal, partake in six of the 27 group yoga classes offered each week, including options for folks from every fork of the fitness footway, from non-nimble neophytes to seasoned veterans as flexible as a pair of bicycle shorts. The staff of experienced instructors has both the wisdom and stretchiness to teach numerous yoga styles, including Ashtanga, Vinyasa, power yoga in a heated studio, soft yoga for beginners or those seeking a chance to slow down and breathe, and yoga jam, which doesn't involve canned preserves but does involve energetic music and a quick flow of postures.
Ignite Yoga’s name mirrors the warmth of its studio, which can reach temperatures of 85 degrees during sweat-inducing for Vinyasa flow classes. However, the name also reflects the spark between Matt and Abbey McClellan, the husband-and-wife duo that helm the studio. With more than 500 hours of teacher training between them, the duo leads group classes in four styles, helping students reap benefits from improved balance and flexibility to enhanced body alignment. Their beginner sessions impart foundational techniques, and their heated Vinyasa sessions include modifications for less advanced students, such as yoga mats carved from blocks of ice.
The instructors at Beyond Yoga encourage awareness of the body on a physical, mental, and spiritual level through yoga classes for participants of all levels. The classes blend elements of Hatha, Ashtanga, and Vinyasa yoga styles, with content that varies with the time of day—morning classes prepare clients for the day ahead and evening classes help guests unwind and get over their fear of the moon. On certain weekday mornings, instructors lead sessions on a rooftop patio amid an inspiring combination of sunshine and skyline.