At just 12 years old, studio owner Betsy Jones-Cooper stepped into her first yoga class accompanied by her mother, who, at the time, was a bit skeptical about the mind-body practice. As it turned out, yoga won over both mother and daughter. As an adult, she eventually discovered and fell in love with the Bikram style, a yogic variation that eventually inspired her to study directly under its founder Bikram Choudhury, complete a 500-hour certification program, and teach the 26-posture series at her very own studio. Over the next decade, her yoga interests expanded into other yoga traditions, including the more aerobic Vinyasa style, which links a continuous series of postures with mindful breaths, in addition to the active routines of Hot Fusion and Yoga Core. As she's expanded her classes, she's accumulated a team of passionate, fun-loving instructors and a database of more than 6,000 students.
Founded in 1974, Yoga East has spent nearly four decades guiding visitors along the path to mental serenity and physical wellness. The nonprofit educational organization holds more than 75 classes a week at three Louisville studios, inviting guests of all fitness backgrounds to flow through the tableaux of multiple yoga disciplines. Hatha, Vinyasa, Ashtanga, and gentle yoga cull tension from muscles and foster flexibility. Classes can accommodate skill levels from gentle to advanced by modifying maneuvers and demanding that the tree and mountain poses be performed atop their namesakes.
Each Yoga East instructor has earned certification from Yoga Alliance. Their collective expertise enables the studios to offer teacher training as well as workshops, community events, and additional fitness courses, such as Pilates.
Infinite Bliss offers classes for beginners, intermediates, and advanced students, all based upon the kula, or chosen community of the heart, with Anusura—inspired techniques that connect body and spirit. Its Hatha-based yoga flow combines yoga asanas (postures) with breathing techniques to form introspective, individual-centered 75-minute exercise sessions, with special prenatal and Baby Bliss classes for expecting and accurately predictive mothers. Yoga beginners and students new to Infinite Bliss can arrive early or call to speak with an instructor for guidance on which classes to attend.
The Gumby-like founder and executive director of YOGAmazing, Chaz, is a certified instructor with years of impressive experience under his yoga mat. From developing the globally successful YOGAmazing Video Podcast on iTunes to being recognized by Yoga Journal, Chaz incorporates his effervescent attitude and passion for life into all classes. His airy, spacious studio is geared toward students of all skill sets. The class schedule includes nighttime vinyasa-flow yoga, early morning hatha, and a special Wednesday session exclusively for Groupon passes (though your pass allows you to take any yoga class you choose). You can view the complete schedule here.
Burn Personal Fitness Studio torches the obstacles present in many gyms, eschewing rooms full of daunting equipment and one-size-fits-all instruction. To help clients develop healthy habits for the long run, the studio specializes in personal and small-group training. This approach gives staffers plenty of time to dole out custom encouragement tailored to each exerciser’s specific fitness goals.
During personal-training sessions, certified fitness trainers draw up custom workouts for individual clients. In addition to monitoring the client's progress, the trainer puts on personalized master classes in how to most effectively carry out exercises, giving guests a skill set they can take with them long after the sessions end. In small-group classes, the trainers guide no more than six students through disciplines that range from calming yoga to energizing boot camps filled with cardio drills, weightlifting challenges, and body-weight exercises. Students take control of their workout, determining the pace of their training by selecting variations that accommodate their skill set, fitness level, and vestigial pterodactyl wings.
Sun rays and sweltering temperatures fill Bikram Yoga Louisville's colorful studio, bolstering minds and loosening muscles during daily Bikram yoga classes. Flexibility, balance, and focus grow as certified instructors guide groups through 26 challenging poses suitable for both beginners and seasoned yogis. The studio's heat makes muscles more pliable, deepening stretches and extracting submerged toxins. Deep breaths draw fresh oxygen into the lungs and expel pent-up stress, filling students with relaxation that lasts long past 90-minute routines, lingering pleasantly as they climb into bed or tickle piranhas in their dreams.