Since 1977, the Omaha Yoga School (OYS) has been molding clients into loose-limbed fitness fans, expanding its base of classical and Vinyasa flow classes to include Hyp-Yoga, which combines yoga with hypnosis to achieve top-notch results that won’t temporarily transform participants into clucking chickens. OYS recognizes that the body must be taken care of, but the mind and spirit are also important pieces of the complex long-division formula that is fitness. By teaching ancient yoga techniques in a non-competitive and intimate atmosphere, OYS produces practical results that improve daily living and snowball-dodging skills. Experienced instructors who were enamored with their Stretch Armstrongs at an early age lead small classes that strengthen the core and firm limbs, which will undoubtedly bait jealous glares from trees. Call ahead to schedule your first session at Omaha Yoga School.
The Yoga Path's classes are based on Hatha yoga techniques and geared towards all skill and activity levels. Drop-in classes are held several times a week and run between 60–90 minutes. Small class sizes along with hands-on instruction and telepathic communicating from skilled instructors ensure that each student receives individualized attention. Aspiring contortionists are led through a variety of poses that help increase strength, flexibility, and endurance. After class, sweat-drenched bodies and minds can replenish with tea and chatter and yoga veterans malleable as warm wax and neophytes unable to touch their toes are equally welcome. Drop-ins are asked to call or email before attending class.
Kelli Morgan is so passionate about yoga that she can't help but share it with others. Her zeal for the discipline surfaced in 1989, when she began studying Bikram yoga, a series of 26 poses performed in a heated room. Eleven years later, she completed the 500-hour teacher-training program at Bikram's Yoga College of India and launched a career as a hot-yoga teacher. Since then, she's also incorporated traditional, non-heated yoga into her class lineup at Liv Yoga Bellevue. Hatha sessions focus on alignment and breathing techniques, whereas Vinyasa classes meld breath and movement into a practice that moves fluidly, like a freshly shaven dolphin. The studio also hosts yoga classes for kids aged 4–10 and participates in community events such as Yoga Rocks the Park.
Lotus House offers group classes that are based on the Ashtanga and Flow yoga practices. Regular practice of these techniques can improve muscle tone and flexibility, reduce stress, and stimulate weight loss. Each class is taught by one of the impassioned and nimble instructors, trained to reverberate the positive vibes of soothing music while motivating students to slither into blissful poses on the studio's bamboo floor.
At 8th Avenue Yoga, visitors can pursue whole-body fitness in a top-notch facility while benefiting from a friendly and motivational group environment. Unlike grizzly-bear tracking, 8th Avenue Yoga aims to help participants optimize physical health and mental well-being without being mauled. Yoga classes focus on improving participants physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually while shedding calories and strengthening the core. Consistent yoga practice helps improve flexibility, balance, stability, stamina, focus, and fitting inside crammed elevators. A convenient schedule offers early-morning and evening classes Monday through Thursday, as well as morning classes on Saturday.
Dedicated to helping guests locate the core of their physical and spiritual beings, Legacy Pilates, Yoga & More's instructors blend Eastern and Western philosophies into emphatic programs that focus on establishing unity between the mind and body. The sounds of heaving breaths and stretch-induced groans permeate the center’s expansive studios, where instructors lead classes in Pilates and yoga along with high-energy Zumba dance-a-thons. Limbs stretched to their limits during workouts can recover with massage and reiki sessions that target the body’s centers of energy and relax muscles still barking from prolonged downward-dog poses.
When was the last time you performed a walking lunge with a pumpkin instead of a medicine ball? Or took a cycling class with an '80s-era pop star? On Halloween of 2012, Pinnacle Fitness Club was filled with unusual props and colorful characters—and not just the typical athletic equipment or energetic personal trainers. The gym encouraged members to wear costumes to their workouts, resulting in classes filled with faux surgeons and familiar Dr. Seuss figures.
It may only happen once a year, but the lighthearted spirit of the club’s October 31st festivities embodies its continually down-to-earth, friendly environment. It offers amenities such as new cardio and weight-training equipment and a 25-yard lap pool to encourage patrons on their journies toward better health. After their workout, guests can head to the jacuzzi to unwind.