While their toes dig into the glossy bamboo floors, students stretch their arms to the ceiling, feeling the hot air curl around their fingertips as their muscles relax into the posture. As light streams in from the windows, an instructor leads the students through one of many classes held at Radiant Yoga, which are designed to suit all fitness levels. Newcomers starting in Yoga Basics get a feel for the proper alignment and foundational asanas before graduating to the titular Radiant Hot Yoga, which covers core- and strength-building moves in a studio heated to 90–95 degrees. Yoga therapy also helps those with musculoskeletal imbalances or painful childhood memories of playing a perfectly still tree in a school play.
For Emily and Sarah Darling, owners of Darling Yoga, helping students experience the present is both an art and a gift. They team up with 16 other seasoned instructors to guide students toward physical wellness and inner peace through the practice of ancient poses and breathing exercises. Emily and other instructors lead classes for all levels, during which stress melts faster than a snowman in a mosh pit. Their sessions range from beginner-friendly Yoga Basics to Vinyasa and Ashtanga routines for intermediate and advanced students. The expert tandem also hosts children's classes during many of the adult sessions, helping young yogis build strength, flexibility, and focus as their parents do the same in the classroom next door.
In one of their studios, natural light flows through large windows, bathing groups in uplifting sunbeams during challenging bends and balances. After class, students can unwind in onsite showers or browse a boutique brimming with yoga mats, props, and apparel.
At Brazil Academy, Ninja Pinto fulfills his lifelong dream of bringing the martial arts capoeira and jujitsu to American audiences from his native Brazil, where he spent his formative years training in these fighting techniques. Now a contra-mestre with more than a decade of teaching experience, Ninja leads instructors who, in addition to martial arts, guide groups of all ages and fitness levels through foot-spicing Latin dances, yoga, and cardio workouts. Students in need of more focused attention can opt for private lessons, during which instructors teach skills and fitness techniques on a one-on-one basis.
Brickhouse Cardio Club is a rapidly expanding chain of women-centered fitness facilities, each with a welcoming atmosphere of comfort and support. Brickhouse shakes up the standard exercise experience with fun workouts that torch calories and send stress packing. Instructors make a personal investment in students, reviewing their health histories and setting reachable fitness goals in one-on-one sessions.
Classes run like clockwork and the floors are specially designed to be easy on the joints. Most important, the sound system rocks, adding extra energy to an array of dance-oriented classes. In addition to Zumba, Brickhouse offers unique exercise hybrids such as PiYo (Pilates and yoga), Piloxing (Pilates and boxing), and R.I.P.P.E.D. (Resistance, Interval, Power, Plyometrics, Endurance, Diet).
Equipment: Yoga mat, bolster, straps, blocks, eye pillows
Students should bring: Yoga mat, towel, and water
Average class length: 60–90 minutes
Number of Staff: 1–5 people
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: No
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Have fun and be open minded.
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
If you have never taken a yoga class before, start with a beginner or intro class to learn the poses, breathing, and language of yoga. Once you feel comfortable, take an intermediate level class. Yoga is not about impressing others; it's about making your inner self happy.
When and how did you first develop a passion for fitness?
I was a dancer and gymnast as a child, but I started practicing yoga in 1997 in my college dorm room. Every time I practice yoga, I feel alive and capable of taking on any challenge. It keeps me focused and calm throughout the day. I can see how it helps children to be more calm, and it's a great way to get your kids active, creative, and flexible.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
We offer Mommy Baby Yoga for Mommy's with babies that are not yet walking. We also have kids' yoga classes for children ages four to seven, and family classes for parents with kids that are walking to four years old.
The instructors at New Day Yoga Studio strive to cultivate a welcoming atmosphere for students of all ages and experience levels. With an emphasis on the physical and mental health benefits of yoga, they encourage each person to go at their own pace, so that the body feels light and relaxed at the end of class. Bamboo floors, soft lighting, and calming music welcome visitors to sessions in two spacious yoga rooms, where they practice poses in various styles, such as ashtanga, vinyasa, hatha, and New Day's signature gentle hot yoga.