Despite the strengthened core she’d gained while obtaining a Pilates certification, Jennifer Martin found her balance and flexibility taxed when she attended her first ever hot-yoga class. Now, she heads Bodhi Hot Yoga, where students chart the same progress through Vinyasa-style poses tweaked to cultivate toned muscles and increased balance. Performed in heated studios that encourage detoxification and increased pliancy, hot yoga sessions also help students of all fitness levels promote weight loss, increase vitality, and reduce pent-up stress. Classes take place multiple times daily, with private sessions available upon request.
Sisters Sara and Leah are on a perpetual scavenger hunt. They live in pursuit of shri, which translates to sweetness or loveliness—a peace that can stem from practicing yoga and meditation. Alongside several other instructors, they combine flowing postures with inward reflection, hoping to achieve a more serene outlook both on and off their mats. To that end, they welcome students of any experience level to join them.
Their 75-minute group classes tend to synchronize breath with movement during alignment based yoga sequences. The classes stress proper alignment and self-awareness, meeting under names like Align & Flow and Flow & Let Go. Special workshops hone in on a specific aspect of practice, like how to do a proper headstand, and a bi-weekly session called The Conversation elicits discussions on life, personal challenges, and yoga philosophies. Those who desire a more personalized approach can also sign up for The Shri Life. This six-week program supplements private yoga tutoring with group lessons and journal writing, the purpose being to develop a person's physical practice and mindfulness simultaneously.