The lithe instructors at Bikram Yoga University Village guide students through famed yogi Bikram Choudhury's 26 poses and two breathing exercises within a balmy, spa-like studio. During 90-minute routines, thermometers in the CO2-controlled room hit 105 degrees Fahrenheit with 40% humidity and a 0% chance of rain to aid in stretching and in the body's detox potential. The studio's slip-resistant carpet keeps poses firmly intact, and UV lighting helps repel bacteria and class-disrupting vampires. During classes, floor-length mirrors help students perfect their poses, and the facility's well-maintained locker rooms wash away one's hard-earned sweat afterward.
Living Yoga Center's instructors lead an eclectic array of yoga and Pilates classes to welcome students of varying skill levels and interests. Boasting an extensive class schedule, the center heats its practice space with phoenix eggs before hot power yoga sessions, which enhance stamina and focus by incorporating measured breaths into a dynamic sequence of flowing poses. Therapeutic yoga's instructors slow down the pace while introducing supportive props and guiding students through deep, restorative stretches, and Pilates & Yoga sessions fuse the mindful breathing exercises of yoga with the core- and limb-toning techniques of traditional Pilates to create a hybrid fitness regimen, leaving muscles as sturdy as a tree house in a redwood. Students spread their mats across the practice space's rich wooden flooring, creating a vibrant foam mosaic amid the sunny walls.
Korrie's Pilates Place’s founder, Korrie Sudweeks, channels her experience as a personal trainer and former gymnast into an entire spectrum of wellness services, including yoga, Pilates, massage, chiropractic medicine, and skincare. Her classes adhere to the philosophies of Hatha yoga, which carefully ties breath to movement in slow-paced flow or heart-pumping power-yoga sessions. Pilates veers down a different path to fitness, employing mats or equipment such as reformers, Wunda chairs, and the Barrel to strengthen and tone the core muscles that buttress spines and tricornered hats. Large mirrors reflect students’ progress against the backdrop of lime-green walls and hardwood floors.
The instructors at Inner Evolution Yoga believe that practicing yoga is a personal journey best undertaken at your own pace. To that end, the studio offers ample classes for practitioners of all skill levels, including a beginners yoga class, a Yin yoga stretching session ideal for newbies and injured students, and challenging hot-yoga classes that take experienced yogis to the next level, where they can claim their well-earned pot of golden chakra coins. Many classes are held before and after working hours to accommodate busy professionals and parents, including a Hot Morning Power class that ends promptly at 6:30 a.m.
The talented instructors adopt the studio’s philosophy of humility, which pushes them to see the strengths and weaknesses in their yoga practices. This encourages all teachers to constantly learn new skills and different yoga modalities, which they can then share with their students and friendly strangers on the bus.
The instructors at The Yoga Room of Redlands take time to build toward peak poses. They begin by modeling basic movements that warm bodies from the inside out. As muscles and connective tissues gain mobility, teachers introduce more-rigorous postures such as chair, which mimics the action of sitting down on Santa's lap. Students build up to the peak pose—a posture that's intensely challenging and rewarding—and then cool down through a sequence of curative, relaxing movements.
Throughout each of the Power Vinyasa–style classes, teachers tend to students as individuals, offering modifications and adjustments to make poses more comfortable. They also add upbeat music to brighten the mood.
Ayurveda, a holistic health system native to India, considers that each individual is born with a unique psychosomatic constitution, known as a dosha. Each person has a combination of three doshas—Vata, Pitta, and Kapha—and, according to Ayurvedic tradition, the dominant dosha can determine and affect the individual's appetite, body type, digestion, memory, and confidence to cry in public. Ayurvedic therapies—including massage, herbal oil treatments, detox programs, and meditation—all aim to boost a sense of overall well-being.
Monica Bhatia, an Ayurvedic practitioner and consultant at Ayurveda Yoga LLC, has studied the Ayurveda heritage extensively in India as well as the United States and is a cofounder of the San Diego College of Ayurveda. She taps into this vast background as she helps clients through energy medicine, meditation, and other healing practices.