The Yoga Room devotes itself to bringing the mental and physical benefits of yoga to all serenity-seeking students, regardless of experience and body type. With a focus on Hatha-style poses, The Yoga Room keeps movements true to classical yoga teaching during each encouraging class. Pop into one of the Gentle sessions for easygoing poses and centered breathing, or try out a vigorous Ashtanga experience—75 minutes of demanding yogic action in a heated room—to invigorate the body. New bend-and-stretchers can athleticize limbs in the Hatha class, whereas more experienced centers can twist up a frenzy in a Hatha flow session, excellent for wringing out stress, stiffness, and full-body dish towels.
Under the studio's 24-foot ceilings, students cycle through 26 poses during 90-minute heated Bikram classes. More than 50 classes a week are taught by passionate instructors, and childcare services are offered four day a week to keep kids under 12 occupied while their parents twist atop mats. On Sundays, tots can strike poses of their own in the Youth Yoga classes.
The 5,500-square-foot space also houses a yoga competition team, a meditation class, and a boutique, all of which encourage enthusiastic practitioners to integrate yoga into their off-the-mat lives. In addition, massage therapists stand by to perform Swedish, deep-tissue, and sports massages as well as shiatsu sessions to help ease aches and pains, which could have been caused by commuting to work via clown car.
At Sunstone Yoga, students radiate calm and self-awareness as they practice ancient poses designed to stretch, strengthen, and purify the body. Instructors complete 500 hours of training in yogic techniques, teaching, and physiology before leading classes, so they can hand out researched, tested tips on safety and alignment. Most classes come in 30-, 60-, and 90-minute varieties and focus on energy or restorative relaxation. A two-class introductory series welcomes beginners with basic standing poses, and the popular fire series explores up to 34 poses in a 99-degree room that loosens muscles to facilitate deeper stretches as it ousts toxins. Filled with soothing music and 90-degree temperatures, the water series cultivates more serenity than getting a massage from a singing whale.
It takes plenty of dedication just to stay in the 105-degree studio for 90 minutes at a time, which is what many of Pure Yoga Austin's students do multiple times a week. Mardy Chen followed her own devotion to the practice to open Pure Yoga Austin with help from her husband and co-director, Jeff Chen. Their team of certified Bikram Yoga instructors share the sweaty yoga style that has been known to help students of all fitness levels achieve leaner physiques, improved athletic performance, and greater mental clarity. The signature Bikram sequence of 26 postures help students develop strength, improve flexibility, and attain the heat endurance necessary to succeed at spelling bees held in saunas.
Since 2004, Todd Gibbs has grown his team of enthusiastic instructors from one to seven, and collectively they take a fun approach to fitness. The instructors incorporate motivating music into their Pilates, Barre and yoga classes. Their robust, seven-day schedule features morning through evening classes that they cater to students of all skill levels by demonstrating modifications that make the exercises less or more intense. Todd's classes in Pilates are designed to tone the entire body, placing emphasis on conditioning the core to help people protect their fragile chandelier centers.
Arching spines and unfurling limbs fill Breath and Body Yoga's studio space during sessions of gently-heated, extroverted yoga. The studio's daily schedule accommodates students with varying fitness and stress-relief goals with classes such as 90-minute Baptiste Power Vinyasa yoga, which challenges muscles with 53 dynamic yet modifiable poses designed to strengthen muscles and mental focus, and Hour Power Flow sessions condense the regimen into a 60-minute workout that includes hand balancing and inversions.