Located downtown on Sansom Street, Bikram Yoga of Philadelphia is a classic Bikram yoga school, meaning that it teaches the traditional hatha yoga poses designed by yogi Bikram Choudhury. Here, in a beautiful studio heated to 105 degrees and decorated with stained glass art, certified Bikram yoga instructors lead students through 26 postures and two breathing exercises intended to help participants gain strength and flexibility. The teams uses integrated forms of the Bikram method of hatha yoga to heal, educate, refine, and explore the mind and body of their clients. Students go through the poses in order during each identical class, as they sweat and learn to open joints, minds, and hearts.
The dedicated instructors at Yoga Child impart insight into a smorgasbord of yogi styles that improve flexibility and focus. Bolster your core during the monthly restorative yoga session, a class emphasizing basics such as breath, mobility, and knowledge of Yanni's B-sides. On Tuesday nights, yogis with at least one year of experience can bend through the Vinyasa class, which closely links breath with fluid kinesthesia. The peaceful studio, which is drenched in natural light, invites yogis to amble in on classes any day of the week.
The 2000 World Census determined that there's the same number of styles of yoga as there are practitioners (3.7 billion). With today’s Groupon you can sample them all (Chi yoga, Vinyasa, Kundalini, Acroyoga, etc): $49 gets you a month of unlimited classes at Dhyana Yoga. With four locations, Dhyana offers more than 100 classes per month covering the gamut of styles—from breathing-based Kundalini yoga to butt-kicking Ashtanga to about six different versions of Vinyasa flow. Because you can hop around to the different locations, you’re sure to find a class that fits your mood, exercise interests, or hairstyle.
As a lifelong dancer and fitness enthusiast, Jillian Dreusike always looked for ways to extract elements from her dance training and present them in the context of a total-body fitness class. In 2010, she founded bodyLogic to do just that, mixing ballet-based choreography with barre work and the use of resistance bands to create an original fitness system. On her website she’s quoted as saying, "You only get one body, so be sure you know how to work it the right way." She embraces this philosophy in every class, keeping group sizes to 10 or fewer students in order to provide personal attention for each participant. She ensures that her charges perform each movement in the healthiest way possible, reinforcing the way the body naturally works, to build muscle and endurance—such as keeping the spine straight when standing or keeping the pinky lifted when pretending to drink.
Sunlight streams into Urbanfront Pilates through the large, second-story windows, reflects off mirrors that cover entire walls, and illuminates hardworking exercisers tightening core muscles. The purple and green studio is home to eight different group classes, led by expert instructors who believe that a strong core is the foundation for full-body health. They walk customers through how to tighten tummies with various pieces of equipment, such as the Tower class's spring-resistance apparatuses or the Xtend class's ballet barre. In mat classes, students use only body resistance and mental images of the Vitruvian Man's hot cousin to aid in chiseling physiques. Dedicated to fostering community within the studio, Urbanfront Pilates hosts teacher training by Power Pilates–trained professionals who help pupils transform their passion into a livelihood.
The inspiring trainers at each MetaBody location lead troops of workouteers in results-oriented workouts several times weekly. Sweat sessions utilize a variety of exercises and disciplines to produce full-body results in a supportive environment, ideal for beginners and hard-core core-hardeners alike. During any class, motivational instructors will use the instinctual distrust of routine to their advantage. Begin a day of litigating with a refreshing early-morning boot-camp session, or wind down by burning evidence and pounds with a late-evening yoga class. Muscles are kept guessing with new and challenging moves during each session, so participants never fall into a boring, ineffective routine, such as regular teeth brushing. In addition to the fitness classes, students receive a success guide to help prepare for imminent pound loss, a nutrition guide, and a $100 gift certificate for individual coaching. Because the pass sets a 10-class cap at any given location, roving fitness mavens can further shake up their workout regimens by vetting a series of classes or instructors that work best for them.