Armed with equal parts passion, dedication to the practice, and wisdom gained through teaching certifications, Blissful Yoga Studio's instructors help students achieve lithe, flexible bodies with classes catering to all activity levels. Introductory classes help beginners pay special attention to their alignment and breathing, and hot Vinyasa-flow classes challenge the mind as well as the muscles with a continuous series of empowering postures performed in a room that's heated up to 97 degrees. Instructors also incorporate the studio's specially outfitted wall, using its system of straps to sink students into deeper supported postures during yoga wall stretch sessions, which help them better impersonate the lowercase letter q. In addition to classes, the studio hosts workshops for seniors and those recovering from injuries that cover the basics of the yoga sutras.
Inside Koko FitClub?s tranquil workout studio, orange-and-white cardio and weight machines wait quietly for a guest's unique Koko key to bring them to life. The key, packed with information about guests' exercise history and goals loads up a 30-minute workout for each visit that's fully customized for each guest's body and goals. Exercises are carefully broken down in easy-to-follow instructions, adapting as guests progress, spouting pep talks when energy wanes, and providing information about individual progress. Personalized nutrition plans ensure the body has the energy it needs for best results.
Designed by experienced trainers, the programs are designed to build muscle and torch fat in all areas of the body. To watch success unfold, guests can chart their progress from a store of information accumulated during each session.
Metta Yoga?s Zuzana Kolinkova, star of the popular DVD The Art of Flow Yoga, helms a staff of seasoned instructors that spans two studio locations and leads indoor and outdoor classes steeped in several yoga traditions, including Hatha, Ashtanga, and Vinyasa. Metta Yoga offers a variety of new and unique classes such as Yoga Walk, Yoga Therapy, and Aqua Yoga at the Phoenician Pools. Classes at The Phoenician Spa?s Centre for Well-Being often take place outside, where students can exhale stress as they admire a relaxing landscape of palm trees, fountains, and spanish-tile rooftops. Spring-green walls and lush potted plants line the Phoenix studio, helping students enjoy nature and prevent shouting matches with raindrops.
All certified at the 200 or 500 hour level, Hot Yoga Ahwatukee's band of seasoned instructors keeps their heated yoga studio ready to help bodies of all shapes and sizes begin the journey toward yoga’s healing qualities. Soft colors, the dim glow of lantern-like light fixtures, and a hypoallergenic vinyl floor conjure cool, calming notions that contrast to the room's intense weather—101 degrees with a balmy 40%–50% humidity. While the temperature may seem overwhelming, it stays lower than a standard Bikram class, giving students a reprieve while still helping muscles sink safely into varied posture sequences. Post-class, students may also wash away their hard-earned sweat in the studio’s shower and locker rooms.
More than just a simple warehouse filled with weightlifters and the cardio obsessed, this 24 Hour Fitness combines many features found at smaller, more boutique outfits – but for a fraction of the cost. High-energy exercise classes revolve around popular options like yoga, Zumba and spin, while an on-site hot tub helps relax sore muscles after a particularly brutal workout. For parents with young children, a Kids Club sits just off the main exercise floor of this tall, open space, a perfect place for little ones to hang out while their parents put in some cardio time. An attached supplement sales kiosk takes care of any remaining post-workout needs, though the tall, sunny, warehouse-like space is always ready to welcome the hardcore back for another session.
Sutra Midtown Yoga’s warehouse-style space has a hip, industrial vibe, outfitted with wood floors, brick walls and an open rafter ceiling. Classes are designed for contemporary tastes, too, such as Basic Flow yoga, Skullpt Pilates and Core Flow, which is a combination of yoga with Pilates core work. Owners Rebecca and Matthew Fritz also specialize in sutra mum prenatal classes, which are perfect for a mom-to-be. Given the comfortable digs, it’s not hard to extend a workout stay, and customers can kick back in the Living Room Lounge with its couches and local art displays. The Chop Shop Cafe is another nice touch, offering locally-roasted coffees and espresso drinks, organic iced and hot teas, fresh pressed juices and smoothies and bakery snacks.