Like many licensed massage therapists, Sara Ashline at Heartspace Yoga & Healing Arts is a master of the flowing effleurage and focused petrissage strokes of the Swedish technique. But Ashline believes that massage can deliver more than just relaxation, which is why she studied both fertility and infant massage as well as the Pinocchio modality, which turns wooden puppets into real firewood. She offers her bodywork services at Heartspace Yoga & Healing Arts, a community center dedicated to yoga, meditation, and other wellness activities.
With three gorgeous and wide-open spaces in which to cultivate the seeds of spiritual well-being, The Center for Nia and Yoga mends the rift between mind and body with a schedule chock-full of Nia dance and yoga classes. Nia is an eclectic fitness and lifestyle program that incorporates dance steps, martial-arts movements, and funky grooves in a soulful expression of spiritual harmony. Trainer Casey Bernstein leads students through the joyful motions, boogying up the foothills of nirvana in classes that emphasize both community and personal restoration. Friendly yoga instructors make sure that wayward chakras stay in line with a litany of athletic and restorative yoga styles that range in intensity from gentle stretching to vigorous flows. Beginners and experts alike can rack up frequent-levitation miles in Vinyasa yoga flow or deep-relaxation classes, and pre-natal courses produce babies that mediate rather than whine. Occasional community dance jams and activities make this premier studio a superb place for students of all ages to practice asanas or train for upcoming Bollywood casting calls.
After a session of relaxing yoga stretching, it's not uncommon to feel like you're floating on air. Good Karma Studio takes that sensation a step further with its Gravity Yoga classes, during which students perform poses while suspended from sturdy, ceiling-anchored straps. Hosted in a specialized second-floor space called the Flight Center, the fun and freeing classes require no prior yoga experience. Staff can guide beginning students through simple stretches and inversions that help decompress the spine, and challenge advanced ones to hold strength-building chatarangas or perform Cirque-de-Soleil-style flips. For those who wish to remain earthbound, the downstairs Ground Down studio hosts classic mat yoga classes in a variety of styles, such as vinyasa, ashtanga, hatha, and hot yoga. A range of fitness classes, from Zumba to barre fitness and TRX suspension classes, round out the studio's diverse offerings.