Jody and Bjorn Turnquist opened 3 Bridges Yoga with the philosophy that yoga should warmly embrace practitioners of all skill levels. As a result, they offer Vinyasa-style classes for beginners and advanced yogis. The Turnquists and other certified instructors teach postures and breathing techniques in a room heated to 75-80 degrees with lessons that focus on basic postures and alignments in addition to more intensified bending. With sun streaming through expansive windows and spilling out onto cork floors, their studio lends itself to a practice more peaceful than swimming through a pool of warm chamomile tea.
Though some practitioners don’t know it, asana, or poses, are just one of the eight limbs of yoga. At Buddhaful Souls Yoga Studio, instructors incorporate the other aspects, such as breath control and meditation, by focusing on the mind-body connection and leading a variety of classes so that students leave feeling physically stronger and mentally lighter. Vinyasa-flow yoga links breath to movement at a more vigorous pace, while Yin-yoga classes encourage students to hold poses for longer amounts of time to gently heal scar tissue and loosen uptight fascia. The staff also teaches children's yoga, seeking to rebalance the tiny humans after their normal practice of rolling around in and drinking mud—through straws—leaves their bodies out of whack. Additionally, the studio sells products in-store and at their online shop.
The teachers at Nataraja School of Yoga certainly acknowledge and harp on the importance of alignment, posture, and breath. But, to them, the ability to reconnect the mind and body is yoga’s most powerful tool. All of the instructors have passed Iyengar-influenced training in both poses and philosophy, though they lead such class styles as beginner yoga, Very Gentle yoga for seniors, and advanced practice for descendants of the Gumby family. The studio also hosts Zumba classes, a faster-paced dance-cardio workout that sometimes includes weighted sticks for added toning.
Housed in a studio overlooking the sparkling waters of the Merrimack River, The Yoga Tree invites students to gain a clearer, more empowering perspective through the practice of yoga. The instructors mainly lead vinyasa classes, teaching attendees to use mindful breaths as they transition between asanas and proceed through gracefully flowing sequences. But although the vinyasa style emphasizes a more dynamic workout in general, the staff members do their best to welcome and accommodate all guests, regardless of their skill or fitness level. The schedule also includes slower paced sessions focusing on gentle sequences of deep, sustained stretches intended to strengthen mind-body connections. Regardless of each class's particular focus, every teacher at The Yoga Tree strives to create a non-competitive environment where individuals can find encouraging support and complimentary bear hugs as they further their personal practice.
Kimberly Hybl-D'Alelio cultivates a community of strong and healthy yogis of all ages within her vibrant, wood-floored studio. Prenatal yoga classes help moms-to-be stretch and relieve back pain associated with pregnancy while helping babies overcome anxiety about having to take the SATs. Young children traipse through inspiring and creative yoga classes, and older kids learn tap, ballet, and hip-hop under the guidance of certified dance teachers. Adults shake their hips while toning cores in high-energy Zumba classes set to thumping, Latin-inspired beats.
Self Awakening Yoga owner Barbara Sterling describes its mission as guiding students toward a sense of balance that helps them be present in their own lives. Glossy, eco-friendly bamboo floor spans 1,900 square feet of airy studio space, whose white walls are painted with large-scale lotuses and Eastern designs. The studio fosters a community atmosphere by lending books, magazines, DVDs, and CDs to students for use at home.
The studio?s instructors have a variety of reasons for coming to the practice of yoga, whether it was recommended by a doctor after an injury, the solution to physical stress from marathon running or rugby, or the life-changing vocation of a close friend. Consequently, they teach classes and workshops that address a variety of needs through a spectrum of yoga styles, including Vinyasa, heated Vinyasa, prenatal, restorative, and gentle. Memberships and private lessons are also available to let students adjust the frequency and individual attention of their own curricula.