At Sweaty Ganesh Yoga studio, yoga serves as a transformative journey for every person who enters. All students, no matter their experience or skill level, are recognized for their current ability and empowered to test limitations of strength and flexibility. Along with beginners’ hot yoga classes, held throughout the week, the studio also holds classes for kids 6–12. Workshops help students perfect bow poses, backward bends, forward folds, and stretching postures. The fundamental approach teaches strength and flexibility while the postures test balance.
Natural light floods the lobby of Neuro Float Studio, casting the shadows of tree branches over clients sunk deep into a plush couch and their silent companion, a tranquilly smiling bust of Buddha. Visitors can boost their holistic well-being with the studio's mix of alternative mental and yoga services, helping bodies to strengthen and purge excess energy while minds achieve clarity.
Yogis meet in a temperature-controlled room, where a patient instructor guides them through a transformative experience punctuated by physical challenge, deep relaxation, moving music, and friendly spirit animals. Flotation therapy literally sets clients afloat in a warm saltwater pool as music-based brainwave therapies work to clarify minds, boost production of theta waves, and empower clients to enact positive changes in their lives.
The last thing Leigh McCarthy wants is for anyone who visits her studio to feel uncomfortable, so she rids the air of pretension right away. "I am not the picture of perfect physical fitness, nor can I form my body into a pretzel," she writes in her bio. She understands that everyone comes to yoga for a different reason, perhaps to stay in shape, maybe to improve posture, or possibly even to fulfill a dream of being Stretch Armstrong for Halloween. Leigh began practicing to help manage her anxiety and chronic back pain, but it was the peace of mind she discovered that led her to continue.
This understanding that yoga is a journey infuses Leigh's instruction. She takes a patient approach with all students, encouraging them to develop at their own paces. To enhance the benefits of her classes, Leigh partners with massage therapist Andrea Banks, who performs Swedish and restorative massage, manual lymphatic drainage, and craniosacral therapy.
Be Best Wellness's staffers supply exercisers with an array of services for getting in shape. To name a few, they stage initial training sessions at International Fitness, where gym staffers lead group classes, such as Zumba and yoga, at their facility. Be Best Wellness then creates personalized nutrition plans, recipes, and weekly shopping lists.
Eugene Yoga's team of yoga instructors builds a community of holistic wellness-seekers with a robust and diverse lineup of 61 Hatha-based yoga classes, which take place in two rooms. Inexperienced students can take sticky mats for a test drive during Gentle yoga 1 classes that walk them through fundamental poses while emphasizing deep-breathing techniques that hone concentration. More advanced students can try Power Flow, which features a strengthening flow of postures designed to build muscle and coordination. Women can hone their practice during ladies-only sessions that promote strong bodies and self-confidence in a noncompetitive atmosphere. In addition to focusing on safe and sustainable yoga for all members of the community, yogis also sell premium mats and props, as well as clothing and gifts from local vendors.
Just Breathe co-owners and instructors Quincy O'Toole and Mandy Baucum spread their love of movement and wellness through a variety of fitness classes. Though their diverse team of instructors comes from many different backgrounds—including massage therapy, academia, and traditional Chinese medicine—they all share a desire to help guests of all ages and abilities understand their own bodies. During yoga, Pilates, and tai chi classes, they not only work to boost strength, flexibility, and endurance, but to also relieve stress via meditation. They also host Nia aerobic classes, which blend movements from dance and martial arts.