When the clock strikes noon, most people start thinking about what’s for lunch. The instructors at Okunami Workplace Yoga, on the other hand, begin leading their students through a warm-up at the noon hour to prep them for an invigorating 50-minute yoga routine. They travel to highly populated office buildings throughout the Sacramento area on weekdays where they motivate businesspeople to launch into a midday workout to break up an otherwise sedentary day at the office. Instructor and owner Valerie Okunami’s passion for yoga shines through each class she leads, as she helps aspiring yogis of all ages and abilities lead more active and healthy lifestyles. In addition to traveling to their preset locations to lead public classes, she and her staff make special trips by request to office sites to lead private group lessons.
Inside the studio of The Yoga Solution, certified yoga instructors strive to build a sense of community. They provide support to students of all experience levels and focus on proper alignment in poses. During classes, students use blocks, bolsters, and special ropes affixed to the walls to help stretch the body and form correct poses. In addition to regular classes, the staff teaches a therapeutic class that helps guests suffering from fibromyalgia, chronic pain, multiple sclerosis, and panic attacks.
Equipment: Barbells, kettlebells, dumbells, pull-up bars, gymnastics rings, and Prowler sleds
Students should bring: A bottle of water, towel, and workout attire
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: No
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
We design a fitness program that is challenging and fun. Exercising in a group atmosphere develops fun friendly competitions.
Do you run your gym according to a particular exercise philosophy?
At our gym, we realize that everyone comes from a different athletic background. We try to encourage members to try as hard as they can, but to keep proper form and technique. We can take pride that our current members are awesome; they help motivate others and foster support during a difficult conditioning session.
Has your business won any awards?
We were voted in the top 50 gyms in Sacramento by KCRA Channel 3 A-List after being open for just six months .
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
We are a hybrid gym, focusing on Olympic lifting and general strength and conditioning.
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