Inside Center for Yoga and Yoga Sanctuary, students take part in a slew of classes that range from 60 to 75 minutes. The schedule features classes divided into levels: Level 1 suits all participants, and Level 2 and beyond welcome those with experience in yoga. The studios also offer specialized classes, including yoga tailored to relieving anxiety, neck and shoulder tension, and more.
Polished hardwood floors and full-length mirrors line the interior of East Lansing Hot Yoga, where a furnace warms the air to a humid temperature of 105 degrees. The sultry heat, similar to that of a tropical rainforest or Ricky Martin music video, catalyzes a variety of health benefits as yoga students break a healthy sweat. The elevated temperature loosens exercisers’ limbs, allowing for deeper execution of poses that lengthen and strengthen muscles.
The studio's instructors welcome students of all experience levels to classes that range from energetic hot vinyasa sessions to hot yin, which emphasizes meditative poses that are held for longer amounts of time. They also teach participants to breath slower and deeper, which can lower blood pressure and relieve physical tension. After class, students can cool off with a refreshing shower in the locker rooms.
Patrons sip on custom teas at Bubble Island, where staffers mix tapioca balls, or “bubbles,” with milk tea and creative flavors to concoct delightful chilled and hot beverages. Fresh fruit swims in many of the drinks, such as the green tea with mango stars ($3.65), and customers can often choose between bubbles and alternative drink accessories such as jellies and diamond-encrusted straws. As visitors lounge and mingle among the café's ample chairs or construct forts among the cozy benches lining the wall, they sip dulcet pourings of drinkable treats, such as milk tea with multicolored bubbles ($3.65).
Solace Therapeutic Massage's experienced massage therapists soothe patrons with an arsenal of relaxing and clinical modalities. Like chemists at a soda fountain, clients can mix and match their own modalities or allow the therapist to tailor the treatment as they see fit with techniques such as polarity therapy or positional release. Swedish techniques apply gentle pressure and massage muscles in the same direction as blood returning to the heart from its circulatory sojourn, attempting to coax toxins out of their homes while better oxygenating the body. Clinical techniques delve into the musculature in search of the causes behind such persistent discomforts as back pain, tennis elbow, and chess wrist. Reflexology treatments target the feet with a specialized therapy that spends approximately 30 minutes attempting to rebalance the corporeal systems before finishing the hour with a full-body massage. The staff also prevents the need to rub the back on a telephone pole by performing prenatal and sports massages.
After collecting 13 years of teaching experience, certification from ACE Fitness and Jonny Kest's Center for Yoga, and a degree as a registered dietitian, Andrea von Behren combined her passions for healthy living and strategic poses into Body Language Fitness & Yoga Center. There, a highly trained staff patrols both a heated yoga studio and designated workout room during more than 80 weekly classes. Andrea strives to keep the center's atmosphere convivial yet challenging with a custom blend of cardio, strength training, yoga, and nutritional guidance. Her efforts have earned the center the title of Detroit's Best Yoga Studio from Vote 4 The Best of Summer 2011. Alongside the majority of fitness and yoga classes, onsite child care helps to foster a family-friendly ambiance and adorable games of Duck, Duck, Downward Dog.
After signing up for Yoga For Life's teacher-training program, one aspiring instructor ended up getting a lot more than she bargained for. "I knew I would learn more about yoga philosophy...What I did not realize, however, was that this tiny, but powerful teacher would help me crack open the protective shell surrounding my own heart."
The teacher being referred to is Heidi Peters, the founder of Yoga For Life. Since she began teaching in 2000, she adopted a specialty in Anusara yoga, a style with philosophic undertones designed to help practitioners feel empowered, inspired, and happy. Her entire team is registered with the Yoga Alliance, teaching a broad selection of classes that range from introductory level instruction to advanced, mixed-level sessions. They can even help youngsters benefit from yoga with YFL kids classes, which work to instill self-esteem, body awareness, and compassion, as well as an attitude of cooperation.