The instructors at City Yoga of St. Augustine take relaxation seriously. They invest in the translation of asana that means "at ease," a phrase that sums up their noncompetitive atmosphere and approach to each class. During lessons that encompass aspects of Vinyasa, Hatha, Ashtanga, and Lakulish yoga styles, they guide students through multiple versions of each pose. Fundamental postures can blossom into advanced holds or serve as meditative stretches for yogis of all experience levels. Rather than pushing their guests toward more difficult tableaus on smaller and smaller Twister mats, the teachers stress the value of awareness and introspection in comfort. They hope that their pupils can then transport the convivial spirit of the studio outside its walls, whether they are signing up for a full-moon beach yoga workshop or simply smiling on the walk home.
No advanced postures, no different levels, no "power" classes. At Bikram Yoga St. Augustine's beach and north locations, every class is designed for every student. Cycling through 26 postures and two breathing exercises, the studio’s 12 staffers guide their guests through Bikram Choudhury’s style of hot yoga in their newly built heated studio. Bikram Yoga St. Augustine offers weekly 46 classes. The staff also presents massage and BioMat therapy, and the onsite boutique sells eco-friendly apparel. The studio also conveniently offers childcare while parents work out.
During classes at the welcoming studio, instructors Phaedra and Beverly bring students to a level of self-awareness so that they can listen to both mind and body in order to enhance core strength and breath control. Participants bend their bodies into traditional yoga poses and classic Tetris formations during gentle-flow classes or focus on centering through meditation and sitting postures during Kripalu-yoga classes. Beverly and Phaedra also conduct classes such as the yoga power hour—a session designed to build endurance, strength, and flexibility through 60 minutes of continuous vinyasa flow.