Equipment: Yoga mats and towels for rental
Students should bring: Bath towel and a yoga mat
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Average class length: 60–90 minutes
Number of Staff: 5–10 people
Class location: Indoors only
Pro Tip: Come with an open mind and no fear. We work with beginners every day.
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
Our school is a warm, loving place with a great community. We encourage students to get to know each other so they are more likely to come practice together. We also offer both 60- and 90-minute classes, so if a student can only find an hour in the day, he or she can still take a class. We love what we do, and that excitement often inspires our students.
Besides working out, what else can clients do to spend their time at your facility?
We are planning to open a juice bar in the fall, where we'll serve cold-pressed juice—the healthiest form of delivery for nutrients to your body. The juice is never heated and no preservatives are used, ensuring the juice is the highest quality possible.
Do you run your gym according to a particular exercise philosophy?
We believe that every body can practice our yoga, whether injured or uninjured, sick or well, old or young. There is no judgement from our staff or students about where you are when you begin. There is always a place to start, and never a place to finish.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
Please contact us with questions if you have a specific injury. We can help no matter what.
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