“The beauty of Iyengar yoga in particular is the revelation that there is a living architecture hidden in all of us that only needs unveiling.” So wrote Michael Richards in a profile of B.K.S. Iyengar for TIME Magazine's list of the 100 most influential people of 2004. Iyengar, now in his 90s, has been called the “Michelangelo of Yoga.” He still practices yoga daily at the center he founded in Pune, India.
Iyengar's methods find a forum at West Side Yoga, where students learn the discipline and art of yoga for physical, mental, and spiritual transformation. As Richards wrote for TIME, “The goal is to tie the mind to the breath and the body, not to an idea.” West Side Yoga’s instructors follow these ideals, guiding their students to achieve proper alignment, develop acute body awareness, and ultimately cultivate a competitive edge in games of Twister.
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There is nothing standard about Saint Paul Athletic Club. At once a gym and spot for social gathering, the club was originally founded back in 1916, and has managed to maintain much of its original splendor and grandeur from that bygone era. Ellipticals are situated amidst eggshell-hued pillars and beneath sparkling chandeliers, while large arched windows allow natural light to flood into the hardwood floored yoga studio that once functioned as a grand dining room. Various degrees of membership provide multiple options for prospective members, which includes access to the facility's many perks?including a full bar and a lavish lobby lit by an ancient fireplace.
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Green Body’s beginner and intermediate kettlebell sessions, which take place afternoons and evenings, engage the exerciser’s entire body rather than isolating individual muscles. In 45–60 minute classes, with around 12 participants in each, students grasp thick-handled weights to boost resilience and strength, torch body fat, and build enough confidence to finally let go of that 1999 doctor’s note for a broken ankle. Green Body's plant-peppered, wood-beamed gym represents the center's purpose of promoting earth-friendly lifestyles. Exposed-brick walls line the workout room, which also hosts fighting dummies, rattan dividers, and a zen Buddha statue that giggles when people rub his tummy.
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