CorePower Yoga founder Trevor Tice knows yoga is much more than a tool for increasing physical strength. "We've seen first hand emotional breakthroughs, physical improvements, and most of all, a new found confidence and balance our students carry from the studio into their daily lives," says Trevor. To further their holistic efforts, CorePower provides additional services and programs across various locations. Some outposts house spas where visitors can quiet their minds with a massage or facial, while others host Karma Yoga events wherein teachers lead free classes for cancer survivors, and students share home-cooked food with homeless youths.
But yoga resides at the heart of CorePower's mission to inspire as many people as possible, so each studio boasts a range of classes that accommodates all experience levels. Truly serious students can conjure pensive expressions as they enroll in a yoga-teacher-training program, and all patrons can take comfort in knowing their studio was built from recycled materials and equipped with energy-efficient fixtures.
At over 100 locations throughout the country, CorePower Yoga (CPY) invites students to creative classes that meld movement, breath, heat, and music into entrancing routines to energize the body and mind. Signature CPY classes are taught by approachable certified yoga instructors who lead students through dynamic, Vinyasa-style flows with demonstration and verbal cues, helping pupils of all experience levels tone core muscles and cultivate balance. CPY also offers teacher training and lifestyle programs to empower students to become yoga instructors or to just advance their individual practice. During construction of all its new studios, CPY strives to use recycled content, install eco-friendly and efficient mechanical systems, and ensure that any waste created doesn't end up in landfills or just piled in Mr. Henderson's garage.
Built upon the core principles of compassion, awareness, integrity, and tolerance, St. Paul Yoga Center provides a community-oriented environment in which students of all ages and abilities can further their knowledge and practice of the yoga tradition. Drawing from teaching certifications, stints spent studying abroad, and decades of experience, the team of 16 instructors strives to make yoga accessible to practitioners of all income levels—with pay-what-you-can donation-only classes—and skill levels, leading stretch sessions from beginner to advanced. All classes emphasize body alignment, balance, and mindful-breathing techniques. Even the rustiest of tin men are accommodated with a class designed specifically for the not so flexible, as are children in a kids' yoga class for ages 7–12.
Highland Yoga Center's experienced instructors lead students though gentle Svaroopa yoga classes designed to release tension in the deepest layers of the body through simple yet effective poses. The studio's flexible schedule of classes serves up sweat-breaking sessions for both beginners and seasoned mat mavens, including a 90-minute foundational class that focuses on slower postures to open the spine. Abdominals classes help to prepare yogis for backbends and Cirque du Soleil auditions by channeling the specific core muscles that release tension-coiled T-shirt supporters. For a well-rounded practice to address the mind and the body, group meditation and Kirtan classes tap into a sacred tradition that conjures energy through call-and-response chanting and communal singing, helping to open the heart, quiet the mind, and give voice to the oft-neglected pancreas.
The YogaSoul Center's team of attentive instructors strives to foster a community of holistic wellness through a diverse roster of fitness classes. The robust schedule includes 11 different yoga styles, Pilates sessions, and dance-based classes to help students slim, tone, and center bodies and minds. During Vinyasa flow yoga, students of all abilities connect movement with mindful ujjayi-breathing techniques, strengthening muscles with balance-building stances, standing sequences, and seated poses, while yin yoga stretches the connective tissues in the hips, pelvis, and lower back with poses that held for up to five minutes. Pilates mat classes utilize floor exercises to strengthen the core, and rug-cutters looking to get fit can opt for exhilarating Zumba sweat sessions, which keep feet moving with easy-to-follow dance steps performed to upbeat Latin tunes. Students manage weight, increase flexibility, and hone dancing skills needed to impress dashing, masked outlaws.
Sometimes the best way to relax is not to rest, but to move. Bliss Yoga Studio's calming atmosphere and private yoga classes provide physical conditioning and relaxation at the same time, through a wide range of lessons that teach proper alignment and technique. Certified instructors lead calming Ashtanga classes for yogis of all experience levels, focusing on breathing rather than strength and flexibility. Hatha classes take a more energetic approach, combining breathing, Vinyasa flow techniques, and alignment principles for a more upbeat exercise. In addition to yoga, the staff hosts meditation workshops that teach newcomers how to access deep meditative states without mental distractions, such as wondering which flavor of potato chip tastes best in space.