Voted 2013's best yoga studio by City Weekly, Centered City Yoga's array of 24 different classes energizes stiff-bodied beginners and advanced astangis alike with yoga fundamentals, high-intensity yoga flow, and specialty disciplines. Led by teachers with diverse backgrounds, the classes aim to help students make use of the fundamental principles of yoga as tools to enrich everyday life. Classes are suitable for students of all levels, body types, and ages, from children and teens to pre- and post-natal mothers to seniors.The studio provides yoga mats but recommends that students bring their own.
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The friendly instructors at 9th and 9th Pilates utilize the progressive Stott Pilates method, which combines traditional Pilates, contemporary exercise science, and spinal rehabilation techniques in order to improve posture and enhance core strength. This Groupon gets you into any four classes at the studio, enabling you to challenge abdominal muscles in the beginner mat classes or achieve a blissful state through focused breathing in the reformer classes. With 9th & 9th Pilate's small-sized gatherings, you'll get the individual attention needed to maximize flexibility, wipe out lingering stress, and center the mind as though it’s a muscular marble settling inside the great cranial funnel.
Chiseled core. Leaner muscles. Straightened posture. More restful sleep. Increased lung capacity. These are just some of the benefits of Pilates, and instructor Chantel Tauteoli is prepared to share them at A Beautiful SurpriZe. Her students work toward these benefits as they jump, stand, lie down, or kneel atop Pilates Reformers in group or private lessons, which take place at three area locations.
On her biography page, Jennifer-Ellen Mueller says her first yoga class "felt like coming home," an experience which prompted her to devote 12 years to its study. Matt Newman used to watch his musician father meditate, but it wasn't until he was recovering from a back injury that he learned yogic breathing could help him reach the same peaceful state. Scott Moore discovered his passion abroad—he's studied meditation in Korea and Ayurveda in Kerala, and taught yoga in Croatia.
Eventually, the paths of these three free spirits converged, leading them to found their own studio: Prana Yoga, a name adapted from the Sanskrit word for "life force." Each brings his or her own talents to the practice—Jennifer-Ellen helms the 500-hour teacher certification program, Matt leads fun-focused instruction in yoga therapy and energetic alignment, and Scott breaks up his yoga classes with storytelling, music, and pose demonstrations with marionettes.
The trio also works with a team of instructors who train students in 10 yoga styles within two practice studios, introducing the gentle postures of hatha, the synchronized flow of breath and movement in power vinyasa, and the rhythmic style of Prana Flow. Prana Yoga's team doesn't just care deeply for yoga, but for the students who practice it as well. Staff members perform thai yoga massage, cranio-sacral therapy, and botanical facials in an on-site spa, and they prepare food from locally sourced ingredients in the cafe. The team also offers reduced-rate classes in exchange for help around the studio.
Kula's many classes are organized by intensity and tempo level (up-, mixed-, and low-tempo classes are available), and the down-to-earth crew of instructors teaches courses in the Hatha, Anusara, and Vinyasa styles, to name a few. Start your day with an a.m. Start-UP class, simple movements guaranteed to gently pull you out of a state of grogginess or a dream about a hovercraft quest to harvest butterscotch from the Yangtze River basin. Or drop into a fitness-oriented up-tempo class, which packs simple yoga moves into a heart-pumping cardio workout. The unlimited monthly membership allows you to mix and match at Kula's yoga buffet and find the class that suits your needs (check the schedule for class times).
Studio Soiree takes the age-old art of pole dancing and supes it up with a bevy of core-training techniques. Certified instructors kick off pole education with an initiative course required of all beginners. In Intro to Pole, students learn how to safely maneuver on and around the pole while developing elementary dance moves. Five advancing course levels follow, each building toward an eventual masters degree in anti-gravitational gumption. Studio Soiree provides a welcoming environment for students of all shapes, sizes, and fitness levels, and most classes are exclusively for women. Reservations are required, as admission is offered on a first-to-sign-up, first-served basis.