After walking through the studio’s namesake entryway, visitors to Funky Door Yoga Polk Street are greeted by the grunts of Bikram practitioners carried on waves of steamy heat. The stretch dojo's seven-day schedule boasts early-morning, afternoon, and evening classes that take place in a classroom stoked to up to 105 degrees, the perfect temperature for facilitating flexibility or melting a corporate rival's ice statue in effigy. Students run through Bikram Choudhury’s 26 poses that pique muscles, organs, veins, and ligaments while the sweltering heat flushes toxins from the body. After a 90-minute session, students can hop into one of Funky Door Yoga Polk Street's showers, or down a bottle of water or sports drink available for purchase. The studio also stocks rentable mats and towels for greenhorn yogis not quite experienced enough to levitate.
The bright studio helps students fine-tune posework with wall-to-wall mirrors, and the expansive floor space affords enough space to execute even the most complex poses. Two nearby parking lots and metered parking afford convenient parking for car-toting students.
A third-generation spiritist, certified yoga teacher, and Thai yoga therapist, Archimedes de Leon strives to bring his students to a realization of their inner selves, talents, and ultimate essence through spiritual and physical discovery. By achieving a state of self-awareness, he believes that people become compassionate stewards of their planet, whether it is Earth or Krypton.
Archimedes named his studio after the god of physical culture. The studio owner explores the forces of mind and body by offering yoga instruction and hosting local art at the Hanuman Center art gallery. In addition to leading daily fitness classes, he helms a series of workshops that further explore the art of healing and self-awareness through methods such as acupuncture, yogic breathing, and Reiki.
At a serene studio space with hardwood floors and natural lighting, yoga instructor Trishna Horvath helps her students calm their minds as they recognize their strength and flexibility. She leads dynamic and meditative Hatha flow classes throughout the week, combining breath and movement with held poses and meditation for deep relaxation. A yoga instructor since 1998, Trishna also leads weekly yoga and meditation classes for incarcerated youth. Her ongoing study of Sanskrit-based philosophy and her travels to Asia inspire her approach to teaching.
For more than half a century, the volunteer instructors of Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center—a nonprofit organization—have kept founder Swami Vishnu-devananda’s mission alive. To help students balance their mind, body, and spirit through yoga, the instructors lead classical yoga and meditation classes seven days a week. Yoga newbies can take part in 60-minute beginner sessions, which focus on breath work and posture practice, and more seasoned yogis can challenge themselves in an “open” class that encourages meditating until they levitate and touch the ceiling. To ensure ample attention, instructors keep all class sizes small and take a gentle approach to teaching the ancient fitness form.
Along with enlightening students about yoga, the center’s volunteers also encourage helping out with charitable endeavors such as the prison project, which provides yoga books, correspondence letters, and yoga classes to inmates. The center also serves donation-based vegetarian meals at 12 p.m. and 7 p.m. each day. At Sivananda’s 40-acre yoga farm, located in the Sierra Nevada Foothills, students can escape the hustle and bustle of the real world as they decompress with daily yoga and reenergize with organic foods harvested from the farm.
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