Brian Monnier has built California Yoga Company around that theory, infusing the atmosphere with a fun attitude. Here, classes incorporate the Monnier Method?a physically-intense form of yoga designed to detox the body and prevent injuries in heated rooms. Beginner and seasoned attendees alike can benefit from the sweat-inducing classes, where instructors can recommend improvements to each student's style.
Today's Groupon treats you and a friend to 10 Bikram yoga classes on 10 consecutive days for just $20. That's one dollar a pop for the two of you—less than the cost of a bottle of water or an authentic Revolutionary War baseball cap. Grab this Groupon and head to Fluid Yoga, a steamy meditation oasis, for 10 classes over 10 days with a yoga-friend (must activate with another human being). Become synchronized yogis, harnessing your vibratory frequencies to unlock the seven floating shift-cities and liberate them from Karnok the Mindscraper. Or take classes separately as your schedules may demand, leaving the battle for another day.Ice Yoga: The contortions of Ice Yoga—invented by the miniature frost giants who settled in Minnesota in the 1850s—were originally developed as a technique for the giants to disguise themselves as snowdrifts or frost-covered yurts while waiting in silence for a passing elk to spook and devour.
It’s no wonder Meir Leshem knows his way around a yoga mat—his teacher is Tim Miller, the first American certified to teach Ashtanga yoga. Leshem has also taken workshops from the developer of the Ashtanga style, Pattabi Jois. Rather than retreat into a solitary practice, he decided to share the knowledge he gained from the world-renowned yogis with students. In 1997, he opened SF Ashtanga Yoga, where continues to lead students through regular classes, as well as train aspiring yoga instructors during a teacher training program.
Leshem focuses on a style of yoga called Ashtanga, a word that literally means "yoga has eight limbs.” This translation isn’t a simple observation referring to a pet spider affectionately named yoga, though. Nor does it deal with actual human body parts. Rather, the eight “limbs” represent the eight metaphysical aspects of one’s practice, which include morality, concentration, mediation, and contemplation. Meir weaves a tapestry of poses that touch on all eight of the concepts, creating fluid sequences that work to forge flexible and strong muscles while strengthening the bond between body and mind. Through this, he hopes to cultivate inner and outer harmony that results in deep relaxation and overall good health.
What happens when a nightclub owner and yoga instructor partner up in a business venture? They create yoga workshops that incorporate heart-pumping bass and dubstep beats spun by the likes of FreQNasty and Rara Avis, in addition to traditional hatha and vinyasa lessons. Tim Dale and Tara Dale helm Yoga Tree, a studio that offers a wide variety of classes and yoga styles so that practitioners can find the style that best fits their practice, and instructors can lead classes in the specialty that speaks to them. And since opening their first studio in 1999, the duo has expanded their business to include six more locations throughout the Bay area to meet the demand for the Yoga Tree experience.
Teacher training courses are also available for those interested in leading their own classes. Students can opt for a 200- or 500-hour program, or elective classes that focus on Tantric yoga, handstands, and holistic Yoga Nidra. Yoga Tree also sells yoga-related products in their store, such as yoga attire, mats, books, and DVDs.
After 30 years in the corporate world of investment banking, Roy Bergmann needed a change. He decided to ditch conference rooms in favor of studio space, and founded The Mindful Body to explore his passion for yoga, massage, and wellness. He gathered a team of like-minded individuals with the goal of providing a healing and nurturing center.
Today, they employ more than 20 yoga teachers who conduct a suite of more than 60 classes per week, including such styles as the mind-body-synchronizing Ashtanga, the classic-asana-focused Hatha, and nurturing restorative and prenatal yoga for moms to be. Also on board are more than 45 massage therapists trained in everything from Swedish and deep tissue to the Chinese practice of organ massage to neuromuscular therapy, a system designed to make muscles smarter.
At Elevate Group Fitness, all classes incorporate the ele_Fusion? method?a unique blend of Pilates, ballet barre, yoga, and resistance training?for a fun, body-sculpting workout. Each group class maxes out at 16 students, so teachers can provide personalized attention as needed, helping each student focus on connecting with their bodies, moving mindfully, and blocking out the whimpers of whiny leg muscles.
There are three styles of classes to choose from at Elevate: total body and cardio, upper body and core, or lower body and abs. In the lower body classes, students can expect to incorporate a combination of Pilates mat work, ballet barre movements, and leg bands for a low-impact workout that will tighten the glutes and tone thighs.