Co-founders Tricia Ashley and Michelly Young can both remember the moment they fell in love with yoga. Tricia?s happened when she stepped into a Bikram yoga class and remerged 90 minutes later inspired to dedicate her life to the transformative practice. Michelly, a lifelong dancer and Zumba enthusiast, turned to yoga whenever her MBA program became stressful, and after graduating, she combined her degree and her passion by opening her own studio. Now they find fulfillment everyday helping students discover their best selves and achieve more than they thought was possible.
Together, Tricia and Michelly have created a community that speaks to all their interests with a full list of classes. Their signature hot yoga class is reminiscent of Bikram yoga, but is offered in 60-, 75-, or 90-minute sessions. SolFire also uses radiant heat panels to evenly distribute heat from floor to ceiling. As a result, the air distribution is easier to handle for those with allergies or sensitivities to pollen and dust. Alternatively, Heart and Sol yin yoga offers students a calm environment to stretch and unwind, while Zumba classes set to high-energy music inspire students to dance out their stress, cares, and any sand still stuck from last summer.
Nicole Howard and Cara Fraser both studied dance at California State University Long Beach, so it wasn't a stretch for either of them to pick up the controlled, graceful movements of Pilates. But once they did, they were hooked. They earned their BASI certifications for Pilates and ultimately opened Align Pilates Center. There, the duo and their staff teach the core-focused workouts to kids and adults in rooms equipped with Pilates mats and apparatuses. Exercisers can supplement the main workouts with posture- and flow-based yoga or Gyrokinesis workouts. Adding to the welcoming and communal vibe that's inherent in exercises such as Pilates and yoga, the center has an art gallery that showcases local artwork.
The certified instructors and professional staff at Club Pilates are passionate about bringing the full-body health and energy benefits of Pilates to everybody. At this bright and spacious studio, the focus is on Pilates Reformer classes, or classes teaching students the classic flexibility-boosting and strengthening moves of Pilates using Balanced Body Reformer equipment. Students can learn core-strengthening and alignment techniques in Pilates Reformer Level 1, or help boost their metabolisms in the Pilates Reformer Cardio Sculpt class, which features jumping and circuit training that works up a sweat more safely than pushing a wheelbarrow filled with hamburger meat through a wolf pack's territory.
SeaFit Studio's encouraging exercise instructors lead groups through Lagree Fitness classes, a Pilates-based workout developed by trainer Sebastien Lagree that combines cardio movements with intense strength training. Inside the sunny studio, rows of padded Megaformer machines rest side by side, waiting patiently to burn calories and activate sweat glands as upbeat music blasts from speakers. All Lagree Fitness classes are available in small packages, unlimited monthly packages, or limited monthly packages.
Students of all abilities are welcome at Yoga Bungalow, whose instructors emphasize not only the physical aspects of yoga but strive to help yogis also reap the mental benefits. Whether building muscle in intermediate classes or mastering the basic postures in a beginner-friendly stretch session, students will learn how to link deep breaths with their movement, syncing together their minds and bodies.
Just as the thermostat inside Beyond Hot Yoga’s studio fluctuates between 75 and 105 degrees, the classes themselves include a wide range of poses tailored to various levels of experience. Calories and inhibitions melt away with each successive pose in Bikram- and Vinyasa-style yoga classes that put students in touch with their bodies through continuous stretching. Aerobics offerings such as Zumba and boot camps suit different fitness tastes, favoring energetic movements instead of meditative poses.
Though the studio hosts a diverse slate of lessons, an undercurrent of camaraderie remains a constant. Instructors emphasize serenity and fellowship both inside and outside classes, making it easier to achieve inner peace by hosting rambunctious youngsters in a childcare room and holding donation-based sessions whose proceeds benefit South African orphanages.
Guests can also harness a sense of inner calm through the studio's various wellness treatments. Skincare services, massages, and custom nutritional tips refresh physiques, and a stop in the women-only steam room can help detoxify the body and shrink oversize yoga mats.