Yoga, massage, energy therapy, and a whimsical store share a space at Soul at Home. Expert instructors lead strengthening yoga classes. The day spa relaxes guests with massages and skincare treatments, and the energy therapy aims to unblock the energy meridians of the body with methods such as acupuncture, reiki, and Quantum-Touch. Soul at Home also includes a serene boutique, which sells clothing, body products, and home accents, among other merchandise.
No matter the time of year, the workout room at Center Yoga Studio stays the same temperature: 85 degrees. The studio’s power yoga classes would make students sweat even with the air conditioner cranked up, but the added heat helps muscles stay loose as they bend and twist through a series of strengthening poses. Unlike the temperature, the classes themselves are anything but predictable. The exact poses vary from day to day as instructors explore new creative pathways to keep their students on their toes—sometimes literally. Those in search of even more variation will likely find it in the studio’s Yoga Sculpt class. A variation of power yoga, Yoga Sculpt builds strength with light dumbbell weights and uses fun, upbeat music to help students synchronize their heart rates with the instructor’s.
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At the end of a fruitful career that led her from the Cincinnati Ballet to the Sacramento Ballet, Jennifer Williams funneled her dance savvy into creating the barre-inspired exercise system taught at Pop Physique, a 2013 CityVoter finalist for Best Gym. Her fleet of handpicked and personally trained instructors pairs graceful ballet moves with other low-impact exercises in order to chisel cores without injuring muscles. Deep stretches further preserve tendons and leave each student more relaxed than a tortoise moseying past a state patrolman with a radar gun. Sessions run multiple times a day, seven days a week at an expanding network of SoCal locations. The roomy studios are lined with sprung dance floors and design accents that lend each location a distinct personality and a chance to forget its past as a storage room for defective food processors.
The Yoga Mat’s certified instructors unite their diverse expertise to teach classes both vigorous and low-key. They oversee an eclectic schedule that catalogs several yoga methods, such as demanding Vinyasa flow. They teach the Vinyasa modality to challenge students to a continuous series of postures linked with deep breaths, and they teach mindful yin yoga to challenge students to longer-held poses that maximize stretching. The staff also helms restorative classes with guided meditation designed to relax the body and calm skittish spirit horses. To mix regimens up even further, some instructors leverage their Pilates certifications to lead core-strengthening workouts, and yogi and doula Lauren Jacobs leads specialty classes such as prenatal yoga. The staff leads these classes amid homey ladder shelves, houseplants, and gleaming hardwood floors, creating a comforting and serene setting for yoga practitioners of all experience levels.