YogaSource peoples its 6,000-square-foot studio with patient, world-class instructors that guide yoga classes for every experience level or schedule. The Balinese-inspired facility, made from bamboo, teak and slate, maintains an inspirational setting for 90-minute Bikram sessions, in which students cycle through 26 spine-strengthening poses. More meditational Yin lessons involve long holds, inspirational readings, and a map to frontal-lobe Narnia. The unlimited yoga package allows aspirant Gumby impersonators room to discover which teachers, yoga types, and class times work best for them. Mats and towels are available for rental, and stretch-specific garb is on sale at YogaSource's attached boutique.
Founded by Jan Hutchins and guided by his 38 years of yoga experience, Yoga Center of Los Gatos relaxes away stress and anxiety with its holistic wellness practices. Hosting classes from early morning to late at night, Yoga Center's schedule proves nearly as flexible as its experienced and welcoming yogis. Beginners can start with the Basic & Beyond class, which moves at a slow pace to enable careful pose perfection, and established spiritual sportspeople can opt for power Vinyasa sessions, which combine intense strength, stamina, and moderate levitation with focus and centering practice for the mind. For a less exercise-centered practice, transformational yoga and restorative yoga employ meditative scrub brushes to scour away the day's tensions. To ensure healthy yogic practices, instructors must first approve students before they can register for advanced classes or shuffle a pack of cards with their feet.
For The Yoga Studio’s owner Pik Chu, yoga has been much more than just an exercise routine. An instructor for more than 10 years, Pik believes yoga has helped her to overcome an early-life diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis that she was told would confine her to a wheelchair. Now wheelchair- and medication-free, Pik runs The Yoga Studio, which offers a versatile schedule. Classes range from gentle yoga sessions that focus on simple breathing techniques to restorative yoga that combines energy work with visualization. The Yoga Studio also specializes in offering aerial yoga, which utilizes soft fabric hammocks that allow individuals to suspend themselves in the air while practicing traditional Hatha techniques and making sure that gravity still works. Beginners start by alternating between using the hammocks and regular yoga mats in order to ease students into new techniques.