Lara Rubin Alexiou, head of Steamtown Hot Yoga, has spent more than a decade as a yoga instructor. She's certified in the Bikram method of hot yoga, a strengthening and therapeutic discipline which, like all hot yoga classes, helps loosen muscles and enhance flexibility.
At her studio, she and her team teach it in various styles. Some classes emphasize Vinyasa's linked, flowing postures or the meditative quality of doing yoga in total silence.
As the morning begins, a row of toddlers takes turns tumbling feet over head while their parents guide them into the correct movement. Later, school-age kids sit in a circle, legs stretched before them as they try to touch their toes. The trained staff of My Gym Children's Fitness Center imbue kids with life skills through music, physical activities, and games. Many classes incorporate physical exercises with social and developmental skills, while summer camps are also available seasonally. All classes take place in a well-padded room, led by staff trained in child development and fluent in Muppet.