It's a question students frequently ask: "What does 'Shefa' mean?" The answer isn't so simple. The word means "abundance" in Hebrew, but it also means "to heal" in Arabic. Both meanings are given equal weight by Shefayoga's professional instructors, who promote spiritual growth while protecting the body from injury in their Hatha and Vinyasa yoga classes. Students of all levels are welcome to sweat out their toxins in the heated studio, which is just next door to a yoga boutique stocked with mats and Super Yogi Task Force trading cards.
For the past eight years, Community Fitness has been motivated by the vision of people striving toward goals together while having fun enjoying music and movement. Lifelong dancers teach barre classes, pharmacists-cum-personal-trainers guide yoga sessions, and CrossFit–trained mothers of three lead BodyPump workouts.
Community Fitness' approach is balanced across three different studios, each with its own focus and to-the-point name, that combine to offer more than 100 classes per week. The Play studio offers movement and dance classes, the Power studio revolves around strength training, and the Flow studio takes a mind-body approach with gentler exercises such as yoga. Each studio creates a bright space equipped with sprung floors and high-tech light and sound.
At Ease and Flow Yoga, exercisers don't just find a place to get fit. Instead, they find a community where people come together to celebrate their passion for yoga. At the head of that community are instructors Noé and Julia, who use their certifications to teach various styles of yoga, both ancient and modern. Hatha flow, for instance, explores the connection between breath and body, while Vinyasa takes the practice a step further by incorporating breathing into other movements and postures.
Yogalife’s founder Michael Suzerris came to yoga after suffering a life-altering spinal injury in 1978, though he did not learn the practice in a traditional beginner class, like most. To rehabilitate himself, he developed his own routine based on linking and healing the mind and body. Years later, he discovered yoga, and realized that his intuitive, self-prescribed physical therapy that was so instrumental to his well-being was essentially the ancient art practiced by people all over the globe. Twenty-two years after his injury, he opened his yoga studio, leading classes that focus on the meditation and mind-body connection that helped him heal.
Yogalife spans across two studios, each of which accommodate 30 students on their journeys toward physical and mental health. The instructors lead a variety of classes to suit students of all fitness levels, including a four-week intro series for newcomers, and challenging classes for advanced students. Restorative yoga uses a short, gentle asana warm-up to relax and prepare the mind and body to receive the benefits of relieving stress and bringing the mind, body, and spirit into balance.
Modo Yoga is more than just a new, eco-friendly hot yoga studio—it's a worldwide community. Modo (and Moksha) Yoga studios can be found in more than 75 locations across the U.S. and Canada. At the core of each practice is a commitment to compassionate, ethical, and environmentally-conscious living—and of course, the belief that yoga can and should be accessible to all.
Modo classes include a series of 40 postures and breathing exercises that were specifically designed to be practiced in a hot room. The heat allows for deeper stretches and also helps to strengthen and detoxify the entire body. Along with the studio's signature classes, students can opt from a variety of other yoga styles, such as hot flow, modo flow, and yin yoga, which is a restorative practice to go deeper into the body with longer stretches and holds.
Hot Yoga Inc. likes to see you sweat. Not due to exhaustion or struggle, but because the perspiration caused by their classes encourages mental tranquility, muscle toning, and physical detoxification. Hot Yoga Inc. sends warmth deep into the skin and tissues instead of just decorating their studio with a bunch of Sun stickers. These higher temperatures help foster a greater range of motion as students of all skill levels follow a flowing series of yoga postures. Basic Hatha classes soothe the mind with a rush of endorphins while losing weight and improving flexibility, and Power Yoga pushes students with more intense workouts that build strength.