Taught by certified instructors in a studio that combines yoga's sustained movements and soul-stretching poses with a Finnish sauna's infernal temperatures, Hot Yoga Nashville's classes are suitable for all ages and levels of experience. In each class, variations on poses are presented for different levels of ability, so gurus who are a few squares ahead on the Chutes and Ladders board of fitness can challenge themselves alongside greenhorns. Hot yoga seeks to de-stress the anxious, strengthen the weak, and flex the rigid into a taffy-like fluidity. Other physical benefits to the practice include improved circulation, balance, stamina, and—if sustained over multiple sessions—weight loss. The studio's heated setting tenderizes muscles to prevent injuries, and bastes the body with a savory, cleansing sweat that detoxifies as it seasons.
Robbie Michelle Short holds three titles at Half Moon Yoga: owner, certified instructor, and spiritual chef. She tries to whip up "spiritual food" to accompany each of her lessons, dispensing sage quotations or morsels of philosophy that inspire her students. This emphasis on personal peace infuses the entire studio, where the curriculum incorporates a meditative element into numerous yoga disciplines. Teachers weave stories of serene imagery during Blissful Flow classes and segue from ashtanga's salutations to dynamic poses without sacrificing introspection. Their workshops—which include seminars for beginners and walking meditation through Aspen Grove Park—also balance the focus between physical and emotional training.
The studio accepts yoga students of all skill levels and supplies guests with the necessary props, mats, and sunglasses for auras that glow too brightly. In addition to their classes, the staff hosts a variety of energy treatments, from reiki to Indian champiassage—a soothing type of bodywork for the neck, back, and shoulders.
Yoga Country's class options vary from fast-paced cardio workouts for weight loss to traditional yoga sessions that promote inner consciousness while reducing stress. Go to a deep and stretchy session to increase flexibility while reducing aches and pains, or build cardio endurance in a hard-core flow class. A yoga basics course can teach poses and alignment necessary to begin stretching like a bungee cord over a river of refreshing Tang. With classes every day of the week, the schedule offers something to suit the calendar of even the busiest pistachio shucker.
Ninety-minute classes at Kundalini Rising Yoga blend yoga techniques and meditations for a muscle-building—yet relaxing—experience. The Kundalini method works to increase one’s oxygen capacity while posing, with benefits such as less stress, more energy, and a stronger immune system that deflects kryptonite. Daily classes range form introductory to advanced, and include prenatal and Mommy & Me.
As a ballet dancer, David Gensheimer didn't need much help becoming lean, limber, and lithe. But when he found himself recovering from knee surgery, he knew he needed to find something that would keep him strong without compromising his healing process. In addition to physical therapy, he turned to Pilates and was won over by the sport's ability to strengthen core muscles and enhance flexibility. Though he was back to pirouetting in no time, David never lost the Pilates bug and went on to complete his Pilates training while serving as a company member with Ballet Austin and Nashville Ballet and dancing with the Houston Metropolitan Dance Company and Stillpoint.
Today, when he's not busy dancing his way through guest performances around the country, David helms Simply Balanced where he helps others strengthen, rehabilitate, and challenge their bodies through Pilates and yoga classes. Students can also try Gyrotonic classes, which blend elements of gymnastics, yoga, dance, and tai chi, performed on a weight and pulley machine that engages the entire body. Beyond transforming the way visitors look, move, and feel about spandex shorts, the Simply Balanced studio also showers them with feel-good perks such as complimentary beverages, free parking, and access to a team of highly trained massage therapists.
Each of Steadfast and True Yoga’s studios features a soaring wall of windows, through which natural light pours and brings the brightly painted walls to vibrant life. It’s a lively place to practice the 12 styles of yoga that the staff offers, ranging from aerobically-paced vinyasa sequences to the more meditative practices of yin yoga. A rotating cast of ten teachers, each with their own teaching style and passion for the exercise form, keeps the classrooms full seven days a week.
Yoga Source's seasoned instructors, working from passionate teaching philosophies, usher students into a state of mental relaxation and limber up their limbs during one- to two-hour group classes. Sessions convene throughout the week, with the majority of them focusing their instruction on the Vinyasa flow style and emphasizing the progression of the assorted poses. Each class combines guided meditation, standing and seated sequences, and cutting-edge pretzel imitations to cultivate a well-rounded and serene workout experience. Sessions also impart the rejuvenating techniques behind the more-static bliss yoga style, which seeks to open the core along the hips and spine and increase personal awareness. The Ashtanga primary series incorporates Vinyasa motions, controlled breathing, and gaze points into a regimen intended to bolster physical strength and endurance without requiring guests to wear exercise leggings made from solid platinum.