Jody and Bjorn Turnquist opened 3 Bridges Yoga with the philosophy that yoga should warmly embrace practitioners of all skill levels. As a result, they offer Vinyasa-style classes for beginners and advanced yogis. The Turnquists and other certified instructors teach postures and breathing techniques in a room heated to 75-80 degrees with lessons that focus on basic postures and alignments in addition to more intensified bending. With sun streaming through expansive windows and spilling out onto cork floors, their studio lends itself to a practice more peaceful than swimming through a pool of warm chamomile tea.
The teachers at Nataraja School of Yoga certainly acknowledge and harp on the importance of alignment, posture, and breath. But, to them, the ability to reconnect the mind and body is yoga’s most powerful tool. All of the instructors have passed Iyengar-influenced training in both poses and philosophy, though they lead such class styles as beginner yoga, Very Gentle yoga for seniors, and advanced practice for descendants of the Gumby family. The studio also hosts Zumba classes, a faster-paced dance-cardio workout that sometimes includes weighted sticks for added toning.
Saco is a multipurpose facility that supports the healthy lifestyles of more than 2,600 members and hosts an impressive schedule of unique and dynamic group workout classes. With 65 classes offered each week, budding sweat hogs can dive into Saco's Centergy class, blending yoga and Pilates, or trade inspirational sweat-themed sonnets with compatriots in spinning, step, or weightlifting sessions. Nostalgic drill sergeants can sport their old uniforms and bedazzled riding crops to one of Saco's boot-camp classes, explore a more expressive side through the Latin dance moves associated with Zumba, or enjoy one of their Living Fit or SilverSneakers sessions for older active adults.
Saco River Yoga embraces the reflective aspect of the Ashtanga system in their classes, training students to glance inward as they unfurl and stretch their physical forms. The studio's mission—to find peace in both muscles and minds—carries over to its meditation sessions and promotes an inner balance previously attained only while walking across a tightrope over a blazing pit of incense.
Outside of classes, diligent instructors work to build a community among their students through book clubs, drum circles, and gong meditations. Their specialized brand of mind and body training has earned Saco River Yoga kudos from Examiner.com.
The Sanskrit translation of rasamaya is "fluid," which describes the studio's Rasamaya Method of intelligent movement. Rasamaya's instructors lead their own brand of barre, Pilates, cycle, and vinyasa yoga classes that are designed to balance and strengthen the mind and body in tandem. Featured in Pilates Style Magazine , Yoga Journal, and Wanderlust conferences. Founder Carrie Tyler specializes in women's physical structure, health, and sexuality and built the practice from her playful teaching style and deep understanding of yogic philosophy, anatomy, and alignment.
Though some practitioners don’t know it, asana, or poses, are just one of the eight limbs of yoga. At Buddhaful Souls Yoga Studio, instructors incorporate the other aspects, such as breath control and meditation, by focusing on the mind-body connection and leading a variety of classes so that students leave feeling physically stronger and mentally lighter. Vinyasa-flow yoga links breath to movement at a more vigorous pace, while Yin-yoga classes encourage students to hold poses for longer amounts of time to gently heal scar tissue and loosen uptight fascia. The staff also teaches children's yoga, seeking to rebalance the tiny humans after their normal practice of rolling around in and drinking mud—through straws—leaves their bodies out of whack. Additionally, the studio sells products in-store and at their online shop.