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.
Sacred Movement Yoga's owner Kristina turned to yoga to relieve the stress of too much weight, debt, and coffee and found that her stresses melted away in the face of a burgeoning yoga practice, inspiring her to share her life-management tool with others. Along with a team of experienced instructors, Kristina leads three levels of Vinyasa-style yoga classes, guiding students through sequences of athletic poses, connected by continuous, balance-testing movements and breaths. During dance-infused fitness classes, instructors use a ballet barre to stabilize students as they perform dynamic, ballet-style movements to sculpt lean muscle. Sacred Movement's resident massage therapist performs reiki, traditional massage, and Thai-yoga treatments for patrons seeking further treatment for physical, emotional, and spirit-animal-related tension.
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.
Intensity Fitness Dance Studio’s owner Vickkie Parent turned to Zumba after the tediousness of regular gym workouts started to bore her. At her studio, she helps her students avoid these types of plateaus with classes—such as dance-inspired Zumba, cardio kickboxing, and jump-rope-infused cardio—that mask a workout behind a fun activity. All of the classes that she and her fellow instructors teach can be modified to challenge veterans or ease first-timers into exercise.
The hip-hop and international beats that bounce off the walls inside Kraze Fitness also help guide students’ arms and legs through Zumba steps, turns, and jumps. Each of the five Zumba instructors has their own teaching style – some teach hip-hop or traditional moves at a fast pace while others teach class in the dark. They also ensure participants break a sweat during turbo kickboxing classes at the studio.