O2 Yoga provides a mind and body-calming sanctuary for benders and stretchers of all experience levels. Advanced Yogi Bears can reach the uppermost plateau in an advanced-level power class, while beginning Boo-Boo's can dip stiff toes into the peaceful, limbering world of yoga for the first time with a basics class. Those falling in the in-between can develop the strength and flexibility necessary to tame the tiger that refuses to leave their kitchen by dropping into an intermediate class. O2 also offers classes in astanga-style yoga, if you're looking for a change of pace from the classic flow of vinyasa.
Kundalini Yoga Boston's highly experienced instructors unify minds and bodies on the quest for spiritual growth with Kundalini yoga classes. Kundalini yoga gentle-stretch and meditation classes pair flowing motions with mantra-packed chanting, clearing limbs of pent-up stress and minds of illegally downloaded memories. Welcome a lungful of clarity with the Kundalini yoga and breathwork class’s meditative inhalations, or absorb the chi-centering sound waves of the Kundalini yoga and gong-meditation class’s titular instrument. Check the schedule for a full list of classes and times, or divine the information offline by decoding messages hidden in the phonebook.
Baron Baptiste's signature brand of yoga has transformed lives. It has optimized the performance of the Philadelphia Eagles and empowered impoverished youth in Nairobi. It has lifted the spirits of war veterans and counseled gang members in Los Angeles. On a day-to-day basis, it has improved the physical health and mental acuity of Bostonians, who can practice the discipline under the tutelage of Baron Baptiste himself.
At his eponymous studios in Brookline and Cambridge, Baptiste joins a team of instructors who promulgate his teachings through classes, teacher-training programs, and workshops. Classes take place in 90-degree studios that boost detoxification and flexibility. In addition to fitness-centric classes, the studio offers guided meditation classes that establish the focus and clarity of mind required to read the entire Gutenberg Bible while riding a rollercoaster.
The variety of classes at Karma Yoga Studios might seem overwhelming at first. From beginners slow-paced yoga to heated core-power yoga, the studio doesn’t skimp on diversity. Beginners, though, need not worry, as the founder of Karma Yoga developed a special introductory course called PhysioYoga to ease students into their practice. All classes are taught by certified, passionate instructors eager to share the benefits of yoga with any person or flamingo that walks into one of their spacious, wood-floored studios. They designed their studios with green practices in mind, and all locations provide free, eco-friendly Manduka mats to students.
Now celebrating 130 years of health, fitness, and community, YMCA remains true to its lasting mission of physical and social enrichment for men, women, and kids of all ages. Staff members uphold the YMCA’s core values of honesty, acceptance, and fairness as they invest in their community’s children and strengthen family bonds critically weakened by overzealous games of Monopoly. They pump up adult-fitness regimens with aquatic fitness and boot-camp classes, personal training, and a full gymnasium outfitted with equipment for basketball, boxing, and rope-skipping. They’ve also filled their fitness center with free weights, cardio equipment, and rowing machines. When they’re not helping adults trim down waistlines during yoga, cycling, and aerobics classes, staff members are getting back in touch with their inner children. They stimulate imagination, mental development, and growth as they lead children’s day camps, after-school programs, and youth basketball.
Cultural development is also a priority at the Cambridge YMCA, fulfilled through operas and plays held in Durrell Hall, the center's historic Victorian theater. This YMCA outpost further strengthens and unites the Cambridge community through its Central House facility, a 128-unit, substance-free housing complex that shelters men in need.
Husband-and-wife team and Prana Power Yoga cofounders Philippe and Taylor Wells foster an environment in which clients can explore holistic wellness through yoga, intensive workshops, and events. Instructors at each heated studio locations roll out the welcome yoga mats, encouraging students of all interests and skill levels, from mothers-to-be to veteran sun saluters, to build strong bodies and peaceful minds in a judgment-free environment. During athletic Vinyasa-style yoga classes, certified instructors crank up temperatures as high as 99 degrees before taking mat mavens through a sequence of sweaty postures linked with mindful breathing exercises designed to boost lung capacity to Sting-like levels. Meanwhile, visitors in search of a transformative experience can attend one of the studio's workshops or events, which range from juice cleanses to destination yoga retreats in Nayarit, Mexico.
Charlestown Yoga's expert instructors train bodies to bend, balance, and breathe in classes spanning a diverse range of yoga styles for every age and experience level. All teachers are chosen for their expertise and spirit, ensuring that they have a wealth of training and technique as well as an approachable demeanor. Classes meet on either the outdoor deck or in a spacious studio adorned with a kaleidoscope of symbolic art to cover styles varying from Beginner Yoga and Gentle Yoga classes to vigorous Vinyasa Flow classes, fusing postures, breathing, tickling, and dynamic movement for a heart-pumping fitness session. Cardio-centered Power Yoga takes place in a heated room to engage circulation systems and to practice the ancient art of extreme sweating, and specialty classes include Prenatal and Baby & Me classes—for mothers-to-be or those with newly hatched humanlings—as well as There & Back Again, a special yoga program for veterans. Classes take place during many hours of the day, allowing early risers, lunch-hour limberers, and stressed-out vampires alike to find a class time that suits their schedule.