Enhancing Mother Nature's spiritual flow, Green Tea Yoga energizes chakras and enlivens aspiring yogis with a rotating schedule of seasonal 60-, 75-, or 90-minute classes. Green Tea Yoga's experienced instructors guide twisters and toners through a series of poses to help to strengthen postures and limber up limbs. EarthSky yoga, a moderate-intensity class, brims with Vinyasa flow techniques such as bending, stretching, and controlled breathing. Students in search of a more intense course can slide into a Forrest yoga session, and moms-to-be can partake in a prenatal course or the Momaste class, designed to help to relieve stress and shake off lingering fears of toddlers taking over the world. Occasional children’s classes are also offered throughout the year.
Despite many obvious differences, new yogis and fighter pilots share a common fear: turning upside-down for the first time. At Yoga Sakti, however, instructors have installed a yoga wall that acts as a fail-safe for students who want to practice their inversions. A system of straps and props support pupils as they attempt advanced postures or strive to overcome physical difficulties, such as back problems. An aid for beginners and experts alike, the wall also acts as a symbol of the large studio's welcoming, encouraging atmosphere.
When they aren't manning the wall, yoga instructors lead classes in a wide variety of styles, from heated Vinyasa sequences to mellow gentle-stretch sessions or even mellower Nap in Your Parked Car seminars. Variety is a major theme running through the gym's curriculum: TRX routines bookend spin classes and ballet-barre workouts or combine with kettlebell swings to form one of several combo classes. For a more meditative visit, guests can explore the onsite wellness center, where massage, acupuncture, and hypnosis therapy aim to calm the mind.
The diverse team of practitioners at Eternal Balance helps to tune out the chatter of the outside world and rejuvenate the mind, body, and spirit with reiki, massage, and private yoga services. The intimate healing studio, tucked away in the Cummings Center, contains a private massage treatment room where the therapist tenderizes sore muscles and unties braided tendons with Swedish, deep-tissue, and prenatal techniques.
A nearby classroom hosts groups of students during life-enhancing workshops, such as The Art of Natural Breathing. The studio's owner, Olga, a trained reiki practitioner and yoga instructor, concludes each session with an improvised haiku to brighten each client’s aura.
B Yoga's team of certified instructors teaches a variety of yoga classes to hone the skills of students of all abilities. Beginners, students recovering from injuries, and wayward downward dogs can re-train their bodies and minds and help to restore health during the 75-minute gentle class, which harnesses the healing power of accessible yoga postures to open joints, ease aching muscles, and stretch tight ligaments. Fitness-conscious mat mavens flock to heated Vinyasa classes, practiced at a balmy 80-plus degrees, which tie studied movements to controlled breathing in a series of poses capable of building core strength, flexibility, and sturdy Amish barns. A one-hour prenatal class helps mothers-to-be to prepare their bodies for labor, and the Yoga - All Levels class uses breathing exercises and asanas to boost the stamina of Sting impersonators.
At Reading Athletic Club, firm yet friendly trainers and modern equipment from brands such as Nautilus whip exercisers into shape. Personal trainers stage workouts in the cardio deck and weight area, packed with weight machines, treadmills, elliptical machines, and other mechanisms that foster fitness. Ladies break a sweat in the women's only section while youngsters play with babysitters. During fitness classes, instructors help boost their students’ endurance via high-energy boot camps that tighten all areas of the body or the flowing poses of yoga. After workouts, students can unwind under the soothing strokes of the center's massage therapist.
Yoga Passion's Peter Sklivas taps his experiences practicing yoga in Rishikesh, India and under the tutelage of Bikram Choudhury and Baron Baptiste to lead students through the studio's signature HotCore yoga courses. The studio boasts a seven-day schedule in a heated studio to loosen muscles and deepen stretches without risking injury. Instructors walk pupils through a series of 33 postures designed to simultaneously target one set of muscles at a time. Yogis of all skill levels can enlist in HotCore sessions, where each student determines the intensity with which they perform moves. The studio’s boosted temperature can help organs flush out toxins on the backs of departing sweat beads while poses stretch and massage organs, inflate lung capacity, and fortify bones more safely than a swallowed suit of armor. Yoga Passion stocks a supply of mats to rent or purchase, and shower facilities are available for use.