Alison Rubin first discovered yoga when she moved across the world, leaving England behind for sunny Southern California in 1972. She fell, or steadily posed, head over heels for the ancient exercise form, eventually earning her teaching certification in 1984 when she moved to Spokane. Now, with 40 years and myriad certifications under her belt, she leads a dedicated troupe of instructors who teach Hatha-style classes within a cozy studio, winning Best Yoga Studio by The Pacific Northwest Inlander in 2009 and 2010.
They lead a lineup of classes that accommodate a spectrum of skill levels, ranging from newcomers to Twister world champions.
Inside South Perry Yoga’s cozy peace cave, a team of talented and friendly instructors offers customers of all ages and skill levels the chance to increase flexibility, reduce stress and tension, and develop mind-body balance through various styles of yoga. Partake in six drop-in yoga classes, which are offered more than 15 times a week and include vinyasa flow, yoga basics, and more (click here to view the schedule). During each 60- to 90-minute session, students work through a variety of poses, postures, and inversions that emphasize proper body alignment and nonlethal breathing. Grab a yoga mat, water bottle, and towel before attending a session—if you don't have your own yoga mat, borrow one of the studio’s mats or purchase a new one at 10% off the regular price.
Though every class is heated at Yarrow Hot Yoga & Wellness Studio, you can still choose just how hot you like it. Baptiste yoga classes keep the room at 95 degrees for their flowing sequences, which stress upper-body work and invigorating cardio exercise. During Bikram-inspired classes, though, the heat rises to 105 degrees. The higher temperature helps to loosen muscles as students rehearse 26 poses and two breathing exercises, meant to progressively stretch each body part without forcing students to do the hokey-pokey in slow motion. Both class styles build flexibility, balance, and strength?as do the other services conducted by the multitalented staff.
These wellness offerings range from myofascial-release treatments to massages and physical therapy. Hands-on procedures are always customized, and vary when it comes to pressure; for example, craniosacral therapy entails light touch, whereas deep-tissue massage uses focused pressure to release tension.
Outside of its appointments, the studio's commitment to health reaches beyond the individual. Its boutique stocks apparel made from organic fabrics without the use of sweatshops, and its eco-friendly construction elements ensure a low impact on the earth.
Near East Yoga Spokane's cozy storefront studio welcomes students of all experience levels to hone their mind-body balance during Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga classes. Studio owner and yoga instructor Charisse Hayes credits the efficient Ashtanga style for enhancing her life physically and otherwise. Having studied in India and the United States, Charisse infuses her personal practice with techniques learned from her overseas mentors as well as experience gained while co-directing a studio in Portland for six years. During classes, Charisse guides students through a sequence of postures that are linked by deep, controlled breaths. The continual movement not only bolsters physical strength and flexibility but also heightens mental focus, self-awareness, and haiku creativity.
Training Ground Spokane is no fancy gym with shiny, complicated machines. But that's because they don't want to be. Instead, they're committed to a total-wellness approach to getting fit, which includes functional workouts, resistance training, and getting on the right track by eating right. Aiming to help their clients reach and maintain a healthy lifestyle, they lead small groups through workouts using dumbbells, medicine balls, and military-style drills to get the heart pumping and intimidate fat cells into submission.
Locally owned and operated by Ricky Ruiz, the cozy and welcoming space of Total Fit Spokane's interior is populated by treadmills for getting into great shape. In group classes, participants move around in yoga sessions instructed by Lynn Leonard and co-ed boot-camp classes. Those seeking a more custom experience can schedule sessions with a personal trainer or nutrition adviser onsite. The gym also offers private memberships, sports specific, and high-intensity training.