Coba Yoga takes its name from an ancient Mexican city, the ruins of which stand roughly 40 kilometers from the Caribbean ocean. Lili Avery, the Mexican-born owner of the studio, chose the name to honor her strong connection to her heritage, which brings her a sense of inner peace. During yoga sessions, she and her team of teachers help students find their own inner peace, wherever it might lie. While guests of all levels partake in yoga or opt for a massage, kids are looked after in childcare, which is free for ongoing members, or in children's yoga classes.
Sisters Pooja and Cristal Sharma both had successful careers in chemical engineering and accounting, respectively, when they decided to immerse themselves in the study of yoga?s calming, restorative, and spiritual aspects. Now certified yoga teachers for more than a decade with more than 20,000 hours of experience, Pooja and Cristal guide students into seated and standing poses meant to realign the spine, strengthen the core, and increase flexibility. Their studio, Soul Power Yoga, opened in 2009 and holds daily classes that are geared toward newbies and pros alike. Special yoga classes even focus on expectant mothers or children ages 3-14. Additionally, a Bollywood Bliss class works out midsections with easy-to-follow belly dancing moves, while a Piloxing class combines Pilates, boxing, and dance. For those looking to become yoga instructors, the studio offers the RYS 200 Teacher Training program.
When years of competitive running and triathlon competitions left her with race-ending injuries, studio owner Jen Portman turned to yoga to help heal and strengthen her achy limbs. Jen studied under celebrated yogis including Bikram Choudhury and Shiva Rea, and now passes on their wisdom in the confines of her own heated studio. Her hot-yoga sessions are suitable for students of all shapes, sizes, and fitness levels, as the intense temperatures help melt even the stiffest of muscles into deep, healing stretches and Möbius-strip-inspired poses.
Hot yoga doesn't just help practitioners lose weight, increase flexibility, and tone muscles. It also helps them heal from life-threatening injuries. Bhakti Yoga South Jersey owner Ed Gergler is proof of that. After a near-fatal car crash, Gergler discovered hot yoga, which helped him treat his chronic back pain without surgery. It was so effective that he switched careers from a construction pipe worker to a yoga teacher and studio owner. Now he and his staff lead students through heated yoga classes that strengthen their cores and Warm Yoga with Nidra that helps them reduce stress and achieve peaceful mindsets. The teachers even offer up tips to new students, encouraging them to drink plenty of water and keep an open mind.
Honing his skills under Sri Swami Satchidananda, the founder of Integral Yoga, the experience of the director of the Institute now spans 40 years. Jayadeva developed his teaching chops at the Integral Yoga Institute in New York City, where he mentored yoga teachers and developed training materials that are now used by instructors around the world and on some sectors on the moon. Eventually, Jayadeva settled in Princeton, where he now directs the training school Princeton Integral Yoga Institute. Along with his staff of registered instructors, he strives to foster a supportive environment free of competition, in which students of all experience levels can further their practice toward achieving a healthy mind, body, and spirit.
One Yoga & Wellness Center's pliable instructors lead yogis of all skill levels through relaxing and modifiable asanas. During gentle-yoga sessions, students practice light stretching and engage in guided meditation at a pace that allows beginners to become familiar with fundamental relaxation techniques. Hatha yoga classes find body twisters holding poses for longer periods so as not to ruin the work of the in-studio daguerreotype portraitist. A style of yoga that emphasizes flow from one pose to another, Vinyasa teaches breathing techniques and asanas that can be combined endlessly to create adaptable routines. Instructors teach three levels of Vinyasa classes, from a slower-paced, beginner-friendly session to a fast-moving flow taught in a heated room. Prenatal yoga ensures even expectant mothers find serenity and provides babies an early leg up on preschool limbo contests.