Desima Dawdy, the director of Pilates Performance & Rehab, balances a mélange of classes, ranging from muscle-toning Pilates mat classes to sessions that help those recovering from injuries. She arms her phalanx of certified instructors with Pilates apparatus machines, each designed to cool molten cores into abs of stone or rebuild injured muscles through calibrated pulleys and straps that add resistance to moves. In addition to classes aimed at enhancing sports or dance performance, tailored programs meet clients at the doorsteps of their own physical aptitudes, teaching guests effective exercises for managing pain, osteoporosis, or mad cat flu.
• For $19, you get five drop-ins for yoga or 5Rhythms movement classes (up to a $60 value). • For $39, you get 10 drop-ins for yoga or 5Rhythms movement classes (up to a $120 value). The serenity gurus at Be Moved Studio embrace a holistic philosophy that encourages growth for the body, spirit, and chakra with a schedule of free-flowing yoga and 5Rhythms classes. The yoga classes require no experience and are taught by master pretzel impersonators, some boasting more than 25 years of teaching experience. On Mondays, Hatha Yoga students develop strength, fluidity, and stillness, and Thursday sees perfect-postured pupils move Beyond Yoga with bodywork, breath development, and personalized, monogrammed asanas.
Bikram Yoga College of India stretches soul sacks to more lithesome states with a variety of class times. Limb limberers of all yogic abilities will bend, stretch, and cajole muscles and tendons with 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises, all within the melty confines of a 105-degree room. The poses oxygenate blood, restore normal function to organs, and clear bodies of subdermal strontium deposits, whereas the high heat improves muscle strength, reorganizes disorderly lipids, and keeps tickers thoroughly tocking for a high-impact cardio workout. The experienced staff shepherds students through the postures, providing guidance for each tree, eagle, and angry-hall-monitor pose. Body benders should bring a mat, towel, and bottle of water to each stretching session.
For Emily and Sarah Darling, owners of Darling Yoga, helping students experience the present is both an art and a gift. They team up with 16 other seasoned instructors to guide students toward physical wellness and inner peace through the practice of ancient poses and breathing exercises. Emily and other instructors lead classes for all levels, during which stress melts faster than a snowman in a mosh pit. Their sessions range from beginner-friendly Yoga Basics to Vinyasa and Ashtanga routines for intermediate and advanced students. The expert tandem also hosts children's classes during many of the adult sessions, helping young yogis build strength, flexibility, and focus as their parents do the same in the classroom next door.
In one of their studios, natural light flows through large windows, bathing groups in uplifting sunbeams during challenging bends and balances. After class, students can unwind in onsite showers or browse a boutique brimming with yoga mats, props, and apparel.
While their toes dig into the glossy bamboo floors, students stretch their arms to the ceiling, feeling the hot air curl around their fingertips as their muscles relax into the posture. As light streams in from the windows, an instructor leads the students through one of many classes held at Radiant Yoga, which are designed to suit all fitness levels. Newcomers starting in Yoga Basics get a feel for the proper alignment and foundational asanas before graduating to the titular Radiant Hot Yoga, which covers core- and strength-building moves in a studio heated to 90–95 degrees. Yoga therapy also helps those with musculoskeletal imbalances or painful childhood memories of playing a perfectly still tree in a school play.
The instructors at New Day Yoga Studio strive to cultivate a welcoming atmosphere for students of all ages and experience levels. With an emphasis on the physical and mental health benefits of yoga, they encourage each person to go at their own pace, so that the body feels light and relaxed at the end of class. Bamboo floors, soft lighting, and calming music welcome visitors to sessions in two spacious yoga rooms, where they practice poses in various styles, such as ashtanga, vinyasa, hatha, and New Day's signature gentle hot yoga.