Tucson Yoga's wide variety of classes caters to community members of all ages, ambitions, and aptitudes. Basic Yoga and Gentle Yoga introduce beginners to proper breathing techniques and fundamental asanas like Downward-Facing Dog, Unreliable Narrator, and Kneel Before Zod, while Vinyasa offers a higher-energy workout to accommodate experienced students and human kegs of Red Bull. If you are a new mom, bond with your freshly baked bundle while working off excess insulation in an hour-long Mama and Baby class. These sessions feature gentle, relaxing movements that help mothers release pregnancy-related tension in their hips, back, and neck while their pre-crawling companions learn how to cope with the imminent stresses of SAT prep and chopstick mastery. Yogis of all skill levels are invited to stretch their stiff mind-muscles using the more meditative techniques of traditional yoga in Mindfulness Yoga.
In 1997, Amy Caldwell discovered yoga. As she backpacked through Asia, Australia, and parts of Europe, she stopped to train with yogis she met along the way, exploring the styles of Vinyasa flow, Sivananda, Iyengar, and Ashtanga. As she learned, she blended these styles into her own dynamic flow. Since this nomadic journey, Amy's rapidly developing skills have earned her a spot on two Yoga Journal covers. Today, as owners of Yoga One studio, she and her husband Michael incorporate their own unique yoga and meditation styles into their teachings.
The flexible duo leads a team of experienced instructors, who foster a positive, non-competitive environment and also specialized in different styles of yoga, such as sunrise flow, Vinyasa flow, and gentle flow. Inside the main studio, where natural light from skylights casts a glow onto hardwood floors and saffron curtains, instructors lead groups through classes that cover optimal alignment, breath, and present-moment awareness. They also guide students outside the studio to stretch and align on a sunny rooftop in Little Italy. Inside softly lit massage rooms, therapists help visitors release tension from aching muscles.
For more than 20 years, Yoga Connection's classes have focused on stretching, strengthening, and breathing techniques—but founder and director Priscilla Potter isn't afraid of yoga's more holistic side, either. When she's not teaching, she's an astrologer and a meditation instructor, and her multifaceted perspective on yoga shines through in the studio's schedule. Sessions range from bouts of yin yoga to chakra yoga, which explores the body's seven energy centers.
In preparation for their first class, new students are encouraged to hydrate, avoid eating for two to three hours beforehand, and ignore any household chores that stimulate even minor sweating. Bringing one or two bath towels, extra water, and comfortable workout clothing that can get sweaty ensures maximum comfort and a full backpack. For those wishing to immediately wash the stink of self-actualization from their bodies after a session, showers and separate men and women’s changing areas are readily available.
Arizona Power Yoga specializes in the Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga System, a challenging collection of techniques that helps improve flexibility and strength while ridding the body of excess toxins, gravy, and weight. The studio's experienced instructors create a welcoming and upbeat environment in which students (novices and experienced yogies alike) can stretch and sweat their way to a happier and healthier existence. More than 15 classes are offered a week; consult the schedule and recruit the guys from your sewing circle or the ladies from your crocodile-wrestling club to join you on your one-month journey across the yogaverse.