Within The Yogi Tree's orange-hued interior, deep-breathing bodies follow instructors' poses in classes open to all ages and skill levels. Flex vocal cords and tendons in the Kundalini yoga class, which works sound currents and breathing passages along with external movements, drawing on a 5,000-year-old tradition that allowed ancient news anchors to shout breaking updates for thousands of miles. Qi gong classes seek to synchronize circulatory systems with movement and breath, and the musically scored motions of the Hatha yoga class focus on balancing the body's natural opposing energies, such as hot and cold or butter and peanut butter. Lunchtime yoga classes add flexibility to the most rigid schedules, providing a low-calorie snack and an hour of Kundalini-based yoga exercises to purge midday slumps. Prenatal classes keep bodies spry through pregnancy, and kids' and teen yoga courses keep youngsters nimble and teach them how the shapes in their geometry textbook really feel.
The Jade Apple’s extensive lineup of instructors leads a schedule brimming with rejuvenating yoga and dance styles for all levels and interests. Classes include introspective restoration sessions, which buoy soothing postures with pillows, blankets, and a studio pumped full of helium, affording students time to reflect on the day. On early mornings, Rise to Shine jolts drowsy ligaments awake with classic Hatha asanas and periodic traffic updates, while hips twist in energetic belly dance classes. The studio also hosts events to promote participation in the ancient art such as a family workshop. There is also a boutique that accessorizes students' ever-expanding range of postures with goods ranging from yoga mats ($30) to Jade Apple T-shirts ($22).
During a video feature for Warp Factor 2, Vanessa Giorgio summed up the problem that led to her studio's creation: "I couldn't get my spinners to calm down, and I couldn't get my yoga students to hype up." The personal trainer founded Lotus Kitty Yoga and Power Cycling to hybridize the two workouts, thereby creating a rounded fitness regimen for the body and mind.
Inside the studio, her power-cycling instructors contribute vigorous cardio work during their 45-minute classes. They prompt riders to pedal at varying resistances, which mimic outdoor conditions such as hills and fields full of prairie-dog holes, then end each lesson with sit-ups and pushups. Yoga teachers lead posing sequences that change weekly to prevent muscle boredom. They are often designed to address the tightness and stress that accompany power cycling.
Yoga isn't the only thing that Lotus Kitty's instructors combine with power cycling. Classes pair the cycling workouts with the body-sculpting suspension training of TRX, add a muscle-toning triple threat of Barre, Pilates, and light resistance training, and fuse together many others of the studio's five routines. Students can also forgo power cycling altogether and engage in a pure form of TRX, Barre, Pilates, or yoga. In addition to its group curriculum, the studio hosts private training sessions.
Yoga Shelter founder Eric Paskel created Sanga yoga, a communal yoga technique where participants nurture one another’s personal growth. However, he believes he still has as much to work on himself as any of his students have. This notion of constant improvement is the cornerstone of the yoga classes at Yoga Shelter. Each class is led by an instructor who aims to inspire students, and the students themselves seek to achieve progress and nurture the same in their classmates. Through calming poses, controlled breathing, and personal interaction, students learn to overcome everyday stressors such as verbal abuse from the office parakeet.
InYoga Center's owner, Julie Buckner, has a head for business and a heart for yoga. When not working on political campaigns on state and national levels or appearing on CNN to share her opinions, Julie can be found stretching her limbs in the comfort of her spacious, sunny yoga studio. Her team of certified yoga instructors works with students of all ages, abilities, and experience levels, leading both physically rigorous classes and gentle stretch sessions. After class, students carry the peaceful vibes with them into the studio’s spa-like changing facilities, into the boutique stocked with yoga gear and accessories, or into the lobby where fresh water and hot tea close the circle on InYoga’s offerings of self care.
As mentioned in the Los Angeles Times, Harmony Studios' extensive schedule of small-group and private Pilates sessions accommodates students with a wide variety of skill levels and fitness goals. Inside the 4,000-square-foot facility, private classes partner students with an experienced fitness guru in order to hone proper form and develop an appreciation for electrolytes. The one-hour group classes cap attendance at five students to ensure that each pupil receives individualized attention and sufficient high fives. Each session begins with focused breathing exercises and stretches intended to loosen hip joints, backs, and ship-sinking lips to help ease students into practice before beginning the muscle-toning regimen. A series of meticulously aligned movements engages the entire body with many repetitions of each exercise, forging slender limbs and sturdy cores with the tensile strength of diamond-woven linens. Instructors tailor the difficulty of sessions to suit each student by proffering subtle modifications and calling out algebra problems.
Founder and director Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa helms Golden Bridge Yoga with a passion for the centering benefits of yogic practice, injecting the wisdom gleaned from repeated visits to India. Designed to teach new students as well as enhance seasoned yogis' practice, the studio’s well-rounded schedule accommodates students of all skill levels. Led by a deep roster of carefully selected instructors, students channel diffusive thoughts through the lens of Kundalini yoga and meditation classes while they hone laser-precise focus, flexibility, and the ability to hum showtunes in near-perfect unison. Gentle Hatha yoga strengthens mind-body connections with traditional posture sequences that emphasize bodily structure, and Jivamutki sessions incorporate vigorous postures into an intellectual exploration of yogic philosophy that delves into selected music and chants. Intent on cushioning prone postures, the studio rents out a small number of mats for each class ($1), although most instructors agree that students should tote along their own mat or hovercraft.