Inside a room heated to a balmy 105 degrees Fahrenheit, a certified Bikram yoga instructor leads students through eagle, locust, and rabbit poses. These poses, part of a 26-asana sequence designed by yogi Bikram Choudhury, are intended to increase oxygen and blood flow through every inch of the body. Though the physical benefits of a stronger, more flexible body are undeniable, the good done to the mental and spiritual selves can only be described—a greater sense of peace, increased mental clarity, and the ability to tolerate people who talk about their night dreams. Eager to share its passion for the practice, the staff at Bikram Yoga equips new students with everything they need to succeed. Friendly receptionists hand students towels and mats before pointing them in the direction of clean, sleek changing and shower areas. The studio itself is constantly filled with purifying practitioners, as a deep bench of certified instructors teach both morning and evening classes seven days a week.
Hari Om Yoga?s instructors work to help clients reduce stress levels and improve their strength, flexibility, and balance through yoga classes that challenge every fitness ability. Intense sessions of hot flow, core yoga, fusion, and fluid flow classes test fitness limits while more relaxing disciplines of restorative, hatha, and luna yoga allow participants to center themselves and obtain inner balance. Some sessions feature a mix of movement and lengthening poses, including Flow into Yin, Heart & Soul, and yin yoga classes. The also studio offers a number of specialty classes, including yoga done in a room illuminated by candlelight. In addition to its multi-styled menu of classes, Hari Om Yoga houses a 2,000 sq. ft. retail store that supplies fresh, inspired activewear.
Students shed their shoes when entering Vayusha Yoga, signaling that they're ready to take the first steps toward inner peace. Here, certified instructors guide them through ancient poses tailored to the needs of modern yogis, including physical fitness and stress relief. Beginners thrive in most classes, which range from relaxing, stretch-filled Hatha routines to Flow sessions brimming with deep breaths and sun salutations. The temperature rises in Power yoga classes, where students get the opportunity to condition their muscles, build a strong core, and learn balances and basic inversions that help to establish a solid foundation for safety in other yoga classes. In addition to hosting classes at the studio, instructors lead yoga retreats in Croatian villas, Nicaraguan eco lodges, Morrocan riads, and Balinese bundgalows. During retreats, students can nap in treehouses, learn to surf, shop in ancient marketplaces, and kayak on the Adriatic Sea, depending on the location.