The instructors at Kaivalya Yoga believe that, like yoga practitioners themselves, the rules of yoga should be highly flexible. They pioneer fresh approaches to Vinyasa techniques inside their University Square studio with the aim of inducing kaivalya—a state of freeing personal enlightenment. Heated and nonheated classes cover fluid posture transitions that synchronize breath with stretching rather than having students take one long breathing break halfway through class. Each session aims to eradicate the body's toxins and boost mental clarity, whether students are attending a free beginners workshop or hefting small weights during Power Sculpt.
Many of the teaching staff joined the yoga movement to combat physical ailments, such as slipped disks or chronic migraines, and now they deepen their practice through Kaivalya's inventive curriculum. They inject posing sequences with pieces of individual flair—Hally Marlino's classes embrace freestyle Vinyasa set to music, and director of teacher training Alex Pfeiffer leads groups through spiritually focused, dance-like routines. Certified massage therapists are also on hand to work muscles into an even noodlier state with Swedish, deep-tissue, and sports modalities.
Kaivalya Yoga's central location is no accident. Owners Dave and Tim met at the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1998 and maintain ties with the school as an employee and a graduate student, respectively. They've engineered their venue and schedule to suit the student population: classes provide a meditative escape close to home, scheduling never interferes with Wisconsin Badgers games, and the boutique carries chic headbands, T-shirts, and hoodies from their exclusive Mad Yogi clothing line, ideal for moving from dorm to dining hall to yoga studio in comfort.
Inner Fire Yoga is open 365 days a year with a welcoming schedule that offers more than 60 classes a week. The stretch-savvy studio is a custom-built space that adheres to the US Green Building Council's LEED guidelines for sustainable energy use, unlike many commercial yoga studios that are run on top of a Hummer fleet whose sound system has been replaced by window-unit air conditioners from 1996. A wide range of heated yoga styles is available within, including power flow yoga, a challenging blend that detoxifies through sweat and flexifies through deep stretching; hot yoga, a 90-minute hatha yoga class that incorporates 26 postures and two breathing exercises for a full mind-body workout; and inner fire flow, a sequence of set yoga postures that combines classic poses with a power flow.
Amid inspiring hues of gold and fuchsia and a polished hardwood floor, yogis at Jewel in the Lotus Yoga invigorate their bodies and minds with expressive postures and meditative practices. Jewel in the Lotus' teachers bring a diversity of experience levels, certifications, and specialties as they lead daily classes spanning a wide range of yoga traditions, such as Vinyasa and Ashtanga classes, Prana flow classes that combine breathing, meditation, and movement, as well as two-hour master classes for the truly dedicated yogi. Creative director Aubree Saia also offers in-depth sessions to help students to heighten their physical and spiritual practice, with themes including acroyoga, transformational breathing, and learning to massage your head with your feet.
Every Friday, Bliss Flow Yoga hosts a happy hour yoga class that accompanies poses with healthy pastries and mocktinis. It’s all part of the comfortable, beginner-friendly environment created by owner Angela Gargano, whose work has been featured in the press by the likes of the New York Times and the Wisconsin State Journal. Angela heads a staff of supremely qualified and certified instructors, each of who boasts a minimum of 200 hours of training. Together, Angela and the Bliss Flow team distribute their talents across a packed schedule, which includes daily classes and a weekly Basics Class designed specifically for newcomers.
The club keeps visitors fit with group exercise classes, personal training, and aquatic activities in indoor and outdoor pools. Specific classes vary by location, though each hosts cycling, yoga, and Pilates. The 24-hour Harbor location caters to muscles with 160 classes per week, including youth classes in swimming, sports, and ballet.
The 10 experienced instructors and wellness practitioners at Abundant Joy Yoga & Wellness share their expertise through an array of yoga and martial arts classes and healing services. The studio offers several styles of yoga, from beginner level to Aerial Yoga, along with group classes and one-on-one private sessions, private retreats, and even stand-up paddle board yoga during July and August.
Inside the tranquil Serenity Room, students explore holistic health from a variety of angles, including private sessions of energy-balancing Reiki, Thai Bodywork, Integrative Chakra Healing, and Cranio-Sacral Therapy. Once a month, the room also hosts thermography imaging sessions, which assess and address the inflamed muscles and nerve dysfunction associated with conditions such as fibromyalgia, TMJ, and diverticulitis.