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.
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energy use, unlike many commercial yoga studios that are run on top of a Hummer fleet whose sound system has been replaced by window-unit air conditioners from 1996.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.
Energy Center Fitness Club is manned by a staff of personal trainers, group instructors, lifestyle coaches, and massage therapists. Staffers keep the club open 24/7 to give members round-the-clock opportunities to lift free weights, climb aboard cardio and weight machines, and make saltwater taffy in the stretching area. The staff leads more than 20 group classes, whose curricula include boot camp, Zumba Toning, Pilates, and cycling. Owner, trainer, and lifestyle coach Shawn Bollig also discusses nutrition with guests, while the club's Thin & Healthy Total Solution offers clients a weight loss program aimed toward a balanced, healthy lifestyle.
Free towel service keeps workouts hygienic, as do the private locker and shower areas. Massage therapy soothes peaked muscles, while Energy Center Fitness Club renders clients tan in lie-down and standup UV booths. A complimentary play area, meanwhile, keeps children entertained and prevents their imaginary friends from hogging the invisible elliptical machines.
The first time Amanda Uphoff attended a yoga class, her clothing still bore hints of her infant son's spittle. As she down-dogged her way to yoga mastery, she found a peaceful clarity that balanced her hectic life as a parent. Troubled by the growing rates of childhood obesity and youth eating disorders, Amanda decided to open her own family-focused studio. Blackbird Family Yoga offers classes for every age group, from freshly hatched infants to the parents that incubated them. Popular classes include family yoga and postnatal sessions, in which mothers find peace in their child's pose and infants grapple with life's complexity in adults’ poses. The studio supplies childcare to accommodate parents who need a break from child wrangling.