Rasa Yoga Shala’s brand of Vinyasa-style yoga differs from most; the studio’s creative approach encourages students to go beyond physical and personal awareness and tune in to the “pure feeling” that pulses through the body when the mind grows quiet. Experienced instructors work with students to help them achieve this level of enlightenment, leading classes that require them to twist, bend, and stretch through a continual series of poses. With a variety of class levels, the studio invites everyone to enjoy the workout, whether they are first-timers, regular yoga practitioners, or Gumbys grown stiff from being left out in the sun. Before each class begins, instructors set the studio’s thermostat to a moderate temperature so students can comfortably warm themselves as poses progress. In addition to their flagship classes, the studio offers workshops in innovative styles such as hip-hop yoga and mom-and-baby yoga, a relaxing session that soothes the nerves of women and babies frustrated with their inability to chew anything.
Many cultures and belief systems converge at Sacred Movement Yoga, drawn together by a diverse teaching team. Julie Miller contributes expertise in Anusara yoga, Julie Erasmus adds mastery of teaching yoga to people of all ages, and Rebecca Totti brings intimate knowledge of Restorative yoga. Though Miller, Erasmus, and Totti represent only three of more than twenty teachers, they embody the studio's mission to help students realize their potential. Instructors offer restorative and rigorous yoga classes in both ancient and modern styles, and also host guided meditation and third-eye exams in the studio's ZenRoom.
Jill Kleiber strives to give patients back that spring in their step using techniques culled from traditional Chinese medicine. She expertly works hair-thin needles into patients’ skin during acupuncture sessions that aim to restore natural bodily harmony. With precision placement, the needles help alleviate pain and rejuvenate faces by smoothing fine lines and increasing circulation to the skin. She also prescribes herbs to combat a variety of ailments and offers advice on diet and exercise to benefit overall wellness.
Atop the blue padded floors of Master Hwang's Martial Arts, adults and kids as young as four years old learn to focus their energies to execute challenging maneuvers. Leading the pack, expert instructors impart the secrets of judo, Hapkido, and tae kwon do disciplines to boost focus and tone fly-swatting muscles. The karate haven also hosts summer camps and birthday parties that strengthen juvenile bonds.
The Fit Playground's premise is simple: exercise should be fun. The team strives to take adults back to a time when clambering up trees and leaping over imaginary lava pits was the only workout they needed. Inside the indoor playground, participants scale ropes and swing from monkey bars, toning muscles, burning calories, and doing something gym goers rarely get to do: having a good time. The fitness-focused play isn't just for adults, of course—The Fit Playground also has classes designed for kids and teens.
Equipment: Top Ten, Macho, Century, Top Pro
Students should bring: Uniform, sparring gear, water bottle, and a towel
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1–5 people
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Parking: Parking lot