The mission of Body and Brain Yoga—alongside its affiliate yoga centers—is to make yoga accessible to everyone, everywhere. To this end, each team of instructors modulate movements based on Korean sun do to match each students’ needs. Classes emphasize aligning the body and mind equally through stretches, breathing exercises, and meditation, and each session is capped off by a 10-minute tea time, during which students and instructors can socialize or reenact Alice in Wonderland's interview with the Easter Bunny.
IM=X (Integrated Movement Xercize) fuses the muscle-toning techniques of Pilates with resistance and plyometric jumps for a more athletically geared workout. Limbs will be lengthened during two private reformer sessions, in which a certified instructor familiarizes clients with the reformer equipment, bending physiques to reach their individual fitness goals with ample personal attention.
Inside a 2,000-square-foot studio with wood floors and natural light, the certified instructors of Karma Yoga & Fitness guide groups through restorative breathing exercises and asana. They lead classes for students of every experience level, from athletic Vinyasa flow to meditative Yoga Nidra that aims to diminish tension and anxiety. Prenatal sessions and Baby and Me classes deliver special health benefits to mothers, and children’s yoga classes kick-start healthy habits at a young age.
Jack Coelho adds to 15 years of experience as he helps clients recognize and develop a deeper awareness of vital energy, known as prana or chi, to promote long-term health and vitality. Coelho—who is certified in Pilates, Gyrotonic, and power Vinyasa yoga—and his team of certified trainers forge stronger mind-body connections as they slim down waistlines through private and group Pilates, Gyrotonic, and functional-training classes. Between the warm crimson walls of the boutique studio, they focus on ramping up clients' core strength and flexibility through isolated movements on the Pilates reformers and mats, as well as on the Gyrotonic pulley tower. Trainers customize each workout to the needs and abilities of their clients, in the process cutting down on the number of injuries inflicted during attempts to dead-lift the building.
Community and inclusiveness are the cornerstones of the yoga practice that co-directors Bill Walters and Vilma Zaleskaite established at The Yoga Project. With more than 10 years of yoga practice each, Bill and Vilma now lead a seven-day schedule of sessions that offers traditional Level 1 and 2 yoga classes led by many instructors as well as sessions tailored to meet students' specific needs. Classes such as Easy Does It cater to a more senior crowd with lessons that run at a slower pace, and Patterns: Body & Breath combines traditional yoga poses with breath work to create a deeper experience. The center's most prominent claim to fame is instructor Vilma's brainchild, Yoga for the Larger Woman, which has gained praise from The Oregonian and The Bee. The supportive yet challenging 75-minute class uses props and poses to relax minds and slim silhouettes, aiming to improve participants' overall wellness. Each class at the studio has a similar goal, whether it's meant for beginner or advanced students.
Jacqulyn McDougal, Nisa Windsong-Frazier, and Dr. Jen Bogus co-founded Soul Pilates and Wellness to combine their talents for bodywork, fitness, and naturopathic medicine. Jacqulyn specializes in therapeutic massages, using deep-tissue and neuromuscular techniques to dissolve tension and lingering resentment of your successful cousins that is stored in muscles. In Pilates classes that use either mats or a wall-mounted piece of equipment called a SpringBoard, Nisa helps guests build core strength using full-body resistance exercises. Finally, Dr. Jen uses naturopathic medicine to treat ailments such as allergies, chronic pain, and debilitating fear of the zoo. The three founders of Soul Pilates and Wellness also offer group fitness classes such as yoga and Zumba.