Bikram Yoga is a twenty-six posture series taught in a heated room and is designed to scientifically warm and stretch muscles, ligaments and tendons in the order in which they should be stretched. Bikram's twenty-six exercises systematically move fresh, oxygenated blood to one hundred percent of your body. Proper weight, mu
Verge Yoga's passionate and certified instructors foster personal growth in their students with invigorating yoga classes held inside a heated studio. The robust schedule accommodates morning folks and those who don't believe in sunrises with a variety of yoga classes. In the Stationary 60 class, beginners find balance with standing poses, core strengthening, and bends that encourage mindful alignment and stability. Flow-based classes range in duration, culminating in a challenging 90-minute session that guides limbs through a sequence of sun salutations, warrior poses, arm balances, and deep hip openers. Stomachs seeking new careers as washboards or speed bumps for Hot Wheels cars tone up during the Verge Core class, which combines yoga fundamentals with functional core training to target trunks and backs.
Voted best yoga studio in 2009 by Main Line Today, Ryah Yoga and Health cultivates holistic wellness with a flexible schedule of yoga classes led by skilled instructors, that are available to you anytime for up to six months. Fortify bodily strength, flexibility, and balance with Wednesday's Slow Flow yoga sessions, which harness the fluid postures of Hatha yoga to heighten self-awareness, even in the depths of a mirror maze. Power yoga motivates muscles with a series of dynamic poses performed in a heated studio. Many of the one-hour classes incorporate meditation and positive mantras, and participants may emerge with a renewed sense of energy, improved circulation, and the ability to scratch their backs with their feet. This Groupon can be used for any classes on the schedule, excluding the New to Yoga and prenatal series.
Gateway Bodyworks owner Lisa Firey believes deeply in the power of holistic treatments, as she has seen remarkable results firsthand. When her beloved dog, Porter, came down with an immune disease, doctors attempted to treat the symptoms with Western medicine. She suspected the medicines were weakening Porter’s immune system, so she began to research alternative methods. Soon she was treating her dog with vitamin C, nasturtium, and dandelion root, as well as massage. This method reenergized Porter and prolonged his life. Impassioned by this discovery, Lisa went on to earn a degree in muscle therapy and is now pursuing a doctorate in natural health.
Today, Lisa employs a staff of 20 experts to practice holistic healing methods. Within her garage-turned-spa space, her team focuses on acupuncture, bodywork, and massage. During reflexology treatments, therapists push pressure points on the feet, relieving stress and removing stuck-on shoe inserts. Acupuncturists treat everything from fatigue to autoimmune disorders and suggest herbal remedies. Alternatively, massage therapists use the long, languid strokes of the Swedish modality, and can also alleviate pain related to sports injuries, pregnancy, and postpregnancy. To round out the center, Lisa also set up a yoga studio with classes such as Hatha, Mommy & Me, and Kundalini.
At Power Yoga Works, winner of the Suburban Yoga category in Philadelphia magazine's Best of Philly 2008, certified instructors guide aspiring yogis of all skill levels in muscle-toning and detoxifying classes. The studio's focus centers around the power Vinyasa style, a modality that combines deep-breathing exercises with sequenced sets of flowing poses to help to build strength, increase flexibility, release tension, and purge the mind of distracting heavy-metal guitar riffs. Fledgling flexers receive a proper introduction to the fundamentals during four-week beginners courses that teach body alignment and come with a complimentary yoga mat. The schedule boasts copious classes and meeting times, helping students to salute the egotistical sun seven days a week. A warm, spacious studio allows up to 65 students at a time to stretch and bend without disrupting their neighbors' wingspans.
While studying under renowned Ashtanga masters, Mark Nelson, owner of The Yoga Garden, learned that each person receives unique benefits from their yoga practice—be it the calmness felt postclass or the increased physical strength gained from core-centric poses. His roster of instructors, a diversely trained group, teaches with this knowledge in mind. The guiding yogis include a prenatal yoga master, a former philosophy student and martial artist, and a published author who pens poetry when she is not positioned in downward facing dog. The faculty also offers lessons in Pilates and meditation, allowing clients to choose from multiple, mat-paved routes to inner peace.