The pressure was starting to get to Karoun Charkoudian, much like a teakettle when an entire family stares at it impatiently. She had completed grad school and was looking for a corporate gig, and this new phase in life was causing her a lot of confusion. But all of that went away when a friend brought her to a Bikram yoga class in 2003. There, she discovered newfound peace and clarity. In the years that followed, Karoun completed teacher training for several types of yoga, including Vinyasa flow and Iyengar, and became heavily influenced by the meditative movements of Chinese qi gong.
Now she shares her expertise within the bright green walls at Karoun Yoga. The intimate, modern studio is also home to other experienced instructors who approach yoga from the realms of fitness, rehabilitation, dance, and spirituality.
Attentive to the diverse needs of muscles and their masters, The Pilates Center of Western Massachusetts' certified instructors shape up shapeless cores and physiques. Pilates is a low-impact total-body discipline that uses resistance, stretching, mat work, and controlled breathing patterns to make the body looser, lither, and healthier. Individual sessions will ensure a comfortable and productive workout and are perfect for customers who are unfamiliar with Pilates, in need of personal motivation, or possess unique structural challenges, such as cement limbs. Pilates classes can help anyone improve whole-body health, and mat-only, apparatus, and anti-gravity based methods are available for students of all experience levels.
At Bikram Yoga Northampton, commitment and focus supersede the search for absolute perfection. So long as you are doing your best, instructors Audrey Liley and Jessika Brandley ask for nothing more. As they lead their students through the 26 asanas—or postures—of Bikram yoga, they provide helpful insights regarding the significance of each. At some point, they’ll likely explain that this specific progression of postures is intended to stretch muscles and promote the flow of blood to the body’s vital organs. Held in a classroom that’s heated to 105 degrees, these yoga classes may also facilitate the breakdown of glucose, fatty acids, and accidentally swallowed ice cubes.
The Ananda Center sends bodies floating along a river of centeredness and wellness through an eclectic selection of yoga and fitness classes. The experienced instructors lead classes of various intensities and forms of yoga, from beginner classes to vigorous Vinyasa, dispensing mind-body harmony to both veteran melody-makers and cacophonous upstarts.