Owner Richard Lanza began Open Doors as a metaphysical healing center and store in 1992, and he carried that healing spirit into the yoga studio he opened in 2003. At Open Doors Yoga Studios, Richard's goal is to create a space where people feel empowered to explore their personal beliefs on a path toward self-healing. Thus, yoga instructors at the studio's numerous locations help practitioners achieve their personal goals through accessible classes, each designed to build core strength while quieting the mind and increasing body awareness. From slow-flow heated classes to unheated Hatha sessions, students can participate in a variety of yoga styles geared toward beginners, more experienced participants, and those who only feel comfortable in a 98-degree room.
At Inner Strength Studios, seasoned instructors such as E-RYT 500 instructor Roman Szpond lead vinyasa yoga sessions for beginners, experts, and kids as young as five. Classes ranging from 60 to 90 minutes are held in heated rooms within Innerstrength's Boston studios, which were recently renovated after the Watertown location suffered fire damage. Aspiring teachers can take Innerstrength's 200-hour training program, which instills advanced yoga knowledge through classes, workshops, and a rollercoaster ride through a giant lotus. The studios also provide a slate of other services, such as personal training and massage therapy sessions.
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The noises and stressors of the day melt away as students find peace and quiet inside H.Y.P. Studio’s intimate workout areas. Small groups of no more than five participants gather for Pilates classes that use specialized equipment to build lithe muscles and abdominal strength. BarSculpt classes incorporate mats, weights, bands, and ballet barres to create a low-impact workout that targets fat in common problem areas along the legs, arms, and torso. Inside the yoga studios, a custom-designed heating system maintains an ideal balance of heat, humidity, and fresh oxygen, and the floors are constructed out of an antimicrobial material that prevents germs and charkas from getting trapped under the surface. Classes are held from as early as 5:45 a.m. to as late as 7.45 p.m., and students can use private shower and changing areas to get ready before and after sessions.
Focusing on the respiration-synchronized motions of Vinyasa flow yoga, the certified instructors of Yogaspot host their body-buffing classes in a moderate- to high-heat studio. The robust schedule spills over with exercise sessions for students of all skill levels, including advanced PowerFlow Vinyasa, a fast-paced, core-crunching regimen of poses with rapid-fire transitions. Meanwhile, newbie-friendly slow and deep-flow Vinyasa also focuses on cores, but at a slower, more accessible pace for students who, like prize-winning butter sculptures at a county fair, have little experience with yoga. Starting October 5, Yoga for Runners can help track stars and cartoon coyotes relax and recuperate from a week of roadrunner chasing (must preregister). Small class sizes help teachers take a personal approach, and Yogaspot harbors a stable of mats available for rental or permanent adoption.
Bikram Yoga Natick works every possible muscle and joint, healing the body and increasing flexibility during hot-yoga classes. Bikram yoga, a fixed series of 26 postures, is performed over the course of 90 minutes in a room heated to 105 degrees. The hot environment enables the body to stretch further and sweat more than would be possible without heat, ridding the body of stiffness, soreness, and excess salts and dihydrogen monoxide.