Korrie's Pilates Place’s founder, Korrie Sudweeks, channels her experience as a personal trainer and former gymnast into an entire spectrum of wellness services, including yoga, Pilates, massage, chiropractic medicine, and skincare. Her classes adhere to the philosophies of Hatha yoga, which carefully ties breath to movement in slow-paced flow or heart-pumping power-yoga sessions. Pilates veers down a different path to fitness, employing mats or equipment such as reformers, Wunda chairs, and the Barrel to strengthen and tone the core muscles that buttress spines and tricornered hats. Large mirrors reflect students’ progress against the backdrop of lime-green walls and hardwood floors.
Lotus7 welcomes students of all ages and skill levels to practice alignment- and anatomy-based yoga classes. The small-group classes max out at 20 students, with anywhere from 6 to 12 students generally in a class. Yoga classes include all-levels flow, Restorative, guided meditation with breath work, whereas Pilates enthusiasts can practice classic mat work or Pilates-yoga fusion.
Bamboo and natural-fiber floor coverings, aromatherapy, and harmonious music all work together to create Lotus7's tranquil sanctuary.
Here, seven is more than just a number. The professional instructors share seven ways to guide students on the path to fulfillment, including:
TriYoga's classes guide students through traditional poses supported by rhythmic breathing and a deep, centered focus. The practice’s founder, Yogini Kaliji, travels the world to teach her signature style, with occasional stops into TriYoga Center of Santa Cruz to lead master classes. Yogini Kaliji designed her method and classes to shuttle beginners and experts alike toward deep relaxation, attainable elsewhere only by convincing a sea breeze to sing you "Happy Birthday." As students graduate through levels and master TriYoga’s wavelike movements, they often note boosted strength, flexibility, endurance, and breath control.
The friendly staff at OceanaFit tinkers with its patrons' postures and the studio's thermostat to achieve homeostatic relaxation. With a schedule of more than 40 classes a week, even people without pencils can find time to pencil in sessions. OceanaFit's class offerings include introductory sessions, which focus on the alignment, postures, and breathing central to Vinyasa-style yoga, and subsequent classes apply those skills in hotter environments. OceanaFit makes both yoga veterans malleable as warm wax and neophytes unable to touch their toes feel equally welcome.
Students of all abilities are welcome at Yoga Bungalow, whose instructors emphasize not only the physical aspects of yoga but strive to help yogis also reap the mental benefits. Whether building muscle in intermediate classes or mastering the basic postures in a beginner-friendly stretch session, students will learn how to link deep breaths with their movement, syncing together their minds and bodies.
Orange County Yoga Studio's Megan Bello started practicing yoga in 1993 and found herself feeling better than she ever had both physically and mentally. She loved it so much that she decided to teach others the benefits yoga could bring to their lives, even traveling to India to study with Geeta Iyengar?who has been called the world's leading female yoga teacher by the Los Angeles Times.
Bello and her staff guide students of all levels through myriad poses during her classes. They focus on goals such as improving posture and alleviating pain in the lower back and dorsal fins.