Quiet is the first stop on the road to inner peace, according to Ramona Crabtree-Falkner, owner of Ananda Center for Yoga and Massage, LLC. At her tranquil studio, clients engage in active modes of relaxation such as yoga and passive forms such as massage therapy and reiki. During private and group yoga instruction, students venture inward by pairing deep breathing and meditation with ancient poses that stretch and strengthen the body. One-on-one sessions propel yogis toward specific goals such as weight loss and injury recovery, and group classes build community while releasing recently acquired stress and eye rolls stored up since high school. Bodywork services spotlight therapies from around the world, including the long, gliding strokes of Swedish massage and the stretches and acupressure of Thai foot reflexology.
Tracey Trambauer treasures the mind and body equally—she's spent more than 20 years studying spiritual approaches to living, as well as exercise, nutrition, and natural modes of healing. She combines this study of the mind and body at Still Lake Yoga, where she's the owner and master yoga instructor.
Her practice is rooted in the tradition of sivananda; this style of yoga focuses on 12 core poses and breathing exercises, and every session ends with a Sanskrit chant. But the studio explores all manner of yoga techniques and trends, including the trend of writing your crush's name all over your yoga mat. In addition to sivananda, classes include three other fluid styles of yoga and meditation that work to build flexibility and strengthen core muscles while inducing calm. To ensure clients of all physical abilities feel welcome, the instructors at Still Lake Yoga will adjust the pace of their classes, and they work to foster a relaxing, noncompetitive atmosphere.
Lying face down, the students press into their hands into the floor, lifting their heads and shoulders toward the ceiling into cobra pose. As the studio's 100-degree heat pervades their muscles, students feel their spines lengthen, their shoulders broaden, and their chests open. The instructors of Bikram Yoga West Orlando lead participants through this and Bikram‘s 25 other postures every day, combining them with two breathing exercises in a specific sequence that strengthens and lengthens muscles and joints while pumping oxygen-rich blood into the organs, glands, and internal hard drives. Every 90-minute class follows the same routine and challenges participants of all ages and practice levels. Bikram also encourages dedication—the more students practice, the deeper they can go into each pose, reaping benefits including decreased blood pressure, relief from back pain, and lowered stress levels. In addition to their yogic discipline, Bikram Yoga West Orlando's team also arranges spa services, including massage and skincare.
Shine On Yoga welcomes bodies of all bend-abilities to stretch and strengthen in a variety of daily 45- to 90-minute classes. Beginners can discover inner bliss within level one sessions, during which certified instructors teach proper breathing and alignment techniques, and already practicing pretzels can twist into triangles of transcendence in level three.
Burn up to 600 calories in one fun and powerfully effective 60-minute total body workout. Choreographed to today's hottest music, every Jazzercise class combines dance-based cardio with strength training and stretching to sculpt, tone and lengthen muscles for maximum fat burn!
College Park Yoga's close-knit team of instructors enlivens inventive Ashtanga and power-yoga classes with enthusiastic guidance, playful poses, and occasional sprinkles of pixie dust. The studio's flexible schedule of classes allows students to cultivate holistic wellness during weekend classes, and their TV records Saturday-morning cartoons to use for stretching practice later. Crimson walls and glossy hardwood floors envelop yogis as they bend and stretch in classes such as the 90-minute Yoga Basics, where pupils flow through fundamental postures, incorporating calming breaths to foster relaxation. For a more fast-paced workout, Beginner Power Yoga bends muscles into Rajastic yoga poses, designed to increase body heat internally, which stimulates detoxifying perspiration and guards against unwelcome advances from flirty snowmen. The studio's Power Yoga session exhilarates pupils with methodical breathing and poses that help improve spinal alignment and mind-body balance more effectively than a felt hat trimmed with levels.