CorePower Yoga founder Trevor Tice knows yoga is much more than a tool for increasing physical strength. "We've seen first hand emotional breakthroughs, physical improvements, and most of all, a new found confidence and balance our students carry from the studio into their daily lives," says Trevor. To further their holistic efforts, CorePower provides additional services and programs across various locations. Some outposts house spas where visitors can quiet their minds with a massage or facial, while others host Karma Yoga events wherein teachers lead free classes for cancer survivors, and students share home-cooked food with homeless youths.
But yoga resides at the heart of CorePower's mission to inspire as many people as possible, so each studio boasts a range of classes that accommodates all experience levels. Truly serious students can conjure pensive expressions as they enroll in a yoga-teacher-training program, and all patrons can take comfort in knowing their studio was built from recycled materials and equipped with energy-efficient fixtures.
Refreshment is the ultimate goal at YogaFresh, a community-focused, earth-toned studio, which won Woodbury magazine?s Best Yoga Class award in 2011.
This serene backdrop gives way to the intense, heated poses and breathing exercises of the studio?s dance-like Vinyasa classes, which build the delicate balance of strength and grace required to bench-press a killer whale. Several other classes such as Yin Yoga, Warrior Sculpt, and more, unfold in a studio heated to a sweat-inducing 99 degrees?all the better for loosening tight muscles and quarters lodged behind the ears. Ballet and Pilates inform Barre Burn sessions, which combine yoga poses, isometric exercises, and weightlifting to sculpt the limbs and core.
Yoga Alliance?certified instructors lead each class, emphasizing form and safety as students stretch and align their bodies. After class, peruse the studio?s boutique, which teems with workout-friendly apparel and eco-friendly yoga mats from brands such as Alo, Manduka, Beyond Yoga, Karma Wear, Vimmia, Rese, Manduka, Yogitoes, and YogaFresh Brand.
Lara Olson was unhappy with the quality of art education her children were receiving in school. Taking matters into her own hands, she decided to open Kidcreate Studio as a place where youngsters can exercise their creative muscles while practicing the visual arts in a fun learning environment. The studio?s curriculum immerses students in the kaleidoscopic world of art through professional lesson plans, incorporating media ranging from watercolor paints and pencils to clay and cloth. Birthday parties at the studio keep children thoroughly engaged with hands-on activities and themed projects, and play groups lasting up to three hours give kids enough time to make new friends or think up at least a dozen more imaginary ones.
Built upon the core principles of compassion, awareness, integrity, and tolerance, St. Paul Yoga Center provides a community-oriented environment in which students of all ages and abilities can further their knowledge and practice of the yoga tradition. Drawing from teaching certifications, stints spent studying abroad, and decades of experience, the team of 16 instructors strives to make yoga accessible to practitioners of all income levels—with pay-what-you-can donation-only classes—and skill levels, leading stretch sessions from beginner to advanced. All classes emphasize body alignment, balance, and mindful-breathing techniques. Even the rustiest of tin men are accommodated with a class designed specifically for the not so flexible, as are children in a kids' yoga class for ages 7–12.
Highland Yoga Center's experienced instructors lead students though gentle Svaroopa yoga classes designed to release tension in the deepest layers of the body through simple yet effective poses. The studio's flexible schedule of classes serves up sweat-breaking sessions for both beginners and seasoned mat mavens, including a 90-minute foundational class that focuses on slower postures to open the spine. Abdominals classes help to prepare yogis for backbends and Cirque du Soleil auditions by channeling the specific core muscles that release tension-coiled T-shirt supporters. For a well-rounded practice to address the mind and the body, group meditation and Kirtan classes tap into a sacred tradition that conjures energy through call-and-response chanting and communal singing, helping to open the heart, quiet the mind, and give voice to the oft-neglected pancreas.
The YogaSoul Center's team of attentive instructors strives to foster a community of holistic wellness through a diverse roster of fitness classes. The robust schedule includes 11 different yoga styles, Pilates sessions, and dance-based classes to help students slim, tone, and center bodies and minds. During Vinyasa flow yoga, students of all abilities connect movement with mindful ujjayi-breathing techniques, strengthening muscles with balance-building stances, standing sequences, and seated poses, while yin yoga stretches the connective tissues in the hips, pelvis, and lower back with poses that held for up to five minutes. Pilates mat classes utilize floor exercises to strengthen the core, and rug-cutters looking to get fit can opt for exhilarating Zumba sweat sessions, which keep feet moving with easy-to-follow dance steps performed to upbeat Latin tunes. Students manage weight, increase flexibility, and hone dancing skills needed to impress dashing, masked outlaws.