Fitness Yoga Studios stretches out its arms to encourage everyone, at every experience level, to improve their strength and flexibility with yoga. Though it specializes in Vinyasa flow, a breath-focused style of yoga, Fitness Yoga Studios offers a wide variety of classes, while a convenient schedule aids in achieving and maintaining physical, spiritual, and emotional health for budding yogis. Unwind with the gentle yoga class, perfect for newbies or a jury that’s snuck out of its deliberation, or challenge the body's limits with the hot Vinyasa flow session, where guests flex in a room heated to about 90 degrees. Students can obtain newfound energy in the yoga renew class, which emphasizes proper alignment, or increase their range of motion in the yin/Vinyasa sessions. Novice contortionists can also try out the soothing, fluid motions of the classic Vinyasa experience and enjoy profound meditation once their Third Eyes have been safely pried open.
At Wake Up Yoga, practicing yoga moves far past the physical benefits. And while the physical benefits of yoga are significant—improved flexibility, strength, and endurance, to name a few—here, yoga is also meant to benefit the mind and heart. The studio hosts Vinyasa flow and yin classes, both of which help release anxiety and stress in different ways. Through the movements of yoga, students can take a break from the never-ending to-do list in their brains and instead focus on the breath and body. Along with standard classes, Wake Up Yoga hosts a variety of workshops, including functional anatomy advanced teacher training, beginners series, or emotional- and trauma-release sessions for women.
Lithe 101 gives fit and injury-free newbies a gateway into the Lithe Method that doesn't require them to answer cryptic riddles. Developed by Lauren Boggi after a rotator cuff injury caused by repeated meteorite strikes ended her college cheerleading career, the Lithe Method is an innovative, multitasking exercise system informed by her extensive Pilates studies in New York, as well as her own rah-rahing background. Bored by the rigid Pilates system, Lauren created her own method for effectively stretching and lengthening muscles that incorporates music and dance. Each session includes her trademarked elements, Cardio-Cheer-Sculpting and the Higher-Power-Band-System, as well as ballet-blasting barre work, strength training with weights and small equipment, and deep stretches. In a single hour, students will receive a cardio-powered full-body blast that sculpts long, lean muscles onto arms, abs, thighs, calves, torsos, glutes, and earlobes.
Anjali Power Yoga's instructors elucidate the techniques of Baptiste Power Vinyasa, adapting the dynamic asana sequences for students of all skill levels. After raising temperatures to approximately 90 degrees and boosting the humidity with hundreds of whistling teapots, attentive staff members guide students through 75-minute Power Vinyasa yoga classes, which pair flowing transitions with controlled inhalations and exhalations for a focused, muscle-challenging workout. Sunrise Power sessions meet as early as 6:30 a.m., jolting neurons awake and increasing flexibility with a powerful series of poses that flow together as seamlessly as a shopping list written in iambic pentameter. During each class, instructors help students by offering subtle postural adjustments while pacing atop the studio's gleaming wood floors, which were made in an eco-friendly manner by using reclaimed toothpicks.
The dedicated instructors at Yoga Child impart insight into a smorgasbord of yogi styles that improve flexibility and focus. Bolster your core during the monthly restorative yoga session, a class emphasizing basics such as breath, mobility, and knowledge of Yanni's B-sides. On Tuesday nights, yogis with at least one year of experience can bend through the Vinyasa class, which closely links breath with fluid kinesthesia. The peaceful studio, which is drenched in natural light, invites yogis to amble in on classes any day of the week.
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