A person needs a strong core for the same reason the earth needs a strong core: to be able to withstand asteroid impacts. Reinforce your comet-blocker with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get five drop-in yoga classes at Core Essence Yoga (a $75 value).
Core Essence Yoga fosters relaxation and equanimity during classes held in a new studio on the east side of town. Rookie body-benders with a basic knowledge of postures can enjoy the gentle guidance and verbal cues of Flow 101. Move toward Vinyasa with an easy-breathing Slow Flow class that takes place with musical accompaniment in a heated room. Appropriate for all levels, Yin teaches long posture holds, and the challenging Power Vinyasa invigorates students with experiments in arm balances and inversions. White chair-rail molding accents cream walls in the high-ceilinged studio. Tall windows allow yogis to stretch in warm sunlight when the room’s elegant chandeliers are out doing freelance masquerade lighting.
Core Essence Yoga
Sunlight filters through the windows of Core Essence Yoga’s loft-style studio, reflecting off the rare patch of hardwood floor that remains uncovered by a colorful yoga mat. Stretch-induced groans escape the lips of students as they lift their legs high into the air or arch their backs and touch their palms to the floor behind them. The studio’s instructors—all of whom are registered yoga teachers and many of whom have achieved 200-hour certifications in their chosen style—look on approvingly and illustrate subsequent poses with their own lithe bodies.
The above scene typifies the classes offered at Core Essence Yoga, a studio on the east side of town that caters to beginners and experienced yogis alike. Music diffuses throughout the semi-heated room during Slow Flow classes that introduce new students to the Vinyasa style with gentle movements and focused breathing techniques. Instructors crank up the thermostat for advanced Power Vinyasa classes, which establish stronger ties between breath and movement and experiment with challenging poses such as arm inversions and downward-facing octopuses. Muscles strained during these sweat-inducing sessions regain their vitality during relaxing Thai bodywork. An ancient form of bodywork that draws on the collected wisdom of 2,500 years, Thai bodywork balances the body’s energy channels, releases emotional blocks, and evaporates stresses.
1437 E Brady St.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202Get Directions