People who exercise in a heated room experience the same benefits as people who drink Tabasco to stay hydrated: they sweat more, and cramp less. Drink in a balmy workout with today's Groupon: for $59, you get one month of unlimited classes at Inner Fire Yoga (a $145 value).
Honored as one of Madison Magazine's Best Yoga Centers in 2009, Inner Fire Yoga earns acclaim by kindling students’ desires to de-stress in an eco-friendly studio staffed by experienced instructors. Running from the early morning on into the evening, seven days a week, a sprawling schedule of heated yoga classes allows pupils of all skill levels to blossom into slender yogis flexible enough to stowaway in carry-on guitar cases. Leisurely paced Introduction to Yoga sessions focus on explaining and demonstrating postures. Waves of heat limber up muscles so they can glide through Power Flow yoga's challenging sequences, which include Vinyasa flows and targeted core fortification. Uplifting music heralds the union of mind, body, and spirit during the intermediate class.
Students bring their own mats and towels to plop down on the green studio's sustainable, cork floors. When not on duty, Inner Fire Yoga's contortionists participate in such community endeavors as contributing to the American Red Cross and providing yogis holding chair poses for town officials to sit on.
Inner Fire Yoga
When the team at Inner Fire Yoga says they "care profoundly about the well-being of individuals and the greater community," that's not an empty sentiment. Since opening in 2002, they've raised over $83,000 for causes both near and far, from Domestic Abuse Intervention Services (DAIS) of Dane County to the relief effort for the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. They also sponsor a scholarship program that awards a three-month unlimited membership to a deserving nominee who otherwise couldn't afford it.
The latter effort speaks to Inner Fire Yoga's inclusiveness—most of their award-winning classes are open to students old and new, advanced or just beginning. Their compassionate staff are there to guide students on a smart yoga path. All of the classes are heated, some are gently warm, and some will dial up the cardio factor.
5003 University Ave.
Madison, Wisconsin 53705