Professional bobsled teams shave seconds off their times by breathing in unison and leveraging flexibility during turns. Master the techniques necessary to defeat hardened gangs of bobsled criminals with today's deal: for $29, you get a five-class pass at Kaivalya Yoga (a $59 value), located on the UW campus in the heart of downtown.
A coed-friendly studio, Kaivalya Yoga tones and aligns student bodies through Vinyasa-style—"breath synchronized movement"—yoga. During more than 30 weekly classes of eight different styles, students flow through pose after pose, generating prana—or energy—while the studio heat cleanses the body and brain of toxins, focal frustrations, and fears related to leaky Stretch Armstrongs. In the studio’s peaceful setting, nearly all gatherings take place with the thermostat dialed to a balmy, beginner-friendly 80 degrees—students who enjoy detoxifying challenges can sweat and stretch through the Bikram-style 90-Degree Flow class.
First time yogis and veteran sit-and-reach stars alike can follow along to the rhythmic cadence of Kaivalya Yoga's enthusiastic instructors, many of whom remain active in the UW community. In addition to teaching and rewriting fate on a daily basis, owners Tim and Dave produce their own clothing line, Mad Yogi, which, along with various other items, is available for sale in the on-site boutique.
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The instructors at Kaivalya Yoga believe that, like yoga practitioners themselves, the rules of yoga should be highly flexible. They pioneer fresh approaches to Vinyasa techniques inside their University Square studio with the aim of inducing kaivalya—a state of freeing personal enlightenment. Heated and nonheated classes cover fluid posture transitions that synchronize breath with stretching rather than having students take one long breathing break halfway through class. Each session aims to eradicate the body's toxins and boost mental clarity, whether students are attending a free beginners workshop or hefting small weights during Power Sculpt.
Many of the teaching staff joined the yoga movement to combat physical ailments, such as slipped disks or chronic migraines, and now they deepen their practice through Kaivalya's inventive curriculum. They inject posing sequences with pieces of individual flair—Hally Marlino's classes embrace freestyle Vinyasa set to music, and director of teacher training Alex Pfeiffer leads groups through spiritually focused, dance-like routines. Certified massage therapists are also on hand to work muscles into an even noodlier state with Swedish, deep-tissue, and sports modalities.
Kaivalya Yoga's central location is no accident. Owners Dave and Tim met at the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1998 and maintain ties with the school as an employee and a graduate student, respectively. They've engineered their venue and schedule to suit the student population: classes provide a meditative escape close to home, scheduling never interferes with Wisconsin Badgers games, and the boutique carries chic headbands, T-shirts, and hoodies from their exclusive Mad Yogi clothing line, ideal for moving from dorm to dining hall to yoga studio in comfort.
773 University Ave.
Madison, Wisconsin 53715Get Directions