Four Things to Know About Down Under School of Yoga
Voted “Best Yoga Studio” by Boston Magazine readers in the publication’s “Best of Boston 2015” poll, Down Under School of Yoga sets itself apart in the increasingly commercial world of yoga with a down-to-earth approach that emphasizes mindfulness over materialism. Here are a few more things to know about this talked-about Beacon Street studio:
There’s a class for everyone. Room temperature or hot, flow or pose-based—Down Under School of Yoga has a wide range of classes on offer every week. Regular beginner’s courses introduce newcomers to new schools such as Iyengar and Ashtanga, while master-level classes help expert yogis and aspiring teachers fine-tune their already formidable skills.
They’ll teach you how to teach. The studio is home to five different training programs for aspiring teachers, including 200- and 300-hour Vinyasa teacher trainings.
The instructors are widely acclaimed.
Yoga Journal called studio director Patricia Walden "one of the most accomplished yoga practitioners in America today.” Other instructors with national recognition include Natasha Rizopoulos and Barbara Benagh—both contributors to Yoga Journal and hosts of DVD yoga programs.
You can bring your kids. A separate curriculum designed specifically for children introduces youngsters to basic yoga concepts. Separate classes are available for pre-school through high-school aged kids.
The instructors at The Body Center don't view Pilates as a simple exercise trend—instead, they conduct classes as interactive seminars on human anatomy. They teach clients how to train certain muscle groups by identifying and coaxing them through specific movement patterns designed to increase strength and flexibility at the same time. Ultimately, they try to instill in their students an enhanced sense of bodily awareness, one that informs walks down the street just as much as it does stretches on the mat.
Because physiques differ depending on build, lifestyle, and how often they were pinched as babies, The Body Center's curriculum is appropriately broad. Class themes range from Reformer and mat Pilates to SCALES and BOSU Core fitness. Beginners derive comfort from the company of other trainees, while intermediate and advanced classes pursue communal challenges. Specialized lessons can focus on specific body parts, sports performance, or the use of props, and modifications throughout every course cater to individual fitness levels.
The staff keeps classes small in the interest of personalization. Mat classes accept up to 10 students, and Reformer classes won't admit more than 6. Private and duet sessions allow for even more focused attention, as instructors won't be distracted by the loud popping of several emerging six-packs.
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Baron Baptiste's signature brand of yoga has transformed lives. It has optimized the performance of the Philadelphia Eagles and empowered impoverished youth in Nairobi. It has lifted the spirits of war veterans and counseled gang members in Los Angeles. On a day-to-day basis, it has improved the physical health and mental acuity of Bostonians, who can practice the discipline under the tutelage of Baron Baptiste himself.
At his eponymous studios in Brookline and Cambridge, Baptiste joins a team of instructors who promulgate his teachings through classes, teacher-training programs, and workshops. Classes take place in 90-degree studios that boost detoxification and flexibility. In addition to fitness-centric classes, the studio offers guided meditation classes that establish the focus and clarity of mind required to read the entire Gutenberg Bible while riding a rollercoaster.
Since ancient times, Thai students, fighters, and artists have performed the wai kru ritual to honor the teachers who make their study possible. Composed of everyone from Navy boxers to championship jujitsu fighters, the staff of martial-arts instructors at Wai Kru gym knows the value of experience. Kru John, for instance, has traveled to Japan, Brazil, and Thailand to hone his muay thai kickboxing expertise, attending more than 20 training camps throughout Asia and earning a certification from the Thai government.
Training guests as diverse as beginning boxers and professional MMA fighters, Wai Kru bolsters training regimens with cardio machines, weights, and open mat space. The gym also sports a boxing ring and a 24-foot octagon, so shaped to avoid having to vacuum peanut shells from a 90-degree corner.
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