After forging a friendship during a yoga class for breast-cancer survivors, Kellie Moreland and Therese Blomberg joined with Michele Taylor to bring yoga’s restorative powers to their families and neighbors. Their signature class, Yoga Core and More, sculpts limbs, abs, and backs with a lineup of back bends, arm balances, and inverted poses. Ideal for seasoned yogis, this class raises the heart rate to burn calories and foster cardiovascular health. Sweltering temperatures draw students of all skill levels to hot yoga classes, loosening tight muscles and drawing out toxins as the group stretches between exposed-brick walls and wooden floors. Mom and Me'a classes, filled with songs, stories, and playful movements, help yogis aged 2–5 liberate the peace, joy, and Capture the Flag prisoners that lie within.
The expert instructors of The Body Mill Fitness and Yoga Studio lead students of all levels through challenging classes that range from intense boot-camp classes to calming gentle yoga. They use suspension training and kettlebells to help students build muscles, and teach them to develop core muscles during Pilates classes.
Yoga mats galore can be found at Uptown Yoga, where Waterloo locals work on their mind and body awareness.
Parking is plentiful, so visitors can feel free to bring their vehicles.
If you need to stretch your sore muscles, sign up for a yoga class at Uptown Yoga in Waterloo and enjoy some deep yoga stretching poses.
Above all else, Bikram Yoga emphasizes personal growth and development?not competition and comparison. That means newcomers are welcome to attend alongside experienced practitioners. Although the sessions at Bikram Yoga St. Louis may seem like a more physical challenge at first, the goal is for students to recognize and strengthen the connection that exists between the mind, body, and spirit. This progress does bolster physical fitness, but also creates a restorative and relaxing experience.
####What is class like?
Every 90-minute session consists of the exact same sequence of [two breathing exercises and 26 standing and seated asanas](http://yogastlouis.com/class-info/bikram-yoga-postures/). These physically demanding postures use deep bends and twists to work muscle groups and organ systems throughout the body, pushing oxygenated blood where it's needed most and building strength and stamina. If you're having trouble with any pose, that's no problem: the instructors can recommend slight modifications. For more advice, [visit the studio's website](http://yogastlouis.com/new-students/faq/).
####Why is the studio so hot?
The instructors heat the practice space to sweat-inducing levels for each class, increasing circulation and aiding in the release of toxins. In addition to loosening tight muscles?which allows students to sink deeper into each stretch?this heat also has profound mental benefits. The extra challenge encourages attendees to focus on each posture's alignment and orientation while learning how to accept the heat, concentrate on breathing, and practice a calmer mental state. After class, separate changing rooms with showers are available for those looking to refresh themselves.
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Equipment: Yoga mats and towels for rental
Students should bring: Bath towel and a yoga mat
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Average class length: 60–90 minutes
Number of Staff: 5–10 people
Class location: Indoors only
Pro Tip: Come with an open mind and no fear. We work with beginners every day.
Q&A with Jessica Rask, Owner
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
Our school is a warm, loving place with a great community.
We encourage students to get to know each other so they are more likely to come practice together. We also offer both 60- and 90-minute classes, so if a student can only find an hour in the day, he or she can still take a class. We love what we do, and that excitement often inspires our students.
Besides working out, what else can clients do to spend their time at your facility?
We are planning to open a juice bar in the fall, where we'll serve cold-pressed juice—the healthiest form of delivery for nutrients to your body.
The juice is never heated and no preservatives are used, ensuring the juice is the highest quality possible.
Do you run your gym according to a particular exercise philosophy?
We believe that every body can practice our yoga, whether injured or uninjured, sick or well, old or young.
There is no judgement from our staff or students about where you are when you begin.
There is always a place to start, and never a place to finish.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
Please contact us with questions if you have a specific injury. We can help no matter what.
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