Jan Long and Barb Oviatt, owners of The Mat in Liberty Lake, bring their own fitness specialties to the gym, which has won or been a finalist in the Spokane CityVoter Best of Spokane awards every year since 2012. Long specializes in Baptiste-style power yoga, an intensive practice that builds strength and flexibility. She offers modifications on her exercises, of course, and teaches plenty of classes that focus on gentle, restorative postures. Oviatt, on the other hand, brings 30 years of experience in taekwondo to the table, so it's no surprise that she teaches classes in kickboxing. She also focuses on health and nutrition, advising clients to only eat foods they can lift without any help.
Owner and instructor Ara Lyman's interest in practicing a dynamic mix of yoga styles shines through in the classes offered at Spokane Yoga Shala. Take for example Lyman's own "Sweat, Strengthen and Renew" class, which draws on Kundalini, Baptiste Vinyasa, and Bikram elements for those looking to hone their strength and stability.
Such diversity allows students the opportunity to try different classes based on their needs, a tenet Spokane Yoga Shala encourages. Whether for long-term growth or for a simple change in routine, the offerings are designed to accommodate all levels and age groups. Flanked with an online guide for yoga practice, classes such as "Foundations" teaches the basics for beginners while the "Mindful Body" session offers less intensive workouts for novices in their 40s and 50s. For those looking for a relaxed atmosphere, the therapy-oriented "Rejuvenate" incorporates movement and meditation. The "Hot Core 26" will bring about a cleansing sweat as students practice postures in a heated room. Each course is taught by an experienced instructor, among them, the original owner who handed over the reins to Lyman in 2015.
Though every class is heated at Yarrow Hot Yoga & Wellness Studio, you can still choose just how hot you like it. Baptiste yoga classes keep the room at 95 degrees for their flowing sequences, which stress upper-body work and invigorating cardio exercise. During Bikram-inspired classes, though, the heat rises to 105 degrees. The higher temperature helps to loosen muscles as students rehearse 26 poses and two breathing exercises, meant to progressively stretch each body part without forcing students to do the hokey-pokey in slow motion. Both class styles build flexibility, balance, and strength—as do the other services conducted by the multitalented staff.
These wellness offerings range from myofascial-release treatments to massages and physical therapy. Hands-on procedures are always customized, and vary when it comes to pressure; for example, craniosacral therapy entails light touch, whereas deep-tissue massage uses focused pressure to release tension.
Outside of its appointments, the studio's commitment to health reaches beyond the individual. Its boutique stocks apparel made from organic fabrics without the use of sweatshops, and its eco-friendly construction elements ensure a low impact on the earth.
Alison Rubin first discovered yoga when she moved across the world, leaving England behind for sunny Southern California in 1972. She fell, or steadily posed, head over heels for the ancient exercise form, eventually earning her teaching certification in 1984 when she moved to Spokane. Now, with 40 years and myriad certifications under her belt, she leads a dedicated troupe of instructors who teach Hatha-style classes within a cozy studio, winning Best Yoga Studio by The Pacific Northwest Inlander in 2009 and 2010.
They lead a lineup of classes that accommodate a spectrum of skill levels, ranging from newcomers to Twister world champions.
Training Ground Spokane is no fancy gym with shiny, complicated machines. But that's because they don't want to be. Instead, they're committed to a total-wellness approach to getting fit, which includes functional workouts, resistance training, and getting on the right track by eating right. Aiming to help their clients reach and maintain a healthy lifestyle, they lead small groups through workouts using dumbbells, medicine balls, and military-style drills to get the heart pumping and intimidate fat cells into submission.
Come to the mat and let your daily stresses go at St Joseph's Family Center in Spokane.
The doors are open for you at this studio with their people friendly restaurant and great, home-cooked food.
Take the kids along too — this studio is a great spot for families with activities that even little ones will love.
For a more intense workout, step into the hot yoga studio at St Joseph's Family Center.
Parking is plentiful, so guests can feel free to bring their vehicles.