Best Yoga Studio 2014
Most of this city’s yoga studios purport to have created an engaged community, but at Loom Yoga Center you’ll know this is true before you set foot or forehead on a mat — just see the regulars chatting with each other and instructors as they strip off shoes and socks outside the cozy practice room. Chalk that up to the teachers, a confident group adept at creating a judgment-free environment via open-level vinyasa classes that accommodate all experience thresholds (and all comfort levels with spirituality within yoga practice, too — we have yet to be asked to chant). Beginners’ lessons here are helpful even to seasoned yogis looking to strengthen their foundations, and more advanced yogis will find their kin in intermediate sessions. The studio offers more than 30 classes per week, including meditation workshops and aerial Pilates. And once you’ve said your closing om, you can cross the hall for a massage.
Hands-on yoga instruction
Trade your usual sweaty, overcrowded Yoga to the People classes for intimate ones at this smaller, wood-floored studio, where group sessions are capped at 12 people. Not only will you get more individual attention from the instructors and ample room to stretch amid the potted plants, but your first hatha, vinyasa, Brazilian samba or belly-dancing session is $5 (after that, pay $10 per class). If you absolutely can’t get into downward dog unless you’ve paid what you wish, you can join Loom’s suggested-donation vinyasa flow classes on Saturdays at noon.
Dwelling in the present
Loom Yoga is located in a hip little mall with indoor entrances to not only the studio, but to shops selling skateboards, yarn, vintage clothing and coffee. I’d felt like I’d entered some wonderful alternate universe, and that if I lived upstairs in that building, I might never leave. The whole place smelled like cookies.
I felt like I could do a back flip
Additionally, the massage therapy room is dimly lit and nicely heated with world music playing in the background. Once the massage was over, I felt like I could easily do a back flip if I wanted to. (I didn’t want to, in case you’re curious.) I also felt really thirsty. “That’s because your body is getting rid of the toxins,” said Beret. She also recommended a run or a long hot shower, so that all the nasty toxins leave my body more easily. After the massage with Beret Kirkby, my body and mind felt cleansed and relaxed.
The Best Things To Do
Practice your asanas at Loom Yoga Center.