A guide to yoga studios
Note: The contents of this guide were checked for accuracy when this article was updated on Jan. 24, 2010 at 11:02 a.m. We continually update the thousands of articles on OnMilwaukee.com, but it's possible some details, specials and offers may have changed. As always, we recommend you call first if you have specific questions for the businesses mentioned in the guide.
It can take a miracle to drag ourselves away from the couch. An easy way to slip back into an active routine is with yoga. Yoga is one of the fastest growing relaxation and flexibility techniques that develop strength of body as well as mind, and is doable at any fitness level. Check out some of Milwaukee's yoga hotspots:
Art and Soul Gallery
5708 W. Vliet St., (414) 774-4185
Doubling as an art gallery and yoga studio, Art and Soul offers a variety of yoga and Pilates classes, as well as several yoga spa days. Call for times and schedule.
Bikram Yoga Milwaukee
2084 N. Commerce St., (414) 264-9642
In 2009 Bron Gacki opened Wisconsin's first studio dedicated completely to bikram yoga, which is a form of Hatha yoga (what we know as physical yoga) done in a room heated to 105 degrees with 40 percent humidity. The instructor guides you through 26 stretching postures and breathing exercises while you bend, contort and sweat -- a lot.
1502 Underwood Ave., Wauwatosa, (414) 259-8150
Yoga instructor and massage therapist Mark Sternig offers yoga classes in a blend of styles and techniques. Classes focus on the individual's journey and quality of experience. Classes are offered weekly.
807 N. Jefferson St., Milwaukee, (414) 229-8219
1177 Quail Court, Suite 200, Pewaukee, (262) 695-3057
With two metropolitan locations, this full service fitness resource offers physical therapy, personal training, massage and yoga. They focus on a whole-body approach to individual physical wellness.
Center for Yoga
7810 Harwood Ave., Wauwatosa, (414) 476-1718
The Center for Yoga in Wauwatosa has served the yoga and meditation needs of the Milwaukee area for 30 years. With flexible classes and accredited staff, the Center for Yoga is a Milwaukee favorite.
241 N. Broadway, (414) 277-7712
An innovative wellness studio specializing in classical Pilates, yoga, nutrition consultation, physical therapy and massage therapy. Yoga classes are a mix of Iyengar, Vinyasa, Anusara and Hatha.
Core Essence Yoga
1437 E. Brady St., (414) 277-7020
Focusing on unity of breath, spirit, and body, Core Essence offers varied classes like Power Vinyasa and Follow the Yogi in heated rooms to increase strength and flexibility. See the website for class schedule and details.
FYB (Feel Your Best)
10936 N. Port Washington Rd., Mequon, (262) 241-8796
This yoga training facility offers classes in a blend of yoga styles and techniques. Check the Web site for class schedules as well as training and certification workshops.
9207 W. Center St., Wauwatosa, (414) 303-4411
Offers weekly classes in Vinyasa yoga, pilates, tai chi and music instruction. This studio has weekly events and specials so check the website for updated information.
Health and Power Yoga Studio
321 N. Broadway, (414) 334-1023
Owned and operated by Stan Kononov, yoga instructor and massage therapist, Health and Power Yoga Studio seeks to restore personal wellness and strength through the practice of Hatha yoga. Class sizes are kept small for increased individual attention. See website for schedule and details.
2328 N. Holton Ave., (414) 372-1507
Join instructor, Theresa Reed in this small studio for weekly classes in Hatha yoga and stress relief. Inner Divinity focuses on the wellbeing of the student and specializes in accomodating all levels of fitness and comfort.
2060 N Humboldt Ave., (414) 265-5606
Invivo offers various levels and styles of yoga classes including Hatha, Vinyassa Flow, Sun Salutations and Prenatal Yoga. Other classes offered are Pilates, Circuit Club and seasonal classes such as Outdoor Action and Yin-Yang on the Roof.
Milwaukee Yoga Center
3805 & 3514 N. Oakland Ave., (414) 332-3551
Run by certified Iyengar instructors with two fully equipped studios. Classes range from Introductory to Advanced, with a variety of specialty classes as well as workshops with nationally-acclaimed yoga instructors. Contact for more information.
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I have two children and I did yoga throughout my entire pregnancy for both of them. During my first pregnancy I was new to the Milwaukee area and really didn't have a set yoga studio that I always went to so I just tried to modify the poses in the regular yoga classes that I took around town. For my second pregnancy I was so happy when I found out that INVIVO taught Pregnancy Yoga. I could definitely tell a difference between my two pregnancies and the little bit extra that I paid was definitely worth it. Infact, I now realize that during my first pregnancy when I trying to modify poses I was actually putting myself in danger because there are so many more risks than I thought. You can defiantly tell that Maria and Nicole (prenatal yoga teachers) have an additional certification to teach pregnancy yoga. I also had a prenatal message at Invivo from Hannah which I highly recommend.
We offer several prenatal yoga classes at Invivo www.invivofitness.com . Classes are held on Tuesday at 10am, Thursday at 6:30pm and Sunday at noon. I teach on Thursdays and Maria teaches the other classes. Both of us have additional specialty training in prenatal yoga. Both of us are also moms. There are multiple precautions in yoga for pregnancy and most standard yoga teacher trainings offer just a few hours on the topic. Although some instructors take the time to study this topic further, most have just a general idea of what can be done. A prenatal class specifically addresses childbirth preparation and you gain a sense of community with the other class members. You also don't have to feel shy about your changing body. We laugh a lot in my class.
Taraann, In my experience, a skilled instructor will be able to offer you specific instruction to your current state (pregnancy, injury, etc.) in a regular yoga class. They will also advice you on alternative poses in class if there are ones you shouldn't be performing. Yama Yoga was great for this, I just took a class that fit my skill level and the instructors advised me as we went along.
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