Body, Mind, Spirit: Yoga
As the year begins to slow down after the heat and activity of summer,
let’s prepare to welcome the cool wondrous days of autumn.
Time to get centered and resume or start up a regular yoga routine.
Whether you’re a beginner, or just looking to improve your downward facing dog, check out some of the options available here in West Michigan. Namaste.
Hatha Yoga is a good choice for beginners. The most popular form of yoga in the West, Hatha uses breathing exercises (pranayama), physical poses (asanas) and meditation to achieve its rejuvenating results. Hatha classes are generally gentle, slow-paced and relaxing.
Lakeshore Yoga Center
Cascade Yoga Studio
5060 Cascade Rd., Ste. G.
Expressions of Grace: Yoga & Books
5270 Northland Drive NE
An Ashtanga yoga practice is intense and involves constant movement. A series of poses are repeated at a fast pace, and meditation is not an integral part of the routine. Also called Power Yoga. Since Ashtanga can be a physical challenge, it is not suited for beginners.
E. Grand Rapids
Seva Yoga Studio
2213 Wealthy, Ste. 220
Nurture...Therapeutic Massage & Yoga
246 S. River Ave., Ste. 41
The Studio Yoga & Pilates
933 52nd St. SE
Based on the premise that sweating cleanses the body of toxins and helps relieve pain, Bikram Yoga is practiced in a studio heated to approx. 105 degrees Fahrenheit. Sometimes known as Hot Yoga, a Bikram yoga routine is generally 90 minutes long and involves a set of 26 postures, as well as some breathing exercises. It is advisable to consult a physician before taking a Bikram class.
Smiling Lotus Yoga
101 E. Ludington Ave.
White River Yoga Studio
8724 Ferry St.
Like Ashtanga, Vinyasa is a flowing form of yoga involving movement that is similar to dance. But unlike Ashtanga, the series of movements in a Vinyasa routine can vary according to the student's needs. With a strong emphasis on flowing movement and breath control, Vinyasa is one of the more widely practiced forms of Yoga in the West.
Healing Harmony & Yoga Center/Hidden Pines
953 Seminole Rd.
Kripalu uses asanas, meditation and pranayama to heighten awareness of mind, body and spirit. Kripalu seeks to channel the flow of our natural inner energy (prana) in order to promote a more holistic life style. A Kripalu routine is gentle, and suited to all age and skill levels.
Dancing Feet Yoga Center
19135 West US Highway 12
Satya Yoga Center
(also known as Yoga with Michele)
3385 Blue Star Highway
Kundalini is a highly disciplined yoga technique that seeks to awaken our inner kundalini energy through poses, meditation, breathing, mantras, spiritual practices (sadhanas) and devotional prayer. Kundalini's rigorous spiritual exercises are designed to promote spiritual growth and physical well being. This is an intensive form of yoga and should not be undertaken lightly.
Third Coast Yoga Studio
A form of Hatha Yoga, Iyengar uses props such as blocks, straps, chairs and blankets to help maintain perfect physical alignment. Although props are now used in other forms of yoga, founder B.K.S. Iyengar was the first to include them in a yoga routine. Poses are held for extended periods of time in order to get the body aligned. Not as strenuous as Power Yoga, Iyengar does however built strength and flexibility. A good choice for those who are not physically fit.