Here’s your guide to the Haute 5 yoga studios in the Valley, whether you’re in search of an athletic-minded community, teacher certification, a body-changing challenge, or a way to relax and de-clutter your mind. Namaste.
Particularly popular for its “Worksite Yoga” program, in which the yogis lead employees through routines in the comfort of their own workplaces, Zenergy Yoga was founded by owner Ali Kamen, a public health professional with more than 15 years of wellness experience. Located inside AZ On The Rocks, Zenergy focuses on building a strong sense of community among its regulars, and the studio specializes in intro and flow yoga, offering classes in intro yoga, basic flow, dynamic flow, yin, pre- and post-natal, baby and me yoga, yoga for kids, teen yoga, partner yoga, or family yoga. Throughout the year, the studio holds retreats and workshops for those who want to focus more intensely on their practice. And Zenergy frequently offers specials on class packages and even free intro classes, held both at the studio and at various locations around Scottsdale. Currently, free basic classes are being held at CityNorth every other Friday, with the next scheduled for June 4. Visit the studio’s site for details regarding pricing and schedules.
Zenergy Yoga is located at 16447 N. 91st Street, Suite 105, in Scottsdale (480) 628-1453
At One Yoga
With three locations across the Valley, At One Yoga is able to provide students with more than 80 classes each week in their modern and relaxing studios. If you’re looking for variety in your routine, this is the right place. Here you’ll find classes in basic yoga, power yoga, deep stretch, ashtanga, flow, yoga for kids, hot yoga, prenatal, mysore, yin, restorative, mommy and me, and even mat pilates, tai chi, flow by candlelight, and yoga for strong backs. And for those ready to take their practice to the next level, At One offers teaching certification programs at the 200-hour level. The studio has several interesting workshops coming up for the month of June, including the “Life Cycle of a Goddess,” to be led by naturopathic physician Dr. Sandra Olic, who will shed light on the health issues of women of all ages, from childhood into adulthood. Visit the studio’s site for details regarding pricing and schedules.
At One Yoga has studios in Scottsdale, Phoenix, and Montelucia Resort
Bikram Yoga Institute
If you want to be, or are already, a fan of the yoga phenom that has people all over the world sweating it out in a heated room for 90 minutes, the Bikram Yoga Institute is one of the best places in the Valley to experience this challenging workout. Owned and directed by Andrew Griego, the studio in Scottsdale leads students through the 26 postures created by the founder of the method, Bikram Choudury, in a practice that, according to the Institute, is meant to work “every muscle, bone, joint, ligament, tendon, gland and organ in the body.” But don’t be intimidated; the instructors here are equally experienced in instructing newbies as they are individuals who have been practicing for years. So grab your mat and water and sweat it out. You’ll find showers conveniently located on the premises, separated for men and women. Visit the studio’s site for details regarding pricing and schedules.
Bikram Yoga Institute is located at 7620 E. Indian School Road, Suite 115, in Scottsdale (480) 946-2116
If you’re looking to incorporate yoga into your daily routine as part of a greater change in lifestyle, you might want to consider checking into Urban Yoga. Located in a beautiful high-rise condo development, the very zen Urban has all the qualities and ambiance of both a yoga studio and a healing and wellness center. In addition to instruction in meditations and many forms of flow yoga, including power flow, Urban also offers services in reflexology and shiatsu, life coaching and hypnotherapy, reiki, acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine, and aesthetician and massage services. There are also lockers, showers, and even a sizable boutique with fitness products. The studio’s calendar is filled to the brim with upcoming events. On June 13 at 10:30 a.m., an Urban instructor will hold a free community yoga class at Lululemon Athletica at Biltmore Fashion Park, and rumor has it there will be prizes given away. Visit the studio’s site for details regarding pricing and schedules.
Urban Yoga is located at 3225 North Central Avenue in Phoenix (602) 277-9642
Something of a yoga studio-spa hybrid, Yoga Pura was founded by Eric Walrabenstein, a student of yoga and Eastern philosophies. The studio is committed to helping students along a journey of self-discovery to happier living. They offer classes at intro, basic, and intermediate levels, as well as power yoga, yin, and even Amrit yoga teacher training classes. The adjoined Purity Boutique carries educational products and gifts, and the therapy area of Pura can provide such services as lymphatic, therapeutic, deep tissue, and maternity massage, plus acupuncture, reflexology, and Thai yoga. In June, children’s yoga camps begin, and the studio will also host a karma yoga workshop. Visit the studio’s site for details regarding pricing and schedules.
Yoga Pura is located at 15440 N. Seventh Street, Suite 1, in Phoenix (602) 843-7872