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.
Pink House Studio
601 E. Wright St., (414) 372-3824
Offers yoga classes in children's, mother and child, beginner and advanced yoga. The Pink House Studio, located in Riverwest, also offers massage and dance classes. Check the website for current class schedules.
PJ's Yoga Shala
1826 E. Main St., Waukesha, (262) 524-9222
Located in the Heffernan Wellness Center, PJ's Yoga Shala offers yoga classes for beginning as well as advanced yoga students. Private yoga, yoga therapy as well as personal training and massage services are also available.
731 E. Locust St., (414) 961-2524
Riverwest Yogashala focuses on overall physical and mental well-being through the practice of Iyengar yoga. Wide variety of yoga classes geared toward students of all abilities and situations (including prenatal and postnatal sessions). Classes are offered mornings, afternoons and evenings.
Santosh Yoga LLC
7420 W. State St., Wauwatosa, (414) 774-YOGA
This studio offers classes both at their permenant location as well as temporary locations all over the city. Join Santosh Yoga for therapuetic retreats, workshops and classes.
305 W. Silver Spring Dr., (414) 963-1388
Solcare is a state-of-the-art chiropractic facility that offers a wide array of physical wellness classes, including Hatha and Vinyasa yoga and a pilates/yoga blend.
6428 W. North Ave., (414) 828-7555
Tosa Yoga is a warm and welcoming studio offering weekly classes in an integrative Hatha/Vinyasa style for a variety of levels. They also offer power yoga, yogilates, parent/child yoga, Thai massage, and belly dance and Zumba classes.
Several locations, (414) 224-9622 (Metropolitan Milwaukee main office)
With a variety of classes and immense flexibility in class schedules and fitness levels, the local YMCA is sure to provide everything necessary to get into the groove.
231 E. Buffalo St., Second Floor, (414) 224-1519
Yama Yoga is open 7 days a week and offers students a choice of classes ranging in four levels of difficulty. Vinyasa, Bikram, Hatha and basic yoga is all offered weekly. Drop-ins are welcome. Check the website for class descriptions and schedules.
3815 N. Brookfield Rd., Suite 101, (262) 781-8102
Yogasylum is the largest teaching faciltiy in Southeastern Wisconsin for the healing arts. Offering classes in everything from yoga to pilates to Tai Chi, Yogasylum is open seven days a week. Visit the website for more information.
2315 W. Good Hope Rd., (414) 559-5567
Class instructor, Erika Boos, focuses on relaxation and wellbeing at this Glendale studio. Yoga Fitness offers classes for all ages and all levels including children and seniors. Class schedules are available online or over the phone.
Yoga One Studio
W61N397 Washington Ave., Cedarburg, (262) 376-YOGA
6874 Santa Monica Blvd., Fox Point, (414) 352-YOGA
727 N. Milwaukee St., 2nd Floor, (414) 221-YOGA
Yoga One offers classes in Vinyasa, Hatha, Kundalini and Anasura inspired yoga styles. Classes are at three levels and run seven days a week. Yoga for kids is also offered throughout the year.
Yoga Society of Milwaukee
2410 N. Farwell Ave., (414) 273-1621
Get in touch with your spiritual side as you learn the ancient techniques of Himalayan yoga. Yoga Society hosts a myriad of classes and relaxation practices for all ability levels and schedules.
Yoga Space, LLC
207 E. Buffalo St., Suite 517, (414) 961-1787
Co-ed classes and ongoing classes for all levels allow Yoga Space to be the premier yoga center of the Historic Third Ward.
Yoga Ward, LLC
223 S. 2nd St., Suite 2N, (414) 477-0341
Yoga Ward is a bright and spacious new Walker's Point studio offering yoga at affordable prices taught by experienced and knowledgeable teachers.
Your Yoga Lifestyle Studio
1320 Warwick Way, Racine, (262) 880-4044
Located in the Racine Athletic Club, Your Yoga Lifestyle Studio offers yoga classes, workshops, and seminars. Lessons can be private or semi-private with Linda Messerschmidt, founder and director, who will focus on your specific physical and emotional goals.
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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