I have never had a yoga studio to call home. I have wandered here and there, mainly using Groupon as my guide, and done most of my practicing at home. The past two months I have been fortunate enough to practice at Ekam Yoga, a studio in my neighborhood. It didn’t take long before I felt right at home at Ekam… and now, I have a yoga studio to call “home”.
From the moment you walk in the door, you feel welcome and a part of something good. The asanas, smiles, design and details – Ekam gets it all right.
Ekam offers a variety of classes – Vinyasa, Heated Flow, Iyengar, Restorative, Yoga Therapy, Yoga101, Yoga Therapy, Yoga for Recovery, Pilates/Sculpt and Power Sculpt. The classes range from 60 – 90 minutes, based on the type and level. Classes are offered 7 days a week. I aim to make it to three classes per week and am a regular at Stacy’s Vinyasa 2.0 class (Tuesday at 8:45am). The variety and talent of the instructors makes every class a uniquely wonderful experience.
The vibe is good. Really good. It starts with Alysa, the Director. She is kind, welcoming, encouraging, genuine and warm. It sets a tone for the entire Ekam experience. The instructors are personable – actually I yet to attend a class where the instructor hasn’t personally introduced her/himself to me. I love the personal vibe. Really, it makes me feel like I am a part of something bigger than myself… which we all are, even if we may not feel it.
My practice isn’t about the place or the design. I know. But, at the same time, practicing in a clean, well designed, good smelling place is wonderful. Ekam’s facilities include men’s and women’s locker rooms and showers. No need to bring a towel, Ekam provides both hand towels and bathtowels. Oh, then there are the cold eucalyptus towels, my favorite kind of towels. After each class, these heavenly towels are waiting for the students outside of the yoga room. I have been in a few classes where the instructor passes them out to students while they’re in savasana… talk about cherry-on-top amazing!
A few other tips:
- If you forget to bring your mat to class (of if you don’t have one to call your own), Ekam is kind enough to offer a loaner for free.
- On Wednesday afternoons, they have a class for kids (ages 6-12).
- Check out the class schedule here.
- Ekam is close enough that I can run there or ride my bike. Try it!