We love the changing seasons (that’s a requirement living in Michigan, right?), but nothing beats  a beautiful summer day. And what makes summer even better – you guessed it – outdoor yoga. In this neck of the woods, it’s a real gift to get outdoors and practice yoga with friends. Fresh air and mindfulness works wonders on the soul, and here are the top outdoor yoga classes happening this summer in Grand Rapids. Add them to your calendar and start unrolling that new yoga mat – here we go!

Yoga on the Green with MVP

Dates: Every Wednesday Evening from June 13th – August 15th

Cost: Free

Location: MVP Athletic Club, Crahen (115 Crahen Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525

Well, this is the best thing ever. Join MVP every Wednesday evening this summer for a free outdoor yoga class open to the public at MVP Athletic Club, from 7-8pm. Participants must be 12 years of age or older. No pre-registration required, just show up!

BYOM (Bring your own mat.)

Yoga at Meijer Gardens with Dean Jeffery

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Dates: June 19th, July 24th, August 21st, and September 15th

Cost: $7.00 per session for members, $17.00 for non-members

Location: Fredrick Meijer Sculpture Park

Meet up with friends at Fredrick Meijer Gardens for a refreshing and meditative session of yoga with well-known instructor, Dean Jeffery. Each class will feature a different outdoor location at Meijer Gardens including Michigan’s Farm Garden, The Sculpture Park, and the Japanese Garden. Open to all levels and ages, bring a yoga mat and get ready for some fun! Pre-register online here.

Free Outdoor Yoga Series with Grand Rapids Parks & Downtown GR Inc.

Dates: Throughout the summer

Cost: Free

Locations: Across the city!

Grand Rapids Parks and Downtown GR Inc. are teaming up to offer a free outdoor yoga series at participating parks below. Find the nearest location to you and join in!

Heartside Park – Wednesdays, 12:15 – 1:00 pm, throughout the summer

Look Out Park – Thursdays, 7:00 – 7:45 pm, throughout the summer

Grand Central Station – Thursdays, 5:00 pm – 6:15 pm, throughout the summer

6th Street Park – Mondays, 12:15 – 1:00 pm, throughout the summer

Blue Bridge – Wednesdays, 5:30pm – 6:15pm, throughout the summer

Funky Buddha Yoga Summer Series

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Dates: Sundays, June 3rd – August 26th

Cost: Free

Two locations: Centennial Park in Holland (5:30-6:30) and Wilcox Park in Eastown (6:30-7:30)

Come join fellow yogis and Funky Buddha aficionados every Sunday in Holland or Grand Rapids for some power flow and fun! All classes are free to attend and are taught by Funky Buddha’s excellent staff and trainees. All ages are welcomes (family friendly!) and no pre-registration is required. Get the whole family outdoors to stretch, sweat, and breathe.

AM Yoga Summer Series at Donkey

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Dates: One class per month starting 6/10/18

Cost: Donation based

Location: Donkey Taqueria (665 Wealthy St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Start summer right with AM Yoga and Donkey Taqueria. They are here to show you that yoga and tacos make for the perfect combination. Offering one class a month (starting June 10th at 8:30 am) AM Yoga is offering a donation-based yoga sweat session on the patio of Donkey. Bring a towel, mat, water bottle, and a friend! They are kicking it up a notch this year with raffles for Donkey and AM Yoga swag at each session – see you there.

Waterfront Yoga at Reed’s Lake with Seva Yoga

Dates: Thursdays throughout the summer (9:00 – 10:00 am)

Cost: Regular class rates for Mind Body apply

Location: John Collins Park on Reed’s Lake

Join Melissa from Seva Yoga for awesome outdoor morning flow sessions at John Collins park every Thursday morning throughout the summer. Pre-register with Seva and sign up early – only 15 people can attend each class!

Yoga at Fulton Street Farmer’s Market

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Dates: Every Tuesday at 10:00 am throughout the summer

Cost: Donation based

Location: Fulton Street Farmer’s Market

Have your veggies and yoga too! Fulton Street Farmer’s Market is offering donation-based yoga classes on the Market plaza all summer long. These sessions are suitable for all levels and take place every Tuesday at 10:00 am starting June 5 and ending August 28. There are a number of different local yoga studios and teachers donating their time to lead these sessions, so you’ll get to experience a fun variety of yoga styles and instruction!

Yoga Flow & Trail Run at Robinettes

Date: Saturday, June 23rd 9:30 am – 11:00 am

Cost: $15

Location: Robinettes

Create the perfect marriage of yoga and trail running! Join Yoga Fever for a 40 minute all levels yoga flow followed by a 2-mile trail run at Robinettes. The yoga class will be on the front lawn of the apple orchard, bring your yoga mat and your best running pal to join in the combo fun!

Yoga in the Park with Yoga Blue Studio

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Dates: Tuesday’s at 7:15 pm

Cost: Donation-based

Location: Heritage Park (4264 Canal Ave. SW, Grandville, MI)

Join Grandville stretch staple, Yoga Blue Studio, for an awesome outdoor yoga session at Heritage Park every Tuesday throughout the summer. Bring your family, friends, your mat and a water bottle. There’s no cost associated, but donations are accepted.

Did we miss an outdoor yoga event you’re looking forward to? Please tell us about it by commenting below!

 

Join the Green Wagon Farm CSA today & enjoy local, organic veggies of your choice from June to October!

Green Wagon Farm grows eighteen acres of organic vegetables and herbs in Ada. They sell their produce directly to the community at Fulton St. Farmer’s Market and through a membership program. A verdant patchwork of humble lessons and grand visions as well as a collection of friends, Green Wagon farmers plant and harvest and eat together year-round—a crew of farmers turned family. Their vegetables are rooted in love for the work itself and in a shared passion for feeding their community.

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Green Wagon Farm is a family farm, foremost. Farm owners Chad and Heather and young children Olive and Simeon live on the farm; Chad and Heather share the role of head farmer, managing a field manager, harvest manager, and crew of farmhands. Chad is the farm visionary and Heather is a chef and market master–managing customers and making the Green Wagon Farm display look just right.

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Green Wagon Farm is certified organic, with a commitment to biodiversity and fair wages. They provide training opportunities, free breakfast, and lunch to employees every weekday.

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Green Wagon grows year-round. With six hoophouses and a root-cellar, the farm can grow vegetables all year and store fall crops until summer. This is done with minimal heating, harnessing the winter sun to grow hardy greens and roots all winter.

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Green Wagon grows with beauty and health in mind. Green Wagon sells their produce locally, transporting their crops only short distances. This ensures the veggies are fresh and nutrient-rich when they are purchased. They grow over sixty different kinds of veggies and experiment with different seed varieties each season.

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Green Wagon Farm is rooted in community. They are supported by a growing number of members, who subscribe to produce for the summer, or year-round. This is referred to as CSA–or “Community Supported Agriculture.” In exchange for an upfront commitment, customers receive shares or organic veggies throughout the season, choosing from 15-20 different crops at pickup. The farm also hosts Dinners in the Field, working with local chefs to celebrate seasonal eating in a series of farm-dinners.

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Connect with Green Wagon Farm on Facebook or Instagram or visit their website to learn more about their CSA Farm Share Program or Dinner in the Field Series! You can also visit them at their Fulton St Market farmstand on Saturdays year-round.

Join the Green Wagon Farm CSA today & enjoy local, organic veggies of your choice from June to October!

Spring has sprung ya’ll! Blow the dust off those running shoes and line up your favorite playlist because it’s time hit up some scenic running spots in Grand Rapids. Whether you’re in the mood to pound the pavement or explore a new West Michigan trail, we’ve got you covered. Here’s our list of top 10 scenic spots that keep us fit, recharged, and coming back for more!

Reeds Lake

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How could we not kick off our list with Reeds? It’s a must. Head over to East Grand Rapids to enjoy this incredibly scenic 4 mile run around gorgeous Reeds Lake. A total runner’s hub, you’ll also encounter power walkers, those out for a Sunday stroll, and lots and lots of dogs. There’s a paved trail around the entire lake with well-marked pedestrian signs so you won’t get turned around. Enjoy the super cute cityscape, drool over the amazing home architecture, and feel a refreshing breeze coming across the lake. This place has it all.

Riverside Park

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Riverside Park, we love you. Located on the West Side, Riverside is classified as the largest urban park in the Grand Rapids parks system. This awesome green space has an abundance of paved pathways, perfect for an evening run. It’s also flat (for those who hate hills as much as we do) and situated along the Grand River. Fun fact: this is longest river in the state of Michigan! Along the way you will run into walkers, bikers, and probably a few disc golf enthusiasts here and there. Pack some treats for a post-run picnic; it’s easy to spend the day there.

White Pine Trail

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This one is a doozy. Recently renamed the “Fred Meijer White Pine Trail State Park” thanks to a generous donation, it’s a rail trail that extends from Ann Street in Grand Rapids (Riverside Park) to Cadillac (92 miles) and lies on the path graded for the Grand Rapids and Indiana Railroad. The paved section you would most likely frequent in Grand Rapids is a 22 mile stretch between Comstock Park and Sand Lake. The entire trail passes through 15 Michigan cities. It’s a great escape from busy roads and distracted drivers. GR tip: use this trail for a cross training bike day, you will love it!

Provin Trails

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This little gem of a trail run is tucked away off 4 Mile Rd between Dean Lake Ave and the East Beltline. A real reprieve from city living, enjoy many interconnected loops of natural-surfaced, sandy colored trails in a heavily wooded forest. Find some serious nature here and gear up for inclines, declines, roots, and of course, relaxation.

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Once the site of a Native American village, this fun, foot-trafficked park located in the heart of downtown GR draws tourists and locals alike. Start your run here and dive head first into side streets and cityscapes or run along the beautiful Grand River. The possibilities are endless.

John Ball Zoo – Kent Trails

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A fun family space, this is also where the Grand Rapids Running Club meets for many of their coordinated group events! From this starting point, it’s a cinch to jump onto the Kent Trail System, a 15 mile rail trail in Kent County that is part of a network of trails in and around Grand Rapids. It stretches from John Ball Park and Millennium Park all the way to Byron Center. If you’re looking for a scenic space with lots of options that isn’t too far away, you struck gold.

Millennium Park

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This awesome Grand Rapids staple is part of the Fred Meijer Millennium Trail Network, offering 12 different trail options and running routes ranging from 0.3 to 4.1 miles. Some are paved shoreline trails while others offer a more natural surface, this a great place to run un-abandoned, without a plan, and without getting lost. Bring your swimsuit along for the ride and cool off at the Millennium beach after you get your sweat on.

Roselle Park

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A hop, skip and a jump away from Grand Rapids, Roselle Park is part of the Ada Park System and is comprised of 240 acres of natural preserve. The main trail is paved (2.5 miles) and features an overlook and canoe landing on the Grand River. There’s also a fun silo climbing wall, natural streams and many well marked trailheads to explore and enjoy.

Cascade Peace Park

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Looking for quick, non-paved trails that are easier on the joints? Then Cascade Peace Park is a great option! Weave your way through 8 trails that interconnect so you can easily find your way back. The main trail is 1.6 miles and you can find the trailhead on either Grand River or Bolt Dr.

Egypt Valley Trails

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Not only can you hit up this  7.1 mile trail for a breath taking run, but it’s also phenomenal for hiking and biking.  Egypt Valley Trails are located near near Ada and feature beautiful wild flowers, wooded terrain, and minimal traffic. They’re accessible year-round and you’ll see numerous activities along the loop. Dogs are allowed but must be kept on leash.

What’s your favorite running spot in Grand Rapids? Please comment and add the list below, we’d love to hear from you.

Now stop reading and start running!

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Better than a barre studio and more than a yoga lounge, Alkalign Studios in Ada presents an invigorating fitness approach that focuses on the whole body and self-improvement from the inside-out. How? It’s called functional fitness, and it can help you find a dynamic life balance, grounded in strength and serenity.

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Functional fitness emphasizes core stability while preparing your body for daily activities. By incorporating balance and coordination with strength and flexibility, Alkalign helps participants train for life.

Alkalign offers holistic classes that focus on strength, alignment, cardio, and nutrition training. In each class, elements of barre, yoga, Pilates, and even physical therapy are integrated in a way that feels completely fresh.

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The instructors at Alkalign strive to educate, empower, and inspire people to be a better version of themselves. Their classes are mindfully presented with hands-on instruction and a focus on physical function.

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Each class at Alkalign incorporates 7 functional movements: squat, lunge, hinge, push, pull, rotate, and walk. To properly exert these movements, the body requires strength development, flexibility, mobility, and balance. Alkalign builds upon the foundation of these areas with the repetition of functional movement, so clients walk away from each class noticing immediate results.

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What you practice at Alkalign translates to life. Whether it’s a sport, hobby, or mastering daily tasks that were always rooted in pain, Alakalign instructors work to break that pattern, while helping you live a healthier, happier life!

June Special!

Interested in trying Alkalign for yourself? This awesome studio is offering an incredible deal for the month of June. Sign up for unlimited classes for just $79!  Just click the following link and sign up for your first class. Alkalign now, thank yourself later!

Get unlimited classes in June for $79!

Recently voted best salads in GR by Grand Rapids Magazine, we are thrilled to share more about Bliss & Vinegar located in Ada. Chef Mark McNamara and his wife Jennifer, also the owners of Marco New American Bistro, were inspired to open a restaurant that would allow customers to make healthy choices. Over time, they noticed a clientele interested in getting meals to go or a quick lunch. Mark soon realized that Grand Rapids lacked restaurants that offered both fast service and a variety of healthy menu items. With a desire to make healthy food more convenient, Bliss & Vinegar was born.

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The name Bliss & Vinegar comes from the meaning behind each word. Bliss represents the feeling of eating well. When we eat food that is minimally processed, satiating, and nourishing, our bodies feel blissful and thankful. Vinegar represents the tangy flavor that compliments so many foods. Vinegar pairs well with fresh produce and provides even more delicious flavor.

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Bliss & Vinegar has over 60 delicious toppings to choose from and they offer their own house-made dressings. These dressings are all-natural and preservative free. Gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan options are also readily available. Their produce is locally sourced through Farm Link, which connects restaurants to 20-30 local farms. Bliss & Vinegar uses only naturally raised beef and chicken that are free from hormones and antibiotics. To top it off, all their materials are recyclable. Talk about sustainability!

There is something for everyone on the menu. The Bowls of Warm Bliss are hearty and delicious and perfect heading into Fall and Winter. Each bowl has a base of warm quinoa with protein, vegetables, and house-made dressing. There’s even a BMB (Big Meat Bowl) that’s filled with grilled steak, herb roasted chicken, and bacon served over quinoa with red pepper, avocado, and a Greek yogurt ranch.

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Some of the most popular menu items include the Michigan Cobb, which is made with romaine lettuce, herb roasted chicken, tomato, onion, Michigan dried cherries, bacon, egg, and gorgonzola vinaigrette. Another favorite is the Black Bean and Sweet Potato Chili, which is also vegan and gluten-free. Jennifer states that the chili is even a hit with their children. Bliss & Vinegar also allows customers to create their own salad, bowl, or wrap. This can be very helpful to those that may have food allergies or intolerances. Catering options are also available, which is perfect for local businesses that want a healthy lunch option for the office.

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In addition to providing quick and healthy meals, Bliss & Vinegar is helping to create an environment of support and accountability. Last year they offered a “Bliss This!” Salad Challenge which offered helpful tips and recipes on how to create a different salad each day. Currently, they’re running a 30-day Healthy Challenge; the participants encourage each other to establish healthier habits that range from eating well to physical activity. Jennifer hopes to offer these groups more frequently and grow participation. Guests can also join their Newsletter service for more health-related tips.

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Bliss & Vinegar is community focused. They’ve partnered with local wellness sites, such as Pure Barre and Orange Theory Fitness. Every six weeks, customers are treated to a new local artist’s artwork through a partnership with Grand Valley Artists Association. The featured art displayed throughout the restaurants helps create a calming atmosphere.

“What we want to promote is that there are a lot of healthy options out there–we just have to help people switch it up and make it more exciting. Healthy food does not have to be boring food.” –Jennifer McNamara

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Bliss & Vinegar is ideal for anyone seeking a healthful, tasty meal. It’s great for a sit-down lunch or an easy dinner to pick up on the way home. The wide range of available produce, protein, and dressings, accommodates any type of diet. They also go beyond food by creating relationships with local fitness groups and by helping guests create healthier habits with wellness groups and challenges.

Bliss & Vinegar is located at 888 Forest Hill Ave SE Grand Rapids, MI 49546. Visit their website to learn more and to check out all of their menu items!

Jenn Fillenworth is a local blogger and creator of Jenny with the Good Eats. She is a Registered Dietitian, Culinary Student, and Master’s Candidate. Jenn has made appearances on WZZM 13 and Fox 17, promoting healthy eating and wellness to Greater Grand Rapids. In her free time, she loves to travel and explore new foods. For more recipes & healthy inspiration, follow her on Instagram: jennywiththegoodeats

When Monday night rolls around, I’m always psyched to cruise over to CKO Kickboxing, where I get to sweat, glow, and challenge myself with every kick and punch!  There’s nothing better than a motivating trainer, hype music, and punching some bags to lift me out of the Monday funk.

Over the past few months, I’ve been taking classes at CKO Kickboxing and I’m officially addicted to the heart pumping cardio, combat moves, and intensity of the class. The best part!? IT’S FUN! There’s never a dull moment with the constant push to amp your fitness and lively atmosphere.  During my first class, I definitely felt intimidated, but as soon as the instructor cranked the music and got the momentum going, I found my groove and quickly caught on.  Though it takes time and commitment to truly learn the techniques, push yourself to new limits, and build strength, here are a few reasons why I absolutely LOVE kickboxing and why you should give it a shot!

It’s a Huge Stress Relief

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If you have any pent-up stress or aggression, kickboxing is an AWESOME outlet. Instead of internalizing a stressful event or bad day at work, take it out on the bag–or put a face on it and punch your least favorite person into oblivion. There’s extreme satisfaction that comes with hitting the bag a little harder each time or launching it further after a few powerful kicks. After just 30 minutes of class, my adrenaline and anxiety significantly subside. I feel more empowered, confident, and relish in the afterglow of the much-needed endorphin and serotonin boost.

Build Physical Strength & Endurance

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In addition to the mental benefits, kickboxing engages all of the muscle groups in your body through high-intensity training.  The martial art techniques combined with bursts of explosive energy can burn up to 750 calories an hour. At CKO, the trainer breaks down each technique in preparation for several combos which typically include jabs, uppercuts, roundhouses, sidekicks, and backhands.  Toward the end of class, we finish off with squats, sprints, and intense ab work. PHEW! I’m always a sweaty mess and ready to collapse during the final minutes.

Social Benefits

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Another awesome component of the class is the camaraderie. Not only do I get to workout with a few friends who hold me accountable, the atmosphere of CKO is highly motivating and encouraging. The instructors work with you to achieve proper form and maximum strength, the music is off da hook, and the adrenaline of each workout is enhanced by the group aspect. When John G (our Monday night trainer) shouts, “Don’t get tired, get busy!” the extra effort is contagious and keeps everyone going.

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Kickboxing is an invigorating way to develop yourself physically, mentally, and socially. Since attending CKO, my back, shoulders, and arms are more sculpted and I’ve improved my cardiovascular endurance. Maybe you never pictured yourself ferociously taking out your aggression on an innocent bag, but if there’s one thing that makes us better at being human, it’s surpassing all the expectations we have of ourselves. If you’re craving something new and ready to get busy at the gym, we have a SWEET kickboxing studio right here in GR! Or you can check out any of CKO’s +65 locations all over the United States. For more insight on the benefits of boxing, read this inspiring interview with an accomplished kickboxing champMaureen Shea

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Finding the right yoga studio can be tough to navigate. Some appreciate meditative, calming yoga, while others prefer sweltering heat. Fortunately, the yoga movement is thriving in Grand Rapids and there are plenty of fantastic studios where you can practice. With our list of 14 tried-and-true list places, we’ve made it easier for you to find your flow!

Funky Buddha Yoga Hothouse

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Funky Buddha Yoga was the first hot yoga studio in Grand Rapids and has since become an institution in West Michigan. They offer hot yoga that is ridiculously fun, sweaty, relevant to everyday life. This place is all about getting active: you will sweat, and you will work! The studio has a Bohemian-Esque studio complete with an artistic chalkboard wall, strung lights, and lively color. Given the popularity, the classes are typically packed, so get there early. During the summer, they host free yoga in the park and stand up paddleboard yoga. You can find a Funky Buddha studio in Holland, Eastown, and Forest Hills.

AM Yoga

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Through service, community, and love, AM’s mission is to help you discover who you are by removing what you aren’t. As their name says, AM is practicing the state of I AM – Sadhana (daily spiritual practice) + Satsang (sacred gathering) + Seva (selfless service). The 60-minute Vinyasa classes are the perfect balance of stretch and strength training. If you’re in need of a longer, deeper stretch, then try out Yin Vinyasa. Find time to meditate with classes like Meditation Vinyasa and New Moon Meditation. They also offer community classes in beautiful spaces like the GRAM and other trendy spots.

Yoga Fever

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Yoga Fever combines the ancient science of yoga with contemporary warm and hot vinyasa yoga classes. The tastefully decorated studio has a spacious lobby and practice room. Their vigorous classes deliver exceptional results and continual advancement in a supported environment. You’ll have room during class to focus your energy and get stronger in each pose. The instructors take the time to explain what your body should be doing. They pay particular attention to the actual history and philosophy of yoga. Their practice is inclusive, diverse, creative, and positive!

Kula Yoga

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Looking for a downtown studio where everybody knows your name? Then Kula Yoga is the place to be. They aim to provide quality yoga instruction and it’s great for those on a budget. Kula is an inclusive, judgment-free zone. Yogis are encouraged to explore their practices under the guidance of knowledgeable and nurturing instructors. They offer different types of classes as well as frequent workshops designed to enrich your knowledge, practice, and foundation of yoga. The historic space is beautiful and the authentic instructors encourage students to explore and discover their personal practice.

Twisted Hot Yoga

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If you want to turn up the heat, head to Twisted. Twisted’s hot yoga classes are 99 degrees and 45% humidity, to be exact! Their Push and Chill classes are not heated, but there is residual heat, which keeps the room nice and warm. They also offer an encouraging environment and their instructors are friendly, positive, and genuine. Each teacher has a slightly different specialty, but all are knowledgeable and passionate about yoga. The studio is the perfect balance between not too big and not too small. And the cool lavender towel they place on your forehead at the end of class is heavenly.

Grand Rapids Healing Yoga

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If you’ve experienced trauma or want to use yoga as therapy, then GR Healing Yoga is the place for you. They encourage self-care, learning to befriend the body, and connection to the present moment. All teachers strive to protect students from physical, emotional, and psychological harm. The instructors are carefully trained and follow a complete code of ethics. They will empower you to feel stronger in your body, mind, and spirit.

From the Heart Yoga & Tai Chi Center

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This studio is guaranteed to give you a fun, challenging, and potentially eye-opening workout for both body and heart. Founded by Behnje Masson and Rick Powell, From the Heart was one of the first studios opened in Grand Rapids. The expert instructors attract multiple internationally known teachers every year. The alignment-based principles will make you stronger, more flexible, and empowered. From the Heart is a beautiful and serene space with a welcoming atmosphere. They offer explicit instruction, a great workout, and time to get focused and relaxed. You will learn yoga in a way that prevents injury.

The Yoga Studio

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The Yoga Studio instructors are trained in the Iyengar system of hatha yoga. They focus on precise alignment and uses props (blocks, straps, bolsters, blankets, the wall), so there is less risk of injury. Teachers of Iyengar Yoga are held to a high standard of knowledge that is rigorously maintained through ongoing study. The Iyengar philosophy connects both the body and mind through its holistic approach. Class sizes are small, so each student receives individual attention and guidance. The Yoga Studio will encourage your pursuit of self ­knowledge while providing a well-rounded practice.

PeaceLab Yoga

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The Mission of PeaceLab Yoga is to create a warm, inviting yoga community where yogis of all experience levels can come together to share in the Art and Science of Yoga. They aim to empower each student on their path towards wellbeing, growth, and personal fulfillment. PeaceLab Yoga strives to offer the highest quality yoga programs in a serious, yet playful, environment. They accept you as you are and know when to challenge what you thought you couldn’t do. PeaceLab will also help you slow down and deepen your practice, work on peak poses, and learn about the elements of yoga history and philosophy. You can find a PeaceLab studio in Grandville!

Yoga Blue Studio

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This studio’s admirable mission is to support the police, fire, medical professionals, their families, and the communities they serve. They offer a counterbalance to high-intensity, high adrenaline work days through breath and mindfulness. A unique feature is that they provide Broga, yoga for men, which combines core-strengthening, muscle-toning, cardio-working, stress-reducing, clarity-enhancing yoga postures with functional fitness exercises.

Renew Mama Studio

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With a niche focus on motherhood, Renew Mama Studio provides a variety of classes, services, and resources to both prenatal and postnatal mothers. Their classes are taught by instructors who are specifically trained in this area. They also aid in the physical and emotional demands of labor, birth, and motherhood. Come in for a little “me time” or bring your baby for a great bonding experience. Renew Mama Studio is hyperfocused on building community and supporting women during their motherhood transition.

Seva Yoga

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Seva offers a variety of classes that can be physically challenging or more calming and meditative. The teachers, atmosphere, and culture of Seva are all-inclusive and nurturing. The studio has a lively energy, like-minded people, and fun music! It’s a wonderful space for a breath-based, soulful practice. Great teachers, community, and the studio itself is beautiful and relaxing. No matter your style, no matter your experience level, there is a class for you.

Cascade Yoga Studio

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At Cascade Yoga Studio, the teachers work from their heart. Each class offers a different kind of practice (vinyasa, gentle, therapeutic, etc), and they’re all beneficial. The relaxed environment, positive vibes, and special classes (yoga with live music, meditation) all make this studio unique.

Iyengar Yoga Center of Grand Rapids

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Iyengar yoga develops strength, endurance, and optimal body alignment, in addition to flexibility and relaxation. The Iyengar method also focuses on self-awareness, intelligent evaluation, and profound inward reflection. All classes at the Iyengar Yoga Center are taught by experienced, dedicated, and rigorously trained Certified Iyengar Yoga Teachers (CIYT). The Iyengar Yoga Center has a beautiful new facility and the classes will leave you feeling refreshed and energized.