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Yoga is an ancient discipline that blends gentle exercise, controlled breathing and focused meditation. It is a practice that is usually safe and comfortable for all levels of participants and skill levels. There are many different yoga techniques, but they all focus on health, relaxation and relief of daily stress. Finding the right studio for a participant to take classes requires investigation into the yoga techniques offered, as there is a huge variety available. Each of these Boston yoga studios offers a unique set of classes and techniques from which to choose a class.

Empower Yoga
Commodore Plaza
43 Enon St. (Route 1A)
Beverly, MA 01915

Empower Yoga offers Power Yoga, which is practiced in a 95° F studio and results in a great deal of sweating. This intense and physically challenging yoga technique, which is a specialty of this studio, increases inner and outer strength, flexibility and balance for the participant. There are varying skill levels of Empower Yoga classes offered on a regular basis with the class duration ranging from 45 minutes to a two-hour class. The goal of Empower Yoga is multi-fold and includes toning muscles, weight loss, boosting the immune system, detoxifying impurities, relaxation and so much more.

The Yoga Room
1 Thompson Square
Charlestown, MA 02129
(617) 398-0173

The Yoga Room has a variety of classes from which to choose. The classes range from simple meditation and pilates to Barreless Barre and Vinyasa. Barreless Barree is an all-encompassing form of yoga that works on strength and flexibility for the mind and body, and Vinyasa yoga focuses on breathing techniques and body alignment. The wide scope of class offerings makes this studio a great choice for true beginners to the experienced yoga participant.

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North Shore Yoga Studio
180 Cabot St.
Beverly, MA 01915
(978) 857-9063

North Shore Yoga Studio prides itself in catering to small groups and private yoga lessons. This studio offers classes for all ages and stages of life to participate in the art of yoga. There are prenatal, mom & baby, kids and family yoga classes offered in addition to standard pilates, meditation, Hatha and Vinyasa classes on the schedule. This studio recognizes the importance of individual attention and provides a safe and supportive environment for its participants.

Yoga Moves
335 Main St., Suite 203
Stoneham, MA 02180
(781) 438-4111

Yoga Moves stresses the fact that yoga is for everyone. Their beginner classes are geared towards those who are totally new to yoga and also those who have not participated for a while and are in need of a smooth transition back into a yoga regime. There are many class options including Hot Yoga, which is done in a 95° F studio, Yin/Yang Yoga, which is a perfect choice for everyone but especially those with stiff hips and spine, and YM Yoga, which is done in a regular temperature room and satisfies the needs of all levels of participation.

Yoga In Me
162 Elm St.
Medford, MA 02155
(781) 526-3003

Vinyasa Yoga is a flowing form of the art, which focuses on the body and inner awareness. Yoga In Me offers Vinyasa classes for those who want to study true Yoga, not just participate for the physical exercise benefits. The classes are offered in a private studio and encourage students to participate to their personal limits and learn through the lessons of the Yoga Sutras, which are the ancient teachings of the art of yoga.

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