5 Drop-In Yoga Classes

Written by Marilyn Hawkes Category: Health & Fitness Issue: June 2016
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Courtesy Adobe Stock ImagesHave you always wanted to try yoga, but don’t want to commit to buying a package or joining a club? There are many yoga studios around town that offer drop-in classes for first-timers.

Yoga has many benefits for the body, mind and soul, including muscle toning, weight loss and a general sense of wellbeing. Here are five places you can get your yoga on.

Bikram Yoga
Scottsdale: 7620 E. Indian School Rd.
Phoenix: 13637 N. Tatum Blvd.
If you’d like to try hot yoga, Bikram Yoga is a good choice. The studio offers first-timers two weeks of unlimited Bikram yoga classes for $30. Check the website for tips about what to expect in your first class. Be prepared to sweat – the recommended temperature for a hot yoga class is 105 degrees, with about 60 percent humidity. Drink lots of water.

Hotel Valley Ho
6850 E. Main St., Scottsdale
Every Friday and Sunday, Hotel Valley Ho hosts “Serene Summer Yoga.” The Friday class meets at 9:15 a.m. in the VH Spa movement studio; Sunday class convenes at 9:15 a.m. around the OHasis Pool so when it gets too hot, you can cool down in the water. The Sunday class is offered poolside through September, weather permitting. Each class costs $18. Reservations are suggested because space is limited. Complimentary valet parking is available.

Metta Yoga
4041 E. Thomas Rd., Phoenix
At Metta Yoga, the first class is free for Phoenix residents; drop-in classes cost $17; and community classes offered twice a week cost $5. Check website for schedule. Metta Yoga also has a studio at The Phoenician Resort.

Spa Lamar
5115 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale
You can drop in at Spa Lamar and take a yoga class for $20, which includes a mat. All yoga students can enjoy 50 percent off all day use of Spa Lamar’s heated swimming pool, whirlpool, sauna and steam room.

Sumits Yoga
6 Valley locations
New students at Sumits Yoga get the best deal in town: $20 for two weeks of classes, which combines the core poses and principles of Bikram yoga and Vinyasa Flow. Classes are taught in a heated room and generally run one hour to one hour and 20 minutes.