Fitness Fridays: Yoga 2.0

Yeah yeah it’s not Friday. I know.

As you all know, I’m a sucker for a good hot yoga class. I love sweating my day or week out, and I love the strengthening stretch a good yoga class offers. As such, Sunday morning I headed to Yoga 2.0 with aSweatLife to check out their new space, and for a test of each format they offer!

First and foremost, I have to say the space is BEAUTIFUL and the location is great. It’s close off the 156, 22 and 36 bus routes and isn’t too far from the Brown Line or Red Line. It’s also exceptionally Uber-able.

The Space itself is large and open, with a couch and tables with chairs to hang out before and after class. The floors in the actual studio look like wood, but it has some “give” to it and is squishy in a way. There is lots of natural light in both the studio and front area, and the exposed brick really fits the modern feel of the space.

They offer mats to rent for $3 or you can bring your own and place it in one of the numbered Mat Markers on the floor. If you have a longer mat, I recommend the front or back row, so that you can scoot your mat closer to the walls so it fits within the markers. They also have branded gear available as well as raw bars from Ingrained.

The locker room is nice, with three showers, several bathroom stalls, several lockers and a large vanity area. The one thing missing during the preview was some sort of bag to put wet clothes in. I know it’s not the most eco-friendly, but those things are lifesavers when I forget my wet clothes bags.

Let’s chat about the formats themselves! So our first sampler was 30 minutes of the Strength format, taught by Manny Garcia. It was an awesome flow, and I’m not really sure what to compare it to. We did it sans weights, but it can also be taught with weights. I think I would most compare it to if Hi Def at Studio Three and Sculpt at Corepower had a baby. It is more yoga focused than Hi Def, for sure, which I loved. It was almost like a hardcore power class, with a strong anatomy focus.

Immediately following that was 30 minutes of Flow by Zacharias Niedzwiecki. If you’ve taken his class elsewhere, you know to expect a quick-paced flow to the beta of the music, which is my one true love. He also incorporated two poses I love: broken triangle and fallen star. Post Strength, I struggled to keep up, however I still loved the format and I look forward to taking his class in the future for sure. He kept things focused both on anatomy and a fun, chill flow. He’s also hilarious, which helped!

To close out our 75 minute sampler was the Revive class. I was so dead at that point I’m not sure if my brain was registering words. It was led by Tori Karsten, whom you might know from On Your Mark! It was an excellent stretch class that helped get the heart rate down while stretching our exhausted muscles. It was set to chill music and was a perfect way to end class.

I absolutely loved all three formats and can’t wait to stop back in. Yoga 2.0 has created a fun, clean, modern space with top notch instructors and I highly recommend giving them a visit!

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