October 25, 2017 15:06
I am new to the area and was really excited to try out a new yoga studio. I've been doing hot vinyasa flow for almost a decade now and I was really disappointed by the class I went to at Thrive. It started out with Pilates exercises, the instructor was rather loud, did not have any sort of soothing, "yoga voice" as is taught with any instructor training, and talked too much overall. The class format was also very choppy, with pauses in the middle to analyze/break down specific poses. The music played was also not very calming or zen, but rather, upbeat. The class was also not very "hot," more warm. This class very much veered away from the true practice of yoga and seemed a little too Westernized. I felt like I was in a group exercise class at a local gym rather than a studio specializing in yoga, with all the talking, laughing, and even hopping at one point. That may be appealing to some, but if you're looking to take yoga in a tranquil, calm setting, I did not find this to be the place for that. While the decor/studio is very zen and calming, I did not like this particular class/instructor. I will try other classes/formats/instructors in hopes of finding a more authentic experience. Thus, I give the studio atmosphere a 5 and the instructor a 2.