I Tried It: Energizing Vinyasa at Wake Up Yoga

Should you do it or ditch it? We try out area classes so you don't have to waste time or money on workouts that don't make the grade

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What I wanted: A not-too-hard, not-too-easy weekend yoga class that is welcoming, affordable, and near my home.

What I tried: The 10 a.m. Energizing Vinyasa class at Wake Up Yoga’s Fairmount location on Sunday, October 10, 2010.

Who was teaching: Biz Magarity

Student/teacher ratio when I dropped by: 14:1

Lockers/Showers: No showers or lockers, but there are changing rooms. Most importantly, there are free mats, blankets, and blocks available for use during class and towels and water can be purchased.

What I loved: Biz! She was extremely warm and calming in her teaching, but also firm about how poses should be completed. When she needed to adjust a student’s pose, she was easygoing, instead of demanding. She also incorporated chanting into the beginning and end of the class in a way that was soothing, instead of obtrusive.

Did I sweat?: A little. It wasn’t as extreme as Bikram, but the movements were much more rapid than typical yoga class. It was challenging without being painful or stressful.

Do it or Ditch it: Do it. But show up early. This class wasn’t terribly crowded, but I can envision this small studio getting packed really quickly in the evenings or on holidays.

Weigh In: Have you tried this class? Tell us what you thought! And if you have a class you loved or hated, let us know. We could run your Sweat Test on the Be Well Blog!

$14 drop-in ($10 for students and some morning classes are $7). Class cards are also available. Prices range from $65 (for five classes) to $618 (for six months of unlimited classes). Wake Up Yoga, 2329 Parrish Street, 215-235-1228. wakeupyoga.com