Milton Yoga – Heated Power Vinyasa with Matt

This write up is about the 1:00pm Heated Power Vinyasa class with Matt.

Studio: This is one of Starving Yogi’s favorite studios.  It’s quaint, conveniently located, and offers a wide variety of class types and times.  The studio itself is very simple – small welcome area and a standing desk flanked by two studios and two bathrooms (key for changing into dry clothes, splashing some body spray and making an acceptable sweat bun with your hair before heading out to dinner).

The classrooms themselves are just as simple. The heated vinyasa class takes place in a room with nice wood floors, muted red walls, and minimal decoration that is truly relaxing. There are also windows in the front and back of the room (don’t fret over being window art – you cannot see into the studio from the street!). While seemingly not all that common in a lot of heated studios, having some natural sunlight can really brighten up your practice (pun intended).

As for other amenities, there is bottled water on hand for $1 if you forget to pack your own and a mat rental option for $3. They do not have an in-store boutique, so make sure you pack dry clothes for dinner afterwards.

Class: (This write up is about the Heated Power Vinyasa class with Matt on Mondays at 1pm)

Temperature: 90-95 degrees

Humidity: 60%

Duration: 1 hour

As the preggo one of the two Starving Yogis, I have been opting for the “less heated” classes (i.e. those that keep to 98 degrees and below). I recently tried out Monday’s 1pm Heated Power Vinyasa class taught by Matt Rutkowski.

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This class was a beautiful flow. Matt has great knowledge of human anatomy which as a personal trainer I can appreciate.   His flow was fluid and a perfect dichotomous balance of relaxation and breathwork mixed with a rigorous physical challenge for the body. He offered up some excellent modifications and alternative options for me in my “Preggo condition” and brought me over a variety of props including bolsters and blocks. As I progress in my pregnancy, certain poses are just physically impossible to get into any longer, i.e. side crow, and even child’s pose is starting to feel uncomfortable, not to mention poses to avoid altogether in the third trimester, like deep twists, anything that requires you to lie on your stomach, inversions, deep backbends and anything that requires you to lie on your back on on your right side for an extended amount of time, (Phew… that was a mouthful…what a list!) so modifications are always welcome and much appreciated!

 

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Is this class for me?

I would recommend this class for all levels, the modifications offered are great and you can take it at your own pace in a comfortable heat range. Highly recommend! When checking out the class, tell them the Starving Yogis sent you and that you would like a cookie upon completion of class 😉

Tips:

Lot and street parking is a breeze.

Price Point: $18 per class

 

Studio Information:

Milton Yoga

12 Brush Hill Rd.

Milton, MA 02186

(781) 534-9642

http://www.miltonyoga.com/MiltonYoga.php 

 

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Milton Yoga – Heated Power Vinyasa with Kaileen

This write up is about the 4:15 Heated Power Vinyasa class with Kaileen

Studio: This is one of Starving Yogi’s favorite studios. The studio itself is very simple – small welcome area and a standing desk flanked by two studios and two bathrooms (key for changing into dry clothes, splashing some body spray and making an acceptable sweat bun with your hair before heading out to dinner).

The classrooms themselves are just as simple. The heated vinyasa class takes place in a room with nice wood floors, muted red walls, and minimal decoration that is truly relaxing. There are also windows in the front and back of the room (don’t fret over being window art – you cannot see into the studio from the street!). While seemingly not all that common in a lot of heated studios, having some natural sunlight can really brighten up your practice (pun intended).

As for other amenities, there is bottled water on hand for $1 if you forget to pack your own and a mat rental option for $3. They do not have an in-store boutique, so make sure you pack dry clothes for dinner afterwards.

Class:  (This write up is about the 4:15 Heated Power Vinyasa class with Kaileen)

Class: Heated Power Vinyasa (90-95 degrees, 60% humidity – 1 hour). We aren’t always the best judge of temperature, but the class generally seems to be little cooler than 90. It is, however, very humid so expect to sweat it out no matter what. Class size has varied between 7 people on a nice day to 27 people on a rainy day. The room is a bit small for that many people, but in my experience, everyone does their best to make sure everyone has enough space.

Class typically begins with Kaileen asking each person if they have anything they’d like to work on. Expect some good natured grief if you’re the first person to say abs (and expect me to beat you up after class if you’re the second or third person to say it). Class generally follows a typical flow progression – warming up through chaturanga , warriors and twists, and then to the floor for bridges and abs, and then ending in savasana. However, no class is ever the same, which is awesome. Not only does the flow itself change each time, but some classes include partner modifications (it sounds sweaty, but they’re actually great), 5 minutes to freestyle it up with whatever, headstand work, and depending on class size, individual help with skills/modifications at all levels.

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Is this class for me?

In general, if you’re new to yoga it’s smart to check out classes that are geared towards beginners, if only to learn the vocabulary. This is a fast moving and challenging class that may be a little quick for vinyasa newbies. That said, the atmosphere of class is fun, light-hearted and inviting. It’s also worth noting that Kaileen has an incredible talent for making you feel good about yourself even if you fall on your face, so if you’re looking for the “judgment free zone” of heated vinyasa, this just might be your class.

Tips:

Lot and street parking is a breeze.

Price Point: $18 per class

 

Studio Information:

Milton Yoga

12 Brush Hill Rd.

Milton, MA 02186

(781) 534-9642

http://www.miltonyoga.com/MiltonYoga.php 

*Starving Yogis headed to dine at Steel and Rye post-Milton Yoga class: https://starvingyogis.wordpress.com/2014/08/18/steel-and-rye-milton/