Nestled in the heart of the Gaithersburg Kentlands community are two wonderful yoga studios. Yoga Bliss and Opus Yoga are just blocks apart in Main Street Village. Both are situated in warm, comfortable second floor spaces. While these studios are physically close, they each present some truly unique offerings.
Full disclosure: I am a major yoga nut, and when Your Gaithersburg asked me to write a review on these studios I was very excited. I teach kid’s yoga and relish any opportunity I can get to try out new classes or studios. While I was unable to try out every class at these studios, I sampled several at both and was thoroughly impressed. The teachers I encountered gave great direction and created a welcoming environment for participants of all levels. While I would enthusiastically recommend checking both studios out, if you would like to start with one, let me list some of the differences I found between Yoga Bliss and Opus Yoga.
Yoga Bliss has a strong focus on Vinyasa, a flowing movement style of yoga. Owner and founder Sabina Grewal teaches many of the classes. Her studio’s schedule offers numerous weekly sessions which are appropriate for beginners or anyone wanting a less strenuous workout. More experienced students seeking a challenge will also be pleased with the great selection of power Vinyasa classes, which are quick-paced and demanding.
Many of Yoga Bliss’ weekly Vinyasa classes are heated. Some yoga students say they prefer these types of classes because the heat enables the body to be extra flexible, and sweating more can allow the body to purge itself of additional toxins. If you decide to try one of these classes, make sure to bring a towel!
Yoga Bliss also offers a few specialized classes during its weekly schedule. There is a Mommy and Me class geared towards mothers with babies that are crawling but not yet walking. The studio also offers a weekly prenatal class.
Yoga Bliss’ pricing varies, based on whether you purchase a monthly membership, five, ten, or 20-class card or if you pay for a single class. There are discounted rates for full-time students and introductory deals for students who are new to the studio.
For more information on pricing, class schedules, or the teachers at Yoga Bliss be sure to check out their website.
Of the classes I sampled at Opus Yoga, I found the tone and tempo to be more slow-paced and relaxed. Owner Sharon Neubauer’s intermediate class, offered at 9:30 a.m. on Mondays and Saturdays, gives participants a good workout, and a long, relaxing savasana, which is the meditation session typically done at the end of a yoga class.
Opus Yoga’s schedule features many flow-style classes for beginner or intermediate students, and several specialty classes like tai chi, prenatal yoga and a class called “Creativity Through Yoga.” As a writer and yoga enthusiast, I was eager to try out the Creativity Through Yoga class. The teachers, Shannon Mayhew and Callie Feyen, intermingle writing and drawing exercises with yoga poses, and encourage participants to use movement to open up their minds and enable their creativity to flow.
Opus Yoga creates a new schedule every season. The fall schedule of classes began on September 5 and will continue through December 22. Passes for four, seven, ten or 14 classes are available and must be used within the session during which they are purchased. Participants can also register for single classes.
For more information on pricing, classes and the teachers at Opus Yoga, check out their website.
In case you can’t tell, I thoroughly enjoyed visiting both Kentland’s studios and think you will too so please check them out. Namaste!