Located in the heart of Jewel Lake, Studio is Anchorage's premier hot yoga experience. It features a 1600 square foot hot yoga studio with a state-of-the-art heat and humidifying system, sound system and yoga teachers that lead a uniquely developed style of yoga that strengthens and empowers. We are proud to provide this stand alone yoga boutique to our members.
Classes are included at no additional cost for Gold and Platinum level members.
Gentle yoga moves slowly and mindfully—allowing every student to move safely into each pose, with sufficient time to employ props and make adjustments. There will be a variety of standing, seated, and supine postures.
Hot Flow will get us moving one breath per pose in vinyasa flows to really turn up the heat. We will push to our edge in core and strength poses. Our deep stretch will restore flexibility to the edges we pushed into, and our final surrender will calm mind and body. All set to modern music, hot studio and powerful messaging.
Combination of the best of two practices. This is a strength-focused yoga practice using yoga flows to warm up, traditional strength training moves with weights, yoga poses for core stabilization and strength training and finally melting into a deep stretch and relaxation. Temperature: Starts at 85 degrees for the Yoga Sculpt segment and heats up to 95 for the final flow, strength and surrender portion.
Introduction to Hot Flow! Find inspiration, grace and strength as you explore the fundamentals of vinyasa yoga flows. Accompanied by modern music and powerful messaging set in a heated studio. An excellent practice for those new to Hot Flow, or those looking to refine their practice.
Allow your entire being to release as you journey through this fusion of deep connective tissue work, as found in traditional Yin Yoga. Poses will be held 3 to 5 breaths so you can deepen into the movement. The later portion of the practice will include the use of supportive props typically found in restorative yoga practices.
Our teachers are passionate about creating meaningful yoga practices calling upon their diverse training backgrounds and vast practical experience. We will meet you on the mat, whether it’s the first time you’ve rolled it out or the 500th time and whether you’re looking for a gentle flow or sweat drenching challenge.
Our teacher specialties include Hot Flow, Hot Yoga, Hot 26, Yoga Sculpt, Ashtanga Yoga, Vinyasa Flow, Yin, Restorative, Gentle Flow, Prenatal, Yoga for Stress and PTSD, Yoga for Cancer patients and survivors, yoga for back pain, yoga for runners, Partner Yoga, Acro Yoga, youth yoga, meditation, and more.
Barb Williams, 200 RYT, has been practicing yoga for 16 years, and is certified specifically in both Yin and Restorative Yoga. She shares a style of vinyasa and Yin yoga which encourages a strong connection to pranayama techniques, between movement and breath. Barb asks her students to bring their inner wisdom and self-love to the mat, and to life off the mat
Brittany started her fitness instructing career in Spokane, WA after graduating from college. As a manager at a Barre Strength studio she grew a passion for Barre Fitness and trained to be a teacher. Since moving to Alaska, she has grown as an instructor and has taught Barre Strength at The Alaska Club for the last 3 years. Yoga Sculpt is a class she’s enjoyed taking as a student because of the flow fused with strength training and cardio bursts. She’s excited to expand her own practice and yoga knowledge by teaching at Studio. In her time outside Studio, Brittany loves to explore Alaska, cook and study nutrition. Brittany works in clinical cancer research and is passionate about helping cancer patients and survivors live their best lives.
Hello! My name is Brooke and I absolutely love inspiring, motivating and coaching others as they navigate their fitness journey. In fact it’s my ultimate form of giving back. Personally, the practice of yoga sculpt has made a huge impact in my life. It helped me find time for me as I continued to navigate being a full-time working Momma. Although it is not easy, I love that anyone can build strength and endurance at their own pace. Simply put, the practice of yoga sculpt serves as a constant reminder that hard work is tough but the reward is so much greater. We are all so much stronger than we think and more capable than ever. I hope to see the light in YOU at a sculpt class sometime soon!
Carly is a born and raised Alaskan. Has been teaching yoga since 2007 and teaching group fitness since 2009. She has lived and taught in Russia, South Africa, Seychelles and Alaska. She is a Registered Yoga Teacher and a NASM certified personal trainer with certification in nutrition and corrective exercise. She also enjoys skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking, travel and being active in the MIR Russian Immersion PTA at Turnagain Elementary.
Cassey began her yoga journey while living in Tokyo, Japan in 2003. Since then she has taught over 1000 hours for Namaste North and The Alaska Club. She has also taught group yoga classes for the Alaska MS society for people living with Multiple Sclerosis. Cassey’s certifications include: 200-hour certification from Shambhava School Hatha Yoga, 40-hour Ashtanga Yoga and Hot Flow with Nick Bez. She teaches Hatha, Vinyasa Flow, Ashtanga, Restorative and Meditation and Pre-Natal yoga.
Danielle’s yoga journey began years ago when an influential yoga instructor inspired her mentally and physically. It took one yoga class for Danielle’s yoga journey to truly begin, ultimately leading her to get certified.
After graduating from UAA, Danielle participated in Studio’s first 200-hour yoga teacher training graduating class of 2018. She is passionate about learning and practicing, she continues to increase her yoga knowledge as she strives to inspire her students, with her lively playlists, intricate flows and her genuine love for the practice.
Eydie is a born and raised Alaskan who loves the great vastness of the Alaska outdoors. In 2012 Eydie became really ill, and developed severe allergies to what seemed like the world she had known; the great Alaskan outdoors. With that, came anxiety and the feeling of being out of control of her life. This was such a blessing in disguise as it introduced her to yoga. She started to realize it was helping with her anxiety/self awareness. It was the breath, and learning to be able to breath properly, and controlled in times of need. Yoga has taught her to face some of her biggest challenges face on. She hopes to be able to help people heal with sharing her practice of breath, and the connection to the body, as it has helper her. She obtained her 200hr certification at Studio. She is so excited to help students deepen their practice of breathing, and connection to one’s self.
Jeannie’s very first yoga experience was in 1980, while living in Nome, Alaska. She was an avid runner, but some winter days in Nome were just too cold, so she would practice following Richard Hittleman’s Yoga. After moving to Anchorage and practicing yoga at The Alaska Club, she was hooked! Jeannie began her teacher training with Yogafit and received her RYT from Yoga Alliance in 2007. Over the past twenty years, her style of yoga has developed into a slow, conscious, flowing, breath centered practice. We are so fortunate in Anchorage to have a rich and diverse yoga community and Jeannie is delighted to be part of the Alaska Club’s Studio staff.
What should a lawyer do, when she moves to a new country with a different law system? Become a yoga teacher, of course. Lidija was interested in yoga with therapy modules and found the perfect school in San Diego at YogaWell Institute of Progressive Therapies. Her international travels as a journalist also awarded her opportunities to teach not only in Anchorage, but around the US. She has taught classes and workshops in Slovenia, Poland, Virginia, California and Hawaii. Lidjia loves connecting to people through yoga. Along the way, she acquired certificates in Prenatal Yoga, AIReal Yoga, Buti Yoga and special training for Yoga for Anxiety, Gentle Yoga, Yoga for Fibromyalgia, Yoga for Stress and PTSD, Yoga for Cancer Patients and Cancer Survivors. Someday, she’d like to teach yoga to astronauts headed Mars.
Michael is a former classical ballet dancer and athlete. He began his yoga experience about five years ago to find a way to engage mind, body, and spirit all at once. Hot yoga turned out to be the ideal way to sweat, focus and meditate while learning new ways to heal and strengthen the body. Michael began his yoga teaching training at The Alaska Club and enjoys teaching and assisting others with incorporating strength, stretch and all-around mind-body experience into their lives.
I got into yoga to replace the physical outlet that hockey once was for me and to deal with some of the emotional side effects of giving up a sport and of life in general. I received my 200hr training in Agonda Beach, South Goa, India. I teach hot flow, sculpt, and restorative but love hot flow with some Ashtanga inspiration the most. I love old music, travel (specifically food & drink that goes with it), getting outside & finding new ways to be creative.
Nafisa was born and raised in Anchorage Alaska, moved to Los Angeles in 1997 Danced professionally with various artist ranging from Janet Jackson, Brittney Spears, Tina Turner and Usher. Nafisa’s yoga journey began with a Bikram Yoga class in December of 2003 in Los Angeles. She decided to attend Bikram Yoga Teacher Training in Hawaii Spring of 2007 and started teaching immediately after Teacher Training all over Los Angeles. She is E-RYT- 200 and a American Council Of Exercise certified personal trainer with Certifications that include: Bikram Yoga, 200 Hour Power Yoga from Core Power Yoga, AIReal Yoga and Yoga Sculpt. Her greatest joy as a teacher is seeing people being the best versions of themselves.
Niki’s journey with yoga began over two decades ago when Woody Harrelson was filming Kingpin in her home town. Between takes he would teach yoga to students of the University of Pittsburgh. After she graduated with a BS in Exercise Physiology, she became the Fitness Director of Treesdale Golf & CC. Within a year, she completed her American College of Sports Medicine Health Fitness Instructor certification. Shortly thereafter, she attended the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association Convention in San Francisco and practiced yoga with Beth Shaw, the founder of YogaFit. Niki attended three levels of YogaFit training and in 2000 taught her first yoga class in Pittsburgh. Two years later, she moved to Anchorage and starting teaching yoga at The Alaska Club. Many years later, she is still teaching and of course, learning.
Rick has been teaching Bikram’s Beginning Yoga or his own Traditional Hot Yoga classes continually since 1996. Over the years he has trained with teachers as diverse as Sonia Sumar, Yoga for Special Needs Children, Marsha Wenig, Yoga Kids, and Jimmy Barkan Hot Yoga, levels 1 & 2. He appreciated the commonality in thoughts and words of all his teachers but he keeps returning to the healing benefits of the Beginning Series. Despite his years of teaching, Rick describes himself as more of a cheerleader than a posture technician. He encourages that today might just be that day that you come into the room and leave all your distractions outside the door. That maybe today you take this opportunity to focus on yourself, your breath, the two in posture, and maybe that next step, the posture in you and and the benefit it brings. It is a luxury we take entirely for ourselves, but maybe for this process, the opportunity to more easily give to others.
Russell Jackson has been teaching yoga since 2001 and received his training through YogaFit. He served as a Master Trainer for Beachbody for 12-years. He has worked with many top Celebrity Trainers like Shaun Thompson, Chalene Johnson, and Todd Durkin. Though he is skilled in many different formats, he feels that Yoga is the best expression of himself. Russell loves the fluidity of Vinyasa and the strength of Ashtanga, as they offer the solution for those who think Yoga is boring or too easy.
Sara’s yoga practice started in 1993 in Baltimore, Maryland. She has a love for all types of yoga and has regularly practiced it for more than 20 years all over the world including Ubud, Indonesia, and Chiang Mai, Thailand and has engaged in an Ayurvedic workshop in Costa Rica. In 2011, Sara started teaching a vinyasa flow class regularly on the small island of Palau. She moved to Anchorage in 2015 and finally got her Yoga Alliance teacher training certificate at the first offered Alaska Club training program in 2018. When not doing yoga, she spends time raising her two children, playing tennis, and working in her active law practice.
Tarah has been practicing yoga since 2001. She brings a strong background in Human Anatomy and Physiology to each practice to ensure each student, of varying abilities, has the opportunity to achieve the full benefit and challenge of each pose. Achieving this by properly engaging correct alignment and targeted muscle groups. She believes yoga is for everybody, every age, and every condition. The practice of yoga will challenge and improve your body, your movement, your mental awareness, and your entire life.
Taylor was first introduced to yoga by her mother as a child growing up in Ohio. She grew up swimming, dancing, and playing lots of sports. It wasn’t until she moved to Oregon after college that she really fell for yoga. When she landed in Pendleton, Oregon she found community, support, & collective healing. She went on to complete her 200 hr through Buti Yoga in Portland, OR in 2016. She is passionate about the healing power of movement & the energy created when people gather to sweat it out & leave it on the mat. She is working towards her 500 hr. Outside of work & yoga, she enjoys hiking & camping with her partner who convinced her to move to Alaska with their two dogs, Kimchi & Suwannee.
Find answers to frequently asked questions here:
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE BENEFITS OF HOT YOGA?
There are all kinds of benefits associated with hot yoga. Improved flexibility, strength, breath, toning, you name it, yoga is probably good for it. Working in a heated room also elevates the heart rate, which makes the body work harder. It’s really great for people who want a more intense workout, those who want to develop strength and flexibility, and those who want to tone along with a cardiovascular workout.
I’M NOT FLEXIBLE: CAN I STILL DO YOGA?
Saying you’re not flexible enough to do yoga is like saying you are too hungry to eat. The first thing to remember is that flexibility is a product of yoga, not a prerequisite. Second, yoga is not solely about flexibility: it is also about strength and stability. Just as the tighter, more stable yoga student must learn to become more flexible, the already-flexible student must work to increase strength and stability.
WHAT SHOULD I BRING TO CLASS?
Though you may see many yogis running around town with all the lavish yoga accouterments, you don’t necessarily need that for your first yoga class. Here is a simple list of the 3 things you should be bringing to Studio:
ARE BEGINNERS WELCOME AT STUDIO?
Of course! Studio welcomes everyone from the devoted to the aspiring student. The great thing about yoga is that it can be as mild or intense as you make it, so go at your OM pace and enjoy! Everyone has to start somewhere, and what better place to start than Studio.
WHAT ARE THE HEAT LEVELS LIKE IN STUDIO CLASSES?
Classes range from ~70 degrees to 95 degrees plus. Check class descriptions for details.
IS YOGA A WORKOUT?
While it may seem mellow compared to heavy lifting or HIIT workouts, hot yoga can be challenging for any fitness level. Each posture combines flexibility, strength, and balance to work your whole body from your bones to your skin. With persistence, patience, and dedication, you can lose inches and develop muscle tone and strength that might never come from other forms of exercise.
WHAT AND WHEN SHOULD I EAT?
We wouldn’t recommend eating a large meal right before you come to Studio, as you will be bending and twisting which usually doesn’t bode well on a full stomach. Fruits and vegetables are recommended as they are low in calories and have little to no fat, making them a light snack that won’t weigh you down or leave you feeling heavy. They contain carbohydrates and provide a natural source of sugar to give you the energy needed to perform and concentrate during class. Eat fruits and vegetables 1-2 hours before class starts.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD I PRACTICE YOGA?
When it comes to yoga consistency is key. Regular yoga sessions improve balance, posture, flexibility, strength, cardiovascular health, digestion, mental focus and concentration, and lower blood pressure and stress levels. But as a beginner it is important to listen to your body and not push too hard, to avoid injury. Studio classes provide the structure and support that a new student needs to learn proper alignment and pose sequences.