I have been practicing yoga for 40 years and have several teacher certifications including one in Therapeutic Yoga for Seniors from Duke Integrative Med. So, I "have opinions" about yoga studios.
Mine are split between the "pre" (coming to Prana nine months ago, after one cancer and an extra 25 pounds) and "post" (the most recent bout of three surgeries and, slap on another five pounds.)
The PRE: I came to Prana through curiosity about the Kundalini classes. They were a new adventure for me, and of course, I tried out other teachers and came upon GILLIAN W. who was/is a perfect fit for me. GILLIAN is an alignment based teacher, she is watchful, she challenges, she is very aware of body kinetics. But, now during the post-op time, her classes are beyond me.
The POST: Now, I need the healing of Prana Yoga and Healing Center. So, there has been a return to Urban Zen, REGINA's class, which is a mix of restorative, sound healing, guided meditation and aromatherapy. I am at peace in that class and submit to her as a Western medical professional and as a yoga teacher. It's the healing I need now. I am on the receiving end these days, with little effort. And a gong meditation classes does the trick!
Like all of us, it is the teacher that draws me, more than the style of yoga. MARY, (a retired fire figher!) wirth an Anahata soul makes me mindful during practice. I so miss TEJ, who has the soul of a wise old man.
But, PRANA offers clients a full-range of different styles of teachers, and offers exceptional workshops. I recently attended a Restorative Workshop (and I am a Satchidananda Ashram certified Restorative teacher). It was excellent, again taught by a Western medical professional who had an immense command of yoga/physiology/mind-body connection/alignment and common sense. Of course, I went home that night and immediately tried out new postures on my husband.
PRANA offers the depth of being with teachers who are training teachers, who live the life and offer gatherings, teachings, meditations, volunteer opportunities and classes that can answer different needs at different times of life.