Named Boston magazine’s best yoga teacher of 2006, David Magone (www.insideyoga.com; $18) practices a style of his own invention: PranaVayu. An integration of Power yoga and Vinyasa flow, it breaks sequences down into accessible pieces. Magone, who currently teaches at Boston’s Sports Club L.A. and Exhale Spa, keeps the mood light and playful right up until the 15-minute meditation at the end of class.
Classes at Yogaview (www.yogaview.com; $15) are a hybrid of Ashtanga, Anusara, and Vinyasa flow. (Founders Tom Quinn and Quinn Kearney trained with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, Richard Freeman, and John Friend, among others.) Meditation is a fundamental part of the curriculum here, with 10 to 15 minutes at the start or end of practice, depending on the instructor. The 1,300-square-foot studio has two rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows; come summer, Yogaview will move to a larger space two blocks away.
3. Los Angeles
It’s not hard to find a challenging yoga class in L.A. Two popular examples are YogaWorks (www.yogaworks.com), with five locations, and Power Yoga guru Brian Kest’s Santa Monica studio (www.poweryoga.com). The Hatha teachers at Liberation Yoga (www.liberationyoga.com; $10), on south La Brea, emphasize the spiritual sides of yoga as much as the physical. Your first class is free.
Word has quickly spread about the Miami Life Center (www.miamilifecenter.com; $18), which opened in November on South Beach. Founded by Kino MacGregor, one of the youngest women to complete the third series of Ashtanga (she recently started on the fourth with Guruji and Sharath), the studio has both "led" Ashtanga classes, traditional Mysore classes (where each student goes at his or her own pace), and a few Vinyasa classes. The Center has two practice rooms with bamboo floors, showers, changing rooms, and a large marble-floored lobby where students linger after class on oversize couches.
Located in South Minneapolis, the Minneapolis Yoga Workshop (www.mplsyogaworkshop.com; $15), attracts a loyal crowd. William Prottengeier, founder and director, teaches Iyengar with an emphasis on meditation. The studio also offers classes in Vinyasa, prenatal, and thundering years (for students 10 to15 years old). Print out the coupon on the studio’s Web site, and your first class is free.
6. New York
There’s a surfeit of good yoga studios in Manhattan (and in outlying boroughs). It all depends on what style you practice. For Vinyasa, go to Cyndi Lee’s Om (www.omyoga.com; $18); for Iyengar, head to the Iyengar Yoga Institute (www.iyengarnyc.org; $20) in Chelsea. Jivamukti (www.jivamuktiyoga.com; $17), recently opened an uptown studio on 65th St. and Lexington Ave., but its flagship downtown location is still going strong. At Rolf Gates’s Prana Power Yoga (www.pranapoweryoga.com; $17), classes are a mix of Power and Vinyasa Flow-the studio is heated to 90 degrees, allowing you to stretch deeply into pigeon pose.
Since 1987, when Rodney Yee founded the Piedmont Yoga Studio (www.piedmontyoga.com; from $10) with two fellow graduates of the B.K.S. Iyengar Yoga Institute, the studio has grown in size and popularity. Today, there are more than 20 teachers who lead a mostly Hatha-based curriculum, with a few specialty classes such as restorative, back care (how to do yoga with a bad back), and Pilates mat.