Pole, barre, hot yoga fitness studio opens in South Lake Tahoe
From swinging around a pole and holding yoga poses in 105 degree heat, to shaking it to hip-hop music and stretching like a ballerina, South Shore's newest studio OMNI is offering up an array of sweat-inducing classes.
"I hope that this place is different than the other fitness and yoga studios because we're coming from more of a creative, dancer background," said owner Jessica Broyles. "I want people to come in and have fun and have a different experience."
Broyles, a professional dancer and hot yoga teacher, also runs a production company, Champagne Productions, and has taught yoga at various studios around town.
But when the opportunity arose to open her own studio in The Crossing at the Y in October, she decided to take the leap.
"OMNI means 'all things,' and once I realized that we could do more than just yoga here — we can do barre, we can do dance, we can do pole, we can do all these different things — it made sense," said Broyles.
"With a dancer background I obviously have a ton of dancer friends — essentially family to me — and so I thought this could be a great new hub for all of us," explained Broyles. "And it's already becoming one. It's a training grounds for some of our pole artists, or a place that you can workout choreography or just stretch."
It's also a place where dancers and yogis can pass on their passion through unique classes for all skill levels.
Yoga classes range from "hot" (105 degrees) to "sweaty" (90) to "slow flow" (80) in addition to therapeutic classes and a faster pace "outlaw" class focusing on inversions.
Cardio-driven dance classes like Zumba and hip-hop ("It's all about building that booty," said Broyles) are also available.
Barre and pole classes are the latest fitness craze taking America by storm, and Broyles has professional dancers teaching them at OMNI.
"Barre is a fitness program that is based off of the ballet barre warm-up routine. It's very much focused on alignment, strength in the lower body, and we get to the core as well," explained Broyles.
"Pole is coming from an acrobatic standpoint. A lot of complete body strength, not just upper body. So if anybody is worried that they don't have upper body strength, you're going to gain it, but use your entire body to work around the pole."
Attendees can choose from a "Spin Me Right Round" class, with the pole in "spinning mode," or learn a small piece of choreography through the "Pole-ography" class.
Yoga and barre classes are $17 for a drop-in or $150 for 10 classes; Zumba and hip-hop classes are $15 for a drop-in or $120 for 10; and pole classes are $23 for a drop-in and $200 for 10.
OMNI is located at 2023 Lake Tahoe Blvd. next to Elevate Wellness Center.
"I like that we are next door to Elevate where they are working on the mind-body aspect with the acupuncture and the apothecary and all the other amazing things that they are doing over there," said Broyles, "and that we get to contribute to the that health, but with fitness in a creative way."