Suze Curtis. RYT, AAAI/ISMA -12,500 teaching hours, left corporate America in 1994 after years of feeling unsatisfied and directionless. She tapped into the things that made her most happy—teaching and leading others, helping people heal, being physically active—and was able to bring that all together, creating her own signature yoga style. This practice combines power yoga techniques with vibration healing philosophies to create a challenging, accessible modality of yoga has earned thousands of personal testimonies over fifteen years. The studio was also voted by Dallas A-List as Best Yoga Studio and also tops the list of the Addison magazine's 2013 Readers’ Choice Awards Winners.
To help students ease into stretches and eject any perspirable toxins, she heats the studio to 85–90 degrees. She and her troupe of expert instructors guide students through low-impact yoga poses with balance-challenging transitions that encourage students to synchronize each movement with rhythmic breath and tone. While students move from pose to pose, external music and internal humming, or toning, produce vibrations that resonate within the body to encourage natural, healthy cellular function.
A host of other services also are available, including personal yoga guidance, CPR certification and massage therapy. Clients can also round out their experience by browsing the yoga boutique, which features affordable designer clothing by 717 Couture.
Chris was in terrible health. At 51 years old, he was battling two issues familiar to many Americans—high blood pressure and high cholesterol. So, he started attending Dallas Fitness Boot Camps. In time, he lost 40 pounds and 18% of his body fat, which enabled him to get his cholesterol down to normal levels and finally ditch his blood-pressure medications.
Though the classes completely changed his life, Chris didn’t have to make an exorbitant commitment—coach Ron Routhier asks students to attend just three 30-45-minute workouts each week. That’s all the time it takes for Ron’s masterful approach to emerge. The former infantryman spent years as the trainer in charge of soldiers that had met or exceeded the Army’s physical fitness standards. That discipline shows through now; in fact, another of his students boasts that Ron’s training got her in better shape than she was while in the Army Reserves. That’s not to say that students are expected to arrive in tip-top shape—Ron’s routines can be modified for all fitness levels, and his plans include nutritional guidance that helps people supplement their exercise with custom diet plans.
Chrystal Rae and Andres Illera became best friends practicing yoga together, so it's no surprise that love is a fundamental tenet of Gaia Flow Yoga, their shared studio and registered yoga school. When describing the tenets of love-based yoga, Chrystal says that the practice hinges on the opening of the heart, which allows the spirituality of ancient yogic practices to blend with modern Western mindsets. So far, Chrystal and Andres have coaxed open the cardiovascular doors of more than 100 yoga teachers through their school, reaching exponentially more students and students’ imaginary friends along the way. With 29 active instructors and two locations, they teach an endless stream of classes that combine the ideas of Hatha, Raja, and Bhakti yoga.
With more than a half-century of martial arts experience, Trainers Elite owner Grandmaster Ron Van Browning has taken his share of hard knocks. But with every punch to the gut or high-impact kiss on the cheek he sustained, he refined his approach to fighting a bit more, too. Today, he and his team of instructors teach a streamlined form of fighting. Eschewing fancy flourishes, they instead teach practical techniques rooted in self-defense that apply to each of the studio's jiujitsu, Muay Thai, and MMA classes. Inside, the area is spacious enough to hold a 20-foot octagon, heavy bags, and offers plenty of practice space—yet classes stay small to give each each student lots of attention.
Former UFC and Pancrase champion Guy Mezger passes on his accumulated martial arts knowledge to students through his instructors at Guy Mezger's Combat Sports Club. He and his staff teach six different competitive fighting disciplines, such as boxing, judo, and no-gi Brazilian jiu-jitsu. They blend their disciplines with fitness and practical self-defense techniques, arming students with a valuable skill set that encourages a healthier lifestyle. They also teach kids, building confidence through measurable achievements such as belt advancement and wrestling matches.
One hour. In the time it takes to watch one prime-time drama, the trained technicians at Pure White Lounge can whiten teeth by up to eight shades. Armed with a hydrogen-peroxide or carbomide-peroxide gel and a safe—yet powerful—LED lamp, the team transforms less-than-white grins into radiant smiles without the cold sterility of a traditional dental office. A rundown of proper aftercare—such as avoiding soda for 24 hours or using only crocheted mouth guards—concludes each treatment, guiding clients to up to two years of whiter and brighter smiles.