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.
Dahn Yoga's signature style takes a holistic approach to yoga that targets flexibility, strength, breathing, and energy sensitivity. Classes at Dahn run roughly 60 minutes each, with a core regimen of stretching, breathing, and strengthening postures that will improve your keg-stand technique tremendously. Brain-wave vibration, Dahn yoga's personal exercise, claims to resynchronize your body and mind until they perform charming country duets once again. Instructors will monitor your progress, suggesting home workout plans tailored to your personal strengths and vulnerability to fire. Today's deal also includes a complimentary orientation class.
TELOS Fitness Center merges the business brilliance of general manager Brent Darden—a member of the health-club industry for more than 30 years—with the corrective-therapy expertise of fitness director Everett Aaberg—founder of the Ortho-Kinetics system. The center's regal interior casts a Greco-Roman vibe over advanced gym equipment, class studios, and spa chambers overseen by licensed massage therapists. Professionalism remains at the heart of the center's hiring philosophy, with all personal trainers required to collect at least two nationally recognized certifications and five active wasp nests before they are hired. As a sign of success, the staff's innovative training methods have garnered awards from such media outlets as the Dallas Business Journal.
More than 10 Pilates modalities fit inside a roster of group fitness courses, all of which culminate in a mandatory game of Marco Polo in one of the private jacuzzi tubs. Additional amenities include a childcare area with a Nintendo Wii, an affixed café with a full-time chef, and an onsite hair salon.
A yoga instructor since 1966, Ranjana Pallana moved her business to Dallas in 1969, opening a studio that continues to guide yogis today. She oversees a team of capable instructors who help students build muscle and flexibility through a series of poses and breathing exercises. Pallana teaches Raja yoga, which blends classic Hatha yoga with modern twists in multilevel classes. At her studio, students learn to free themselves from mental clutter and stretch and strengthen their muscles.
In addition to helping clients strengthen their bodies, the staff works to beautify them. Waxing and exfoliating treatments keep skin smooth and relaxed, whereas Shirodhara treatments improve mental clarity and boost natural healing processes with warm oil poured over the forehead and scalp.
MoveStudio, an adults-only fitness and relaxation center, fills its 6,200 square feet of space with specially-crafted floating wood floors, soft lighting, and modern decor. Instead of pounding away on fitness machines, exercisers jump into more than 65 group classes designed to get bodies moving.
Pilates Core Fusion tones abs and backs, and the Raise the Barre! ballet workout strengthens even the smallest muscles. Energetic Zumba sessions combine fun dance moves with music to blast calories, as does belly dancing and the Burlesque Shimmy & Tone class. After an intense workout, exercisers head to the infrared sauna for relaxation and therapeutic heat.
In order to give its patrons some time away from the kids to work out and discuss TIF districts, MoveStudio only accommodates people 15 and older. Though there are no onsite childcare facilities, it does partner with a nearby gym and kids’ center to offer discounted childcare.
As the sun sets over The Mat Yoga Studio, practitioners can step inside to the new, spacious studio where they can enjoy the renowned Karma Yoga Happy Hour, a free quarterly event open to the entire community features a live DJ spinning a yoga-friendly playlist on his mixing board. Each happy hour brings newcomers and seasoned vets together, with a local teacher leading lessons and a donated spread of food and wine building community camaraderie.
Outside the happy hours, the studio continues the good vibrations with classes held seven days a week, a dedication to tranquility which earned it a mention from The Richardson Award Program’s Best of Richardson in 2012. Typically open to all skill levels, some sessions focus on the graceful sequences of Vinyasa Flow; others center on deep stretching or meditation, which clears the mind more safely than holding a vacuum cleaner up to your ear. Dedicated practitioners can further hone their craft in Advanced Yoga Studies sessions, which together comprise a full, 200-hour yoga teacher training course.