Within Asana Body Mind Hot Yoga’s cozy studio, overhead panels generate the heat that makes students sweat in temperatures of up to 40 degrees Celsius. Since each panel warms only the students and their mats—rather than the air itself—the heat can better penetrate their skin, encouraging healthy perspiration to oust bodily toxins.
Employing the skills he learned while studying in the Indian province of Kerala, studio director Jason Campbell leads yogis through series of poses during a variety of hot-yoga classes, helping them hone their internal rhythm and stretch their bodies while building peace of mind. Jason and the other instructors walk students through each pose and adjust their postures as needed as they bend and sway atop springy cork floors designed to minimize the impact on joints and keep students afloat on the sea of sweat. To encourage a sense of community within the studio, students are encouraged to socialize after class, and staffers serve shots of nutrient-rich wheatgrass juice upon request before and after each session.
Mindful Balance shapes muscles and aligns spines using Pilates' total body conditioning techniques. Each small adult class ($13) guides participants using practiced precision and concentration to contort forms into swan-like shapes with silly string-like surprise. Stretch out on a mat before boosting heartbeats and endurance in Circuit Pilates or extend resistance while balancing on a stability ball instead of between the usual crocodile jaw. Mindful Balance's schedule weighs both beginner and advanced levels equally and includes sessions for expectant mothers and infants, toddlers, and teens. Men are also invited, granting the hairier sex a warm platform for twirling their brawny tassels.
Glow Yoga Studio guides newcomers and experienced yoga devotees through poses designed to build flexibility, tranquility, and strength. Owner Carol Baxter and her fellow teachers lead classes Mondays–Saturdays in Vinyasa, hot yoga, Hatha, and other styles that bolster inner solace, whatever the exterior's partying graces may be. Body-benders can salute the a.m. sun during Hatha Morning Flow, a charka-nurturing class ideal for students from beginners to intermediate levels. Hip n Hot, for intermediate to advanced students, is a holistic ejector seat for anxiety, stress, poor circulation, and negativity that, when concentrated, turns into YouTube comments.
Durham Boxing Academy has been toning limbs and cores since 2008, when its black and red facility first opened its doors and its punching bags finally ripened on their vines. A variety of programs await: there's boot camp, which offers a supportive group atmosphere, time outdoors, and a boxing-based general workout. There's personal training, for one-on-one instruction. And, of course, there's boxing?and even a session for kids, Junior Jabbers. These curricula put novice and seasoned gloves-wearers in the ring, with level-appropriate lessons teaching groups to punch, roll, and defend.
At BOSS Fitness Bootcamps at Ryouko Martial Arts, instructors teach discipline, personal accountability, and teamwork. A staff of stuntmen and internationally competitive fighters share the power and grace at the heart of the Korean martial art, leading students through the discipline’s fierce, angular strikes and gently circular movements. Featuring sprung gymnastic floors, the 6,000-square-foot facility also offers Zumba and boot-camp workouts as well as an extreme-skills class that teaches parkour, break dancing, and fight choreography.
Equipment: Martial-arts mats, punching bags, free weights
Students should bring: Bottle of water
Average class length: 30-60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: No
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot