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.
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.
At Pro Dojos, certified martial-arts experts lead students of all ages and skill levels through a variety of pugilistic disciplines. Each location is independently owned, so the martial-arts styles may vary, but many offer karate, tae kwon do, kick-boxing, aikido, and jujitsu classes. The instructors elucidate the noble combat arts to kiddos as young as 4 years old, helping them build strength and motor skills while instilling the values of self-confidence. Teen classes focus on honing discipline and treating yourself and others with respect, and adult classes reinforce cardiovascular conditioning, strength, balance, and coordination. The instructors also lead classes for the whole family, allowing them to bond as a unit, which could possibly lead to starring in a hit sitcom about a crime-fighting family who takes down comical villains in their idyllic suburban neighborhood.
"I now use many of the noninvasive medical services I offer at my clinics to fight the aging process. I have personally never felt or looked better and I am now in my forties," says Eleanor Welsh, founder of Skin Vitality Medical Clinic. Using Elos laser and radio frequency technology, her team of registered nurses and registered practical nurses is able to reshape bodies, erase body hair, and tighten skin with the push of a button. Their skill with beauty injectables comes from extensive training from Allergan and other pharmaceutical companies, giving them the deft ability to leave clients' faces more youthful than a rosebud in a sippy cup. For more dramatic results, Dr. Conor B. Turley performs cosmetic surgeries such as tucks, augmentations, and lifts.