The experienced Kundalini instructors at Kundalini Yoga House guide guests through mind and body exercises, teaching an ancient form of yoga that focuses on awakening untapped energy via a series of poses, breathing exercises, and meditation. Banish stress by twisting torsos and elongating appendages during the yoga for stress relief classes, or feel your breath ebb and flow during breathing practices in the yoga for harmony session (taught in Spanish). The 60-minute yoga for women course teaches Kundalini yoga sets and meditations that are specially designed for women, just like stilettos and pH-balanced deodorant.
With machines set up in rows to encourage competition, many ordinary gyms cater to men's bodies and psychology, right down to the urinals that were "accidentally" installed in the women's locker room. At Curves, you'll move around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with women's bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. For 30 minutes, you'll move around a circuit that positions machines inward so that you'll have a chance to laugh with your fellow fitness frontierswomen. Because you're all at different stations, you won't feel like you're in competition with anyone but yourself—and a soundtrack of fun, upbeat music will include cues to let you know when it's time to move on to the next station. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage your machine maneuvering and your muscle making and each membership can be used toward unlimited visits and free weight-management classes with trained professionals.
Each day, Crossfit 956 comes to life with individuals looking to whip their bodies into shape. People squat with heavy medicine balls, climb ropes that dangle from the ceiling, and flip over giant tires. They also work muscles during weightlifting reps, and lift their own weight using pull-up bars.