Natural light spills through a large window in Inspire Yoga's practice space to warm and illuminate students as they balance on bare feet and gracefully sweep poses. These students work their way through the studio's four signature classes, which offer challenges for newcomers and experienced practitioners alike. Beginners often start with Spark, mastering the foundations of vinyasa flow with poses that can even challenge those already familiar with yoga. Renew's slow-flow hatha postures also lay the groundwork for further practice, letting students stretch away tension and boost flexibility.
Inspire Yoga's schedule also includes Empower and Inspire, two classes that showcase the movement-based vinyasa tradition. Empower builds upon the foundations learned in lower-level classes, equipping students to transition between intermediate and advanced poses. The studio's most advanced class, Inspire challenges even seasoned students, integrating breathing exercises, physically challenging poses, and mind-centering meditations into a single practice.
In addition to hosting classes seven days a week, Inspire Yoga also brings workshops and advanced training events to the community, hosts private small-group sessions, and offers life coaching.
Someone once said life is sweet under the sea, and Mountain Bay Scuba proves that true with scuba lessons for divers of all levels. Their certified instructors lead basic introductory classes in heated pools as well as open-water certification courses that let divers swim with the fishes. They even up the ante on adventure with ice dives and specialized classes such as underwater photography and wreck diving. Along with outfitting divers with essential skills, they provide all the snorkels, flippers, and wetsuits needed to explore the planet's myriad aquatic worlds.
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, fitness frontierswomen 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.
One World Martial Arts has a lot of experience behind it. Owner and coach Steven Graves holds the rank of brown belt in judo and purple belt in Brazilian jujitsu, and he's also a state-licensed Juvenile Martial Arts Instructor. Additionally, the studio itself is an official Team Curran jujitsu academy, distinguishing the school as part of a group of elite martial-arts academies affiliated with the MMA program helmed by highly respected champion fighter and coach Jeff "Big Frog" Curran. Classes include jujitsu, muay thai, kickboxing, and yoga, and the school also offers kids' programs.
Experienced yoga guru Crystal Rohde guides bodies and minds to limberness with a friendly, encouraging instructional approach. Every Wednesday night, Thursday morning, and Saturday morning, Room No. 10 at the St. Therese School transforms into a yoga studio, welcoming yogis of all ages and abilities with Vinyasa-style techniques. Invigorate uptight torsos with a power Vinyasa yoga class, which combines classic yoga postures and breathing exercises for a challenging, flow-based workout. Yoga for Fighters uses the basic structure and forms of Vinyasa, which include core work and stretches, but with additional shoulder and hip stretches designed specifically for people who practice martial arts such as jujitsu, tae kwon do, and punchy fisticuffs.
Developing self-defense skills might be the most-obvious outcome of training at Champions Martial Arts, but it's not the only one. Parents of children enrolled in the school's program say it also boosts kids' confidence levels, social skills, and academic performances. These benefits aren't limited to children, however; teenagers and adults also can achieve fitness goals and improve discipline during their own age-appropriate classes.