One Yoga USA founder Jennifer Buergermeister approaches yoga's many forms with a mastery honed over 20 years—and the philosophy of a gardener. OYUSA's mission likens yoga to a tree: many branches, deep roots. In that spirit of multiplicity, it has designed flexible training programs that branch out from foundational training into a phantasmagoria of elective modules that total anywhere from 300 to 1000 hours. On the way to certification, students can immerse themselves in almost every flavor of yoga and supplement it with a buffet of Sanskrit, organic eating, anatomy and physiology, and neurolinguistic programming—forging a self-created major with far more real-world applications than their doctorate in unicorn dressage.
Born in the late 1930s, Sri Dharma Mittra studied the eight branches of yoga under guru Sri Swami Kailashananda, the man largely responsible for introducing the healing practice of yoga to the Western world. Through years of selfless teaching, and focus on building a community of healthy, spiritually-centered yoga practitioners, Dharma Mittra developed a devoted following of students throughout the United States.
Arlington Yoga Center's instructors stay true to the yogi?s teachings by welcoming pupils into an oasis of soothing pastel-colored walls and an airy practice space, guiding students through a roster of classes for all skill levels. A quick perusal of the studio's schedule yields ample opportunities for rejuvenation in a variety of sessions, including the restorative sequences of Gentle Dharma, which invigorates minds and bodies alike with gentler, less demanding poses. Targeting the muscles that support the spine, Dharma 1 and 2 sessions incorporate the eight limbs and 40 phalanges of the style's philosophy into a series of asanas that promotes stamina, graceful flexibility, and the ability to imitate a statue. More advanced classes bump up the thermostat to 80 degrees in order to ensure a more invigorating workout with deeper stretches. As a precursor to attending yoga classes, Arlington Yoga Center requires all new students to fill out a waiver and leave their pet howler monkeys at home.
As part of its mission to help men, women, and children develop healthy minds, bodies, and spirits, the YMCA of Arlington provides a wide array of fitness and well-being programs as well as family-oriented activities. The organization also serves as the city’s largest provider of childcare. During its 52 years in Arlington, the Y has expanded to include three branches, and in 2011 alone, it provided more than $80,000 in scholarships to help children attend its summer day camp.
YMCA of Arlington is a prototypical community and recreation center, modeling its amenities and social programs after the same five pillars—caring, honesty, respect, responsibility, and faith—that have driven the organization since its area inception in 1958. Adult members benefit from fitness rooms packed with cardio and weight-training equipment and classes such as Zumba, yoga, and tai chi. Meanwhile, KidZone playrooms, swim lessons, afterschool programs, and youth sports teams engage tykes while teaching the fundamentals of teamwork, respect, and spotting the weakest link in a Red Rover chain.
Niya Wardlaw?s personal struggles with emotional eating, weight fluctuations, and pregnancy fostered a newfound purpose in life. She traded in her masters of science degree for a certification in personal training with the aim to help other women suffering from the same problems.
At Bodylicious Fitness, Niya runs customized personal-training sessions, small group sessions, and workout geared toward pre-and postnatal women and ladies over 55 years old. She also teaches women how to eat healthfully while still enjoying their favorite treats. Daycare services are offered by appointment for clients who wish to have their children watched during training sessions.
In their warehouse-like gym, Rock It CrossFit's trainers teach a system of functional movements enacted at a high intensity. They implement equipment such as barbells, kettlebells, medicine balls, rowers, and even tractor tires, because the motions they require are functional. Functional movements such as lifting, pushing, pulling, running, and squatting are all integral to the CrossFit method. Integral because functional movements, when perfected, make all physical activities possible, and safe. To ensure everyone can benefit, they tailor routines to individual abilities and fitness levels.