From the superheated confine of their 3,000 square foot Ashburn studio, the instructors at Bikram Yoga Ashburn bring the health and wellness benefits of Bikram yoga to the community at large. Here, big windows let the sun in as yogis practice the 26 classic poses of traditional Bikram yoga in 105-degree heat, which helps students stretch further, detoxify their bodies as they sweat, and promotes weight-loss. Bikram yoga gives the body a cardiovascular and strength workout, helping to work every organ, gland, and muscle in the body as students twist and hold poses. Every 90-minute class follows a consistent flow, allowing students to understand poses and move on to mastering them. Students can adjust their bodies to the heat flow before classes or detox after classes with a quick trip to the onsite steam room.
Mintons Academy of Music immerses budding virtuosos in fun, intensive lessons taught by university-trained teachers. Private lessons explore all the main instrumental families, including strings, percussion, piano, woodwinds, and brass. Guitar lessons prep prospective pop stars to churn out blistering licks, and vocal coaching strengthens pipes for lucrative futures crooning or quickly subduing mobs of glassware. Group lessons surround kids with melodious coconspirators, making the learning process more enjoyable. Art classes unlock the wonders of painting, with students learning from the masters by imitating famous works.
Friendly instructors tap lifelong culinary passions to teach students of all skill levels the techniques and know-how necessary to create fast, fresh, and healthy meals at home. Classes eschew the long-term commitment and unintelligible Muppet-Swedish of traditional cooking schools, instead structuring each course to provide every tool, recipe, and procedure of the chosen culinary style in a single session. Groups of up to 20 students sidle up to prep stations in an inviting, casual kitchen, following the teacher's articulate instructions as they slice, sprinkle, and sauté a bounty of fresh ingredients and glean lessons about nutrition and practical cooking technique. Beginners and seasoned chefs alike learn to forge international dishes in classes such as Perfect Paella and "Banh Mi in a Pinch", whereas the Fast, Fresh & Fit Dinner course teaches busy families to make speedy yet nutritious fare for evenings full of soccer practice, ballet lessons, and peewee accounting courses. Once class comes to a close, each newly sharpened chef sits down to a handmade meal, partaking of the fruits of their labor and socializing with new friends.
LA Boxing’s instructors thumb their noses at the suggestion that fighting has no place in public. They happily subvert this social convention, leading students through safe and noncontact fitness classes inspired by the pugilistic arts. Each boxing, kickboxing, or group MMA class is led by a professional fighter, who teaches basic skills during the up-tempo, one-hour workouts. Students warm up with plyometrics before strapping on 6-ounce gloves and hitting a heavy bag with combination of kicks, knees, and elbows. Classes may burn between 800 and 1,000 calories per session, improve coordination and stamina, and increase your tolerance for listening to the theme from Rocky IV on repeat.
Since 1973, each of Sport&Health's 24 clubs has aimed for full fitness coverage with programs for every taste and family member. Guests can spark positive lifestyle changes with gym workouts and wellness services, or engage in a variety of sports. Each facility houses different athletic amenities for games and laps, from pristine swimming pools to squash and racquetball courts lathered in a fresh coat of peanut butter every morning. The camaraderie of group classes such as Zumba and Les Mills BodyPump barbell routines complement scores of gym equipment meant for exercising solo—or with the guidance of a certified personal trainer. The clubs also emphasize kid-friendly activities with arts and crafts, Kidz Klub childcare, and youth certification courses that teach teens the ins and outs of training. Depending on the location, spa treatments can knead tension from muscles and paint one's favorite kettlebell with a layer of Shellac.
Helmed by owner Ursula Cox, the staff at Inner Power Yoga guides yoga disciples through the poses of Vinyasa yoga, drawing on training that earned them Northern Virginia Magazine’s award for Best Yoga Studio 2012. Perched on bamboo floors in a studio with natural light and high ceilings, students stretch, bend, and twist as the 85- to 90-degree temperature assists in purging their bodies of toxins and chronic goosebumps. Ursula and the gang teach students of all skill levels, focusing on helping them link movement and breath. The instructors also hold private sessions for students who need more practice, and training sessions for students who aspire to master the ways of the yogi during teacher training.