After signing up for Yoga For Life's teacher-training program, one aspiring instructor ended up getting a lot more than she bargained for. "I knew I would learn more about yoga philosophy...What I did not realize, however, was that this tiny, but powerful teacher would help me crack open the protective shell surrounding my own heart."
The teacher being referred to is Heidi Peters, the founder of Yoga For Life. Since she began teaching in 2000, she adopted a specialty in Anusara yoga, a style with philosophic undertones designed to help practitioners feel empowered, inspired, and happy. Her entire team is registered with the Yoga Alliance, teaching a broad selection of classes that range from introductory level instruction to advanced, mixed-level sessions. They can even help youngsters benefit from yoga with YFL kids classes, which work to instill self-esteem, body awareness, and compassion, as well as an attitude of cooperation.
Fitness Rx's team of instructors deploys to dozens of locations throughout southeastern Michigan to lead a staggering array of fitness classes. Whether they're guiding groups through kickboxing's strikes, yoga poses, or Pilates’ core-strengthening moves, they draw on their diverse backgrounds, years of experience, and enthusiasm. Additionally, trainers meet for one-on-one or semi-private sessions, and supplement workouts with nutrition support to help clients achieve varied goals, from building strength to fitting back inside their high-school-graduation cap.
Equipment: Reformers, Cadillacs, Towers, Chairs, ballet barre
Students should bring: Bottled water
Average class length: 30–60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1–5 people
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Print and sign the waiver; bring it on your first day: http://www.pilatesactivcore.com/pdf/New_Client_Waiver.pdf
The instructors at G.Studio boast certification and extensive training in Pilates, so it's no surprise that core-strengthening and stabilizing movements make frequent appearances during their innovative workouts. Whether leading energetic cardio dance routines, high-intensity circuit-training drills, or energetic barre sessions, the trainers emphasize full-body Pilates exercises that strengthen muscles and boost endurance. Their spacious studio boasts a large hardwood floor, towering mirrors, and a booming sound system that make it an ideal location for hosting holiday dance parties or building life-size model-train sets.
As handpicked songs reverberate through the sun-filled room, certified instructors lend individualized guidance and adjustments as students sequence through challenging physical poses. The scene is a familiar one inside Yoga Planet Studio, where a supportive community of students mingle with a laid-back teaching environment. New owners took the reins of the space in March 2013 and since then have built a staff of nearly one dozen teachers who relieve stress and bolster fitness levels for it students. Yogis of all ages and skill levels fill a variety of classes, including Hot Vinyasa, Yoga/Pilates Fusion, Basic, and Gentle classes, as well as more specialized workouts.
Xtend Barre studios extend across North America, where instructors challenge students with a range of classes. At Xtend Barre in Rochester Hills, 55-minute Xtend Barre classes are designed to sculpt muscles and tone cores through resistance training and Pilates-inspired movements. Students often gain more endurance and further develop their rhythm and dance skills, while performing these ballet barre workouts to energizing music and motivational signals from trained instructors. The total body workouts offered at this boutique fitness facility is for students of all ages and experience levels.