Yoga Bliss elongates muscles and empowers equilibrium through a range of tailored stretching sessions, with several frequently offered course types and more than 35 sessions on the weekly schedule. The Ashtanga Primary Series, derived from meditative Hatha yoga, bolsters spiritual as well as spinal alignment, and hot yoga melts away stressors including toxins, muscle tension, and ice sculptures shaped like childhood bullies. Neophytes begin their evolution into veteran yogis with Basics seminars, and the gentle/restorative session's slow motions and measured breathing accommodate aspiring back-benders with injuries sustained during previous workouts or backyard wrestling matches. Students can stretch out on their own mat or rent one from the studio for an additional $2.
Erin Douglass's charming fitness boutique beckons dancers—who have and don't have experience—with its wall-spanning mirrors and ballet barre. After years of honing her Pilates skills and earning her teaching certification, Erin began to branch out to other exercise modalities and eventually discovered BarreAmped, an inventive form of dance and cardio-infused Pilates. Instantly pleased with how the technique blended a medley of small, isometric movements to sculpt lean muscle while elevating the heart rate, Erin shifted her Pilates-only practice into Purely e barre + pilates. This shift has enabled her to offer dynamic sweat sessions that are as challenging as each client makes them, potentially as challenging as selling a china shop during an earthquake or as easy as squashing a cake with an anvil.
Within the hot-pink walls of Teaze Fitness, certified pole trainers monitor each guest as women of all backgrounds and builds laugh in the face of gravity. The team teaches clients how to climb, spin, and strut around the studio's poles during a signature aerobics workout—one that blends pole dancing with yoga and mat Pilates for a full-body burn. They also uphold a one-pole-per-student rule, so poles don't shy away from unfamiliar fingerprints by turning into ropes and collapsing to the floor. With private parties and additional lessons on chair dance, flexibility, and yoga, the curriculum motivates ladies to unleash their moxie in a judgment-free zone.
Students bend, twist, and balance their way into core-strengthening poses at Yoga Vibe. A number of classes focus on different levels of yoga, and a restorative yoga class helps students suffering from neck, back, and knee aches. Instructors crank up the heat during hot yoga classes that aim to stretch out muscles and detoxify the body while preventing injuries. Further soothing spirits, the studio's holistic healers aim to relieve stress and tension with reiki and Thai yoga massage.
This studio is called Yoga& for a reason. Yes, there are yoga classes (including hot yoga), but students can also participate in stress-relieving Pilates or high-intensity boxing fusion classes. Yoga classes challenge balance and flexibility while decompressing spines, and Pilates also tests the limits of flexibility, but focuses on developing strong cores. At boxing fusion, though, martial arts moves boost cardio endurance and strength, and, paired with stretching exercises, provide similar flexibility benefits.
In 1959 German dancer Lotte Berk turned a back injury into the beginnings of a fitness phenomenon. Whether it was clairvoyant foresight, a prophesy spelled out in alphabet soup, or just plain stubbornness to dance her way through an injury no one knows, but her combination of ballet training and rehabilitative therapy formed the foundation of The Lotte Berk Method exercise studio. In 2001, after decades of running her own Lotte Berk studio, journalist and entrepreneur Burr Leonard teamed with a physical therapist to refine the movements of this workout to target specific muscles while reducing the impact on joints. The result became known as the Bar Method. Since the opening of Burr’s first studio, The Bar Method franchise has grown to 60 locations in 15 states and 2 countries. More than 80,000 students take these classes per month, including celebrities Drew Barrymore, Ricki Lake and Anna Paquin.