The word yoga finds its origins in the Sankskrit word "yuj," meaning to yolk or bring together. That philosophy drives the practitioners at Three in One Yoga, who take the name of their business from their desire to unite mind, body, and spirit. To do so, they take a broad view of yogic traditions, combining the modern amenity of heated room with the older tradition of vinyasa yoga. While combining breath and movement to flow through postures, they group meditates on a particular subject, sometimes secularly chosen from yogic philosophy, or sometimes embodied by a passage of biblical scripture shared at the beginning of class.
Director Michael Jasecki, a champion dancer from Poland, leads a team of professional instructors who teach a host of dance styles. Classes at Bradenton Dance Center, which has been open since 1994, range from waltz, salsa, and swing sessions to lessons focused on romantic couples' dances.
City Fitness gets bodies into superlative shape with 7,000 square feet of fully equipped facilities staffed by experienced trainers. With the one-month membership, workers-out have unlimited access to the gym, allowing busy fitness junkies to fit muscle-punishing regimens into packed corporate schedules and unpredictable hours working as gopher-whisperers. The gym itself lures deltoids, gluteals, and trapezoids with all manner of resistance and cardio machines, facilitating weight-loss and muscle gain, and ensuring minimal wait times for machines. Boasting more than 100 years of combined fitness experience, the center's personal trainers, including professional body builders, college athletes, and martial-arts experts, assist health-seekers in crafting a regimen tailored to a wide range of individual fitness goals. In addition to workout guidance, the trainers offer adroit advice on nutrition, lifestyle, and appropriate dress for a morning wedding.
BounceU Sarasota welcomes kids to descend upon an inflatable, climate-controlled playground where they can bounce and ricochet in safety. Along with birthday parties and group outings, BounceU hosts open-bounce sessions that let sock wearers of all ages imagine they're synchronized leapers in a futuristic moon performance as they carom around the inflatable stadium, expending energy with every leap. Adults are welcome to act like 8-year-olds and join the vivacious youngsters in the playground. The inflatable arena also opens its buoyant doors to creative-themed bounce camps and programs, where boys and girls spend half their time with brain-bolstering projects such as creating their own painted masterpieces or learning to reprogram the remote to skip all news channels. After stretching the limits of their imaginations, kids then spend the other half of the day stretching the limits of their limbs on the inflatable playground.
The experienced fitness instructors at Sweat Studios lead students through the weight training, cardio, yoga and core work that makes up the studio's signature group fitness classes and personal training sessions. Each class style targets a different area of concern; BodyStep classes boost heart rates with height-adjustable step exercises, and BodyFlow classes fuse yoga, tai chi, and Pilates to leave participants feeling both flexible and calm, traits which prepare them for future attempts to land a burning helicopter on top of a skyscraper.
Though now spread over the United States with 27 locations, Crunch gym started in a basement-level aerobics studio in New York City. Despite the humble location, the gym's founders aspired to foster a workout environment that would keep members exercising through entertainment and not shouting from drill-sergeant-like trainers. Their idea was to host fitness classes with offbeat touches, including hip-hop aerobics featuring a live rapper and coed action wrestling.
Twenty years later, Crunch gyms' fitness classes still stray from the beaten path. Body Web with TRX sessions suspend members from a pillar, where they complete gravity-defying maneuvers with help from strong resistance ropes. In Bosu Bootcamp, every exercise is completed on an apparatus that is part balance ball, part core board, and fully endorsed by circus seals nationwide.
Director Ginny East's illustrious dance career has taken her around the country, from the Manhattan studios where she trained to schools and companies in Boston, St. Louis, and New York where she's taught and worked as a choreographer. Now she leads a team of lifelong dance lovers at ReFlex Arts in Sarasota, where she also co-directed the successful Flex Dance Studios for nearly two decades. It was while working at this latter location that, out of a belief that a studio should put just as much thought into its children's classes as its adult classes, she began developing her own youth-dance curriculum, known today as Kiddance. Like someone who was sent a link to a video of pandas rollerblading, the idea clicked: East soon began selling her syllabus to teachers from across the country, along with accompanying training videos and CDs. But even as kids' classes remain a focus for East—the Children's Dance Center teaches students ages two to eight basic dance skills and proper studio etiquette—she's found a way to incorporate into the center her additional expertise as a certified yoga instructor. Packed with exercises performed on suspended strips of cloth, the center's aerial yoga classes help students develop the gracefulness they need to execute a pirouette or climb a ladder on a unicycle. Since all the activities at ReFlex Arts involve developing the capabilities of the body, it makes sense that the center would also help visitors unwind with massage and body treatments. Services draw on techniques from around the world, from the popular gliding strokes of Swedish massage to the ancient Japanese healing motions of reiki.