Open Yoga Gallery helps yogis attain endurance, strength, concentration, and flexibility through 75-minute classes held in a progressive, eco-conscious studio. The passionate, certified instructors aim to revitalize students of all skill levels—from budding benders to expert extremity elongators—through a variety of small classes. Every week, the schedule brims with up to 40 classes, including Hatha yoga, which employs traditional postures to increase balance, concentration, and breath control, and Open Level Slow Flow, a gentle practice that focuses on core strength, alignment, and breathing while saying the class name five-times fast to improve enunciation.
Alyssa Lee Wilmot once envisioned a place where people could come and express themselves through movement; she brought that place to life when she opened The Movement Factory. Wilmot strives to find classes that combine fitness with movement arts, which explains her fitness-class schedule that's replete with dance-inspired Zumba, yoga, hip-hop, and barre sessions. All sessions at The Movement Factory welcome students aged 18 and older of all experience levels.
Bally enshrines exercise classes, calorie-burning equipment, and a fitness-focused staff within its sanctuaries of health. A 30-day membership includes access to a spread of group exercise classes, including Pilates, Reaction Cycling, and Step Fitness (class offerings vary by location). For self-guided worker-outers, cardio equipment such as treadmills, elliptical machines, cross-trainers, and stair climbers torch calories while entertaining the brain with video entertainment and integrated music systems that occasionally whisper quotes from Charles Atlas. Bally also boasts an array of strength machines, free weights, and small-apparatus equipment, and grants gym-goers access to on-site locker rooms, showers, and, at some locations, a pool and steam room. Visit each location's webpage for a list of specific amenities and the lineup of classes.
At Tango Apasionado, students learn graceful Argentine tango steps and the basics of leading and following under the tutelage of an instructor with more than 35 years of dance experience. Classes include group sessions, which students can attend without a partner, as well as a five-week Argentine boot camp that immerses them in the dance.
As Jaclyn Hoffman discovered, the myriad benefits of yoga—strength, flexibility, peace of mind—apply at any point in your life. After spending her youth honing her mental and physical skills as a dancer, Jaclyn suffered the pangs of adulthood ten years later. Mired by stress and a bad back, she began practicing yoga, which quickly healed her mind, body, and spirit. Now a certified Bikram yoga instructor and the co-owner of Prana Bodhi, Jaclyn guides others toward the same tranquility. Classes take place in a studio heated to 105 degrees, which helps increase blood circulation and sympathy for people who live in Arizona. Jaclyn is also a massage practitioner, offering spa services such as acupuncture and facials at the studio.
The expert benders of River's Edge guide students of all levels through yoga classes that strengthen wobbly bodies and calm bustling brains six days a week. Rather than starting newbies out with flashy yoga tricks and slick no-hands mat moves, beginner classes help novices learn the basics of breathing and relaxation as they perform postures while standing, sitting, and lying on the floor. Reservations are recommended for the first class. Align and restore wayward muscles to their rightful places during moderate classes, or streamline body and breath during the vigorous practice of Vinyasa. Next Step Yoga, which features an increased variety of poses, inches students toward greater muscle power, and gentle Chair Yoga coddles fragile frames with standing or seated poses supported by a steadfast seat back. Most classes span 90 minutes, and students should bring their own mats but can call ahead to reserve a complimentary rental if theirs is taking a personal day.