Pa-Kua is a comprehensive martial art which brings the student to a sense of understanding of himself as well as his surroundings. Pa-Kua stresses personal development and is most recognizable by its circular form of combat. Pa-Kua develops every part of the human anatomy by generating a proper flow of energy within the bod
Captained by Rolando Balboa, a fencing coach with more than a decade of experience, Brooklyn Fencing Center designs routines that give students a competitive edge. Balboa augments his instruction with that of saber coach Judy Cummins, an expert fencing instructor who has been making swashes buckle since 1993. Students don sweatpants and exercise shoes before engaging in whirling bouts across the 5,000-square-foot facility, which rings with the clash of steel and hums with the sound of smartphones looking up saucy taunts. Adult classes find no more than 14 fencers training and sparring foil-a-foil, and the existence of specific divisions for competitors in their 40s, 50s, 60s, and 70s keeps students matched with their peers. After class, rinse off the heat of combat in the showers or retrieve belongings from the locker room before swaggering home.
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Bend & Bloom Yoga subscribes to the teachings of Vinyasa yoga, which uses rhythmic breathing and flowing movement to increase the body's flexibility, energy, and stress-freeness. More than 50 drop-in classes take place each week, helping all skill levels work up a sheen of sweat. The basics yoga class highlights fundamental physical and mental principles, and the advanced flow class tackles issue of non-flexibility with more complex back-bending and body inversion. Bend & Bloom's pre-natal and post-natal yoga classes incorporate postures designed for women who have given birth, will give birth in the near future, or are currently giving birth.
When Jaine Gitelman built her studio from the ground up, she made a conscious decision to ban mirrors from the practice room. Without them, she reasoned, her students would be less likely to distract themselves by comparing their progress to that of others. The two tenets embodied in that rationale—concentration and non-competition—are central to Hot Spot Yoga. In addition to banishing mirrors in her yoga rooms, she flouts traditional hierarchy in favor of Vinyasa classes that remain open to all levels. “There’s no such thing as beginner, intermediate, and advanced in yoga,” Gitelman explains. To her, the key is to modify poses according to each student’s comfort and abilities.
Though the studio’s classes may be welcoming, they’re still challenging. Up to 100 degrees of heat force students to test their physical limits as instructors flow swiftly through sustained poses. With hundreds of Vinyasa poses to choose from, instructors make sure to never repeat and to take suggestions from students who wish to experiment with a new pose. They’re also happy to just let students sit and meditate on the view from the studio’s window, which looks out on distant skyscrapers and a canal filled with bathing Godzillas.
The Fitness Guru provides a range of group class styles designed for exercise enthusiasts of all make and model. Guru's Circuit is a sixty-minute comprehensive training course that incorporates cardio, stretching, bouncing, jumping, and electric sliding to forge a full-body challenge. Take the classic body and mind approach to fitness with yoga or Pilates mat classes. The TRX suspension system is a training device for cardio, strength, and flexibility that was designed by Navy Seals, in conjunction with an elite team of bridge builders and incredible hulks. Check out the class schedule for an overview of upcoming opportunities to drop in and shape up.