The Pilates Loft's owner, Beth Elkins, is not only a Core Dynamics–certified instructor, but also the creator of her own version of Pilates dubbed the Elkins Method Pilates technique. Between the exposed brick walls of her boutique studio, Beth and her two instructors teach her core-strengthening method to students of all levels during mat and tower equipment classes. By keeping each class in a private, two-person, or small group format, instructors can give one-on-one attention to each student to ensure every stomach curl, leg lift, and arm detachment exercise is performed safely.
Licensed massage therapist and registered yoga teacher Quinn Caya has dedicated his life to sharing his extensive awareness of the dynamic relationship between structure and energy through the practice of yoga, massage, ping pong, and Reiki therapy. The Swedish is the most popular way to improve circulation and erase tension, and the shiatsu is a needle-less way to reap the benefits of Chinese acupuncture by awakening the body's energy meridians. If you’ve been pounding the pavement in preparation for a marathon or enduring rigorous training, recharge with the sports massage, designed to enhance endurance and reduce recovery time. Quinn's widespread knowledge of the human body is projected through his hands during a specialized Reiki therapy session, a form of palm therapy and touch delivered electro-magnetic treatment that transfers healing energy into the patient, and has been known to disorient migrating birds.
A Hatha Yoga Studio in Buffalo, NY offering Iyengar-based, Anusara-based, Vinyasa Yoga, Beginners & Intro yoga classes plus Meditation, Private Sessions, Therapeutic Yoga, Qigong & Tai Chi, Dance Meditation, Holistic Consultations and more!
Members at Curves, a fitness center designed exclusively for women, rotate around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with female bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage participants’ machine maneuvering and muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing momentum, the hydraulic machines use your own body weight, fitness level, and aerodynamic water bottle to create resistance that matches abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
Equipment: Vault Boxes, Spring Floor, Parkour Obstacles, Rail System, Warped Wall
Students should bring: Clean Shoes
Average class length: 60–90 minutes
Number of Staff: 1–5 people
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Be creative and try something new with your friends
In summing up his gym's philosophy, co-owner Brian Sieteski puts it simply: "Parkour does not discriminate, everyone is welcome." At The Next Level Buffalo, the US Army veteran and his staff call upon their collective passion for movement to help students consider new ways of interacting with the objects surrounding them. Throughout the two-room facility, participants vault over bars and obstacles during parkour classes and free-running sessions or practice tumbling on a springboard floor.
Gary Majchrzak has traveled the world in search of meaning and spiritual awakening, but his journey began in the unlikeliest of places. In the musty confines of a public library in Buffalo, Majchrzak was first introduced to hatha yoga in a book that illustrated the style's distinctive poses and practices. That book planted a seed that would grow for 25 years, until he took a trip to Europe and a sequence of remarkable events found him trekking through the Himalayas in Nepal.
Fast-forward another couple of decades. Majchrzak is now a full-fledged yogi who runs workshops and classes in kundalini yoga, a style he learned in Seattle from Yogi Vikashananda and practiced during pilgrimages to Nepal. A step above hatha, this unique style of yoga is all about advancing one's consciousness through breathing and focused mantras. Perhaps it's his nomadic nature that has led Majchrzak to start his mobile business, Have Mat Will Travel. He leads his workshops at places around town, such as the Unitarian Universalist Church of Buffalo.