The Yoga Path begins relaxing students from the moment they enter the cozy studio carefully decorated to evoke a feeling of calm, from a framed ohm symbol to a bronze Buddha statue to the flickering candles that highlight golden walls. Yogis of all skill levels can find suitable styles on the studio’s six-day schedule, which includes gentle basic sessions where instructors ease newbies into yoga practice by walking them through therapeutic postures to induce a deep state of meditation. Students in sunrise yoga sessions ease muscles with muscle-waking stretches to prepare bodies and minds for the day ahead. All of the studio’s instructors boast extensive years of training and yoga practice, and many hold several championship limbo belts.
The Dance Studio's instructors start by building a foundation. Teaching ballet and tap to students as young as 3, they instill solid techniques into students' muscle memories, setting them up to build on these skills throughout their lives. Teachers nurture a welcoming, noncompetitive environment, and are selected both for their dance prowess and their ability to serve as role models to their young charges. Locations in both Grand Blanc and Clio ensure that dancers have two places to practice their tour jetés or accidentally forget their tutus.
Founder Stacy Pillera, who holds fitness certifications through the AFAA and Madd Dog Athletics and a BA from Oakland University, removes daunting gym arenas from the workout equation with her group- and personal-training services. Stacy holds small boot-camp classes in the First Baptist Church's Fellowship Hall, encouraging campers to heft medicine balls and dumbbells to the beats of motivational music. She can also travel to area homes for private sessions, toting along all of the necessary equipment and cancelling the uncertainty associated with complex exercise machines and surprise locker-room labyrinths. Throughout her programs, Stacy ensures that she is completely accessible to clients through e-mail, online networks, and phone calls, readily responding to all health and nutrition queries.
Snap Fitness's around-the-clock gyms enable members to work on their physical well-being with a cornucopia of fitness equipment. With 24-hour access, members don't have to let The Man tell them when to help themselves to Snap's strength and cardio equipment, which features built-in TVs and other media diversions. For those who exercise during conventional hours, Snap's friendly, unintimidating atmosphere welcomes patrons of all ability levels, unlike schoolyard dodge-ball squads. Members also enjoy nationwide access to all Snap Fitness locations, ideal for working out while traveling.
For a dose of custom advice, patrons can seek out a personal-training session with a certified coach, who helps them assess and address their fitness goals. Clients reap the benefit of individual attention as a personal trainer helps them tackle weight loss, prepare for an arm-wrestling competition, or unveil the mysteries of arcane cable-weight machines.