Husband-and-wife team and Prana Power Yoga cofounders Philippe and Taylor Wells foster an environment in which clients can explore holistic wellness through yoga, intensive workshops, and events. Instructors at each heated studio locations roll out the welcome yoga mats, encouraging students of all interests and skill levels, from mothers-to-be to veteran sun saluters, to build strong bodies and peaceful minds in a judgment-free environment. During athletic Vinyasa-style yoga classes, certified instructors crank up temperatures as high as 99 degrees before taking mat mavens through a sequence of sweaty postures linked with mindful breathing exercises designed to boost lung capacity to Sting-like levels. Meanwhile, visitors in search of a transformative experience can attend one of the studio's workshops or events, which range from juice cleanses to destination yoga retreats in Nayarit, Mexico.
If their rippling muscles and lean torsos are any indication, the personal trainers at Back Bay Fitness practically live in the gym. Even so, they appreciate that not all of their students share the same enthusiasm for barbells and medicine balls. That?s why they?ve devised a holistic approach to fitness that starts in the gym, but extends to all aspects of life. When they aren?t pushing students past the brink of exhaustion in Back Bay Sweat, Lengthen and Strengthen, and Kettle Kamp classes, they offer nutritional guidance to help maximize the results of each workout. They also take the time to get to know each of their clients by name, which helps them build meaningful relationships without having to steal glances at each student?s monogrammed sweat rag.
Now celebrating 130 years of health, fitness, and community, YMCA remains true to its lasting mission of physical and social enrichment for men, women, and kids of all ages. Staff members uphold the YMCA’s core values of honesty, acceptance, and fairness as they invest in their community’s children and strengthen family bonds critically weakened by overzealous games of Monopoly. They pump up adult-fitness regimens with aquatic fitness and boot-camp classes, personal training, and a full gymnasium outfitted with equipment for basketball, boxing, and rope-skipping. They’ve also filled their fitness center with free weights, cardio equipment, and rowing machines. When they’re not helping adults trim down waistlines during yoga, cycling, and aerobics classes, staff members are getting back in touch with their inner children. They stimulate imagination, mental development, and growth as they lead children’s day camps, after-school programs, and youth basketball.
Cultural development is also a priority at the Cambridge YMCA, fulfilled through operas and plays held in Durrell Hall, the center's historic Victorian theater. This YMCA outpost further strengthens and unites the Cambridge community through its Central House facility, a 128-unit, substance-free housing complex that shelters men in need.
Kundalini Yoga Boston's highly experienced instructors unify minds and bodies on the quest for spiritual growth with Kundalini yoga classes. Kundalini yoga gentle-stretch and meditation classes pair flowing motions with mantra-packed chanting, clearing limbs of pent-up stress and minds of illegally downloaded memories. Welcome a lungful of clarity with the Kundalini yoga and breathwork class’s meditative inhalations, or absorb the chi-centering sound waves of the Kundalini yoga and gong-meditation class’s titular instrument. Check the schedule for a full list of classes and times, or divine the information offline by decoding messages hidden in the phonebook.
DanceFit hosts a wide variety of options for gals of all ages and abilities, from little girls pulling on ballet slippers for the first time to ladies burned out from attending too many repetitive gym workouts. Leading pre-ballet for kids as young as 3, the studio's instructors instill the foundations of coordination, dance vocabulary, and body awareness to set the tone for a series of more advanced classes, including pointe and jazz. Dance-fitness sessions such as the barre-based BalletFit and latin-dance-infused Zumba motivate adults to trim down and tone up, and yoga classes help guests lengthen and strengthen their bodies while relieving stress. The Natick location also offers Hot balletFIT, which is balletFIT conducted in a 90 degree room.
To further alleviate life's worries, the studio offers virtual classes via Skype, helping patrons more conveniently fit a workout into a hectic schedule. These sessions are held throughout the day, and allow patrons to hit their yoga mats in the comforts of their own homes or sculpt rock-hard abs in their office's supply closet.