Yoga Alliance, one of the yoga community’s larger training facilities, awards its E-RYT 500 certification to students who have completed at least 500 hours of training and 2,000 hours of teaching at a registered yoga school. Laurie Mort is one such student. Now, Laurie shares this wealth of knowledge and experience with students at her studio, Inner Strength Yoga & Healing Center. And Laurie’s business is aptly named. After a car accident in 1972 that nearly took her life, Laurie began on a path of healing that included yoga and meditation as a way of keeping her from spending her life in a wheel chair. That journey certainly took inner strength, and is the inspiration for her compassionate teaching style.
At her studio, she and her staff of experienced yoga instructors—two of which are fellow E-RYT 500 certified instructors—predominately practice the poses and breathing exercises of hatha yoga. Nearly all of their classes are open to beginners and experts alike, including flow yoga, restorative yoga, and ThaiSen, which uses stretching and self-applied acupressure kneads to boost energy. For further wellness, the center also offers healing services such as reiki sessions and hosts workshops and events including group psychic readings.
The Xtend Barre workout combines choreographed dance moves and with the toning moves of Pilates. Something about this combination?the core strength built by Pilates and the flexibility developed by dance?struck a chord with fitness enthusiasts, and the workout took off. Now, experts across the country teach the basics of the ballet-barre workout, as well as other classes including Xtend Barre Stick (the regular workout with a Pilates Stick mixed in for extra resistance) and TRX suspension training.
A former competitive bodybuilder and self-professed fitness fiend, Kathy Babcock has trained everyone from kindergartners to grandmothers to high-school football teams. At Healing Crown 2 Toe, Kathy preaches a natural approach to aging and self-preservation. Private Pilates sessions build long, lean muscles, whereas dance and Zumba classes burn calories in an energizing, supportive group environment. Kathy also hosts a weekly segment on KUSI's "Good Morning San Diego."
Named Best Gym of 2011 by CityVoter, Tri-City Wellness Center matches the energizing amenities of a cardio area, cycling studio, and weight-training fitness floor with the warm embrace of three saline-treated pools and jacuzzis for men and women. Trainers with backgrounds in exercise science expedite the race toward wellness through fitness classes, health seminars, and special events. The HydroWorx 2000 pool assists physical-therapy patients in gently strengthening their muscles and developing the power of sonar.
Wreathed in vegetation and water features, Tri-City Wellness's mind-and-body studio inspires serenity with yoga and Pilates for tense mats. Visitors exit studio through a Zen garden and into three spa treatment rooms that play host to massages and facials. In well-appointed locker rooms, digital lockers safely stow belongings without the aid of a padlocks as guests unwind and steam broccoli in the sauna.
Instructors never run out of steam at BODYROK. It’s their job to keep the atmosphere upbeat and encourage students to push through their demanding Sculpt and Cycle classes. The 40-minute Sculpt classes heighten the core-toning effects of Pilates with cardio exercises on individual Proformer machines. The Proformer's resistance can be adjusted to accommodate any fitness level so first-time students can follow the workout and veterans can continue to challenge themselves. In Cycle classes, students hop atop Scwhinn A.C. Performance Indoor Cycle Trainers that use magnets to generate resistance instead of forcing riders to pedal through tubs of yogurt. The two workouts collide in the 50-minute Sculpt and Cycle class as students hop from Proformers to Schwinns for a blend of lower body- and core-focused training.
A strong core improves posture and prevents injury?that?s the theory behind Pilates. At Pilates Room Studios, instructors put it into practice in more than 150 fitness classes a week at six studios. Students of all abilities strengthen their minds and muscles during a variety of classes using state-of-the-art equipment. In recent years Pilates Room Studios have expanded, opening additional locations and upgrading their equipment to include the most modern makes and models. Each high-end space beams with vibrant colors to give guests a motivational boost while boosting their own fitness levels