Everyone on Bikram Yoga's team of instructors has a conversion story. Some, such as Andi Martin, figured out how to rein in rampant chronic pain practicing the 26 asanas, while others weaned themselves off medication they had been taking for years. This enthusiasm infuses the expansive yoga studio with a peaceful energy that has drawn a community of 20,000 members.
During 90-minute sessions, up to 90 students flow through 26 postures taught by Bikram-certified instructors, stretching muscles in the heated room. Fresh air circulates within the 2,500-square-foot studio as students practice deep breathing and tone cores while sweating out the toxins responsible for making them feel sluggish or swear at the mailman. Rented mats and towels unfurl along the length of the odorless, moisture-resistant Flotex flooring, and out in the lobby guests relax in various bamboo-bedecked nooks that encourage socialization. Parents can drop off children at the kid-watching room before cartwheeling into a class or taking in a relaxing massage.
Founded by a health and fitness instructor with 20 years of experience, each of Equilibrio's private session is led by one a certified Pilates instructors. They'll teach you how to use different Pilates equipment and possibly work with some free-weight-training exercises. Personal sessions are good for beginners and hard-cored veterans who want to bring their Pilates game to the next level. Under a motivating and watchful eye, you'll quickly master the machines that will remaster your body. Equilibrio Pilates requires three private lessons before moving on to group equipment-classes; today's deal allows you to get the prerequisites under your belt.
A former college athlete and Boston Marathon runner, Krista Clinton knows the frustration of sitting on the sideline because of an injury. At KinesioFit Physical Therapy & Pilates, Krista helps clients heal from injury and develop stronger bodies through one-on-one sessions and a Pilates-centric approach. Manual-therapy sessions help improve joint mobilization and range of motion, and Pilates therapy helps correct muscle imbalances, improve strength, and prevent re-injury.
Today’s Groupon flexes, stretches, and twists your soul and body into a purity pretzel: for $25, you get five yoga classes at NuLife Yoga (a $50 value). It's perfect for de-stressing from holiday stresses that include taking difficult family pictures around the holiday tree, singing already-challenging holiday songs in more challenging keys, and building a home computer so you can send out holiday e-cards.There once was a flexible gal, Whose yogic skills never did fail, When forgetting her keys, She just pulled in her knees, And squeezed through the slot for the mail.
Today's Groupon personally calms your core and gives it the strength to endure all life's bends, loops, and twistywhirls. For $35, you get one private Pilates class and one group equipment Pilates class at Tru-Balance Pilates Fitness Studio in Willow Glen (a $120 value). Expert instruction and a dedication to your body's potential at Tru-Balance will make you a champion Pilatist whose perfect postural muscles will be extolled by troubadors, lonely long-distance runners, and cone tenders for years to come.
Kathy Burgett started bringing fitness into other people's lives in 1978, and since then she's been on a nonstop road toward expanding her workout regime. She got her degree in Physical Education from Washburn University in 1982, aced her ACE Personal Training Certification in 1992, and even opened her own school in 2000, borrowing her gym nickname to complete the title of KB Fitness.
Now, with a host of other instructors, Kathy whips clients into shape with one-on-one training, group fitness classes, and temporary tattoos of motivational posters. Her teachers increase flexibility with yoga courses, empower cores in Pilates reformer classes, and turn heart rates up to 11 during cardio kickboxing sessions.