At Krama Yoga Center, gentle and vigorous yoga classes help students achieve healthier bodies and higher levels of physical and mental concentration. Classes take place in a large open space generally heated 75 to 85 degrees with soft, adjustable lighting. They include Ashtanga and Vinyasa styles, along with dharma yoga, a hatha class that begins with a chant and sun salutations, followed by a series of progressive poses modifiable for all experience levels. A sound system even plays music, allowing guests to relax and whisper their most banal secrets to a room of strangers. Along with its standard yoga sessions, the studio hosts ongoing education classes on meditation and breathing exercises. Students can focus solely on the physical aspects of yoga or delve into a more spiritual, lifestyle experience, as the instructors believe that yoga can cultivate feelings of oneness and hearts free of judgment.
Chris was in terrible health. At 51 years old, he was battling two issues familiar to many Americans—high blood pressure and high cholesterol. So, he started attending Dallas Fitness Boot Camps. In time, he lost 40 pounds and 18% of his body fat, which enabled him to get his cholesterol down to normal levels and finally ditch his blood-pressure medications.
Though the classes completely changed his life, Chris didn’t have to make an exorbitant commitment—coach Ron Routhier asks students to attend just three 30-45-minute workouts each week. That’s all the time it takes for Ron’s masterful approach to emerge. The former infantryman spent years as the trainer in charge of soldiers that had met or exceeded the Army’s physical fitness standards. That discipline shows through now; in fact, another of his students boasts that Ron’s training got her in better shape than she was while in the Army Reserves. That’s not to say that students are expected to arrive in tip-top shape—Ron’s routines can be modified for all fitness levels, and his plans include nutritional guidance that helps people supplement their exercise with custom diet plans.
Brian Crull, the founder of Crull Fitness, has been creating sports-specific training programs for more than three decades. At his gyms, he continues to pursue his specialty, helping athletes hit baseballs further, chase soccer balls faster, tackle quarterbacks harder, and win the 100-meter dash without the use of rocket shoes. At the same time, he and his team of certified trainers help other clients meet their fitness goals with a wide selection of fitness programs, from boot camps and yoga classes to weight loss programs, which slim bodies in a supportive environment.
Studio owner Jenny Alterman believes that the human body is intended to be in motion. This is because movement-based exercises empower students by strengthening the connection between the body and the mind while allowing the muscle groups and organ systems to work together and restore harmonious function and balance. So in addition to improving students’ strength and flexibility, the center’s classes emphasize yoga as a system of healing that can ease chronic pains. And to ensure that each student is fully benefitting from the practice, the instructors cap attendance at 25 for each session so that everyone can receive personalized guidance.
The studio’s schedule fully embraces the scope of movement-based exercise. Yoga sessions include everything from physically engaging styles that introduce dynamically flowing asana sequences in a heated practice space to introspective sessions that use prop-assisted stretches and meditation to foster a sense of inner calm. To round out the schedule, instructors also lead mat Pilates, tai chi, and Zumba sessions throughout the week. Regardless of the style, every class includes all of the necessary mats and props, although students are welcome to bring their own from home or the nearest foam quarry.
A yoga instructor since 1966, Ranjana Pallana moved her business to Dallas in 1969, opening a studio that continues to guide yogis today. She oversees a team of capable instructors who help students build muscle and flexibility through a series of poses and breathing exercises. Pallana teaches Raja yoga, which blends classic Hatha yoga with modern twists in multilevel classes. At her studio, students learn to free themselves from mental clutter and stretch and strengthen their muscles.
In addition to helping clients strengthen their bodies, the staff works to beautify them. Waxing and exfoliating treatments keep skin smooth and relaxed, whereas Shirodhara treatments improve mental clarity and boost natural healing processes with warm oil poured over the forehead and scalp.
Former UFC and Pancrase champion Guy Mezger passes on his accumulated martial arts knowledge to students through his instructors at Guy Mezger's Combat Sports Club. He and his staff teach six different competitive fighting disciplines, such as boxing, judo, and no-gi Brazilian jiu-jitsu. They blend their disciplines with fitness and practical self-defense techniques, arming students with a valuable skill set that encourages a healthier lifestyle. They also teach kids, building confidence through measurable achievements such as belt advancement and wrestling matches.