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This studio is called Yoga& for a reason. Yes, there are yoga classes (including hot yoga), but students can also participate in stress-relieving Pilates or high-intensity boxing fusion classes. Yoga classes challenge balance and flexibility while decompressing spines, and Pilates also tests the limits of flexibility, but focuses on developing strong cores. At boxing fusion, though, martial arts moves boost cardio endurance and strength, and, paired with stretching exercises, provide similar flexibility benefits.

2317 S Range Ave.
Denham Springs,
LA
US

A team of dedicated instructors impart discipline, focus, and physical strength to kids and adults alike during Wall to Wall Martial Arts's wide range of fitness and martial arts classes. Students master grappling and throwing techniques in Judo lessons, learn vital self-defense skills in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu courses, and build strong cores and limbs while burning calories in Muay Thai kickboxing classes.

239 Florida Ave. SE
Denham Springs,
LA
US

Whether they're striving to unwind after a stressful day or working toward confronting a bully, all students at The Chi Institute of Martial Arts are taught the importance of self-actualization from the start. Founded by Grandmaster Kwan Jang Nim R.S. Chontas?who began his martial-arts training in 1976?classes urge students of all ages and experience levels to work to their full potential, whether that's shooting for a black belt or learning tactics for defending themselves against sexual predators. The school also offers restorative hatha yoga, wherein practitioners can work to better their minds and bodies while releasing stress and tension.

3155 Nicholson Dr
Baton Rouge,
LA
US

With spring spreading like a bag of spilled gravy, now is the ideal time to throw open the windows and get home-care projects underway. Pick up a Steel Grip six-piece screwdriver set for $8.49 and a whole bunch of screws, anchors, and bolts (prices vary), and you'll be ready to finally mount every buffalo nickel and steel penny in your coin collection. If you need to match paint to a favorite coverlet or choose a hue that complements a pleather recliner, each store offers a paint-matching service free of charge. Get keys made for $1.99 a pop, or clean a barnacle-encrusted carpet with the help of a carpet-cleaning machine ($30 a day to rent).

38011 Highway 621
Gonzales,
LA
US

As an expert in kung fu and tae kwon do, Louis Charron had learned to wield his body as a weapon. After a time, however, he felt that his martial arts repertoire had ceased to expand—how was he supposed to respond on a dime to dangerous situations if his technique couldn't adapt? It wasn't until he began to specialize in krav maga that he experienced a combat system that continuously evolved, honing rapid-fire reactions to real-life scenarios. Louis dedicated himself to mastering the same self-defense maneuvers utilized by the Israeli Defense Forces, and today runs Close Combat and Fitness as lead instructor and the Louisiana State Director for the International Krav Maga Federation.

Inside the training facility, Louis teaches students to build from the body's natural movements and ward off armed and unarmed attackers, demonstrating tactics for offense, defense, and evasion. He maintains that fostering a positive mindset can create the best sense of security, second only to the confidence that comes from wearing brass knuckles on your hands and feet. That sense of security can particularly benefit youngsters, who gain the confidence to ignore bullies and the self-discipline to succeed in their studies. Guests of all fitness levels can benefit from his lessons, which have been featured on WWL-TV and Cox Sports Television Fitness 411 for their growing influence on the martial-arts scene.

4407 Veterans Memorial Blvd
Metairie,
LA
US

For more than two decades, the professional framers at Cannon Framing & Artworks have converted photographs and works of art into tasteful wall displays with matting, protective glass, and frames in classic or contemporary styles. The staff helps clients choose colors that complement a painting’s blues and greens, simple mouldings that draw the eye toward the photos inside, or thick baroque frames that distract police inspectors from noticing stolen Mona Lisa_s. While waiting for the framer to take measurements, peruse the store’s gallery of paintings, posters, and sports memorabilia, many of which reflect owners Kay and John’s enthusiasm for for collegiate sports and pro football.

4941 W Napoleon Ave
Metairie,
LA
US