On the day when Everyday Yoga opened in 2010, the yogis behind the project prepared a pot of tea to warmly welcome in new practitioners. Their goal was to make yoga accessible to their community, regardless of financial restraints. Though the gentle aromas of that first pot of tea have long since faded, the instructors still uphold their community-minded mission, helping students to apply yogic philosophy to their lives, on and off the mat. They continue to serve up pots of hot tea daily to welcome students to their studio.
Amid EveryDay Yoga’s warm adobe walls and delicate pendant lamps, students of all ages and abilities flow through Vinyasa, Ashtanga, and restorative Yin series that range from slow and gentle to vigorous. The instructors strive to make the atmosphere as welcoming as possible so that guests can confidently reach for their toes, reach for their neighbors' toes, and practice resonant breath—which they’ve cheekily dubbed "Darth Vadar breath."
After experiencing personal tragedy, Ivy Mitchell turned to Zumba Fitness and discovered more than a standard workout program. She was not only losing weight and getting in shape, but also found herself smiling more and feeling happier. She attributes this emotional windfall to Zumba's ever-changing routines, fun environment, and community atmosphere. After experiencing this personal change, Ivy decided to share her passion with others by becoming an instructor, and she now leads classes at three Detroit-area Zoe Fitness locations.
Ivy's Zumba sessions fuse the funky beats of international rhythms with easy-to-pick-up moves. This process can help students lose pounds and wiggle hips without wearing a salt-shaker costume and waiting to be shook by the giant living next door.
After turning around his own well-being with a series of personal training sessions, Keith Mann felt that the benefits of his healthier lifestyle were too good not to share with others and became a personal trainer himself. At his private gym, Intense Personal Training, Keith works alongside fellow trainer Asa Grad, introducing trainees to the same cardio and weight equipment that they themselves use to stay in peak condition.
When Michigan Kettlebells founder Craig Sylvester transitioned from the corporate world to the firehouse, he quickly realized his tired gym routine no longer sufficed. And so, the firefighter and paramedic turned to “old school” training methods, filling his garage with sandbags, logs, kettlebells, sleds, tires, willing neighbors, and anything else that could be lifted or lugged. Six years later, he credits his intense workouts with helping him stay injury-free on the job, and now shares his hardcore training techniques with students. After his pupils have mastered joint-mobility drills and basic kettlebell movements in an intro class, Craig welcomes them to join participants in several group classes. Kettlebell Blitz warms up bodies with calisthenics and yoga before moving on to the hefting of kettlebells, sand bags, and tires, and more advanced classes see attendees mastering the snatch, clean, and jerk or incorporating traditional weightlifting exercises.
When Mark Swift began personal training eight years ago, it was a part-time passion. But his love of fitness so inspired clients that the on-the-side job flourished into a full-time endeavor, Swift Results Personal Training. Mark still whips his clients into shape with a back-to-basics philosophy that relies on high-impact, high-intensity, sweat-inducing workouts. But his services now also encompass in-home sessions, group training, sports training, and Warrior Boot Camp.
"Torture chambers"—that's how many students of Bikram Yoga would describe the studios where they practice their craft. It's an apropos name for places set at a blazing 105 degrees that feature students twisting their bodies into 26 yoga postures. However, these hatha-inspired positions heal rather than hurt; as students flow through the therapeutic positions, the simmering heat soothes away chronic aches, boosts flexibility, and encourages everything from increased circulation to healthier lymphatic flow.