All About Yoga?s resident teacher Gabrielle Louise found that a heightened state of well-being, enhanced by yoga and meditation, brought her above the physical pain she experienced on a daily basis. Since then, she's practiced what's known as StressAce yoga, a modality whose movements and breath are patterned to trigger reflex responses not unlike those from childhood. These responses are what help the body and mind release deep stress and may result in sudden, unprovoked moments of joy, increased mental clarity and awareness, and an overall sense of balance, mentally, physically, and spiritually.
The classes at Gabrielle's studio range from three yoga modalities to kriya meditation. She guides students through a variety of yoga poses and, in the process, shows them yoga's many benefits, including deep relaxation, boosted flexibility, increased body awareness, and increased overall physical wellness. In addition, she also taps into other Eastern arts, restoring balance and boosting memory with meditation, increasing peace of mind with gentle movements, and activating dormant happiness energies with focused poses.
Innovation is alive and well at Pilates of Collierville, a wellness studio whose instructors specialize in Stott Pilates, an updated system based on the original Pilates technique developed in the 1920s. Stott augments the original core-strengthening workouts of Pilates with new forms of resistance, building students’ muscles with equipment such as exercise mats, resistance bands, and wading pools filled with half-churned butter.
Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Dancing With the Stars multiple-champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of Jazzercise's improvisational workouts, though luckily you won't need her dance moves to get the most out of your class. If you're prone to first-class jitters, though, you can review the basic moves online before you go. Expect to burn off up to 500 calories with each go-round.
GymStars' enthusiastic, experienced staff of coaches and trainers helps buff bodies to build muscle, tone tummies, and garner grace within a safe and clean facility. Kids' gymnastics classes teach little tumblers full-body bendiness so they can pursue careers as milkshake straws and pipe cleaners.
Faction Strength and Conditioning is a CrossFit gym, which means exercisers gather regularly for intense, rigorous workouts that change up every day. Most opt for the regular WOD, or "workout of the day" CrossFit sessions, which might incorporate anything from pull-ups to powerlifting to sprinting, but competitive athletes can train in Competitor and Weightlifting sessions.
Though the gym is characterized by tough, discipline-building routines, coaches make sure everyone feels welcome. Memberships start with two free weeks of Fundamentals class, which acclimates newbies to CrossFit's unique challenges and imparts safety principles. And on the gym's FAQ page, the question "Do I need to be in good shape before I start CrossFit?" is answered with a "Psssh?NO!"
The certified dance and fitness instructors at Euphoria Fitness Studios believe in the physical and emotional benefits of movement. Zumba and cardio kickboxing burns fat and tightens muscles, sassy n’ stiletto classes activate mid riffs through boogey routines designed to boost self-confidence. Euphoria's Kidz Zone offers a range of children's classes, such as Hip-Hop and Bounce, a high-energy class centered around hip hop choreography and movement, and Tumbling Tots, which aims to build motor skills of kids as young as 3.