The benefits of yoga—a quiet mind, powerful muscles, and a general sense of being—that appeals to everyone. Nearly everyone could use a little more of the above, which is why Illuminate Yoga's instructors have designed a yoga experience that's accessible to all ages and skill levels. They know that people come to yoga for all kinds of reasons, whether it's to heal an injury or to make sense of late-period Beatles lyrics. That's why they've designed a multidisciplinary schedule with classes in Vinyasa Flow, Hatha, fire flow, klds yoga, and other yoga styles that appeal to everyone. In keeping with its theme of being environmentally friendly, the studio uses heat panels from Heating Green. The far infrared energy warms the body from the inside out to promote flexibility and detoxification without circulating stifling air.
Studio 3 Fitness instructors Jennifer Barton and Calie Shackleford team up to create a fun, supportive exercise environment steeped in motivation. At their facility, the fitness-driven duo leads a selection of classes that welcomes students of all experience levels, from drop-in barreAmped classes to boot camp programs with accompanying nutritional counseling and meal planning. The encouraging atmosphere that Jennifer and Calie have devised carries over outside the studio, as well, with Studio 3's online community and free health and wellness workshops.
While music lilts through the workout spaces of BarreAmped, instructors guide limbs through the muscle-lengthening maneuvers of Suzanne Bowen's BarreAmped programs. Many of them have augmented their extensive dance, gymnastics, and fitness backgrounds with training from Suzanne Bowen herself—including the Franklin studio's Amy Weber, who has practiced BarreAmped since before it was branded and now trains fellow teachers. She is one of five instructors onsite, not including subs. All of them specialize in the method's combination of dance, Pilates, yoga, and orthopedic stretching, demonstrating how to leverage the body against a ballet barre for deeper holds. With small movements that shift each posture, they tighten traditional problem areas such as the seat, thighs, and water wings that have been stuck on arms since childhood. They also align each student's physique with hands-on corrections during class.
Each of Bikram Hot Yoga's two locations is led by certified instructors who have undergone more than 500 hours of training. These experts lead classic Bikram yoga classes in studios that have been heated to 105 degrees, which can help to flush toxins from the organs. Their students assume 26 poses, each of which is designed to tone a specific set of muscles, boost flexibility, and improve overall feelings of well-being.
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The staffers at Half Moon Yoga strive to calm the mind and body alike with yoga classes, workshops, and healing services. They lead a broad range of classes, from meditative Ananda yoga to flowing Vinyasa yoga, which places an emphasis on breathing. Half Moon's other eclectic offerings include weekly workshops, energy healing, and massage therapy.
Xtend Barre's founder, Andrea Rogers, has traveled the world as a professional dancer, sharing the stage with celebrities such as Enrique Iglesias and Aaron Carter along the way. Once she slowed her pace a bit, a second career path emerged: fitness instruction. As a certified Pilates teacher, she witnessed how focused, floor-based isometrics could sculpt muscles as long and flexible as a dachshund doing a gymnastics routine. However, these exercises didn't always raise the heart rate enough to provide a cardiovascular workout. Disappointed, she began to experiment. Lo and behold, when the moves were flipped upright, she could pair them with dance elements, which solved the heart-rate problem and added a dose of excitement. Barre exercises from her ballet training became a staple of the routine, helping to stretch and strengthen the body from the inside out. In addition to burning calories and enhancing coordination, the music-fueled workouts can be tailored to suit new exercisers, injured athletes, and moms-to-be.