The founders of Studio 108 Yoga, Eagan and Kim Wilson, lead a highly experienced team of instructors as they steep people in a serene space conducive for meditation. Kim and her cadre of seasoned yogis lead session of Gentle, Vinyasa, Restorative, Yin and Tantric Hatha Yoga, in a comfortable learning center that is warm enough for muscles to stretch safely without sustaining injury or insults from spiteful snowmen. In two rooms outfitted with sustainable bamboo flooring and custom murals, students can cycle through myriad classes or get advice from instructors on which version of yoga might best suit them.
Inside Studio 108 lies a separate body-toning facility: Elite Self Defense Training, which specializes in self-defense and kempo karate classes. Its black-belt instructors teach men, women, and children how to defend themselves against punches, knives, and guns. They also tailor their classes to suit each group, which might mean teaching children how to defend themselves against a bully or men how to protect themselves in a bar fight.
Surya Center for Yoga founder Lisa Marshall discovered yoga while she was pregnant, when she used the ancient practice as a way to calm and strengthen her body and create a better environment for her little-one-to-be. The Surya Center for Yoga community is available to students seven days a week, and they can drop in on classes in 10 distinct modalities, including sessions exclusively for beginners and all-levels classes. A stable of 10 certified instructors guides students through sessions such as a 60-minute gentle Hatha-style yoga class designed to calm the mind and reduce stress, or a Wednesday-night candlelight session that incorporates blocks, straps, and blankets to ease inflexible joints or injured limbs into position more gently than a lamb moves a Jenga block.
For three decades, owner Debbee Sharpe has worn many hats to help others discover the benefits of fitness. Her extensive resume includes stints as an aerobics instructor and physical-education staffer at Duke University, and appearances on ESPN2 and the Health Channel. She shifted her focus to Pilates, as she found that it improved her posture, strength, and overall attitude in life, which motivated her to share these benefits with others at her studio The Pilates Body Loft.
Her classes encompass Pilates standards, utilizing equipment such as mats, balls, and TRX suspension, but also veer off the beaten path into barefoot BeamFit classes—combining Pilates and gymnastics techniques. But Debbee's creativity shines brightest in her Mat to Saddle Pilates classes, in which riders apply Pilates principles—including core strength, balance, and control—on horseback to improve their riding skills and their connection with their trusty steed.
Private sessions are also available for those students that want personalized instruction or someone with whom to reenact Laurel and Hardy scenes.
Health and Longevity Fitness takes a hands-on approach to physical fitness and health, starting with a complimentary nutritional consultation for new clients. Certified personal trainers design custom programs tailored to each trainee, which can range from tuning up muscles or athletic performance to rebuilding strength after physical therapy. Nutritional counseling keeps bodies trim outside the workout room, while Zumba, yoga, and muay-thai group classes cap attendance at a maximum of eight students or 16 centaurs.
The studio's setting and amenities dissociate themselves from overcrowded gyms, designating intimate exercise zones for each type of training. Across from treadmills, stair-climbers, and ellipticals in the cardio room, three 47-inch flat-screen televisions pipe in news from the world, sitcoms, or whatever channel you choose. Post-workout, clients wind down with a trip to the onsite massage therapist, or clean up in the tile and marble private showers.
The studios at Bikram Yoga North Texas always stay a balmy 105 degrees. Their staff of 13 teachers leads the heated classes seven days a week, morning through evening. The heat serves to cleanse the body through sweat, and it helps limbs sink deeper into stretches, twists, and bends. Bikram?s series of 26 postures works every muscle in the body systematically, each pose building off the last throughout about 90 minutes.
At Sunstone Yoga, students radiate calm and self-awareness as they practice ancient poses designed to stretch, strengthen, and purify the body. Instructors complete 500 hours of training in yogic techniques, teaching, and physiology before leading classes, so they can hand out researched, tested tips on safety and alignment. Most classes come in 30-, 60-, and 90-minute varieties and focus on energy or restorative relaxation. A two-class introductory series welcomes beginners with basic standing poses, and the popular fire series explores up to 34 poses in a 99-degree room that loosens muscles to facilitate deeper stretches as it ousts toxins. Filled with soothing music and 90-degree temperatures, the water series cultivates more serenity than getting a massage from a singing whale.