After giving birth to her oldest child, Debra Cunha turned to yoga to restore her body, improve her health, and calm her frazzled mind. Instantly taking to the practice, Debra went on to study for years in the hatha, Vinyasa, and Anusara traditions under a variety of seasoned yogis. Today, Debra captains her own yoga studio where she conducts beginner and advanced classes in the Vinyasa and gentle flow styles.
Nestled in the heart of the historic Pawtuxet village, the studio is an intimate space with shelves of flickering candles and yellow walls adorned with eastern artwork. Atop the studio's hardwood floors, Debra and her team of certified instructors guide students through challenging poses designed to improve alignment, strengthen muscles, and reduce stress. Striving to create a supportive community, they encourage students to explore the city together after class by trying out a local restaurant or drilling all the local crossing guards for their family meatloaf recipe.
A place dedicated to the energy of group classes, Dragonfly Studio opens its doors seven days a week during high-octane sessions meant to motivate and inspire. Armed with free weights and a whole host of helpful equipment, students hit the hardwood floors with their mats during Zumba, Pilates, Spin, and Yoga.
The team at Now Yoga and Fitness bring the ancient art of yoga into the 21st century by filling their studio with technology designed to enhance sessions. Hanging on the wall above students, six SunSquare lights simulate the rays from the sun to help reverse the effects of seasonal affective disorder, which is caused by a lack of sunlight. These same lights emit LED heating to dilate blood vessels and relax muscles during hot-yoga classes. On the floor, EdenPure heaters infuse the room with moisture while purifying the air with antimicrobial and anti-swear-word heating coils.
Krissy's Dance & Fitness Studio is a judgement-free zone. The spacious studio, accented with bright, fun colors, hosts joyful, cardio-blasting group fitness classes such as Zumba, kickboxing, and Brazilian Butt Lift classes. Along with inspiring adults to feel confident and healthy, Krissy also leads kids' dance classes for girls and boys. She taps into her elementary education degree to lead kids in jazz, ballet, hip-hop, and other dance styles.
It's tough to make Zumba—a dance-inspired cardio workout set to upbeat music—feel any more festive. Still, the certified instructors at Vital Spark Fitness & Wellness Studio have found a way. They host Night Style Zumba classes, turning on the studio's black lights and donning neon bracelets that outline arms as they wave in time with twirls and steps. Along with Zumba's resonating beats, the experience lends the studio a pumping, nightclub vibe.
Even without black lights and glow sticks, though, the staff strives to make every type of workout an engaging one. The schedule includes more than one take on popular yoga and Pilates techniques, including PiYo and Yogalates. They also lead cardio-kickboxing drills, boot-camp routines, and the interval-training exercises of Tabata.
A positive attitude pervades curriculum at True Reflections Dance & Fitness. Inspirational quotes and bright colors dominate the walls of the lobby, and as they pirouette across the sprung floor, kids develop motor skills, cognition, and self-confidence. Classes for grownups are available, too, and these programs feature the same supportive atmosphere and positivity that makes kids' classes here so special.