It?s apparent to anyone who watches ballet that female dancers must be extremely light. After all, they often have to be swept across the stage and effortlessly lifted into the air, and their steps must be as silent as a sneeze at the opera. Yet, as slender as ballet dancers are, they still possess bodies that look as if they were chiseled out of marble. That dancer look?a slim body with long, lean muscles?is what barre3 helps its clients achieve with a combination of ballet-barre work, yoga, and Pilates.
At locations across the country, barre3?s instructors use a three-step process that first focuses on deeply exercising muscles using isometric holds. The workout then elevates heart rate with low-impact movements before cooling down the body with a recovery stretch that also helps elongate body lines.
The workout has proved to be so effective that it has received multiple press mentions, including in the Huffington Post and In Style magazine, and it has even drawn in body-conscious celebrities such as Madonna. Mothers in particular flock to barre3?s classes, as many locations offer on-site childcare.
One could say that 1996 was one of the worst years of Sara Alavi’s life. Within the span of months, she lost sight in her left eye, was diagnosed with MS, and developed a heart condition. Any one of those conditions could have debilitated her spirit, but Sara always lived by the mantra of “gratitude toward the gift of life and being grateful for our loved ones' lives.” That devotion to celebrating life led her toward the mind-calming and body-strengthening practice of yoga. After continued dedication to the ancient art, her eyesight returned and her health began to skyrocket.
Now a certified yoga instructor herself, Sara uses her earth-toned studio to host the bodies and minds of her students. Her yoga classes aim to improve bodily health by increasing blood flow and releasing muscle tension while stimulating the mind for sharper concentration and funnier Mad Libs. In the studio’s flower-curtain-lined healing room, Sara performs the raindrop massage: a combination of essential oils and reflexive therapy. She balances disrupted energy flows with reiki healing and assists at-home meditation with a guided relaxation CD.
Santa Fe Family Life Center recently expanded from a specialized tennis facility to a 55,000-square-foot comprehensive fitness center replete with saunas, three maple-wood basketball courts, and an outdoor swimming pool. In the belly of the facility, fitness experts develop safety-oriented routines that boost overall health, improve technique, and shed body fat during personal-training sessions. Group fitness classes foster camaraderie between participants as they stretch through yoga asanas, enhance functional movements through U-fit classes, and dance away calories in Zumba classes. After exercising, visitors cool off with towel service and pick up wee ones from the onsite childcare facility where tykes socialize and campaign for the title of Coolest Kid under staff supervision.
Four Graces Pilates Studio's experienced dance and fitness instructors pool their talents to lead numerous classes that focus on conscious movement over repetition. Pilates sessions aid students in slimming down their silhouettes without adding bulk. In Xtend Barre classes, some of which are led by former ballerinas, students grasp the ballet barre and light weights, deeply engaging cores, sculpting thighs, and lifting butts. No matter which class students choose, the studio stands ready to meet their equipment needs with its multiple medicine balls, ballet barres, reformer machines, and supply of suspendered unitards with stirrup bottoms.
Yoga is an ancient discipline long practiced for its health and healing benefits. So it's only natural that Free Spirit Yoga Studio would follow this discipline to its core. To do so, the studio specializes in healing hatha yoga and meditation yoga.
Yoga takes a holistic mind-body-spirit approach to exercise, granting regular participants the ability to simultaneously restore a sagging set of muscles and a droopy joie de vivre. Cadence offers challenging vinyasa-based classes for all experience levels and has a team of encouraging instructors who will teach you how to properly position all possible postures of your person, including Downward Facing Dog, Pensive Panda, and Unreliable Narrator. Get acclimated with the essentials in a yoga basics class, which explores the exercise's traditional postures and breathing techniques at a gentle pace for beginners. For a challenging abdominal workout, stop in for a core blast class, which throws some targeted Pilates movements into the usual yoga mix, or participate in a yoga fit session that incorporates weight training. Cadence's mind-body and restorative classes explore the more meditative, soothing aspects of yoga and will help you relieve your mind of emotional tension to make way for more important things, like Star Trek: Voyager fan fiction, vice-presidential trivia, and your cubicle mate's first name. Find a class that matches you on Cadence Yoga's class schedule.