Named for both the Thai word for go and a small, peaceful town in Thailand, PAI Yoga & Fitness strives to combine two conflicting notions—energy and tranquility. Motion and stillness unite in PAI’s roster of classes, which range from yoga's fluid postures to challenging, heart-pumping TRX routines. At two locations, their new one opening in Gahanna in the fall of 2014, the instructors lead classes within appropriately matched settings, with yoga classes taking place in a sunlight-drenched room with gleaming wood floors and fitness classes occurring in a black-floored studio populated by feral megaphones.
The Pilates Studio of Central Ohio uses the Stott Pilates method to stretch and strengthen the deep torso muscles of its clientele, emphasizing shoulder and pelvic strength and stability. Beginners can take advantage of the unlimited mat classes to learn foundation exercises and work their way through the eight primary mat sessions required to take the studio's higher-level classes. Those new to the studio but privy to the Pilates secret handshake can complete a 30-minute consultation to determine their correlating plane of practice.
If Mother Nature could design a building, it might look something like The Yoga Factory. Sunlight and bird song filter through frosted-glass windows. Trees dapple the walls with shadows and breezes rustle their leaves as the humans inside the studio draw their own deep breaths. Experienced instructors siphon inspiration from this natural beauty, filling the space with enough low-toned chants to befriend even the shiest bullfrog. Under their guidance, yogis of all levels build strength and flexibility during alignment-focused Hatha and Vinyasa classes. The temperature rises to 88 degrees for Hot-Yasa sessions, loosening tight muscles as students practice back bends, arm balances, and inversions atop matted floors. To help yogis hold poses for extended periods of time, teachers may incorporate props such as blocks and blankets during calming restorative routines.
In addition to melting stress with yoga classes, The Yoga Factory helps exercisers torch calories with boot camps. Upon request, personal trainers can tailor workouts to goals such as losing weight, increasing strength, or finally besting an overly aggressive boxing shadow.
Using a variety of resistance-based exercise programs, Turning Point's expert staff whips core muscles into marble-like firmness. During each 45- to 60-minute Pilates mat class, instructors use a series of 25 different exercises that harness the powerful natural forces of gravity, the body's innate resistance, and Jeremy Irons's voice on tape to carefully tone cores. Two 55-minute Xtend Barre classes mix Pilates and dance into a potent mélange of isometric exercises and orthopedic stretches that tone arms, sculpt thighs, and lift rears.