Teal, purple, and blue mats neatly line the wooden floor of Iyengar Yoga Center of Denver’s studio as another class begins. As always, the teachings of hatha yoga master B.K.S. Iyengar are relayed to students by one of the studio’s seasoned instructors, who are either certified or working toward certification through the Iyengar method. Several of these instructors have more than 30 years of experience. Iyengar yoga focuses on precision in physical alignment in order to bring the body and mind into balance. To accommodate all levels of familiarity with yoga and the Iyengar style, the staff offers three levels of classes, as well as advanced specialty workshops such as Yoga for Back Care and How to Hustle Someone in a Game of Twister.
BYSE4 takes its name from the four types of classes offered at the studio. Barre classes build workouts around ballet moves. Yoga, meanwhile, uses Vinyasa poses to increase flexibility and strength of mind. Combining elements of different exercises, Sculpt pairs physically challenging yoga posses with light weight training, and Evolve classes focus on strength training, core strengthening, cardio, and plyometric movements.
The collective of artists and instructors behind BharArt have fused their areas of expertise to create an all-inclusive cultural center. In doing so, they offer an eclectic array of activities, including classes in yoga and meditation, belly dancing, the Spanish language, and African drumming.
Walking through the front doors and taking in Pilate's Aligned's soaring ceilings, graceful curves, and exposed brick walls, clients feel rejuvenated. The sight of light spilling onto hardwood floors and Pilates Reformer equipment says everything: this is a place to reshape your body. At this traditional Pilates studio, certified instructors lead members of all skill levels through mat and reformer classes, helping them to sculpt long, lean muscles, build core strength, and move with the fluid grace of a roller blading gazelle.
Besides building a fitter body, Pilates classes can play a significant role in injury rehabilitation. No one knows this better than Pilates Aligned founder Cara Resser. The former NYU dance student first came to Pilates while recovering from a broken back. Over the course of two years, Cara practiced Pilates under the guidance of Kathy Standford Grant, a former disciple of Joseph Pilates who was once an injured dancer herself. It was through Kathy's gentle guidance that Cara regained the lost core strength and alignment she needed to continue her dance career, and ultimately inspired her to teach Pilates in addition to her work teaching dance and movement studies at Naropa University.
After completing years of training, earning their certifications, and memorizing more than 500 Pilates movements, aspiring instructors still aren't ready for recruitment at Vita Movement. Owner Patricia A. Robinson looks for one other crucial quality on potential résumés: adaptability. She and her highly trained staff members distinguish their teaching from rote instruction by making personal adjustments for each client. These modifications can be minute or broad, and cater to different fitness levels as well as conditions such as injury or pregnancy. In fact, Patricia specializes in pre- and postnatal workouts, regimens that have been featured on 9 News for their ability to reduce the physical stresses of motherhood. No matter the course, instructors keep a careful eye on their pupils' progress, displaying the keen attention to anatomical detail that helped them win the award for Best Pilates Studio on the 2011 Denver A-List.
The studio keeps its sessions intimate to better tailor its lessons. Reformers by Balanced Body line the brightly lit space, vying for attention with Wunda Chairs and other equipment in addition to a supply of mats, bands, and rollers. The machinery helps tone and strengthen bodies’ "powerhouse," or core, relying on springs for resistance as students stretch into adapted Pilates motions. In addition to Pilates courses, such as jump-board and Reformer classes, students can partake in TRX suspension training and indoor cycling. Pilates Vita also acts as a boutique gym, granting members full access to the all equipment as well as three genie wishes that don’t involve flying or the ability to eat 12 wedding cakes without getting sick.
Nicole knows that beautiful skin starts from within. She understands that external beauty is a reflection of one’s internal health. Unwanted skin blemishes are the body’s way of telling us something is not right. As an expert in Chinese medicine and holistic health Nicole knows what to look for and how to treat it. She li