Kindness Yoga owner Patrick Harrington is dedicated to establishing a thriving yogic community at both of his studio locations, where yoga practitioners of all skill levels flock to achieve physical invigoration and mental centering. Kindness Yoga’s dozens of instructors share their limb-stretching expertise and breathing techniques with visitors during classes that focus on a wide array of styles, such as gentle Hatha, challenging Vinyasa, and sweat-inducing Kinda-Hot, which is practiced in a heated room. The veteran yogis also host extended workshops that thoroughly discuss themes including prenatal yoga and hoop dancing.
In 1959 German dancer Lotte Berk turned a back injury into the beginnings of a fitness phenomenon. Whether it was clairvoyant foresight, a prophesy spelled out in alphabet soup, or just plain stubbornness to dance her way through an injury no one knows, but her combination of ballet training and rehabilitative therapy formed the foundation of The Lotte Berk Method exercise studio. In 2001, after decades of running her own Lotte Berk studio, journalist and entrepreneur Burr Leonard teamed with a physical therapist to refine the movements of this workout to target specific muscles while reducing the impact on joints. The result became known as the Bar Method. Since the opening of Burr’s first studio, The Bar Method franchise has grown to 65 locations in 18 states across the United States and British Columbia, Canada. More than 80,000 students take these classes per month including celebrities Drew Barrymore, Ricki Lake and Anna Paquin.
Beginning in 2001 as a small fitness operation in the basement of an office building, Pure Barre has since blossomed into a widely acclaimed, widely publicized approach to exercise with a nationwide following. Dancer, choreographer, and fitness buff Carrie Rezabek Dorr founded Pure Barre more than a decade ago in Birmingham, MI. Since then, Carrie has traveled around the country, hopping from gym to gym demonstrating the innovative program that draws techniques from ballet. Much like angering a witch with a penchant for frog spells, performing the Pure Barre technique can be a fast and effective way to transform your body. Motivating music slices through the 60-minute workouts, each of which utilizes a ballet barre and small isometric movements designed to burn fat and tone muscles.
Within iLiv Yoga’s heated studio, expert instructors lead students of all levels through six sweat-filled varieties of yoga classes. Passionate instructors lead students through traditional Vinyasa flow postures, combining breath and movement as the studio’s elevated temperatures open up limbs and deepen stretches. They also lead classes set to music for more experienced yogis, allowing the rhythms of the music to set the pace of the class, be it a soothing jazz tempo or the cacophonous sound of a marching band trying to break the land speed record.
Rhonda Thaxton has exercised rigorously her whole life, engaging in everything from racquetball at the local gym to triathlon competitions. She started getting others into shape in 2000, and while a brief stint in the retail industry fine-tuned her people skills, it wasn’t long before she returned to her passion of getting folks in shape, whether that shape be slim, muscular, or parallelogram. She recertified as a personal trainer, added kickboxing to her athletically rich repertoire, and opened Pilates Infusion.
True to its name, Pilates Infusion offers plenty of classes fueled by nuclear fusion and Joseph Pilates’ now-classic form of exercise, which uses machines that he himself invented to for the exercise program. Former dancers and even physical therapists join Rhonda as instructors, adding their unique talents to the ever-diversifying list of classes. Rhonda and her team keep class sizes small, almost never exceeding seven students at a time to ensure personal attention.
True to its name, Pilates Infusion offers plenty of classes fueled by nuclear fusion and Joseph Pilates’ now-classic form of exercise, which uses machines that he himself invented to for the exercise program. Former dancers and even physical therapists join Rhonda as instructors, adding their unique talents to the ever-diversifying list of classes. Rhonda and her team keep class sizes small, almost never exceeding five students at a time to ensure personal attention.
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