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.
Inside the booths at Global DJ Academy, one will find instructors such as Walt White, a 15-year veteran DJ who goes by the name Dark Agenda, and Elliot Overson––aka DJ Wushu––demonstrating the art of thrilling crowds armed only with a set of turntables and records. The team collectively accounts for thousands of hours of experience both teaching and performing for live nightclub audiences, unlike amateur DJs who only play for those living above and below them. This level of experience ensures that the academy’s 2,500 square-foot facility is put to good use as they impart their knowledge to students using its two production studios, soundproof recording booth, and six DJ workstations. Students can expect to learn skills ranging from the basics to advanced analog techniques, such as scratching and effects, all on the school’s modern user interfaces as well as production software.
In the sunlight that streams in through the floor-to-ceiling windows at pH7 Pilates, students bend and fold into challenging positions, all for the health of their body. Expert instructors meander through the group, adjusting postures and doling out encouragement as the students feel their core muscles working. These students are practicing a classic form of Pilates, using their body weight, Reformer machines, or giant pet parrots as resistance. The classes offer challenges for all skill levels, and include mat Pilates classes, yoga classes, and jump board cardio classes.
Laura Monahan comes from an artistic family, and spent her youth practicing sculpture, oil painting, pottery, and what turned out to be her ultimate passion: photography. Her ability to preserve candid moments has left an indelible impression—she has a published portfolio on three continents and product lines appearing at national retailers such as Hallmark and JCPenney. Laura’s photo shoots always take place outdoors, capturing newborns, older kids, families, and makeshift popsicle-stick families in soft, natural lighting and poses that never appear unnatural. Her settings span the country from San Diego’s foamy beaches to Denver’s red-rock sunsets and into the Midwest’s autumn leaves.
The Samadhi Center for Yoga & Meditation nurtures an oasis of community through supportive, challenging yoga classes taught by accomplished teachers. Students bend, twist, and Gordian-knot their bodies and minds in a yoga studio adorned with Tibetan prayer flags and Buddha-inspired artwork. Candlelight Vinyasa classes combine traditional yoga postures and flows with a tranquil atmosphere conducive to mindful meditation, while Forrest yoga incorporates deep breathing and vigorous tree-climbing sequences to build core strength. Students seeking inner peace can align their breath, bodies, and front tires with Anusara flow classes, linking traditional yoga postures with Anusara's heart-opening philosophy. The schedule is chock-full of classes, starting as early as 7 a.m. and ending as late as 7:30 p.m. Students are free to breeze into classes and rent a yoga mat for $1, eliminating the need for bulky yoga bags or mats woven from laundry lint and shoestrings.
With a spa and gym in one facility, Matrix Fitness and Spa is the one-stop shop for looking and feeling good. The gym features more than 200 fitness classes monthly, including yoga, Pilates, TRX, and power sculpt. Its cardio machines engage users with Internet and satellite TV access. The Radical Arc Trainer gives runners a gentle-on-the-joints workout, moving legs without putting undue stress on the knees or hips, and the X-Bike, which has its own dedicated studio space, simulates an off-road mountain biking adventure.
Inside a full-service spa, clients may sip on complimentary fruit-infused water, hot tea, or wine while waiting for a massage, facial, or waxing session, among other treatments. Other treatments include an herbal detox wrap or a hydrating wrap that begins with a body polish to remove dead skin cells and shine any appendages made of gold.