Inside the 1,667-square-foot, multilevel house-turned-yoga-studio, certified instructors bring their own practices and interpretations of several yoga styles to classes for students of all skill sets. During by-demand introductory courses, teachers help students design customized practices that cater to their bodies' needs. Other group classes focus on particular disciplines, such as kundalini yoga, a combination of low-impact aerobic activity and breathing exercises that burn calories and detoxify bodies; and flow yoga, which incorporates positions that increase flexibility and tone muscles. Instructors also guide students through poses during private sessions and workshops, which include occasional retreats and a forthcoming trip to India.
Along with yoga, the healing and learning center's personnel keep visitors healthy with services such as reiki, nutritional counseling, acupuncture, and astrology. More health and beauty enhancers are stocked in Yoga Lola Studios' storefront, including organic cosmetics, aromatherapy oils, and tonic herbs from Dragon Herbs, which are often used by dragons to recuperate from knight attacks.
At each of its 31 area locations, the YMCA of Greater Houston pursues a mission to bring health, wellness, and personal growth to communities. Kids leap into activities ranging from swim lessons and youth sports to a teen Youth & Government program that stirs up confidence and leadership abilities in students, preparing them for mudslinging student-council campaigns.
Zumba, ballroom dance, and Les Mills group exercise classes shake up adult workout routines, as complimentary childcare frees up parents to pursue fitness goals. Meanwhile, adult sport leagues such as basketball and racquetball result in friendly competition and hyper-literate team names inspired by obscure philosophers.
Reggie Rusk spent five seasons playing for the NFL before opening his own gym, The Next Level. However, this gym doesn't just cater to football players—young basketball and soccer players also number among its rank—or even just athletes. People of all fitness levels and ages join to stay healthy. Workouts vary both in technique—equipment ranges from boxing gloves and kettlebells to battle ropes and giant tires—and location, with indoor sessions at the gym and outdoor sessions at football fields and sand-volleyball courts, among others.
Within their walls, the instructors at Tiger's Den Martial Arts & Fitness preach lessons that transcend physical stamina and hard work. This is because, regardless of ability level, students also receive mental and spiritual strength from the facility's positive learning environment that is replete with respect, common courtesy, and recognition. Boasting experienced instructors and a reputable martial arts system with over 5 million worldwide followers, the facility offers an array of endurance-building programs. In addition to karate, the programs include kickboxing, after-school, and pre-K classes.
Music floods over the sound system as dancers on their tiptoes grip a ballet barre. A wooden floor supports their moves as they stare into a mirror, which reflects their perfectly pointed legs and angelic halos. At Center Stage Studio, owner, founder, and director Temi Woodley captains a team of instructors who lead dance and fitness classes in a noncompetitive atmosphere. Youngsters and adults alike can attend a wide variety of group classes, such as Zumba, hip-hop, two-step, and spiritual praise dancing. The studio also opens its doors for private dance or fitness lessons and birthday parties.
TransforMe Fitness Studio’s head trainer Frances pursues a personal passion for helping others find fitness with upbeat, unconventional fitness classes. Popular group personal-training sessions corral three or more friends, coworkers, or disbanded barbershop tenors for five workout sessions tailored to the group’s fitness goals, setting a solid starting point for participants. Trainers outline regimens that bulk strength, boost endurance, and oust body fat, tweaking each participant’s technique as workouts unfold.
In a daily routine of fun, effective fitness classes, Studio Fit's Cooper Institute–certified pro Jessica Hale marshals students toward increased strength, coordination, and confidence. One of many high-energy, dance-based classes, Night Club Cardio sets aerobic, easy-to-do moves to the hottest beats of the past three decades, lighting the body's calorie-shingled roof on fire to the delight of partying muscles. The exhilarating sessions—which take place in a warm, crimson-walled studio with sweat-wicking wood floors—limit class size to ensure individualized attention, so students should call or send a message-bearing blimp to reserve their spots in class.