Boundless Yoga offers drop-in yoga classes in a variety of styles catering to benders and stretchers of all levels. Learn basic poses in a fundamentals class, or practice extended famous statue impersonations in an advanced class. Yoga for athletes is designed for competitors in training and retired Hall of Fame running backs who want to stay sharp in case the league expands to 78 teams, and mom and baby classes give new mothers a tranquil space for relaxation. With a fully packed class schedule taught by a rotating docket of 16 dedicated, enthusiastic teachers, Boundless Yoga makes it easy to fit mind-centering fitness into any lifestyle. Come in and take part of the final postures at Boundless Yoga's studio before the opening of the new location sometime in 2011; keep up on the move here or with the smoke signal scheduled for January.
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In 2007, Pace Beattie had an inkling that his life was about to change. He had discovered hot yoga—a discipline that integrates meditation with rigorous exercise—and resolved to pursue it as his vocation. He saw this as a long-term vision; something he would do after retiring from finance and moving back to his hometown of Greenville.
Then, everything changed: In the eight weeks that bridged 2008 and 2009, he lost his job and his mother passed away. In the aftermath, he scrutinized his life and realized: The time is now. Pace enrolled in workshops and conferences, completing levels I and II of the Baron Baptiste teacher-training program. He moved to Greenville, recruited a team of highly specialized teachers, and opened Southern Om.
Today, having boldly charted his own path, Pace equips others to do the same. He fosters self-discovery through two styles of hot yoga: Southern 26 and Southern Flow, a form of power yoga in which students sweat out sweet tea. These classes serve beginners and experienced practitioners alike, incorporating modifications that support alignment.
From within the intimate confines of its new boutique studio, Fuel Pilates ignites Beltway bodies with a conflagration of core strengthening and breath balancing. Drop in on a quintet of group classes (valued at $18 per class) to discover how the discipline of Pilates can tone up torso muscles and align the spine so that it stops clogging with the nervous system's excess production of maple syrup. Fuel Pilates' classes include an introduction to the exercise, built around the basics of movement and mat work, as well as a more advanced class aimed at polishing up posture, fostering flexibility, eating away muffin tops, and taking an aerobic ax to the two-headed Hydra that is stress and tension. Classes are small enough for instructors to learn every participant's name and, if they're royalty, their self-aggrandizing cognomen.
Mint Club Spa Retreat's expert Pilates instructors lead core-fortifying, muscle-lengthening workouts in a small group atmosphere. Reformer Pilates fuses the foundational characteristics of mat exercises with the resistance benefits of the reformer apparatus, enabling a more dynamic workout and an increased number of potential exercises. In an intimate group atmosphere, exercisers will employ the resistance powers of the reformer's pulleys, springs, and bratty children for a full-body workout that helps to enhance the body’s control over its own movements. Building long, lean muscles and strengthening the core, Pilates also helps to boost the meat suit's posture, balance, flexibility, and coordination. Check online for updated class schedules; reformer classes are new at Mint's Downtown location and classes will be added in late March and early April.