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Sunder Kaur first discovered yoga on her path to fulfill a lifelong dream: to find her true self. Now, as a certified yoga instructor, she strives to nurture her students' spirits while incorporating the scientific understanding of the human body she gained from her degree in pharmacy. With a friendly demeanor, Sunder and her team of over 30 instructors create a welcoming community as they lead students of all ages and abilities through asanas and breathing exercises that increase strength, flexibility, and balance. They teach these techniques during a variety of classes, including children's, prenatal, and hot yoga. Outdoor classes are available at A Yoga Village's Sunken Gardens location, allowing students to melt away stress while enjoying the fresh air. To further enrich their students' lives, the staff leads specialized workshops that emphasize meditation or improving household communication with storytelling, song singing, and game playing. These dedicated instructors also push budding yogis along the same noble path down which they boldly trod during teacher-training courses.
Fitness RX Studios' fitness coaches do more than lead exercise classes; they dispense what they like to think of as full-on health "prescriptions". These are not notes for medications, though, but custom fitness plans designed specifically for each member. The plans address each member's goals through a combination of nutritional and physical methods. Food and supplement guidance keeps members energized for self-led workouts and unlimited group fitness classes. The cardio camp class strengthens their endurance, and fight camp sessions build their muscles and give them the chance to beat up a blue punching bag that reminds them of a lake they always hated. Personal training sessions give members one-on-one time with coaches, and bi-weekly evaluations chart their progress so coaches can modify their fitness prescriptions as needed.
Shortly after beginning her journey in the Pilates industry at the age of 18, Vanessa Pinkham moved to South Africa, where she mastered and taught the form's focused stretches, bends, and core-firming maneuvers. Though she witnessed the exercises' transformational results, she also noticed that students quickly grew bored performing the usual repetitive mat routines and wonted séances to summon the spirit of Joseph Pilates. To address this problem, she opened up her own studio in Tampa where she crafts signature classes that battle the monotony of traditional Pilates workouts. With modifications for injury rehabilitation and different fitness levels, she welcomes clients of all backgrounds to pursue toned tummies and leaner physiques.
Prior to opening a yoga studio, Aaron Ledesma had spent over a decade as a professional baseball player—playing for teams including the Mets and the Tampa Bay Rays. This grueling career resulted in a back injury, and it was while recovering from surgery that Aaron first encountered yoga. Impressed with the healing benefits, he made the decision to retire from baseball and take a hot yoga training course instead.
At Yoga 365, Aaron is joined by his wife Karen, who combines her background in psychology with classic yoga techniques to cultivate a deep mind-body connection. The duo—along with a roster of talented instructors—lead 60- to 90-minute classes from the early morning to the late evening inside an airy, modern studio. During classes, the rooms are heated up to 105 degrees to help detoxify the body and loosen muscles for deeper stretches. Should clients like to unwind or untangle, they can step inside a private treatment room for a soothing massage or chakra balancing. The gender-specific locker rooms have showers for post-class primping, along with amenities including shampoo, conditioner, and hair dryers. Yoga 365 also offers nutritional counseling and muscle response testing.