Polished hardwood floors and full-length mirrors line the interior of Mt. Pleasant Hot Yoga, where a furnace warms the air to a humid temperature of 105 degrees. The sultry heat, similar to that of a tropical rainforest or Ricky Martin music video, catalyzes a variety of health benefits as yoga students break a healthy sweat. The elevated temperature loosens exercisers’ limbs, allowing for deeper execution of poses that lengthen and strengthen muscles.
The studio's instructors welcome students of all experience levels to classes that range from energetic hot vinyasa sessions to hot yin, which emphasizes meditative poses that are held for longer amounts of time. They also teach participants to breath slower and deeper, which can lower blood pressure and relieve physical tension. After class, students can cool off with a refreshing shower in the locker rooms.
Patrons sip on custom teas at Bubble Island, where staffers mix tapioca balls, or “bubbles,” with milk tea and creative flavors to concoct delightful chilled and hot beverages. Fresh fruit swims in many of the drinks, such as the green tea with mango stars ($3.65), and customers can often choose between bubbles and alternative drink accessories such as jellies and diamond-encrusted straws. As visitors lounge and mingle among the café's ample chairs or construct forts among the cozy benches lining the wall, they sip dulcet pourings of drinkable treats, such as milk tea with multicolored bubbles ($3.65).
In 2001, founder Carrie Rezabek Dorr began teaching dance classes in her very first studio. A lifetime of choreographing and performing across the United States had prepared her to teach others how to nurture their passion for dance. But an interest in fitness led her to explore mixing ballet and exercise in an effort to bolster her students' health and flexibility while reducing their chance of injury. Now called the Pure Barre method, Carrie’s fitness regime tones the hips, seat, arms, and abs by combining small movements with barre exercises that tone without building bulky muscle. This new regime ignited a fire under her students that soon spread to other studios across the United States. Today, instructors from Alabama to Washington continue to teach Carrie's method, while she continues to refine her techniques and search for the lost city of El Dorado.
Inside Center for Yoga and Yoga Sanctuary, students take part in a slew of classes that range from 60 to 75 minutes. The schedule features classes divided into levels: Level 1 suits all participants, and Level 2 and beyond welcome those with experience in yoga. The studios also offer specialized classes, including yoga tailored to relieving anxiety, neck and shoulder tension, and more.
A sprawling, mirrored studio envelops Gym Bumz guests in confines fit for an array of cardio, strength, and stretch-centric group fitness classes. Classic spin sessions place cyclists atop stationary bikes to chart a course chock-full of sprints and hills, and Zumba promotes a festive atmosphere as participants engage in simple dancercise moves that come choreographed to Latin rhythms and conjugations. To build extra bulk, BodyPump equips participants with barbells for a 60-minute squat, press, lift, and curl regimen timed to the beat of energizing tunes. Round out any intense session with a relaxing yoga class, which pairs deep breathing with lengthening pose-work to calm the mind, chisel the core, and tame the spirit animal.