As instructors move through the flowing postures of the Vinyasa style of yoga, the studio’s vintage oak floors gently creak in time. The constant movement builds up an internal heat in students' cores, reminiscent of the sunlight pouring through picture windows and reflecting off the yellow walls. These open sessions invite practitioners of any ability, although beginner level and advanced courses gear lessons to more specific needs and mats not quite ready to unroll all the way. Mighty Yoga’s mission is to openly welcome those seeking the gifts of yoga practice, lavished on not only the body in the form of increased flexibility, but also on the mind in the form of increased calmness. That’s why the studio’s instructors constantly repay those gifts by hosting donation-based workshops that give back to local, national, and international charities.
Many mosaics are viewed as one-time art projects, destined to forever sit on a shelf. But the artists at Club Bling believe that their creations should be ever-present in daily life. To this end, the staffers' classes teach students how to decorate everything from flower pots (for beginners) to bowling balls with staggered blocks of color. The studio's owners even take to the streets with their art to frame local flowerbeds, statues, and pigeons.
With machines set up in rows to encourage competition, many ordinary gyms cater to men's bodies and psychology, right down to the urinals that were "accidentally" installed in the women's locker room. At Curves, you'll move around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with women's bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage your machine maneuvering and your muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing your momentum, the hydraulic machines use your body weight and fitness level to create resistance that matches your abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
The two childhood friends that guide brushes at Thirst 4 Art don't limit themselves to traditional mediums. Instead of cotton canvases, the champions of creativity upcycle old vinyl records to host their masterworks, and in that unlikely technique find their inspiration. The beaches, autumn leaves, and cityscapes that they teach students to paint each find inspiration from a song. During their classes—some of which are BYOB and all of which are highly social—everybody paints the same musical composition, and the result is a range of paintings that are as unique as their creators.
Going to the gym can be an intimidating experience without a kindhearted gym staff and the proper support group of peers for encouragement. Go Figure Gym’s friendly fitness gurus are determined to cultivate a safe, nonjudgmental environment where women can get in shape together. Classes such as Zumba, 30-minute workout circuit training, and hula hoops promote a sense of community as participants sweat side by side, shaking their rumps to Latin music, running in place, and playing Hot Potato with blocks of concrete.