Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Dancing with the Stars multiple-champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of Jazzercise's improvisational workouts, though luckily you won't need her dance moves to get the most out of your class. If you're prone to first-class jitters, though, you can review the basic moves online before you go. Expect to burn up to 500 calories with each go-round.
Aspiring yogis of all levels come together to exercise the mind, body, and spirit in Lotus Flower Studio’s encouraging and intimate atmosphere. Blending breathing, postures, and relaxation, the studio’s classes are available for all skill levels and foster individual growth, whether the goal is to reduce stress or earn an equine sidekick by reaching Gumby-like bendability. Dedicated instructors assist students in a variety of classes including Hatha, Vinyasa, and mat Pilates, making limber limbs more accessible to those busy with daily demands of work, family, and industrial basket weaving. With a welcoming ambiance and friendly staff, the community-oriented Lotus Flower Studio also hosts events such as yoga breakfast hikes, candlelight classes, live-music yoga, and local service projects.
For James Michael Kahle, the molten material he uses to craft his sculptures and vessels is a living thing, an element that must be cooperated with in order to achieve the desired response. Since beginning his career at the Toledo Museum of Art in 1990, the artisan has come to master a number of methods for creating stunning visual effects, from melding metal and alloys into the glass to encasing air bubbles. James channels his skill into crafting pieces—such as installation pieces, prismatic sinks, and even memorial sculptures forged around the ashes of a departed loved one—for display and use around the home. The glassworker also invites groups into his studio for classes, vigilant as his students work their own pieces in lava-powered ovens reaching more than 2,200 degrees Fahrenheit.
Named after a Sanskrit word meaning beauty, abundance, and sanctity, Sri Yoga Center helps students achieve physical health and inner peace inside the calming, 9,000-square-foot haven. Seasoned instructors draw from the Para, Sivananda, and Himalayan yoga traditions as they weave traditional poses and breathing exercises into sequences that cultivate enough strength and focus to beat yourself at chess.
Minds and chakras open during Heart-Centered Flow classes, in which students explore themes such as gratitude and compassion through movement and self-reflection. Ninety-degree temperatures draw out toxins during hot-yoga sessions, deepening stretches and boosting circulation as bodies balance and bend within the balmy airs. To foster wellness of mind, body, spirit, and shadow, visitors may also book massages, reiki relaxation therapy, and Ayurvedic healing sessions.
The Dayton-area branch of the YMCA began before the Civil War, but disbanded when war struck. Re-founded in peacetime, individuals and families have gathered at the Y for more than 140 years to enrich themselves through health and wellness programs. Eleven campuses serve the entire community—babies as young as 6 weeks old can attend childcare programs; kids can take gymnastics and soccer lessons; teens can develop their leadership skills; seniors can keep fit through Active Older Adults exercise classes; and the whole family can enjoy the pool.
Since its 1937 inception, the Dayton Ballet has flowered into one of the country’s most esteemed dance companies, creating new productions and performing classic numbers with professional zeal. Take a seat in the high-tech Mead Theatre and sugarcoat your eyes with sweet scenes of mice, fairies, cannons, and anthropomorphized peanut crushers from The Nutcracker. The popular holiday pirouette fest will star more than 100 local kids and a skillful cast of spinning storytellers to communicate the charming Christmastime chronicle.