"Our bodies and minds are closely interconnected. Our state of mind is expressed in physical phenomena, and, conversely, physical phenomena reflect our state of mind," says Dahn Yoga founder Ilchi Lee, "Nothing is impossible. Keep working on it until it's possible. There is no failure, just the gradual process of success." To make this challenging, yet hopeful philosophy accessible to all, Lee combined the Eastern concept of chi energy with his own brain-management system, developing a distinctive program that unlocks inner peace and sweeps up brain clutter caused by the daily stress of always having to find Waldo. Warm-up yoga maneuvers awaken muscles before 30–40 minutes of breathing, stretching, core practice, and meditation—including a signature brain-wave vibration technique that aims to calibrate mental and physical energies. Cool-down exercises ease the body back into quotidian functionality before a 10-minute teatime invites socialization among participants while bolstering pinkie endurance. Dahn Yoga is also taught at independently owned and operated franchises called Body & Brain Yoga.
CEO Peter Harvey believes that a quality gym staff must demonstrate more than technical expertise. "Service doesn't only mean showing someone how to do an arm curl," he says. Certified personal trainers develop workouts that zero in on each person?s specific goals, giving clients the skills to pole-vault over impassable plateaus. By steadfastly refusing to hand out fish in favor of putting on master classes in fishing, they help clients become self-sufficient, educating them on fundamentals.
During these one-on-one sessions, and in solo workouts, guests set calories ablaze atop rows of continually updated equipment. Treadmills, recumbent bikes, and strength-training tools line the walls.
Members can also drop in for as many group classes as they can muster. Inside a separate studio, stationary cycles whir in time with galvanizing music, kickboxing strikes arc through the air, and barbells rise with each BodyPump rep. For more meditative practices, Pilates sessions and several types of yoga enhance flexibility and focus.
BalletNova's instructors jet?, pirouette, and shuffle into their teaching studios from backgrounds that include well known national and international training programs and performance companies. Held seven days a week, their friendly but challenging classes placed second in Washington City Paper's Best Dance Class 2010 Readers' Poll. Sessions span a wide range of terpsichorean territory, from classic ballet to hip-hop and tap to conditioning classes that grab techniques from Pilates, yoga, and aerobics. More than 650 casual and preprofessional movement enthusiasts build their skills in a 20,800-square-foot facility with two 864-square-foot studios, four larger studios, and a 20-cubic-foot studio for hiding out when the rhythm is going to get you.
From the sprung hardwood floors to the 19-foot ceilings, every inch of Forever Dancing's spacious studio is dedicated to dance. At any given time, you might see aerial artists suspended from the ceiling by colorful silks or brightly dressed flamenco dancers whirling across the floor. On any given day, dancers work nimble moves to routines encompassing waltz, tango, foxtrot, rumba, cha-cha, swing, salsa, and Argentine tango. The studio hosts classes for adults and children, along with fun-filled kids' camps, in which tykes can learn acrobatic tricks and get creative with hands-on arts and crafts.
The trainers at Vantage Fitness don't want to just help their clients meet their fitness goals, they want them to work out in a better, smarter, and more effective way. Taking advantage of the gym's tools and amenities, members can hit the treadmills and strength machines or head to one of three dedicated class studios for more than 60 classes held seven days a week. The gym also has a team of passionate personal trainers on hand to help guide members in their fitness pursuits.
Open 24 hours a day, XSport Fitness gilds pallid patrons with sunless Mystic Tan at the Falls Church location and VersaSpa systems at the Alexandria location as well as regularly re-lamped UV beds. With Mystic Tan and VersaSpa spray-tan sessions, unstained patrons stand in private booths while a moisturizing mist sweeps over the skin, bestowing the body with the healthy golden glow of a Spanish doubloon polished up for a night on the town. In about two minutes, airbrushes apply a natural tone that can be customized according to body size, skin type, and desired color. The formula imbues epidermises with bronze, line-free tans without the hassle of spending all summer loitering around sandcastle hard-hat zones.