Surrounding students with an equatorial climate powered by eco-friendly heating, Radiance Bikram Yoga’s mirror-lined studio hosts classes seven days a week. Hot yoga classes—offered in 60-, 75-, and 90-minute sessions—challenge students of all skill levels with 26 seated and standing postures and two measured breathing exercises. The sweat-breaking workout systematically engages muscle groups and organs across the body, helping to tone and detoxify stressed-out chakras. Repeated practice can improve stamina and flexibility while cascading waves of heat loosen joints and form mirages of Antarctic ice shelves. Antibacterial flooring keeps soles contaminant-free, and the studio's onsite showers and changing rooms allow guests to return home feeling refreshed.
At first, Ken von Roenn III only saw yoga as a way to increase his flexibility for his true passion, climbing. Slowly, yoga began to eclipse climbing as his primary love. Now he’s a devoted practitioner and instructor, and his love has led him to create Skanda Yoga Studio’s namesake style. The Skanda yoga style hinges on posture and controlled breathing, much like Vinyasa yoga. However, Skanda augments these practical techniques with a holistic component: each Skanda session finds its spiritual footing in the Mayan Dreamspell calendar.
Sessions work to align participants’ bodies with natural cyclical patterns found in this brand of Mayan mysticism that has proven more enduring than federal laws carved into stone with an exceptionally pointy Sharpie. Ken and his team of instructors offer classes outside their studio’s signature style, complementing their Skanda instruction with courses in modalities such as power yoga and Kundalini.
The certified instructors at Westchase Pilates & Yoga help students to bend and flex through numerous styles of yoga, accommodating pupils of all ages. Collect punch-card notches while enjoying the toxin-releasing properties of Hot Vinyasa yoga (or Hot Flow yoga), where students hold postures in a hot environment, helping to improve flexibility, increase strength, and cook eggs cracked upon the forehead. Add electricity to workouts with Power Yoga classes, which combine poses with strength training to constantly exercise the back and stomach muscles, improving core strength, increasing the metabolic rate, and burning fat like the Human Torch in a lard factory. Pint-sized yogis will enjoy Kids Yoga, a one-hour class that challenges kids with poses that increase strength and flexibility while simultaneously promoting balance, coordination, and the ability to concentrate on rudimentary string-theory lectures.
At SuperFit Gym, the staff members create tailored plant-based daily menus for clients to complement group exercise classes. Classes include core-strengthening sessions, total-body workouts, and supercircuits. SuperFit Gym also gives back to the community by donating a portion of its profits to support local and national animal welfare charities each month.
When not sweating onscreen in workouts for MTV and the TV Guide channel, Justin helps students of all shapes and sizes achieve stronger, leaner bodies with the aid of the Pilates Reformer machines at his studio. A system of ropes, springs, and pulleys, the reformer machines pit students against their own body weight to create resistance-based exercises. Students work their way toward lean and flexible physiques while improving their balance and posture and decreasing tension. Leading semiprivate classes, Justin can ensure each participant is executing correct technique and not pocketing any reformer machines for home use.
Eighteen years ago, Gina lost seventy pounds and gained a career. The AFAA-certified personal trainer experienced her own struggles with weight as a child and young adult, but when she joined a gym, she witnessed firsthand the transformative properties of proper fitness and nutrition. Today, Gina draws from her personal struggles and her experience working at facilities such as Busy Body Fitness Center and St. Andrews Country Club. At Forever Fit By Gina, she offers fitness and nutritional programs along with online nutritional counseling and classes in weight-loss, muscle building, and endurance training—all of which are scalable to suit students of all ages, abilities, and hat sizes.