Every day, the certified yoga instructors at Creating Mindful Balance empower their students to achieve better physical and mental health. They guide students toward deeper mind-body connections during classes in various disciplines, from the slow, deliberate Hatha style of yoga to the intensely energizing Power Flow. As reiki practitioners, the team also offers energy-healing sessions to address emotional burdens such as grief and stress.
With around 50 classes available each week, Old Town Yoga offers pliancy-promoting programs for all ages and flexibility brackets. A 30-day membership lets fledgling fitness seekers roam and graze openly over the class selection. Rouse debilitated backbones with a Sunrise Yoga course that emphasizes vertebral integrity and spinal alignment, or jump-start bodily batteries with an Evening Energy course that keeps muscle chassis running smoothly. Yoga in Your 50s & Beyond preserves youthful suppleness in more seasoned stretchers. Espoused students are welcome to bring their own yoga mats, and mat-less singles can embark on a blind date with a studio-supplied cushion companion free of charge.
Dribbling dynamo Darren Pitzner leads all clinics and fills sessions with more positive reinforcement than the entire Congratulations section of Hallmark. Expect to get an earful of positive music, motivational speeches, and ethic-enforcing instruction during the practices. Fast-paced drills are organized to whip benchwarmers into big shots and big shots into humungous successes with a variety of game-speed stations (each is 3 to 7 minutes long).
Lance Farrell drew from his extensive background in tae kwon do to take down opponents in the ring for many years before he realized he could use his powers to help others combat obesity and health issues. He developed Farrell's Extreme Bodyshaping to provide patrons of all fitness levels with a comfortable place in which to undergo a mental and physical transformation, much like a crushed-velvet cocoon. He stripped away the sparring and contact drills from his fighter training, leaving just the components that burn fat and build muscle.
When students sign up for a program, they're grouped into teams of peers who encourage one another through moments of weakness and provide a sense of accountability. The instructors and coaches guide these teams toward fitness on a 10-week quest based on four pillars—cardiovascular exercise to burn fat, strength training to build muscle, nutrition coaching to map out a healthy diet, and enthusiastic trainers to provide motivation. At the end of each session, each of Farrell's locations rewards a student with a $1,000 prize—or a year’s worth of high-fives—congratulating them on their dramatic physical transformation. Students who stick around and strive to get healthy over the course of a year get a shot at the $10,000 prize, though winners have reported that leading a healthier life is a greater reward than the money.
Lindsay and Darla Roselle, the stepdaughter-stepmother team that co-owns Mindstream Yoga, share their passion for yoga to help their students achieve healthier lifestyles. They've gathered a team of more than 20 instructors to guide students through their signature MainStream Vinyasa flow class, increase intensity during PowerStream's faster-paced sessions, and mix up workouts with weights, cardio intervals, and body-sculpting exercises during CrossStream classes. They kick the studio's high-efficiency heat and humidity system up to 105 degrees during hot yoga classes, which helps bodies detoxify and sink deeper into stretches. The staff doesn't associate their yoga practice with any religious tradition, instead choosing to focus on the connection between the mind and body. Mindstream Yoga's modern studio is a LEED-certified sustainable building, and professional cleaners spruce up the place with nontoxic cleaning products and yoga pants made of Brillo pads. Images of the Colorado landscape, snapped by local photographers, adorn the lobby, where students can grab a complimentary organic apple before heading to the locker room to shower.