"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.
Studio Body Logic accepts no fitness forgery in its offering of authentic and unchanged Pilates, the core-strengthening conditioning regimen created by Joseph Pilates in the 1920s. Build strength, elongate muscles, and improve flexibility with nine Pilates mat classes ($18 each). Over the course of this exercise ennead, students of all levels of experience can immerse themselves in the full-body workout pioneered by Pilates, taming torso tigers, straightening up spinal sloths, and pinning down postural platypuses. The nine Pilates mat classes offered in this deal take place during Studio Body Logic's summer session, from the week of July 5 through the week of August 30. Classes are offered throughout the week, starting as early as 6:15 a.m. and as late as 8:15 p.m.—perfect for the many Studio Body Logic students making commutes from Peru or parallel dimensions.
Margaret Townsend first started dancing at age five and apprenticed with the La Jolla Ballet Company. She went on to teach yoga and dance in New York and later moved to Virginia to earn her master's of fine arts in dance. Since practicing yoga, Margaret has studied an array of styles such as iyengar, ashtanga, and pre- and post-natal yoga, in addition to earning certification in the integral tradition. Margaret is the founder and executive director of Yogis for Positive Change and the founder of Virginia Yoga Week.
As owner and director of River's Edge Yoga, Margaret draws on more than a decade of experience while guiding students through challenging movements and poses that strengthen and stretch sinews. A compassionate team of instructors mirrors her commitment to helping students grow and learn. Margaret also strives to live by the the Green Yoga Association's tenets, which encourage environmentally friendly practices, such as building earth empathic studios, hosting programs, and setting up blind dates for lonely trees.
Olivia Sheldon, the owner of Positive Energy Yoga, doesn't worry about doing yoga "right". Instead, her classes focus on doing what's right for each person in each moment. She encourages students to perform only what they have the ability and comfort to do, but not because she's going easy on them. The program is actually designed to help each student realize, and appreciate, his or her own potential and uniqueness. Her classes emphasize flow, with each pose seamlessly melding into the next for a serene workout, and she offers guidance to the students for taking that self-reliance out into their lives outside of the studio. She teaches her 75-minute classes three days a week, and students can take home a DVD of her sessions for at-home practice or to leave it on for pets looking for indoor exercise.
The staff at Pure Aesthetica believes in more than just treating you at the time of your beauty appointment—they want to help you live healthier all the time. They emphasize good habits like getting enough sleep and eating the right foods to make you feel beautiful inside and out. There are even raw-living food classes available that include information about juicing, sprouting, and nut milks to support your body in every way. Come here for relaxing facials, foot soaks, massages, or Reiki sessions, and look your best with make-up applications and brow shaping and tinting. Try out the state-of-the-art facial technology at Pure Aesthetica, like the DiamondTome resurfacing system, which will leave your skin healthier and more vibrant. Beauty is also in the details here, like the cool cinnamon water you will be offered when you arrive and fresh-squeezed tangerine juice before you leave.
As someone who used to struggle with weight gain herself, Denise Lee understands the immense effort that goes into staying healthy. At Pinpoint Personal Training Services, she uses her personal experience to guide clients down the same path toward peak fitness that she undertook herself. Her exercise curriculum spans from kickboxing and yoga to cardio exercises and kettle-bell work. Because she personalizes her services with each client, she's adept at dealing with a range of needs, from rehabilitation after an injury to fitness newbies looking for guidance.