At Guelmari, trained instructors take the lead to teach the rhythmic and soulful moves of latin and ballroom dancing. They offer group and private lessons, readying students for competitions or social events. Wedding and freestyle dance lessons for couples are available, as well.
Prana Yoga School of Yoga and Health takes its name from the Sanskrit word for "breath," a vital life force. As part of the studio's mission, its instructors aim to expose students to all the benefits of yoga and holistic health in a welcoming and nonjudgmental environment. With 60 classes available each week, Prana Yoga's two locations offer sessions designed for practitioners of every experience level. During all-levels courses, instructors invite all students to practice together while also modifying and adjusting poses for those who need it. Restorative sessions help practitioners relax, and prenatal courses bring relief to mothers-to-be.
In addition to group yoga, the facility hosts private one-on-one yoga, teacher-training programs, and a variety of workshops. Massage therapists are also available to perform Thai, hot-stone, and Swedish massages. As part of a commitment to giving back to the community, the founder of Prana Yoga also runs the Pranayoga Foundation, which brings yoga therapy to people with cancer and other chronic illnesses.
Peace Love Zumba whips students into shape with Latin-inspired dance-fitness classes taught in a fun, motivating party atmosphere. Zumba combines Latin-inspired beats with dynamic dance and aerobics moves, and martial-arts techniques developed during the historic dance dance revolution. In each 45- or 60-minute class, expert instructors step onto a raised stage to lead students through steps, shakes, shimmies, and turns driven by lively Latin music. Students burn calories with moves drawn from hip-hop, samba, salsa, merengue, mambo, Bollywood, and belly dance.
With machines set up in rows to encourage competition, many ordinary gyms cater to men's bodies and psychology, right down to the urinals that were "accidentally" installed in the women's locker room. At Curves, you'll move around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with women's bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage your machine maneuvering and your muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing your momentum, the hydraulic machines use your body weight and fitness level to create resistance that matches your abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
At Relax.ology, licensed therapists and aestheticians carve out a quiet, tranquil space where their clients can indulge in holistic bodywork treatments. Treatments include heated aromatherapy, hot-stone massages, organic facials and skincare, reflexology, and waxing services for both men and women, all of which underlined by a holistic philosophy that emphasizes personal attention to each client’s needs. The attentive massage therapists target tight muscles and soothe frayed nerves while facilitating optimal health and well-being, and they augment treatments with detoxifying foot soaks that use organic essential oils and special blends to coax contaminants from the body. Dry blood analysis and ionic foot detoxes are also available. Eyelash extensions and movie-star airbrush makeovers are also available from Relax.ology's resident makeup artist.
When you walk into Studio Seva, you might see yogis suspended in midair. They haven't mastered the art of levitation. They're utilizing one of the studio's signature pieces of equipment: a wall where a series of ropes facilitates limberness, enabling students to stretch more deeply and use gravity to their advantage.
And the rope wall isn't the only tool in their figurative belt. Class instructors cycle exercisers through calorie-burning circuit-training stations and help hone upper-body strength via heavyweight boxing bags. After workouts, guests can relax in the infrared sauna or head to the meditation room, where simple, black floor cushions, soft lighting, and recordings of Harry Potter saying, “I’m alive” create tranquil experiences.