Franklin Yoga & Wellness's seasoned yogis Kaye and Guruatma Khalsa and their crew of qualified instructors strive to help patrons of all experience levels cultivate a harmonious coalition of mind, body, and spirit in a variety of classes. Dissolve stress and unleash caches of creative potential in Guruatma's Kundalini Yoga class, which blends a medley of postures, pranayam, mantra, music, and meditation to foster serenity and encourage self-healing. Core Yoga classes bestow benders with Hatha-style techniques that enhance flexibility and balance muscle groups, boosting overall strength and grace. Simple, repetitive poses and free dance foster fluid motion and meditation in Divine Moves, where the instructor bursts forth from an empty pizza box to teach the healing powers of silent, premeditated undulations and celebrate a triumvirate of earth, heart, and spirit. All of the enlightening exercises of Franklin Yoga & Wellness's flexible schedule take place amid a soothing atmosphere awash in muted colors, warm accents, and a gargantuan conch shell that constantly emits ocean noises.
The YMCA keeps residents healthy and engaged in more than 10,000 neighborhoods across the country, but it traces its American origins to the streets of 19th-century Boston. Here, Thomas Valentine Sullivan carried on the mission started in London by George Williams: providing affordable recreation and residence to young men from cities and country towns alike. Over the last century and change, the organization's mission changed to keep pace with the evolving times; today, the YMCA of Greater Boston welcomes anyone interested in furthering the causes of "youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility."
This modern mission combines the Y's signature programming with new initiatives designed to keep citizens one step ahead of an ever-changing world. Members stay fit and active with everything from organized sports and fitness classes to lifeguard, CPR, and first aid lessons. But the Y's developmental programs go far beyond bodily strength; their enrichment and leadership courses equip youths with the confidence needed to take charge in their everyday lives, and ESL classes help newcomers to English embark on the next step of their linguistic lives.
To help women achieve their fitness goals, the certified personal trainers at Get In Shape For Women focus on four areas: weight training, cardio training, nutrition, and accountability. In small group sessions, trainers modify exercises to suit up to four ladies' fitness levels, beginning by calibrating strength-training sessions—such as free weights, lunges, and squats—to each client's abilities while still ensuring they are challenging themselves. Then comes high-intensity cardio interval-training sessions in which trainers encourage exercisers to achieve optimal results on the treadmill or elliptical.
The trainers supplement the group workouts with nutritional planning centered around the concept of eating six small, balanced meals six days a week. They set aside the seventh day as a "free day" for a bit of indulgence, be it eating a favorite sweet or lusting openly after bacon. To hold their women accountable, trainers talk nutrition on the floor during scheduled appointments, and the ladies' progress toward reaching their goals is measured by trainers each week.