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 qualified instructors at Impact School of Martial Arts guide students through the iLoveKickboxing curriculum, which incorporates cardio and resistance training to burn more than 800 calories during each 60-minute kickboxing class. Each session blends three styles of kickboxing with general boxing techniques such as jabs, hooks, and uppercuts to tighten abs, tone arms, and intimidate punching bags. As the groups of 15–30 fighters rotate between strength-building floor work and vigorous defensive training, they'll exchange punches and kicks with partners or stationary targets. The school welcomes all levels of kickers, from greenhorn to startled donkey, with sessions scheduled seven days a week in the morning, evening, or afternoon.
After experiencing a very difficult time in her life, mother and entrepreneur Lauri Meizler was in search of a healthy start. She went down many paths to recover, but the results were less than optimal: instead of feeling energized, she found herself lethargic and underweight. It wasn’t until discovering cleansing and Ayurveda, one of the world's oldest medical systems, that life began to change. Soon thereafter, she adapted the teachings of the combination, and has since felt energetic, balanced, and in control of her life once again.
Lauri received certifications as a health coach in raw foods and Ayurveda and pairs the ancient Indian tradition’s holistic-wellness practices with modern nutrition training to help others optimize their health and well-being through eating a predominantly plant-rich diet. Her company, Joos, funnels these nutritious ingredients into bottles to help on-the-go people to build healthy, sustainable eating habits.
In flavors such as green lemonade, citrus refresh, and antioxidant blast, these wholesome potables teem with ingredients such as fresh-pressed, unpasteurized apples, ginger, and bok choy. Each bottle contains 10–14 types of garden-grown goodness, which amount to two times the daily requirement of fruits, veggies, and scarecrow smiles. The juices can fortify meals with vitamins and minerals or serve as the meals themselves during cleanses, which last 5–21 days. Cleanse participants can also drink in the support of a certified health coach/cleanse expert.
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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.
At America's Best Defense, professional instructors instill a sense of pride and integrity into students of all ages, helping pupils take charge of their physical fitness, personal safety, and self-control. Krav maga lessons teach students effective strategies to ward off attackers, while Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu courses put participants through a rewarding regimen of cardio workouts, takedown drills, and strength training. Children and teenagers learn important life skills and impressive martial-arts techniques during karate and MMA sessions. The kid-centric curriculum helps young students not only master self-defense techniques against padded obstacles and belligerent training dummies, but also hones a deep sense of respect and discipline. Sterile Zebra mats line the floors and full-length mirrors ring the walls of the clean, spartan studio in order to keep fighters safe and fully aware of their surroundings.
Emerald fairways are hemmed by stone walls and the towering branches of ancient pine, maple, oak, and beech trees, giving Maplegate Country Club's 18-hole course a timeless feel. The course sprawls across gently rolling terrain with water in play on ten holes—five each on the front and back nine. Measuring 6,815 yards from the tips, the course hosted U.S. Open qualifiers in 1998 and 2001, in addition to countless golf cart drag-races under the cover of darkness.
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