Its rapid rise chronicled in in Forbes, Men’s Journal, and a parcel of other press, Hiking Yoga has sent massive waves of invigorated bliss washing up and down the west coast since its 2009 founding. Each of its outdoor excursions melds the cardio workout of hiking with the stretching and measured breaths of yoga. Certified instructors lead pupils through scenic vistas, or, in early-morning sessions, impressionistic dreamscapes, as they alternate between heart-pumping strides and yoga breaks suitable for neophytes and the pretzel-capable alike.
Certified yoga instructor, hypnotherapist, and life coach Andrea Zavislak-Musungwa wants to help her students heal and strengthen their bodies, open their minds, and connect with their spirits. In her newly opened You Yoga, Me Yoga & More studio, she offers a peaceful place to practice calming yin yoga or invigorate the body with more energetic stretching, longer poses, and deep breath work.
Lauren Whitmore Powers knows what it's like to be out of shape—she was more than 80 pounds heavier before she discovered boot camp. Her transformation from heavy to fit inspired her to become certified in TRX group suspension training, Schwinn cycling, and Level 1 CrossFit so that she could help others achieve the same kind of results. Today, she acts as program director of Boot Camp Revolution and Total Fitness Revolution, working alongside a team of 12 other instructors that includes lifelong athlete Da'Mon Mayers, second-generation yogi Heather Ambrosi, and Basheerah Ahmad. Basheerah has worked with other elite trainers like Jillian Michaels and has worked out celebs like Carrie Underwood and Vivica A. Fox. This team of trainers helms one-month boot camps and one-on-one training sessions, as well as small-group classes that cover the ins and outs of TRX suspension training, Pilates, yoga, and Zumba.
Overweight from a lifetime of inactivity, Merri Benham turned to yoga to take control of her body and cope with her chronic aches and high stress levels. The ancient Hindu discipline invigorated her body, helping her regain her youthful mobility and shave off 50 pounds. Eager to help others enjoy yoga's benefits, she's spent close to 5,000 hours teaching yoga—throughout the last 10-plus years—to students of all fitness levels ranging from children to NFL players to triathletes. Today, Merri leads various classes tailored for participants seeking a deep-muscle stretch, a beginner-friendly session, or an opportunity to show off a sweat-resistant onesie.
Barb, Debbie, and Anita help ladies feel and look their best from the inside out at Fitness Spa, sticking to the spa's stated goal of producing "healthy bodies, strong friendships, and happy spirits!" A springy, joint-friendly floor hosts about a dozen fitness classes a week, including perennial favorites such as Zumba and Pilates. An instructor with personal training experience or official Zumba certifications oversees each sessions, providing expert advice and motivation to students of all ability levels. If muscles are sore after a class, students can unwind in the soothing embrace of a thermal body wrap. In addition to promoting healthy insides, Fitness Spa also values healthy-looking outsides; the spa's own organic spray tan solution helps show off newly toned limbs.
Legacy Family Fitness makes getting into shape a simple matter of choice. Members can opt to spend their time using strength and cardio equipment, or they can join one of the gym’s many studio classes. Basic yoga and Pilates, cardio kickboxing, and Zumba are all included with membership. For those seeking personalized attention, Legacy’s armada of highly qualified personal trainers can shape workouts to individual needs and fitness goals.
There are no massage tables at Liberation Thai Yoga Massage Therapy. Instead, clients recline on humongous floor cushions, allowing for greater ease of movement as Certified SomaVeda Thai yoga practitioner Chris Cannon both kneads and stretches their limbs. Chris personalizes a mix of assisted poses, deep breathing exercises, and massage techniques—performed with the hands, elbows, knees, and feet—for each guest. These treatments can reduce stress and physical tension while increasing overall range of motion.