"Our brain is designed to realize what we wish, without any minor errors," says Dahn Yoga founder Ilchi Lee. "If you want success, it will create success. If you want happiness or health, it will create them. Anything is possible, as long as negative thoughts and emotions don't interfere."
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. This focus, shared by Body & Brain Holistic Yoga and The Life Yoga, forms the basis of the studio's classes and consultations. 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. Cooldown exercises ease the body back into quotidian functionality before a 10-minute teatime invites socialization among participants while bolstering pinkie endurance.
Signature service: Brazilian Jujitsu and Women's Self-Defense
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 30?60 minutes
Experience: More than 35 years of experience teaching BJJ and capoeira
Pro Tip: Always bring comfortable workout clothes and a bottle of water.
Since Paramount Strength & Conditioning opened in 2012, they have focused on training everyone as if they were a competitive lifter, regardless of their experience. Owner Christian Washington began building Paramount’s strength-training philosophy while serving overseas in a Navy response team, which is to give students the individual attention needed to accomplish their goals in a laid-back atmosphere. "We know that not everyone wants to be a world record holder," says Christian, "but we will give everyone just as much attention as the most elite guy here." To be sure students learn the finer points of squats, deadlifts, and the snatch—but the small class sizes and the presence of trainers willing to lend a hand help clients of all abilities to effectively reach their goals in a more relaxed atmosphere. "We genuinely care about our folks here," Christian emphasizes, "they're our family and we succeed when they succeed."
At Absolute Boxing & Personal Training for Women, personal trainers with vast martial-arts experience, including UFC manager Francois Nguyen, help men, women, and children of all skill levels get into fine fighting form. The team combines the fundamentals of boxing and kickboxing into heart-thumping sessions capable of incinerating calories, toning muscles, and arming students with the self-defense techniques necessary to ward off bullies. Personal trainers expand upon fight-based conditioning with yoga instruction, massage therapy, and a promise to hold clients accountable for the goals they set, such as running 10 miles or high-fiving 10 strangers each day.