A favorite of Sacramento CityVoters, The Studio fosters fitness and makes martial arts masters out of fledgling fighters. Instructors Jack Corrie (seventh degree senior master) and Amitis Pourarian (sixth degree master and former U.S. team member) coordinate and co-operate the body-fortifying center, contributing a combined 50 years of martial arts experience. During 90-minute boot camp classes, students learn to maneuver their metatarsals and middle ears in a menagerie of different workout methods designed to pump hearts and arms. TRX suspension and cardio kickboxing kick off sessions, combusting calories and galvanizing muscle-guns before strength-training exercises get to work defining muscular fibers. The course concludes with yoga, stretching, and sun saluting, designed to cool down broiling calorie-burners.
The instructors at Granite Bay Pilates and Yoga lead students through challenging classes to sculpt muscles with ancient southern Asian poses and time-tested isometric exercises. The certified staff guides individual and small-group workouts, emphasizing form and alignment as they impart the basics of yoga’s gentle movements to build balance and flexibility, and Pilates’s controlled, muscle-isolating exercises to develop core strength. During beginners' Pilates workshops, students bask in personalized instructor attention as they practice mat-based exercises. In addition to melting stress with low-impact movements, students can seek relief for their bodies and minds with functional bodywork, performed by certified massage therapists.
The founder of Barre-Flies, Diane, calls every workout she devises a “recipe”—a fitting name, considering her exercises incorporate raw ingredients from everything from ballet barre work to Pilates and yoga. During one-hour classes, students combine these elements to strengthen their core in different ways, following up each routine with deep stretching to help improve their flexibility before heading back to the sidewalks lined with lucky pennies.
Inside ShriKula Yoga's spacious, citrus-hued studio, owner Trish Pietrzak fosters a community-oriented collective of instructors and students who gather for classes designed to accommodate all skill levels and physical abilities. Under the tutelage of certified instructors, students work at their own level during more than 25 weekly classes, such as yin yoga, yoga for kids aged 7–12, and hot power yoga held in a separate, 100-degree room. The main studio boasts temperatures of 80 degrees, which helps promote pliable muscles and comfort cold-blooded spirit geckos. Students looking for a way to improve their flexibility outside of class can try out the apparatus wall, where a system of supportive ropes helps them achieve advanced poses safely. After class, mat mavens can change back into the costumes of their pedestrian alter egos in men's and women's changing rooms, then enjoy a complimentary cup of tea in the Kula lounge and tea bar or in their outdoor seating area.
Candles flicker and a fireplace roars near the entrance to Body Heat Hot Pilates & Yoga, signaling that balmy temperatures warm the classrooms within. The thermostat reaches at least 95 degrees during the studio?s classes, which include flowing yoga routines that strengthen the entire body and Pilates mat workouts whose isometric exercises sculpt the limbs and core. In addition to promoting relaxation, the heat makes muscles more pliable, which helps bodies to explore their full range of motion as they stretch and balance. Pores sweat throughout the workout, removing bodily toxins and waste products such as lactic acid and carbon dioxide. To keep the space smelling as fresh as a mentholated dunk tank, staffers sanitize the eco-friendly floors between each session. After class, students can unwind in showers stocked with complimentary towels, peruse a boutique filled with clothing, lotions, and yoga mats, or sniff each of the studio?s flower arrangements.
The 17-strong staff at Sattva Yoga, Pilates & Ayurveda brings an abundance of experience and certifications to each class, whether yoga, Pilates, or Barre. KCRA awarded the wellness emporium the title of Best Pilates Studio in 2010 and nominated it as a finalist for Best Yoga Studio in 2011. The team gears its yoga classes toward helping participants achieve tranquility, while directing their Pilates focus toward strengthening core muscles both in clients and in apples. They also teach two variations of Booty Barre, one meant to augment a Pilates regimen with its cardio component, and one that builds on both yoga and Pilates with long, fluid dance movements.