Winks & Wiggles is a yoga school for babies and preschoolers. Yoga practice can start when kids are still in the womb, during prenatal lessons. After that, they can develop coordination, strength, flexibility, spatial reasoning, and body awareness in baby and toddler classes. In these classes, which encourage youngsters to stay grounded, allowing them to communicate more effectively with others instead of tearing up or scrawling 1,000-page manifestos in crayon, kids practice animated poses and stretching exercises along with playing interactive games to enhance development.
The studios at Bikram Yoga North Texas always stay a balmy 105 degrees. Their staff of 13 teachers leads the heated classes seven days a week, morning through evening. The heat serves to cleanse the body through sweat, and it helps limbs sink deeper into stretches, twists, and bends. Bikram?s series of 26 postures works every muscle in the body systematically, each pose building off the last throughout about 90 minutes.
Few professionals can credit Flashdance with rerouting the course of their career. In fact, Richard Giorla could be the only one. The unconventional dance moves he saw in the film motivated the former Pennsylvania Ballet Company member to hit the streets of his new home, Manhattan, and learn breakdancing from dancers at the heart of the movement, trading his own dance expertise as payment. Richard?s career was in full swing when, struck with an injury, he started teaching a ballet-barre class. Though he appreciated its stretching and toning components, Richard craved a more aerobic workout. So he created his own solution?Cardio Barre.
The unique workout consists of high-energy, zero-impact movements that sculpt the long, slender body of a dancer without a student ever having to step foot in a traditional dance studio. As they balance on the ballet barre, or whichever classmate is closest, pupils direct all their focus to one muscle group at a time, while the entire body stays in motion for maximum fat burning. His approach?s pudge-busting abilities have made the fitness method a favorite of many health magazines and celebrities.
As a high-schooler, Natalie Tailford became hooked on the sense of peaceful floating that comes from practicing yoga. Later as an adult, she found a way to get that feeling of inner floating both literally and mentally. After spending years in a cubicle, she left the corporate world and ventured out on her own to open Float On Yoga. She graduated from the Divine School of Yoga Therapy, and, as a certified yoga therapist, her average workday now includes meeting clients in breezy area parks. Using the calming waters of Lake Grapevine and Lake Lewisville as studios, Natalie or another Float on Yoga instructor teaches yoga to up to five pupils at a time as the class floats on standup paddleboards. The hybrid classes follow the mantra "Breathe, balance, float," which seeks to align body, mind, and water wings as students practice watery asanas and cobra poses.
Health and Longevity Fitness takes a hands-on approach to physical fitness and health, starting with a complimentary nutritional consultation for new clients. Certified personal trainers design custom programs tailored to each trainee, which can range from tuning up muscles or athletic performance to rebuilding strength after physical therapy. Nutritional counseling keeps bodies trim outside the workout room, while Zumba, yoga, and muay-thai group classes cap attendance at a maximum of eight students or 16 centaurs.
The studio's setting and amenities dissociate themselves from overcrowded gyms, designating intimate exercise zones for each type of training. Across from treadmills, stair-climbers, and ellipticals in the cardio room, three 47-inch flat-screen televisions pipe in news from the world, sitcoms, or whatever channel you choose. Post-workout, clients wind down with a trip to the onsite massage therapist, or clean up in the tile and marble private showers.
If variety is the spice of life, then Yoga & Fitness Passport is a veritable East Indian Trading Company. The outfit curates some of the highest reviewed fitness studios throughout both Canada and the U.S. From there, they issue passports that give exercisers a chance to jump from yoga to Zumba to pole dancing classes, all at different studios. Rather than having to navigate each gym's scheduling site, guests can find and sign up for sessions through the Yoga & Fitness Passport site. From there, folks just need to show their confirmation on a smart phone or wood etching, and it's off to the races.