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.
Sisters Eliana and Valeria both discovered Zumba during challenging times in their lives⎯Valeria while fighting obesity and Eliana while helping her late husband through cancer treatments. These past experiences inform the sisters’ approaches to the dance classes they lead. Valeria creates a comfortable and nonjudgmental environment for students of all fitness levels, and Eliana wants to offer her students the same freedom and escape she found during one-hour Zumba workouts. Both ladies are certified instructors and teach several subspecies of Zumba dance, including Zumbatomic for children and Zumba Gold for seniors, beginners, and prenatal students. Zumba People also tries to foster a sense of community among its students, hosting costumed dance parties for Halloween and orchestrating the occasional flash mob. Classes are held six days a week, and schedules for the Hurst and Southlake locations vary.
At DANCE on the Vine, veteran instructors bring the timeless steps of the foxtrot, merengue, and waltz to vibrant life during group classes and private lessons. In addition to preserving these and other classic dances, they make up the steps to entirely new dances, often choreographing custom dances for an engaged couple's first dance of married life. The team also preps students for other dance-centric occasions, from parties to cotillions to the civilian version of Dancing with the Stars, Dancing with Anyone.
At True Dental's new facility, Dr. Pariksha Gunnala tends to the mouth's treasures with general and cosmetic services. She whitens smiles with in-office and at-home techniques, installs composite fillings that match the color of the teeth, and fits porcelain crowns that match the color of a favorite French emperor's bathtub. The office leaves its doors open on Saturdays to accommodate steady nine-to-fivers.
Bikram Yoga Grapevine is the only "hot" yoga school in the heart of the DFW Metroplex. The studio offers a transformational, challenging, and energizing workout for all levels, earning it the distinction of Best Fort Worth Workout in the Best of Citysearch 2009. Each 90-minute session features two breathing exercises and 26 hatha yoga postures normally practiced in a room heated in excess of 100 degrees by a dozen grade-schoolers doing hot-plate science experiments. First-timers and clients returning to Grapevine after a six-month or longer hiatus can take advantage of the deep penetrating stretch that minimizes injury while working every muscle, tendon, joint ligament, organ, and gland. The myriad benefits include increased flexibility, strength, balance, and lung capacity, plus the cathartic pleasure of going home drenched in sweat from head to toe. Click here for the upcoming class schedule.
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.
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