Students should bring: Participants should plan to bring a lunch or go out to lunch
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: A snack will be provided on May 10, but you should bring an umbrella for walking between buildings in case of rain
Dominique Ponko sits at the head of the class, leading yogis through muscle-lengthening postures with the steady flow of her deep, rhythmic inhales and exhales. It’s been a long journey for Dominique. She first sought out yoga at the age of 26 to help her cope with life-threatening seizures and a slow-growing brain tumor. Yoga comforted her through three difficult years, welcoming her into a space for healing spiritually before she was able to find the proper medicine to help her heal physically. Though still a little shaky, Dominique has triumphed and opened four yoga studios—voted Best of the ‘Burgh in 2010—to inspire her students to ease their ailments, build strength, and find inner peace.
During her studio's heated Vinyasa-flow classes, an enthusiastic and supportive instructor guides students through a series of strengthening postures that work to increase flexibility and build muscles. Warm, balmy air courses through the studio, pricking beads of sweat on brows to help detox bodies and loosen stiff muscles into deep, soothing stretches.
With machines set up in rows to encourage competition, many ordinary gyms cater to men's bodies and psychology, right down to the urinals that were "accidentally" installed in the women's locker room. At Curves, you'll move around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with women's bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing your momentum, the hydraulic machines use your body weight and fitness level to create resistance that matches your abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
Jazzercise, a funk-fueled, head-to-toe regimen, sculpts muscles, boosts energy, and sheds pounds during 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching. It incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Class formats vary too, including special Jazzercises geared to sculpt your bod or literally make you slightly better at saxophone playing. As for the ittie-ditties, childcare is available during select times at many locations.
Fueled by the belief that the more fun an exercise regimen is, the more likely people will stick with it, instructors at Fitness With A Twist take an unorthodox route to fitness. Instead of stocking the brick-lined studio with cardio gear and free weights, they filled the mirrored space with floor-to-ceiling chrome poles, upon which they demonstrate how to perform gravity defying lifts, spins, and inversions. High heels click against the polished hardwood floors as they teach women the basics of pole dancing during drop-in classes, new uses for familiar seats in chair-dancing sessions, or ways to tone their upper bodies in ab-centric courses or the occasional belly-dancing class. To cater to bridal parties, work friends, or bridge clubs looking for an exciting alternative to conventional gatherings, the staffers also host pole-dancing parties.
Body In Balance Healing Center's clients can build themselves a lifestyle fueled by holistic health from head to toe using the resources available at the center, including therapeutic massage, yoga classes, and alternative spa treatments. Visitors of all skill levels can drop in to open yoga sessions, where they'll either learn or perfect their sun salutations, appeasing the needy star with muscle-fortifying poses and stretches. Massage therapists' kneading techniques aim to release physical and emotional tension, restoring bodies to peak condition, and a menu of face- and body-focused skin services addresses a host of issues with cutting-edge and alternative spa therapies, soothing acne-prone skin with botanicals, banding muscles to prevent age-related drooping, and employing lasers to erase fine lines.