When Shanti Yoga Shala founder Nathalie Croix studies yoga, she does so directly from the source. On one of four trips to India over a 10-year span, Croix trained at the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute, honing her practice so that she could share her passion for the practice with students. She and her fellow instructors at Shanti teach Vinyasa yoga, a root form of Ashtanga that inspires flexibility and strength in a fluid sequence of poses. The studio welcomes students of all levels, and the schedule includes classes divided by difficulty as well as a handful of all-levels sessions. Regardless of the class, all students will learn how body alignment and proper breathing can soothe the mind.
Pure Barre is a total body workout that lifts your seat, tones your thighs and burns fat in record-breaking time. Utilizing the ballet barre to perform small isometric movements set to fantastic music, Pure Barre is the fastest, most effective, yet safest way to change your body. Students see results in just 10 classes.
Yogi Michele Baker began teaching yoga at a New Orleans athletic club in 1998. Ten years later, after Hurricane Katrina forced Baker to evacuate her home, she started writing a yoga-instruction training manual. She soon put it to use, using it as a guide to lead her staff at Swan River Yoga, which she opened with business partner Keith Porteous. Today, the yoga center helps pupils practice yoga and guides aspiring instructors as they hone their craft and nurture the third eye that sprouts from their forehead.
Yoga classes are suitable for a variety of skill levels, and range from prenatal and beginners’ yoga to Anusara yoga—a class that focuses on flowing movements and proper alignment. Swan River Yoga also provides holistic services such as massage, reiki, and acupuncture.
The 12-pack of trainers at Ultimate Fitness coax forth hidden six-packs from previously obscured abdominal regions in short, intense sessions that focus on slow and safe repetitions. In a single 25-minute training session, the muscle minders at Ultimate Fitness zero in on six exercises targeted to your body's needs and number of tentacles using an arsenal of quality equipment—some of which is specifically designed to relieve back pain. With sessions available seven days a week, novitiates and devotees alike will find it easy to fit the recommended one or two hebdomadal training sessions into a busy schedule of errands, Congressional hearings, and round-the-world dirigible races. To keep the heart and lungs from going on strike when the body’s other muscles get more attention, Ultimate Fitness grants its personal trainees unlimited access to the gym until their four sessions are up.