A licensed chiropractor and experienced martial artist, Dr. John Surie started practicing hot yoga when he met his future wife, Natalie. Charmed by her Australian accent and passion for the practice, he soon became an avid Bikram student himself, and in 2002, the husband-and-wife duo opened their first studio with Natalie helming her own curriculum of Bikram-inspired classes. Today, their hot-yoga empire has expanded to five studios sprinkled across the United States and Australia, each teeming with certified instructors who lead students through nine class styles. Designed to make hot yoga accessible to everyone, classes range from the studio?s signature Ignite series, which introduces newcomers to the foundations of hot yoga, to intense Shape classes that see stretchers melding hot-yoga and Pilates moves while solving Pythagorean equations.
Each studio comes equipped with special flooring tailored to the humid environment of hot yoga, as well as air-circulation and advanced heating systems to keep fresh, hot air blowing.
Realistic conditions. Realistic goals. These two statements bookend Mayer's Karate & Fitness's principles. The instructors teach skills such as self-defense, jujitsu, and judo as they would be used and needed in the real world, with nary a crouching tiger nor a hidden dragon in sight. Both adults and kids can take karate classes, which build self-esteem as well as muscle; there are also sessions for kids with special needs that emphasize coordination and social skills as much as physical activity. Fitness options include Latin dance–inspired Zumba classes and personal training, in which American Council on Exercise–certified coaches help clients make and meet goals.
Crunch Fitness gyms collect expert staff members and advanced equipment to populate their four facilities, where members can approach fitness from multiple angles. They might drop in on a kickboxing class to toast calories with fast-paced jabs, or slow down with focused yoga stretches. Free weights complement cardio and strength machines for those who fear that treadmills might become sentient and stick to pratfall settings. Nutritional and childcare services balance out the exercise amenities at certain locations, and personal trainers readily craft custom workout programs during one-on-one sessions.
VOLT FITNESS offers a fitness circuit geared towards children to get them moving while having fun through the use of a structured circuit consisting of interactive games and video games. We also offer 1-on-1 personal training, group training and athlete training.
Naturally Yoga gets the whole family breathing, bending, and relaxing with yoga classes based in Vinyasa flow. Children as young as 3 can prepare for a lifetime of practice during sessions that incorporate creativity and storytelling. For adults, Naturally Yoga offers up a slew of options, including Thai yoga, which incorporates therapeutic stretching, acupressure, and Hatha yoga poses and a restorative class that melts away stress in a much more peaceful fashion than sleeping on a bed of hot coals. After class, practitioners can visit the juice bar and vegan cafe or browse through the constantly changing selection of wares at Naturally Yoga's boutique, picking up everything from eye pillows to herbal lotions and shawls.
Most Popular Service: Soap-making classes
Staff Size: 1 person
Average Duration of Services: 1?2 hours
Q&A with La Shonda Tyree, Owner/Lead Instructor
How is your approach different than that of other professionals in your field?
Hands-on classes, and small class sizes.
Do you or your staff have any special certifications or degrees?
I'm a certified advanced soap-maker.
What aspect of your job, or the services you offer, most often surprises people?
That I make and teach soap-making full time. And many people are surprised to learn that there is actually a fragrance for soap called "monkey farts."
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
The building the classes are held in is a reclaimed 19th century mill that has been converted into artist studios. It's located in the Great Falls Historic District of Paterson, home of the Great Falls National Park.