Owner and registered yoga teacher Leigh Brennan strives to make her students feel comfortable and welcome on their journeys to healthier lifestyles at A Place To Call Om. Within their open and well-lit studios, they motivate students of all ability levels to push toward well-being via Vinyasa yoga and fitness classes. To set the tone to her classes, Brennan infuses sessions with tunes from her own music library, playing a mix of Top 40 hits and kirtan songs. The classes range in intensity from the vigorous power flow plus, which pairs fast-paced Vinyasa poses with weight training, to gentle flow yoga, a slow-paced series set to soft candlelight and the mewling of contented kittens.
True to its name, Flags and Beyond doesn't simply stock the stars and stripes. Its catalog boasts colorful banners for both general decoration and holiday cheer. Seasonal flags ring in autumn with images of kittens lounging in a jack-o'-lantern or honor spring with Easter bunnies and painted eggs. Alternatively, a selection of patriotic flags includes classic American symbols, such as the Liberty Bell and a soaring eagle carrying George Washington in its talons. Flags for everyday display proclaim welcoming phrases, from There's no place like home to You are my sunshine! And for added exterior decor, the store carries creative mailbox covers that delight neighbors and mail carriers alike.
Robert Cole’s professional ballet career is one of international proportions—he's graced the stage with The National Ballet of Canada and trained with the Joffrey Ballet School, among many others. As The Ballet Academy's director, Robert blends classical training with movement analysis and conditioning while challenging students to contemplate the whys and hows of creative movement. He and his team of professional instructors help adults and children explore their artistic sides in judgment-free dance classes in the styles of tap, jazz, modern, and ballet. The Academy Division grants more serious performers the benefits of a professional training environment as they further master confidence and discipline. For those who merely want to get in shape or hear the sounds of their hearts beating really fast, The Ballet Academy's instructors also lead Zumba and yoga classes.
Members at Curves, a fitness center designed exclusively for women, rotate around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with female bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and manage arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help to manage participants’ machine maneuvering and muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing momentum, the hydraulic machines use your own body weight, fitness level, and aerodynamic water bottle to create resistance that matches abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lifting and lowering motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses pushing and pulling motions to develop toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
The certified instructors at Team Edge Performance and Fitness in New Albany attack sedentary lifestyles head on with more than 16 years of experience and an array of personally tailored workout sessions for athletes and civilians of all abilities and levels. The spacious gym facility encourages exercise with Hammer Strength circuit-training machines, heavy bags, ropes that challenge a variety of muscle groups, and Life Fitness cardio equipment, replete with heart-rate monitors that help keep to increase difficulty or detect tin men. Personal and group training sessions cater to each individual's needs and goals to provide an effective and safe workout, and classes such as kids' jiu-jitsu and CrossFit challenge trainees of all ages and skill levels.
Contrary to popular belief, you don't have to be flexible to do yoga. Rather, the flexibility—both physical and mental—comes along with the practice. At Studio Om, students with any or no experience are welcome to try a variety of yoga classes. Class options include styles ranging from gentle or chair yoga to more vigorous Vinyasa yoga, depending on whether students seek a relaxing or invigorating session. The studio also holds Pilates and yoga fusion classes, as well as Holy Yoga sessions, which combine biblical Christian study with an all-levels yoga flow sequence.