Lifelong dancer Carmen Garson chose the goddess as the symbol of her fitness studio and boutique because it represents a loving, feminine energy. She aims to channel that energy throughout each of her belly-dancing, flamenco, Bollywood, African-dance, and yoga classes, helping earn her establishment the Hollywood Gazette’s Best Place for Yoga award. Within the wood-floored studio decked out with creations by local artists, she and her team host 33 dance and fitness classes a week.
Garson also opens her space for monthly art and poetry events where women come to share their creativity and boast about how many arms their inner goddesses have. She stocks the on-site boutique with exotic clothing and jewelry, as well as with spiritual books, essential oils candles, and incense.
When Sarah moved to the U.S. from France, she wanted to be a part of a meaningful spiritual community, and eventually she founded her own: the Emet Institute. It’s a place where people come not only to practice yoga, but to meditate, heal, and celebrate life. Yoga programs include Vinyasa, power, and Emet’s yoga—which seeks to unite the mind, body, and soul—and they all complement the studio’s slate of personal-transformation programs. Students interested in working on their inner fulfillment in a supportive environment may find benefits in healing energy work or life-coaching classes with Sarah, who is certified in the practice.
Yoga One houses a team of friendly, experienced yogites who help students sweat and stretch until they're calmer, more energized, and more revitalized. Hatha, Vinyasa, and Anusara classes are offered throughout the week for beginners through advanced practitioners, ensuring that patrons of all experience levels can find a comfortable place to pose. The various classes are packed with a multitude of benefits that will help students subdue snappy muscles, relieve stiffness and pain, increase flexibility and strength, or prepare for future laser-limboing cat burglars.
The semi-private training program at Synergize! makes grueling workouts enjoyable and motivating. Renowned personal trainer and owner, Shondelle Solomon-Miles spent eight years in an underground bunker developing these small group personal training sessions, which include circuit and interval training and focus on fat loss, weight management and body sculpting. Shondelle believes most workouts lack enjoyment, which she remedies by providing fun, creative workouts that, like third-grade marriage proposals, engage students. Whether trying to lose a post-baby bump or striving to work off of the recent holiday hump, the semi-private training program will ensure that Synergizers make headway on their goals, avoid tussles with overeager paparazzi, and live a healthier, more active lifestyle. Offering a variety of classes from morning through evening during the week as well as Saturday mornings, maintaining fitness has never felt so low-maintenance. Consult the Synergize! website for more information.
• For $25, you get a one-month All Y adult membership plus one 30-minute fitness assessment, one 60-minute personal-training session, and three guest passes (a $169 value). • For $39, you get a one-month All Y family membership; one 30-minute fitness assessment and one 60-minute personal-training session per adult (up to two adults); and three guest passes (up to a $291 value).
Aventura Mixed Martial Arts goes about business as though its staff and students are one big family. The facility was built around a culture of fitness, performance, and endurance, and the idea that martial-arts training binds people together—like a family. That concept carries through to each of AMMA’s programs, including one program designed for kids as young as 3 years old. Aside from its training curriculum, the facility also offers group classes that are equal parts fun and challenging.
Martin Joo and David Clarke have been fighters for a long time, and also have years of experience in mixed martial arts and fitness training. They decided to take their skills outside the cage by training other fighters to have the skill, fitness, and courage to follow in their footsteps. So they founded Omni Combat Fitness, where classes focus on a broad range of fighting styles as well as fitness techniques. Trainers might combine boxing and jiujitsu in a single class, or move from a plyometric workout to sparring in the ring to teaching the proper technique for launching tomatoes in a food fight.