The instructors at FiTMiX Yoga & Latin Fitness Studio speak both English and Spanish, but they focus all of their classes on the universal language of fun. They lead energetic yoga classes, sustaining poses to help students develop strength and flexibility. They incinerate calories with high-energy Zumba workouts fueled by contagious Latin rhythms. They also teach aerial silks classes, which tone the upper body and the core muscles with exciting, gravity-defying routines. To keep students sufficiently energized, they even provide healthy snacks for people and low-calorie gasoline for robots.
At each of its 31 area locations, the YMCA of Greater Houston pursues a mission to bring health, wellness, and personal growth to communities. Kids leap into activities ranging from swim lessons and youth sports to a teen Youth & Government program that stirs up confidence and leadership abilities in students, preparing them for mudslinging student-council campaigns.
Zumba, ballroom dance, and Les Mills group exercise classes shake up adult workout routines, as complimentary childcare frees up parents to pursue fitness goals. Meanwhile, adult sport leagues such as basketball and racquetball result in friendly competition and hyper-literate team names inspired by obscure philosophers.
Former U.S. Marines and certified personal trainers combine skills and knowledge to sculpt clients' bodies at Downtown Fitness. They produce a cocktail of exercises for group settings such as cross-training classes and boot camps. Alternatively, they tailor the selection more specifically to client's goals in one-on-one personal training sessions, in which they also lend motivations and advice.
One Yoga USA founder Jennifer Buergermeister approaches yoga's many forms with a mastery honed over 20 years—and the philosophy of a gardener. OYUSA's mission likens yoga to a tree: many branches, deep roots. In that spirit of multiplicity, it has designed flexible training programs that branch out from foundational training into a phantasmagoria of elective modules that total anywhere from 300 to 1000 hours. On the way to certification, students can immerse themselves in almost every flavor of yoga and supplement it with a buffet of Sanskrit, organic eating, anatomy and physiology, and neurolinguistic programming—forging a self-created major with far more real-world applications than their doctorate in unicorn dressage.
The Texas Yoga Association is a non-profit organization that exists to unite the yoga community in preventing the Texas Workforce Commission's regulation of yoga (see the association’s FAQ page for more information). With today’s deal, beginning yogis or long-time enthusiasts can select a convenient studio location and register for five classes to be taken over the course of one month. Available yoga styles vary from location to location, but include vinyasa, hatha, prenatal, yin yang, and pralaya yoga, as well as zumba classes and reverse moonwalking.
Barefoot students sway to the music, moving their arms rhythmically, punctuating the flow every so often with martial-arts-style punches and kicks across the sprung wood floor. The low-impact, low-pressure practice nourishes the body, mind, and spirit alike—as co-owner Helen Tracy told Great Day Houston, “I fell in love with my body through Nia.” The instructors at NiaMoves specialize in Nia’s aerobic workouts, in addition to an eclectic assortment of other group fitness classes. The instructors lead students in everything from body-stretching and mind-calming yoga sessions to aerobic hoop-dance workouts. Many of the classes are holistically refreshing, including the healing drum-and-dance-circle sessions, which begin with a tension-relieving meditation session. Instructor Emilia then leads students in expressing themselves through movement and thumping drum beats, both of which are effective during most job interviews.