Purpose Yoga’s instructors know how difficult it can be to find time during a busy day for yoga’s quiet and concentration. During lunchtime three days a week, they host a 45-minute session where visitors can recharge their batteries and enjoy lunch options such as veggie or tuna wraps. At their other weekly sessions, the teaching team leads up to 60 students of all levels through power, Hatha, and hot yoga. Classes range from slow-paced beginner Hatha sessions to sunrise yoga and one-hour full-body workouts with the studio’s temperature cranked between 90 and 95 degrees.
When they aren’t deepening their visitors’ meditative states, the instructors prep the next generation of yoga gurus during a nine-month teacher-training program that explores 71 yoga poses, the Sanskrit language, anatomy, and more. After sessions, co-owner and licensed massage therapist Jessica Hardisky further relaxes muscles with massage styles such as Thai yoga, prenatal, and hot stone.
Named after a Sanskrit word meaning beauty, abundance, and sanctity, Sri Yoga Center helps students achieve physical health and inner peace inside the calming, 9,000-square-foot haven. Seasoned instructors draw from the Para, Sivananda, and Himalayan yoga traditions as they weave traditional poses and breathing exercises into sequences that cultivate enough strength and focus to beat yourself at chess.
Minds and chakras open during Heart-Centered Flow classes, in which students explore themes such as gratitude and compassion through movement and self-reflection. Ninety-degree temperatures draw out toxins during hot-yoga sessions, deepening stretches and boosting circulation as bodies balance and bend within the balmy airs. To foster wellness of mind, body, spirit, and shadow, visitors may also book massages, reiki relaxation therapy, and Ayurvedic healing sessions.
The YMCA of Greater Dayton branch began before the Civil War, but disbanded when war struck. Re-founded in peacetime, individuals and families have gathered at the Y for more than 140 years to enrich themselves through health and wellness programs. Eleven campuses serve the entire community—babies as young as 6 weeks old can attend childcare programs; kids can take gymnastics and soccer lessons; teens can develop their leadership skills; seniors can keep fit through Active Older Adults exercise classes; and the whole family can enjoy the pool.
Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Dancing with the Stars multiple-champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of Jazzercise's improvisational workouts, though luckily you won't need her dance moves to get the most out of your class. If you're prone to first-class jitters, though, you can review the basic moves online before you go. Expect to burn up to 500 calories with each go-round.
At My Pilates Studio, a team of Pilates instructors, many of them certified by Stott, lead classes ranging from ballet barre to prenatal Pilates. In studios with shining hardwood floors and mauve walls, students strengthen their cores, increase their flexibility, and boost their overall wellness with top-of-the-line equipment and supportive peers. The studio strives to create a soothing atmosphere with features such as a burbling fountain, freshly cut flowers, and soft lighting.
Snap Fitness's around-the-clock gyms enable members to work on their physical well-being with a cornucopia of fitness equipment. With 24-hour access, members don't have to let The Man tell them when to help themselves to Snap's strength and cardio equipment, which features built-in TVs and other media diversions. For those who exercise during conventional hours, Snap's friendly, unintimidating atmosphere welcomes patrons of all ability levels, unlike schoolyard dodge-ball squads. Members also enjoy nationwide access to all Snap Fitness locations, ideal for working out while traveling. For a dose of custom advice, patrons can seek out a personal-training session with a certified coach, who helps them assess and address their fitness goals. Clients reap the benefit of individual attention as a personal trainer helps them tackle weight loss, prepare for an arm-wrestling competition, or unveil the mysteries of arcane cable-weight machines.