Fitness Solutions approaches health and wellness from many angles, staffed by an eclectic roster of chiropractors, massage therapists, and personal trainers. Clients tend to their health concerns through consultations with acupuncturists and massage therapists and develop individualized exercise regimens with personal trainers.
While training for a mud run, Rebecca Nelson suffered a painful injury in her knee. Being a NASM-certified personal trainer, she immediately sought out an exercise regimen that could keep her active while she rehabilitated her achy joints. When she found Pilates' dynamic workouts were capable of getting her back in the game, she decided to dive headfirst into Joseph Pilates' philosophy, eventually attaining her BASI certification and League of Reformers' super-secret decoder ring.
Today, Rebecca and her large squad of certified instructors at KÔR Pilates teach a mix of mat- and machine-based classes seven days a week in a modern studio, whose cork flooring, nontoxic equipment, and VOC-free paint are as kind to Mother Earth as Pilates' workouts are to the body.
Yoga Shakti Wellness Center's director, Diana Pipaloff, has unwavering confidence in her instructors' abilities. It's appropriate, because most of them learned their practice at the center. Their 500-hour training program, which includes post-graduate mentorships and internships, equips graduates with Yoga Alliance registration. Once trained, a select few of these yogis begin work at Yoga Shakti Wellness Center's locations in Irvine and Huntington Beach.
At each location, students stretch and breathe during more than 10 types of yoga classes. Shakti yoga, the center's flagship style, leads participants in combining sun salutations, poses, and energy work to move toward increasing their physical and spiritual strength. Other options from the more than 100 classes offered each week include prenatal yoga and gentle yoga, which elucidates yoga's foundational poses and philosophy.
However, the staff isn't super-glued to their yoga mats. They also teach ayurveda, a lifestyle that combines dietary changes with massage, meditation, and other purification therapies.
The instructors at Seventh Chakra Yoga view their teachings as a pressure valve through which students can release life's tensions. As artists, pastors, and community leaders, they have come from diverse backgrounds to imbue the studio with a uniform aura of positivity. The studio specializes in Kundalini yoga and meditation through breathing techniqes, sound and gong therapy and mantra healing. They don't acknowledge higher or lower levels of yoga experience in their pupils, preferring to focus on self-improvement over competition, and draw from several modalities to plan their classes. Their inviting approach helps guests to realize connections between mind and body, which can minimize stress and give the brain a break while the liver takes over for a while. The instructors also lead kids yoga, prenatal yoga, and chair yoga.
In addition to classes that encompass postures and meditation, the staff leads sessions for expectant mothers, children, and aspiring Kundalini teachers. They can also transport their lessons outside of the studio, visiting offices to improve at-work wellness and planning scenic retreats to India.
Guided by a mission of embracing every student's quest for personal growth, the team at YogaWorks offers programs for all ages and walks of life. Harnessing a minimum of 500 hours of Yoga Alliance training, expert instructors build lean muscles with traditional Ashtanga, Iyengar, and Vinyasa flow classes enhanced by inspiring music, ambient candlelight, meditation, and props. Their fitness classes further the body-shaping results of yoga, strengthening core muscles with Pilates, increasing endurance and lean muscles with TRX classes, and building stamina with resistance-based SculptWorks.
Instructors also host exotic yoga retreats, which marry the excitement of travel to far-away locales with the benefits of yoga to bestow students with the confident grace required to approach a foreign yoga mat without startling it. Those in search of further training can access online videos by subscribing to myyogaworks.com, which offers a free, 14-day trial for new users. Students can search for videos by workout duration, skill level, and the targeted area of the body.
MyGym Children's Fitness Center, which currently has more than 200 international locations, began more than 30 years ago as a structured place for children to safely play, acquire new skills, and romp off a sugar buzz. All classes are organized according to age level—starting as young as 6 months and skewing up to 3 years and 3 months—and designed to incorporate the latest physiological and psychological research. Tiny Tykes gets babies moving with help from their parents, Mighty Mites teaches toddlers self-reliance and beginning sports skills, and Champions—a class for kids aged 6 to 9—emphasizes the importance of using teamwork to master more complex sports skills and achieve group goals such as building a human pyramid to reach the cookie jar. MyGym's energetic instructors are experts at using music, dance, and gymnastics to build youngsters' strength and self-esteem while stimulating their giggle-plexes. The noncompetitive environment fosters creativity and hands-on activities boost children's learning retention and fun quotient.