The consortium of professional instructors at Fred Astaire Dance Studios, which was cofounded by the legendary toe tapper himself, shepherds students of all ages and skill levels through lessons that span the style spectrum. Low-pressure private sessions allow enthusiastic teachers to fine-tune individual students' techniques and form, using their expert eyes and mechanical dancing shoes preprogrammed to do the Charleston. Patrons can learn how to cavort through classic waltz and foxtrot romps or swivel through the modern steps of salsa, swing, or samba. For dancers hoping to hoof it up in a social setting, the group practice parties provide a one-night extravaganza of instruction, demonstrations, and amateur firewalking.
Anytime Fitness, which boasts 1,689 clubs in North America, makes it easier for average folks to etch out time for exercise by doing one simple thing: staying open 24 hours a day for 365 days a year. As fitness seekers challenge themselves on cardio and Hammer Strength machines and hoist Iron Grip free weights in clean, well-stocked facilities, security monitoring ensures they’re safe and producing enough sweat to meet official government standards. Members can also ramp up their exercise regimens with the help of Anytime Fitness’s staff of personal trainers, who demonstrate moves and sling motivating tips. After workouts, guests can shower in the private restrooms or hop into one of the tanning booths available 24 hours a day.
The YogaSoul Center's team of attentive instructors strives to foster a community of holistic wellness through a diverse roster of fitness classes. The robust schedule includes 11 different yoga styles, Pilates sessions, and dance-based classes to help students slim, tone, and center bodies and minds. During Vinyasa flow yoga, students of all abilities connect movement with mindful ujjayi-breathing techniques, strengthening muscles with balance-building stances, standing sequences, and seated poses, while yin yoga stretches the connective tissues in the hips, pelvis, and lower back with poses that held for up to five minutes. Pilates mat classes utilize floor exercises to strengthen the core, and rug-cutters looking to get fit can opt for exhilarating Zumba sweat sessions, which keep feet moving with easy-to-follow dance steps performed to upbeat Latin tunes. Students manage weight, increase flexibility, and hone dancing skills needed to impress dashing, masked outlaws.
“The beauty of Iyengar yoga in particular is the revelation that there is a living architecture hidden in all of us that only needs unveiling.” So wrote Michael Richards in a profile of B.K.S. Iyengar for TIME Magazine's list of the 100 most influential people of 2004. Iyengar, now in his 90s, has been called the “Michelangelo of Yoga.” He still practices yoga daily at the center he founded in Pune, India.
Iyengar's methods find a forum at West Side Yoga, where students learn the discipline and art of yoga for physical, mental, and spiritual transformation. As Richards wrote for TIME, “The goal is to tie the mind to the breath and the body, not to an idea.” West Side Yoga’s instructors follow these ideals, guiding their students to achieve proper alignment, develop acute body awareness, and ultimately cultivate a competitive edge in games of Twister.
The yogis at Clear Light Yoga & Enrichment Center believe strong bodies work even better with a calm, curious mind at the helm. To that end, they teach a weekly array of classes designed to present a variety of athletic and mental challenges, whether helping students achieve internal calm in a gentle yoga session or work up a sweat with power yoga. When not bending bodies, they host other kinds of enrichment classes, ranging from grammar and writing lessons to training with modern technological devices such as iPads. Private life coaching is also available to provide emotional support and objective guidance on when you should work with a problem, let go of a problem, or sculpt your problem out of clay and fire it to a satisfying crisp.
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