At Downward Dog Yoga & Fitness, ancient poses fuel challenging workouts and traditional calisthenics summon inner peace. That's because both types of exercise have a common goal: bolstering health by building community. During the studio's signature Vinyasa class, yogis of all levels stretch and bend together, learning from each other as they follow the cues of a friendly, experienced teacher. The mesmerizing vocals of Sting and U2 join the pre-modern chants of Krishna Das to inspire students during deep-breathing exercises, which focus the mind as they dissolve stress. The temperature rises to 90 degrees for hot yoga and hot Pilates, helping loosen tight muscles and drain toxins from the body. Hot yoga builds strength and flexibility with sitting, standing, and inverted poses, whereas hot Pilates targets similar goals with core-sculpting isometrics and a focus on bodily alignment. Trainer-led boot camps explore the other end of the fitness spectrum with jumping jacks and burpees, which melt more calories than a fondue party at Richard Simmons's house. To unwind after class, students can book a massage-therapy appointment with Hannah Zahs, who infuses Swedish and shiatsu strokes with soothing essential oils.
At Robin’s Nest Yoga Studio, certified instructors nurture students’ personal yoga practice with individualized attention. During both group and private sessions, yogis move about the room, modifying poses to suit varying skill levels. Teachers have stretched through at least 200 hours of training and bring their own personal styles to sessions, combining elements of meditation and strength training or blending sun salutations and poses that awaken the body and spirit, energizing students like a jog through a particle accelerator.
The schedule brims with one-hour classes that incorporate a variety of yoga styles, including hatha, Ashtanga, and Vinyasa. To mix it up each week, the studio hosts a Sunday sampler that features focused breathing exercises and posing fundamentals such as arm balances and hip openers.
The certified therapist and experienced yoga instructors at Martha's Studio unbundle bodies and relax minds with massages and yoga courses. During 30-minute massages, a therapist tailors treatments to the needs, wants, and rhythmic-jazz preferences of each client before employing a skilled set of hands to knead away stresses and deep-seated fears of other peoples' hands. Though not included with today's deal, patrons can upgrade to a Swedish, shiatsu pressure-point, Esalen, or hot-stone massage by paying the difference in cost.
A good gym should provide its members with plenty of challenges, as long as none of them involve getting to the gym itself. The trainers at 319 Fitness work one-on-one with clients at their easily accessible downtown location. As an added convenience, the facility adjoins an ample parking lot where members can leave their vehicles or flip tractor tires still attached to tractors. Inside, trainers teach clients how to operate equipment in personalized training sessions geared toward helping each member realize their individual fitness goals.