William Drew—known as Drew by his friends and students—founded Healing House Kundalini Yoga after becoming a certified instructor through the 3HO Foundation. He is also a member of the International Kundalini Yoga Teachers Association and has taught in both traditional and nontraditional yoga spaces. Bearing that experience in mind, he passionately shares the healing and balancing effects of Kundalini yoga, finding personal satisfaction in seeing the change that comes over people when they embrace joyful stillness.
Drew and his fellow teachers at Healing House focus on Kundalini yoga—the original yoga that gave birth to all 22 schools and, therefore, deserves at least a card on Mother's Day. Unlike other styles, which were designed for monks, Kundalini is meant for busy people with worldly responsibilities. It eschews difficult poses in favor of simple postures, gestures, breaths, chants, and meditation. These elements are arranged in a sequence to achieve precise effects while simultaneously strengthening muscles and increasing flexibility. Kundalini yoga also fortifies the mind by expanding inner awareness and reconnecting bodies and minds severed by earthly cares.
The martial-arts masters at AKKA Karate USA specialize in kenpo karate, a unique form that builds muscle tone and reflexes in order to use the body’s natural weapons—hands and feet—for self-defense. In addition to kenpo, they also lead classes focused on MMA, tai chi, and weapons training. Often, AKKA holds special events such as tournaments and sparring seminars. In addition to learning self-defense techniques, students also build valuable life skills such as an appreciation for fitness, discipline, and self-confidence.
Kundalini Yoga is about far more than just exercise. At 3HO Kundalini Yoga Center, it's about tapping into each person's energy source, and finding new insights into both the self and others. The ancient practice includes meditation and deep-relaxation exercises. Along with regularly scheduled classes, the center also hosts retreats and teacher training.
Pow Wow School of Holistic Fitness' owner and lead instructor, Haley Zuvanich, began her yoga practice at the age of 12, when other kids were busy rescuing their baseballs from neighborhood boa constrictors. Over the next 14 years, her childhood experience with Bikram method expanded into trying a variety of yoga styles and spending 200 hours earning a teacher's certification from KC Fitness Link. Now, at the Unity Temple on the Country Club Plaza, Haley guides students of all experience levels through spiritual and physically challenging stretch sessions. In addition to the traditional Hatha and Vinyasa practices, Haley hosts creative classes where students follow guided relaxation with the artistic medium of their choice, such as journaling, painting, or sketching. Pow Wow School of Holistic Fitness also offers a variety of fitness and dance aerobics courses including Tai Chi and Qi Gong, Kung Fu, Zumba, and Nia.
As a registered yoga school with the Yoga Alliance and International Association of Yoga Therapists, KCFitnessLink regularly mints new instructors. The fitness company advances students through 200- or 500-hour programs that yield certifications in various styles including Hatha and Vinyasa. In addition to transforming students into teachers, KCFitnessLink empowers people to become healthier and happier. Corporate wellness programs bring relief to stressed-out employees by integrating massage, yoga, and retreats to naturally occurring water coolers. Alternatively, personal-training sessions tackle individual goals such as weight management and sports conditioning. Replete with drop-in yoga and boot-camp sessions, KCFitnessLink's class schedule caters to athletes of all abilities. Massage therapy, available in several modalities, keeps muscles limber and free of knots.
Chris Spears was a life-long athlete until he became a desk jockey at a corporation. Five years and 40 pounds later, he decided to get back into shape. His own journey back into a healthy lifestyle inspired him to become an ISSA-certified personal trainer and the brawn behind Synergy Fitness Studio.
His unique approach doesn't require drastic cutbacks on your diet. Flavorful favorites, such as beer and pizza, are still on the menu—in moderation, of course. He also works with clients of all ages and abilities by tailoring exercises and nutrition plans to their needs. Through interval cross-training classes, he and his fellow trainers craft a different workout each day. They also focus on functional movements that imitate everyday activities from carrying groceries to fighting off a pack of wild dogs.