At Yoga West, experienced, dedicated instructors promote healthy, centered lifestyles with sessions that unite the mind and body within a nurturing environment that emphasizes community, not competition. Owner Kristin Abel—whose motto is "It's just yoga"—welcomes patrons of all ages, shapes, and skill levels to ease into the relaxing world of yoga at their own pace, learning to release stress while having fun and getting fit. In classes suited to those who are stretching across the mat for the first time to advanced yogis, Abel and her team of dedicated instructors foster the release of toxins as students flow through Vinyasa's series of poses or stretch and soothe the body in restorative-yoga classes. The instructors also lead sensual belly-dancing classes and TRX resistance classes to bolster core muscles and cardiovascular systems without the need to jog with a giant sloth clinging to your back.
At Yoga 4 Family clients can get a great workout while also engaging their kids and avoiding the need for a babysitter. Their classes utilize Hatha yoga, a form that focuses on physical health and mental well-being. Classes explore postures and breathing exercises that help open the body, strengthen joints and muscles, and promote proper stretching, alignment, balance, and flexibility, while also helping to teach kids about self-esteem, self respect, focus, and concentration.
At each of its 31 area locations, the YMCA of Greater Houston pursues a mission to bring health, wellness, and personal growth to communities. Kids leap into activities ranging from swim lessons and youth sports to a teen Youth & Government program that stirs up confidence and leadership abilities in students, preparing them for mudslinging student-council campaigns.
Zumba, ballroom dance, and Les Mills group exercise classes shake up adult workout routines, as complimentary childcare frees up parents to pursue fitness goals. Meanwhile, adult sport leagues such as basketball and racquetball result in friendly competition and hyper-literate team names inspired by obscure philosophers.
Dahn Yoga integrates Korean Taoist philosophies and holistic Korean Oriental medicine into a form of yoga that strives to forge stronger connections between mind and body. The certified instructors at Dahn Yoga adhere to these ancient practices and help students of all ages and fitness levels develop core strength, which, according to Dahn philosophy, is the basis of physical, mental, and spiritual health. Through classes, private lessons, and workshops, students learn to link postures with breath control, ultimately developing greater bodily awareness. Besides improving flexibility, strength, and posture, instructors also emphasize the brain's role in overall well-being. They lead brain exercises that challenge and sharpen the mind to develop more productive habits and levitate pennies out of mall fountains.
Dahn Yoga's founder, Ilchi Lee, also built a comprehensive brain-development program—called Brain Education—from the principles upon which Dahn Yoga is founded. Combining physical, emotional, and cognitive exercises with guided imagery and games, Dahn Yoga's instructors develop emotional control, improve communication between the brain's hemispheres, and inspire guests take decisive action. This program has five progressive steps that can be applied to a dedicated yoga practice as well as everyday life.
Art Montage Yoga is a welcoming yoga studio that was created to take its members to their natural limits by offering hands-on attention that's crucial to teaching correct postures. In this spacious, soothingly minimalist studio, many classes are heated to 105 degrees to help loosen up participants, deepen stretches, and detoxify bodies during sweat-producing sessions. The experienced instructors lead participants in classes such as hot Hatha flow, which combines sun salutations with meditation and breath work to heat up the body. Additionally, yoga basics offers beginners a slow-paced class that focuses on proper alignment in a cooler, 80-degree room.
A longtime practitioner of yoga, Holly Hope was inspired to start her own Bikram yoga studio after taking a Bikram yoga class in Las Vegas. She earned her teaching certificate in 2010, and began to practice immediately. Now, she and her team of 12 fellow yogis bend and stretch bodies in their superheated classrooms, delivering instructions to dozens of students from atop their mirrored mini-stage at the front of the classroom.