The Pilates Loft is a boutique studio providing Pilates, Yoga, and Reformer classes. Each class helps transform cores into brick walls through slow and deliberate poses. Instructors also offer private and semi-private sessions to offer students their undivided attention.
• For $20, you get four mat Pilates classes, currently scheduled Monday at 9 a.m., Wednesday at 6:30 p.m., and Saturday at 10:30 a.m. (a $60 total value). • For $35, you get one 45-minute private Pilates-equipment session (a $70 value).
A team of certified fitness instructors, nail technicians, licensed aestheticians, and licensed massage therapists work together to ensure clients’ well-being both inside and out. A trio of fitness teachers guide students through core-strengthening Pilates exercises, hip-swinging Zumba moves, and Piloxing—a blend of Pilates and Boxing routines. After sculpting bodies, clients can relax under the trained hands of a massage therapist or refurbish mugs during microdermabrasion treatments and deep-sea peels.
Yogi Michele Baker began teaching yoga at a New Orleans athletic club in 1998. Ten years later, after Hurricane Katrina forced Baker to evacuate her home, she started writing a yoga-instruction training manual. She soon put it to use, using it as a guide to lead her staff at Swan River Yoga, which she opened with business partner Keith Porteous. Today, the yoga center helps pupils practice yoga and guides aspiring instructors as they hone their craft and nurture the third eye that sprouts from their forehead.
Yoga classes are suitable for a variety of skill levels, and range from prenatal and beginners’ yoga to Anusara yoga—a class that focuses on flowing movements and proper alignment. Swan River Yoga also provides holistic services such as massage, reiki, and acupuncture.
With strong backgrounds in both the Physicalmind Institute and Power Pilates methods, the highly trained Pilates professors at Romney Pilates Center help their clients maintain powerful postures. The mat class teaches floor exercises in stretching and movement, and the Pulse class uses a program of intense cardiovascular intervals to tones and stretch. The class schedule tones cores three to five times every weekday, so clients can exercise without interrupting a weekly decoupage project. Working out in the in a newly renovated studio filled with natural light, customers will gain the knowledge and energy to build strength without bulk, develop core control, and create the flat abs and strong back required to jump on top of the refrigerator to get things down.
Helmed by certified founder Nina Boasso, Yoga In Motion's teachers lead students through a mind-mollifying classes, accommodating even hectic agendas with morning, lunchtime, and evening sessions. Restorative yoga sessions provide greenhorn posers with an unfussy foray into common yoga practices through a series of simple postures done with support from props like blankets, pillows, and area rugs training to become yoga mats. Pupils can strive toward building both physical and mental wellbeing during Movement with Breath classes, which focus on breathing mechanisms, body alignment, and harmonizing inner-thoughts. Intended for intermediate stretchers, Vinyasa Flow sessions incorporate a series of postures with breathing techniques, including sun salutations, which improve strength and flexibility while distracting the sun from his preferred pastime of singeing anthills.