Sheer Inspiration Pole Fitness’ classes strive to increase flexibility, tone muscles, and instill confidence in participants of all ages, skill levels, and body size. Owner Natasha Fine has made it her mission to expand her "poling family" by offering an array of classes designed to appeal to first-timers as well as more advanced students. Classes range from whole-body fitness to aerial conditioning and yoga for the pole. Sheer Inspiration also hosts pole parties in the studio or at home—a fun activity for birthday parties, bachelorette soirees, and adventurous housecats.
Choose five weeks of yoga to improve flexibility, balance, and strength while promoting a peaceful mind. Mats and props are provided for proper posture as students advance through poses, salutations, and rings of fire. Students looking to tone their core and limbs with an ancient, non-impact workout can opt for five weeks of belly dancing. This suave and engaging routine gives participants a chance to have fun, burn fat, and bring their abdominal flag tattoos to life. Peruse the online schedule for a full rundown of upcoming classes.
Founded by six local aerialists, Dragonfly Aerial Arts Studio's nonprofit school and performance group introduce students aged 10 and older to the thrill and fitness benefits of aerial arts with silks and trapeze classes. A thick, cushy safety mat lines the floor as knowledgeable instructors teach basic poses and breathtaking drops in three levels of trapeze courses.
In four separate silks classes, students gain experience in foot locks and inversions to swing gracefully from hanging silks or living-room curtains. Try Me classes open an exploratory window into trapeze or silks, imparting basic maneuvers and safety techniques before tackling the apparatus. Advanced students have the option to join the studio's performance group, Dragonfly Dancers, to dazzle audiences at festivals, art shows, and traffic stops.
The instructors at The Practice Yoga & Wellness come from diverse backgrounds: one is a classically trained symphony flutist, another is a massage therapist, and still another is a public-relations professional. But all of them are united by a common passion for yoga. On the hardwood floors of their spacious studio, the highly trained yogis guide students of all skill levels through a curriculum of classes including Vinyasa flow, hot yoga, and restorative yoga. During their yoga/core fusion classes, the teachers combine yoga asanas with functional training to strengthen core muscles and generate inner calm and balance. Outside the classroom, the studio's onsite shop stocks yoga essentials ranging from professional mats and clothing to soothing audio recordings of Gandhi reading from his book, My Favorite Whale Sounds.
Inside Koko FitClub’s tranquil workout studio, orange-and-white cardio and Smartraining machines wait quietly for a guest's unique Koko key to bring them to life. The key, packed with information about guests' exercise history and goals, loads up a fully customized 30-minute workout for each visit. Exercises are carefully broken down in easy-to-follow instructions, adapting as guests progress and spouting pep talks when energy wanes.
Designed by experienced trainers, the programs are designed to build muscle and torch fat in all areas of the body. To watch success unfold, guests can chart their progress from a store of information accumulated during each session, which also allows guests to map their performance at home.
Held at Mind Body Kinetics, a fitness studio that emphasizes holistic health, 45-minute boot-camp classes help students to build strong, flexible muscles. Each session, led by a seasoned instructor, revolves around TRX suspension straps, which use the body as a weight rather than hurling it through a basketball hoop. Ideal for new students and those looking to intensify their workouts, TRX exercises easily tailor to many different fitness levels. The class also incorporates kettlebells, which tone muscles in the arms and shoulders, and BOSU platforms to cultivate balance and core strength more effectively than doing crunches on a Jello jiggler. Camp takes place six times a week, within the sunny yellow walls of the studio, obviating workouts composed of shoveling slush and boxing defenseless snowmen.
For more than 40 years-since her first diapered yoga pose at the age of 6 months, in fact—long-time Knoxville life coach Shanti has embraced the essence of yoga. She began her career as a yogini by training at Instituto de Yoga Bolonia, her parents' yoga institute in Nicaragua. Between then and now, she has sought the knowledge and teachings of masters from around the globe, expanding her repertoire to include everything from healing breathing techniques and qigong to biomagnetic therapy, reiki, and metapsychology counseling. Today, her resume reads like a who's who of holistic wellness solutions, which she uses to help better the lives of those around her.
She brings the diversity of her skill set to each class at Yoga with Shanti, whether she's teaching beginners or working on an advanced sequence with students. Known for her gentle approach to both group and private sessions, she provides spiritually calming yet invigorating results for students of all ages. These sessions take place within a spacious studio, whose butter-yellow walls and hardwood floors are flooded by the loving natural light that flows through the windows. Meditative music also lilts throughout, transcending each moment and blending nicely into end-of-session sound healing.