The ancient art of yoga goes modern at Freeman Yoga, where instructors create a blissful oasis away from the working world's hectic pace and exploding water coolers. Instructors welcome students of all experience levels, whether they're still learning the fundamentals or can practically nap while holding a back-bend pose. Instructors lead students through a variety of yoga styles, including Vinyasa, Hatha, or relaxing flows. They have over 30 classes a week.
Monique Jaime of Yoganette Yoga describes her MO as an instructor: “I teach a style called Vinyasa Flow; it is called this because of the smooth way that the poses run together and become like a dance. This style allows a lot of variety, but will almost certainly include Sun Salutations—expect movement, not just stretching.” Jaime and the several other instructors share personal anecdotes about their professional work, in which they lead students through a variety of yoga classes, from rhythmic, dynamic yoga flows to slower-paced, stress-relieving sessions. Their flow-based classes focus on strength, balance, and flexibility, and their detox classes use twisting poses and inversions to help the body cleanse itself, which is also what the body of the Catmobile would do if it existed. The team teaches barre-fusion classes that combine barre and core work with yoga poses for sweat-inducing, fat-burning workouts. Along with yoga classes, the studio hosts knitting and crocheting meet ups, meditation series, and workshops that help awaken the chakras for improved overall wellness.
Owner Sunny Woodall's vision for Addiction Salon & Fitness Studio brings together beauty and fitness. Her team of dedicated beauticians and fitness instructors cultivate a friendly atmosphere as they lead exercisers through workout routines or touch up hair and faces.
Contemporary light fixtures illuminate crystal chandeliers around the salon's baroque interior. Clients can relax in a waiting area sheathed in purple damask wallpaper before heading to styling chairs, where beauticians transform locks into voluminous curls and makeup artists doll up faces with cosmetics and faux lashes.
In Addiction's fitness studio, clients tone muscles in piloxing and cardio barre sessions and take part in upbeat pole-dancing workouts, which are divided by skill level and ability to spin in perfect synchronization with the rotation of the earth. Groups of up to 15 can also join in the aerobic fun as they celebrate bachelorette parties and ladies' nights out with private lap-dancing workshops.
The instructors at Tone Barre bring backgrounds in dance and ballet, drawing inspiration from that experience during music-motivated barre, Tabata, and Zumba classes. The team tones and tightens physiques with free weights, isometric moves, and spicy Latin steps designed to burn calories without adding bulk. Each of these classes takes place atop the studio’s sprung maple floor, which protects the joints and gives students the vertical height necessary to change the studio’s light bulbs.
Lakers girl. Clippers girl. Certified Pilates instructor. These are just a few titles on Jodi Adamo's resumé, in addition to being the owner of The Pilates Body of Orange County. Along with a staff of certified instructors, she leads Pilates and fitness classes for students of all fitness levels. They help patrons slim down and build muscle in a variety of Pilates classes, including mat, barre, and Reformer sessions. To boost heart rates, they also lead fitness classes, and Jodi draws from her extensive dance training to get bodies moving in Zumba and hip-hop hustle classes.
To further guide patrons in their journeys to healthier lifestyles, personal wellness coach Carol May compassionately stands at the ready. She has shaved off more than 75 pounds since 2010, and helps others shed their own excess weight with a constant source of support and nutrition tips, such as differentiating bananas from sticks of butter.