As a ballet dancer, David Gensheimer didn't need much help becoming lean, limber, and lithe. But when he found himself recovering from knee surgery, he knew he needed to find something that would keep him strong without compromising his healing process. In addition to physical therapy, he turned to Pilates and was won over by the sport's ability to strengthen core muscles and enhance flexibility. Though he was back to pirouetting in no time, David never lost the Pilates bug and went on to complete his Pilates training while serving as a company member with Ballet Austin and Nashville Ballet and dancing with the Houston Metropolitan Dance Company and Stillpoint.
Today, when he's not busy dancing his way through guest performances around the country, David helms Simply Balanced where he helps others strengthen, rehabilitate, and challenge their bodies through Pilates and yoga classes. Students can also try Gyrotonic classes, which blend elements of gymnastics, yoga, dance, and tai chi, performed on a weight and pulley machine that engages the entire body. Beyond transforming the way visitors look, move, and feel about spandex shorts, the Simply Balanced studio also showers them with feel-good perks such as complimentary beverages, free parking, and access to a team of highly trained massage therapists.
The "Plus" in Hot Yoga Plus refers to the fact that the studio offers much more than heated yoga. The instructors here aim to accommodate all types of students, from the beginner with limited flexibility to the advanced athlete trying to perfect her inversions. In that inclusive spirit, every class is open to all levels, empowering students to try any style of yoga at their own pace. Hot Yoga Plus also hosts teacher training with 200-hour certifications through Yoga Alliance, though instructors advise against completing all 200 hours consecutively.
Ninety-minute classes at Kundalini Rising Yoga blend yoga techniques and meditations for a muscle-building?yet relaxing?experience. Kundalini yoga works to increase one?s oxygen capacity while posing, with benefits such as less stress, more energy, and a stronger immune system that deflects kryptonite.
Daily classes range from introductory to advanced, and include prenatal and Mommy & Me.
Yoga Source's seasoned instructors, working from passionate teaching philosophies, usher students into a state of mental relaxation and limber up their limbs during one- to two-hour group classes. Sessions convene throughout the week, with the majority of them focusing their instruction on the Vinyasa flow style and emphasizing the progression of the assorted poses. Each class combines guided meditation, standing and seated sequences, and cutting-edge pretzel imitations to cultivate a well-rounded and serene workout experience. Sessions also impart the rejuvenating techniques behind the more-static bliss yoga style, which seeks to open the core along the hips and spine and increase personal awareness. The Ashtanga primary series incorporates Vinyasa motions, controlled breathing, and gaze points into a regimen intended to bolster physical strength and endurance without requiring guests to wear exercise leggings made from solid platinum.
Inside Hot Yoga of East Nashville, experienced and dedicated instructors take yogis of all levels through a series of poses inside a heated room. They offer three types of yoga classes including prenatal, power flow, and Hot 26. Preformed inside a 100- to 105-degree room with 40% humidity, Hot 26 allows greater flexibility and detoxification through sweating.