Wendy O’ Lenic, of Wendy Fit, began her professional dance career in 1979 with a Vegas dance review. Over the years, her passion for movement evolved and found a new life in yoga. Her curriculum covers various disciplines including yoga, Pilates, and meditation. Within the earth-green walls of her studio, Wendy and her staff lead students through group classes, private and semiprivate personal training sessions, and specialty courses such as ballet core and kettlebell. Once annually, the studio co-sponsors a yoga cruise so that students can practice their moves in fresh air and catch views of dolphins doing planks.
The instructors at Evolation Yoga help their students achieve greater health and centeredness with a unique blend of hot yoga and meditation. Rather than subscribing entirely to the tenets of Bikram yoga, they incorporate other yogic styles for a more fluid approach that’s accessible to all students. To achieve the best results, they lead classes in studios heated to keep the mug of tea balanced on each student’s head piping hot. They also organize regular workshops and events at each of the studio's eight locations throughout the United States, Costa Rica, Colombia, and Australia.
The certified instructors at Westchase Pilates & Yoga help students to bend and flex through numerous styles of yoga, accommodating pupils of all ages. Collect punch-card notches while enjoying the toxin-releasing properties of Hot Vinyasa yoga (or Hot Flow yoga), where students hold postures in a hot environment, helping to improve flexibility, increase strength, and cook eggs cracked upon the forehead. Add electricity to workouts with Power Yoga classes, which combine poses with strength training to constantly exercise the back and stomach muscles, improving core strength, increasing the metabolic rate, and burning fat like the Human Torch in a lard factory. Pint-sized yogis will enjoy Kids Yoga, a one-hour class that challenges kids with poses that increase strength and flexibility while simultaneously promoting balance, coordination, and the ability to concentrate on rudimentary string-theory lectures.
Since their near-simultaneous invention in the 1930s, yoga and Pilates have been locked in the smiling ferocity of mortal frenemy combat, each vying for wellness superiority. Today’s Groupon lets you choose sides: for $25, you get two yoga or Pilates classes (or one of each, normally $20 a piece) along with an eyebrow shaping at Palm Wellness Center (normally $15), a combined $55 value. Receive a full bushel of physical uplift with toning exercises and slick facial aesthetics that scream 2010.
The Lotus Room fosters a creative family atmosphere with inventive children's classes taught by energetic instructors and a spacious, naturally lit studio for private parties. Toddlers (ages 3–6) can frolic, pose, and sing pitch-perfect odes to bendiness in Kids Yoga Strong, which whimsically integrates storytelling, song, and games to increase flexibility and awareness. Instructors in the After School classes geared for older kids (ages 8–12) boost self-confidence by supportively encouraging young yogis to express their creativity through music, dance, and acrobatics, increasing body awareness more effectively than a life-sized holographic likeness. The Lotus Room caps all classes at 20 students to ensure individualized instruction and an accepting environment for meaningful conversations about existentialism.
Yogani offers a variety of class styles for all experience levels and busy schedules, with classes starting as early as 7 a.m. and as late as 7:30 p.m. Yogani’s experienced and impassioned instructors teach well-known yoga techniques such as Ashtanga and Vinyasa, along with less-traveled roads toward enlightenment such as lyengar and Bikram. There are also on-the-go classes such as yoga lunch hour and hybrid classes such as power yoga and Shakti flow, as well as specialized classes for children, seniors, and pre- and postnatal women. Check out Yogani’s full schedule to plan your seven days of splendid shaping.