Kate Dessommes has traveled the world in search of techniques to further her knowledge of yoga. She began with a five-year apprenticeship under Luciana Proaño in Portland before packing her bags for New Zealand to study with instructor and author Donna Farhi and John Friend, founder of Anusara yoga.
At Portland Yoga Studio, Kate and her team of instructors fold those globe-gathered techniques into classes that incorporate Ayurveda, asanas, meditation, and relaxation techniques. They also offer special classes for students who otherwise might not be able to participate, such as those with MS, fibromyalgia, arthritis, or problems balancing. Classes for children and families round out the curriculum, giving parents and their kids a new way to bond that’s more active than watching television and safer than traveling to the future by falling into a coma together.
The fitness instructors, personal trainers, and nutritionists at ClubSport wield the foundations of total-body wellness: detailed knowledge and cutting-edge equipment. Group classes such as cardio kickboxing, cycling, and circuit training showcase routines for all fitness levels, seven days a week. Personal-training sessions, meanwhile, bring help exercisers develop their own fitness plans and face down the imaginary knight that guards every piece of weight-training equipment.
ClubSport also transforms bodies outside the fitness studio and weight room. A self-described resort-style aquatic center features several lap and exercise pools where swimmers can fine-tune their breaststrokes and favorite shark calls. At an on-site spa, massage therapists ease muscle tension with modalities ranging from hot stone and prenatal to trigger point and reflexology.
Featuring a blend of corporeal disciplines, one-hour barre3 classes innovate on the traditional ballet barre to tone bodies, improve balance, and instill calm. Try a traditional or foundations class to shape your body and cultivate your cores at your own pace. Experienced instructors guide pupils in lean muscle-making contortions that merge the graceful flows of yoga with the rigorous sequences of Pilates, leading to timely results and postural peace treaties with spiteful spinal columns.
Inside Imagine Yoga Studio, a picturesque scene unfolds. Sunlight streams through large windows to reflect off dark-wood floors and illuminates the gathering of yogis who stretch between the studio's forest-green walls. An expert instructor leads the room by demonstrating postures during a range of classes. Groups move slowly through foundational postures during Form classes, which encourage proper alignment. Younger yogis can also take advantage of the serene studio with kids' classes, which introduce students aged 2–12 to more than 40 postures, body awareness, and the ability to levitate cookies off the counter.
IM=X (Integrated Movement Xercize) fuses the muscle-toning techniques of Pilates with resistance and plyometric jumps for a more athletically geared workout. Limbs will be lengthened during two private reformer sessions, in which a certified instructor familiarizes clients with the reformer equipment, bending physiques to reach their individual fitness goals with ample personal attention.
ZenSpot’s hot yoga classes are the opposite of cutting edge—instead, they use techniques of enhancing one’s flexibility with heat that draw on a 5,000-year-old art. In a studio heated to slightly above the human body’s typical 98.6 degrees, certified hot yoga teachers lead Vinyasa-style classes, transitioning seamlessly between poses rather than pausing between each one to yell “Yoga!” The yoga classes facilitate holistic wellness.
Outside the yoga studio, the center offers lessons in Feng Shui and human empowerment—a broad title for services that include life coaching, nutrition, and stress management. With the philosophy that all living and non living matter are connected, Feng Shui sessions strive to create a more balanced home by decluttering and organizing living and work areas. Life-coaching sessions aim for balance as well; the studio's coaches encourage clients to take time to examine who they are and what is important to them without the influence of external pressures.