Inside a room heated to a balmy 105 degrees Fahrenheit, a certified Bikram yoga instructor leads students through eagle, locust, and rabbit poses. These poses, part of a 26-asana sequence designed by yogi Bikram Choudhury, are intended to increase oxygen and blood flow through every inch of the body. Though the physical benefits of a stronger, more flexible body are undeniable, the good done to the mental and spiritual selves can only be described—a greater sense of peace, increased mental clarity, and the ability to tolerate people who talk about their night dreams. Eager to share its passion for the practice, the staff at Bikram Yoga equips new students with everything they need to succeed. Friendly receptionists hand students towels and mats before pointing them in the direction of clean, sleek changing and shower areas. The studio itself is constantly filled with purifying practitioners, as a deep bench of certified instructors teach both morning and evening classes seven days a week.
The first years of a child’s life are some of the most formative, with kids quickly learning the mental and physical skills they’ll use for the rest of their lives. The instructors at The Little Gym help foster this growth with their signature brand of positive, nurturing activities, using scientifically based methods to help kids confidently master the basic skill sets needed to jump-start their successful lives. They tailor their classes by age group and activity type, helping babies as young as 4 months build motor skills and language development while instructing kids as old as 12 years old in karate, dance, and resisting the urge to tattle. Each of the classes incorporates three dimensions of learning, mixing physical movement with brain-challenging exercises and activities that build kids’ confidence away from parents.
Hari Om Yoga?s instructors work to help clients reduce stress levels and improve their strength, flexibility, and balance through yoga classes that challenge every fitness ability. Intense sessions of hot flow, core yoga, fusion, and fluid flow classes test fitness limits while more relaxing disciplines of restorative, hatha, and luna yoga allow participants to center themselves and obtain inner balance. Some sessions feature a mix of movement and lengthening poses, including Flow into Yin, Heart & Soul, and yin yoga classes. The also studio offers a number of specialty classes, including yoga done in a room illuminated by candlelight. In addition to its multi-styled menu of classes, Hari Om Yoga houses a 2,000 sq. ft. retail store that supplies fresh, inspired activewear.
Equipment: TechnoGym, PRECOR, Matrix
Students should bring: Bottle of Water, Towel
Average class length: 30-60 minutes
Number of Staff: 11–25 people
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: No
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking garage
Since its 1965 founding in Venice Beach, California, Gold's Gym has dotted the globe with more than 600 locations where professional athletes and exercise newbies gather under the umbrella of personal strength. Nearly 3.5 million Gold's members chart and aim for their fitness peaks, perspiring beneath the gaze of certified personal trainers or pedaling beside peers at cycling sessions. In a diverse lineup of group classes, patrons strengthen cores with Pilates, finger-paint pictures of ninjas in martial arts, and amp up heart rates along to the pulsating soundtracks of BTS routines.
Gold's Gym BC boasts a few futuristic amenities, such as TechnoGym, PreCor, and Matrix machines. Off the main gym floor, guests can take a dip or swim laps in the full-size pool, or recover weary muscles at the juice bar and hot tub. Though the facilities and equipment are a big draw, the general manger Jay says that the knowledgeable staff is the gym's biggest asset. They help motivate exercisers and lead them around common pitfalls, such as becoming bored with their daily fitness routine.