"I am magnificent. I am powerful," is the mantra fitness instructor Carl J. Powell III strives to instill into his students, hoping to empower them with the knowledge that they can take charge of their health. To help students make these changes, Carl—a wellness guru who has been featured in Ebony magazine—has made more than 20 fitness videos, and has traveled the world training dancers. His team of instructors leads private and group fitness classes at The Magnificent Body. They lead Pilates, yoga, and three styles of barre, which blends ballet, yoga, and Pilates exercises to sculpt long, lean figures. Before students come to their first class, Carl assesses their athletic abilities and fitness goals in a 30-minute personal consultation.
Further encouraging folks to live healthier lifestyles, Carl hosts Magnificent Living, a one-hour talk show that airs on Laurel Cable. Six days a week, he doles out exercise and diet advice, such as eating fruits and veggies instead of butter sculptures.
With freshly painted walls, the new The Happy Yogi is ready to welcome yoga amateurs and pros of any age. Here, experienced yoga instructors guide students through standing and seated poses designed to increase their flexibility, strengthen their mind-body connection, and boost well-being. In addition to classic vinyasa flow, hatha yoga, and hot yoga classes, they hold specialty classes that focus on specific demographics, including adults over 50, teenagers, and kids. They even work with expectant mothers during prenatal yoga classes, incorporating a series of modified yoga poses that help alleviate pregnancy-related aches, pains, and frustrations.