Sunlight streams in through Westside Yoga's floor-to-ceiling windows, bathing the studio in light as expert instructors lead small groups through relaxing and tranquil yoga classes. Views of swaying, outdoor prairie grasses inspire students as they bend to elongate and strengthen muscles through various poses and deep-breathing exercises atop the room's smooth bamboo floors. Gentle yoga classes couple traditional postures with holistic ideas of aligning and grounding the body for those more interested in yoga's relaxing and restorative properties. Intermediate and advanced classes explore more rigorous routines designed to challenge students and their notions of what a cobra would look like with arms.
Passionate about creating a sense of community, Westside Yoga also offers yoga camps for kids from preschool to high school, welcoming them to stretch and grow in playful, age-appropriate sessions. Instructors also lead family yoga classes for all ages and seniors yoga specifically for guests over age 55.
Since the age of 6, Fernando Rodriguez knew that fitness and athletics would play a big role in his life. While most kids his age were busy at play, Fernando was swimming four hours each day and eagerly counting the hours until his next meet. His hard work paid off, earning him a spot on the Mexican Olympic swim team and instilling him with a passion for fitness that would continue into his adult life.
Today, Fernando draws from his years of athletic and coaching experience to guide others toward their fitness goals in his own private training studio, The Underground Lab. Alongside his staff of fellow certified trainers and fitness aficionados, Fernando leads group workouts that combine traditional exercises with imaginative and innovative techniques. The team also conducts personal-training sessions, employing a variety of cardio and strength-training equipment, and designs a unique 19-day nutrition program to help clients lose weight rapidly in preparation for special events, such as a wedding or an outing in a flimsy rowboat.
At each of its 12 locations in Kansas, the staff of Genesis Health Club strive to create a one-stop health-and-fitness center for the entire family. Supervised childcare programs entertain kids with arts and crafts, and Muay Thai classes help youngsters improve coordination and strength under the tutelage of a fifth-degree black belt. Adults can head over to yoga, Pilates, cycling, or MMA cardio classes, which are all led by nationally certified instructors. Guests can also take advantage of the rows of cardio and strength-training machines, or work one-on-one with an instructor to learn correct form and the best way to walk on your hands on a moving treadmill.
Housing a gladiatorial staff of former varsity and professional athletes, Next Level Fitness specializes in administering hard-hitting doses of program-based motivation and encouragement in a small studio setting. Unlike advertisers specializing in headless horsemen, the fitness gurus at Next Level target the total body and mind, combining programs tailored for beginners and dumbbell doyens alike with an emphasis on education. To that end, push-up patrons are encouraged to explore various classes by mixing and matching the four courses available with this Groupon. Whip work-shy hearts and craven cores into shape in the Total Body Training boot-camp course. Unlike traditional boot-camp instructors, who inspire fear through bluster and the threat of calling parents, the kindly coaches of Next Level gently lead students towards their flexibility, stability, and strength goals.
With its talented team of muscle molders, Next Level uses a variety of fitness techniques to tailor slimmer silhouettes in one-on-one sessions. Using the tactics from several different training methods, personal-strength sherpas combine body-busting workouts with nutrition knowledge to create a personalized conditioning system designed to help both pro athletes and fledgling iron pumpers. The modest gym houses rows of barbells, as well as a collection of strength and stretching equipment, to fuel fat-eradicating workouts. Each one-hour session is completely customized to the client's goals, whether they're seeking to shed weight, build brawn, or arm-wrestle a rhinoceros.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular service: Acupuncture and herbal prescriptions
Brands Used: Standard Process Whole Food Supplements
Pro Tip: Wear loose, comfortable clothing and ready to relax and heal.
Brands Used: Evergreen Chinese Herbs
What’s your favorite part about your job?
Making the ancient wisdom of Chinese medicine available and usable for modern lifestyles.
When and how did you first develop a passion for your work?
I was put on very toxic acne medications as a teen, which inspired me to find naturals ways to heal my skin that actually got to the root of the imbalance.
What steps do you take to make your clients feel at ease?
Lawrence Integrative Health is a premier, full-service acupuncture and Chinese medicine clinic. The level of professionalism, care and thoroughness will leave clients feeling taken care of and supported on their journey toward optimal health.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
"Tong zhi tong, bu tong zhi tong." This chinese medicine principle translates as "where there is blockage, there is pain; where there is no blockage, there is no pain.