Leavenworth Yoga Co-op's dedicated and certified yoga instructors foster a community of health and wellness with an integrated schedule of one-hour classes for students of all fitness levels. During empowering yoga-flow sessions, a pliable pro guides pupils through a continuous sequence of movements linked together by deep, mindful breathing, offering pose modifications to accommodate participants who have stiff spines or are in the middle of a high-stakes game of freeze tag. Gentle-yoga classes cater to senior body-benders and students with movement restrictions, drawing upon chair-based poses and props that provide an active yet supportive practice. Pilates mat classes incorporate efficient floor exercises to sculpt lean muscle and cultivate core strength that's more powerful than a body builder with the authority to veto congressional bills.
Maya Zahira began studying natural therapeutic arts and belly dance in 1999, eventually creating a studio that she dedicated to alternative healing. Both folkloric and fusion belly-dancing classes welcome women of varying skill and fitness levels, promoting physical and mental well-being with empowering dance moves that teach students how to undulate as smoothly as a snake slithering across a waterbed that’s filled with pudding. Outside of the dance studio, Maya fosters a tension-free environment for visitors by offering aromatherapy, drum-therapy, and reiki sessions, which help encourage natural healing by redirecting roadblocked sources of inner energy.
The instructors at Zona Yoga have all taken different paths to get to where they are today. They've all studied under numerous mentors, and some have even traveled around the country learning, sharing their wisdom, and picking up different skills. Kelly Colln, for instance, has completed 1,000 hours of education, and is certified to teach restorative yoga. Jamison Koontz, meanwhile, is a 500-level instructor and specializes in prenatal yoga. That diversity manifests itself in Zona's schedule, which features a varied selection of yoga approaches: some more fitness-focused, others more therapeutic. Aside from those standard offerings, Zona also hosts special events, including a rotating schedule of Friday-night classes and workshops where students can show their appreciation with donations instead of by carving ice statues of their favorite instructors.
Anytime Fitness, as the name suggests, is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and every day during the year with non-stop security. A one-month membership equips bodies with enough treadmills, cycles, elliptical machines, and weights to make them fit enough to run a marathon inside of a swimming pool filled with mud. In a preliminary fitness consultation, clients meet with a certified personal trainer to outline a healthier lifestyle, which includes an exercise regimen and staying away from chocolate cakes filled with pulled pork, and a personal-training orientation familiarizes sheepish biceps with their new, confidence-boosting dumbbell friends. Anytime Fitness's open schedule makes sure you have no excuses not to get in shape—unlike its competitor, Nevertime Fitness, which only opens its single Barrow, Alaska, location during solar eclipses.
In 1976, busy California mother Joan Barnes wanted nothing more than to find a play place where she and her kids could enjoy age-appropriate, educational activities. Finding none, she developed her own innovative play environment within a developmental-based program structure now known as Gymboree Play & Music. Today, kids tumble and learn in more than 650 locations in 33 countries around the world, engaging in open play and classes designed to build cognitive and motor skills. As parents participate in their children's development, their kids learn to paint, play, and interact socially outside of their preschool knitting circles.
The experienced instructors and certified trainers at Fitness I Like are on a mission to help their clients think of fitness as a way of life. They offer fast-paced, energetic classes such as boot camp and line dancing. Class-goers can tone muscles, burn fat, and build strength in a laid-back group setting.
The team is led by Faithful Fitness KC’s director, David Oquendo, who has been training for six years, earning a bachelor’s degree in exercise science and working with clients aged 16–65 in the process. He and his team work out of their home base at Faithful Fitness—a full-service gym with advanced facilities that include 20 yards of track, lifting areas, and rowing machines. They lead sport-specific training and personalized programs, as well as classes that include boot camp, yoga, suspension training, and metabolic cardio training. The team aims to promote fat loss and leaner muscles while increasing metabolic rates and flexibility.