For nearly 30 years, we’ve taken pride in our personalized approach to helping Lancaster Countians reach their fitness goals. From group classes to one-on-one training with a Certified Fitness Instructor to working out on your own, we’re here to help. Group classes and childcare included with your monthly membership.
Yoga Inlet’s highly skilled instructors, all of whom are professionally certified and one of whom is a physical therapist, aim to help their students spark vitality and short-circuit stress. The studio’s specialty style is Svaroopa, a gentle type of Hatha that focuses on alignment and uses support over the course of up to 14 poses per class. Yoga+Plus, a more classic Hatha style, focuses on the relationship between movement and breath while increasing students’ strength, flexibility, and ability to catch butterflies in jars. Tai chi/qigong is also available. Choose from 17 class times in a given week; the studio provides all class essentials, so no one need bring their own equipment.
Just Plain Yoga wants its visitors to find the perfect fit when it comes to yoga technique. They offer a questionnaire to identify the right class for each student, based on how rapidly or slowly they want to move, as well as whether they want to achieve relaxation, increase flexibility, or build strength in your third eyelash. The studio offers 11 different styles for intrepid yogis, including gentle hatha sessions that link breath to body, and morning vinyasa flow to jump-start the day. Hesitant first-timers are especially invited to the “yoga for any body” class, a gentle, welcoming class for anyone who thinks they are too inflexible or overweight to do yoga.
Gateway Bodyworks owner Lisa Firey believes deeply in the power of holistic treatments, as she has seen remarkable results firsthand. When her beloved dog, Porter, came down with an immune disease, doctors attempted to treat the symptoms with Western medicine. She suspected the medicines were weakening Porter’s immune system, so she began to research alternative methods. Soon she was treating her dog with vitamin C, nasturtium, and dandelion root, as well as massage. This method reenergized Porter and prolonged his life. Impassioned by this discovery, Lisa went on to earn a degree in muscle therapy and is now pursuing a doctorate in natural health.
Today, Lisa employs a staff of 20 experts to practice holistic healing methods. Within her garage-turned-spa space, her team focuses on acupuncture, bodywork, and massage. During reflexology treatments, therapists push pressure points on the feet, relieving stress and removing stuck-on shoe inserts. Acupuncturists treat everything from fatigue to autoimmune disorders and suggest herbal remedies. Alternatively, massage therapists use the long, languid strokes of the Swedish modality, and can also alleviate pain related to sports injuries, pregnancy, and postpregnancy. To round out the center, Lisa also set up a yoga studio with classes such as Hatha, Mommy & Me, and Kundalini.
At Power Yoga Works, winner of the Suburban Yoga category in Philadelphia magazine's Best of Philly 2008, certified instructors guide aspiring yogis of all skill levels in muscle-toning and detoxifying classes. The studio's focus centers around the power Vinyasa style, a modality that combines deep-breathing exercises with sequenced sets of flowing poses to help to build strength, increase flexibility, release tension, and purge the mind of distracting heavy-metal guitar riffs. Fledgling flexers receive a proper introduction to the fundamentals during four-week beginners courses that teach body alignment and come with a complimentary yoga mat. The schedule boasts copious classes and meeting times, helping students to salute the egotistical sun seven days a week. A warm, spacious studio allows up to 65 students at a time to stretch and bend without disrupting their neighbors' wingspans.
Serenityfit trains adults and kids with a cornucopia of full-body workout classes taught in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. Check the flexible schedule to choose Zumba, yoga, body-weight, body-toning, stability-ball, kettlebell, and TRX total-body-resistance classes. Customers who choose to try kettlebell classes will begin with a three-hour introductory session, which is limited to 12 students. Zumba and belly-dancing classes guide students through a dynamic dance workout, and easy tai chi and qi gong meditation classes combine gentle, deliberate movements with stress-easing breathing techniques. Meanwhile, yoga classes provide a great way to stay toned and limber while temporarily storing worldly worries in a drawer with knickknacks, spare change, and shrunken heads. Zumba and yoga classes are also available for kids, and Serenityfit will waive its $50 initial fee for customers who choose to extend their membership.