Lorean, Open Center Yoga?s seasoned leader, sits crossed-legged on the glossy wood floor, focusing her breath before leading yogis of all levels through her lineup of flexibility-building classes. She guides students in setting their intentions?points of focus to transfer from yoga to day-to-day life, such as calming one?s mind, becoming more adaptable to change, or harnessing enough will power to finally beat Donkey Kong?to connect spiritually to the practice. The classes can include visualizing chakras and channeling energy. Throughout the 75-minute sessions, students build muscle and increase their flexibility while flowing through the fluid postures, and workshops offer a more spiritual experience in which students meditate using deep, even breaths to quiet anxious thoughts and assuage tension.
The professional staff and certified personal trainers at Optimal Sport Health Club, a popular chain of boutique fitness centers in Philadelphia, want to help their clients get into the best shape of their lives. The facilities have everything members need to reach their workout goals, whether they want to build lean muscle, lose weight, or simply get stronger.
Here, clients can work out with the cardio and strength-training equipment or head over to the group fitness studio to take classes in everything from Pilates to step class to yoga. Personal trainers are on hand for those looking to ramp up their fitness routines.
Former Philadelphia Inquirer and Associated Press photographer and active Getty Images contract photojournalist William Thomas Cain has skills honed during 28 years of picture snapping. His background includes a degree in illustration from Philadelphia's University of the Arts, work for the Associated Press and Getty Images, and experience teaching at Wilmington University. His classes range from intro lessons for those with newly purchased cameras to advanced seminars that cover such advanced concepts as aperture and framing angles.
Laura Rothstein co-founded Yogasphere in 2005 with the goal of making yoga accessible to everyone. These days, Laura, co-owner Elle Kaplan, and their team of instructors follow through on that mission by hosting an array of yoga services, from vinyasa yoga classes to six-week prenatal yoga workshops. To gear up for the workouts, students can check out The Boutique at Yogasphere, the studio's on-site shop that sells yoga apparel.
• For $49, you get a punch card valid for a five-pass punch card (a $100 value) and a 30-minute personal training session (a $60 value; a $160 total value). • For $49, you get a punch card valid for a five-pass punch card (a $100 value) and a 30-minute massage (a $55 value; a $155 total value).
As they enter the training circle at Curves, female guests come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. And just as points on a circle share a common distance from the circle's center, workout participants share the experiences of those nearby, trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. One minute is spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity.