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.
Inside La Luna Dance Studio, students whirl like colorful tops, salsa dancing, tango dancing, or swing dancing atop a 5,000-square-foot dance floor as a crystal-clear sound system pumps tunes. Encouraging instructors stand nearby, breaking down the music and the steps of each style, as friends, partners, and the newly acquainted bond over each tap of their toes. While the studio specializes in these adult Latin-dance courses, junior-level programs welcome kids aged 3 and older, and all classes are scaled to beginner, intermediate, or advanced levels. In addition to their comprehensive month-long programs, the sashayers host special events and dance parties, such as BYOB Salsa Friday every second and fourth weekend, and an annual symposium on the safety risks of holding roses in your teeth.
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.
Yogasphere's serene environment and bevy of instructors help budding and experienced yogis alike advance their skills in therapeutic body bending. The yoga card, good for 10 classes, can be used to drop in for a spontaneous yoga session, flash at would-be assassins, or sign up in advance for one of the many classes offered daily—including Vinyasa sessions for various skill levels, monthly family classes, and more. Classes are taught by one of Yogasphere's 11 instructors, each of whom brings a diverse arsenal of yogic techniques and tension-slaying poultry dances to the battlefield of serenity.
• 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.