Be polite, patient, alert, brave, respectful, and do your best. These are the six principals that instructors at American Masters Martial Arts teach to every student who comes through the door. Each class begins with a recitation of these principals before meditation. This instills a sense of purpose and discipline in each pupil, which is as crucial to the instructors as the self-defence techniques they teach during classes. As for the courses themselves, the studio focuses on taekwondo, hapkido, kung fu, kobudo, and tai chi. American Masters also offer yoga classes that focus on the mind, body, and spirit during therapeutic sessions that can improve posture, alignment, and movement.
Just because trainer Tanya Peale competes in physique competitions at the national level doesn’t mean she expects the same from her clients. What she does expect is a can-do attitude and a willingness to work hard. She and her team motivate and encourage clients at every level of physical fitness with challenging, upbeat cardio and resistance routines laced with energetic music. Before kicking off sessions, clients enjoy a fitness assessment and body-composition testing, the results of which are molded into a customized workout plan.
Aromatic notes of spicy chai tea greet guests as they enter Studio's Samadhi's aqua-hued yoga haven, where students of all abilities work toward expanding and enriching their yoga practice under the tutelage of registered yoga instructors. Fueled by equal parts passion for holistic wellness and yogic expertise, the studio's team of registered yoga instructors coaches students in a variety of yoga modalities, from athletic Vinyasa yoga, where students transition from one balance-challenging pose to the next with carefully controlled movements, to slow-paced Yin yoga, whose long-held poses help students achieve deep stretches to release tension. After every stretch session, yogis can transition gently back into their day by chatting about sessions or chakra-opening experiences while sipping a complimentary cup of organic tea.
When Yogi Kids founder Liza Doll became a mother of three girls within 18 months, she realized that her new position as a full-time mom wouldn’t allow her to continue working as an elementary-school teacher. She never lost her passion for teaching, however, so she took up every part-time gig she could find, including tutoring, leading Sunday-school classes, and working in preschool physical education. As her kids got older, she found that they began to take an interest in one of her personal passions—yoga. A new idea sprang into her head: she would open a studio where she could combine her love of teaching kids with her love of yoga, facilitating a place where tots could be active while learning how to be calm and self-reflective. Now, along with her cadre of dedicated instructors, "Miss Liza" teaches young'uns to be yogis, offering classes ranging from game-filled preschool sessions to more advanced preteen lessons for kids up to 13 in a non-competitive atmosphere with small student-to-instructor ratios.
To meet the demands of moms and dads, Doll and her team now offer more than 40 adult classes a week, including beginners' yoga, more advanced power yoga, Zumba, and total-body fitness.