The wellness professionals at Serenity on the Square remove the obstacles that inhibit personal growth. They do this by ushering patrons on an inward journey—a journey that challenges the individual to look inside, just past the spleen, and confront the emotional limitations that block success. They also foster growth by healing the body, believing that "when you feel your best, you are your best, and you expect the best." This mission statement points to the center's services, which include massage therapy, yoga, reiki, and holistic nutritional counseling.
As a registered yoga school with the Yoga Alliance and International Association of Yoga Therapists, KCFitnessLink regularly mints new instructors. The fitness company advances students through 200- or 500-hour programs that yield certifications in various styles including Hatha and Vinyasa. In addition to transforming students into teachers, KCFitnessLink empowers people to become healthier and happier. Corporate wellness programs bring relief to stressed-out employees by integrating massage, yoga, and retreats to naturally occurring water coolers. Alternatively, personal-training sessions tackle individual goals such as weight management and sports conditioning. Replete with drop-in yoga and boot-camp sessions, KCFitnessLink's class schedule caters to athletes of all abilities. Massage therapy, available in several modalities, keeps muscles limber and free of knots.
At Body & Soul’s urban neighborhood studio, dedicated and trained instructors lead a variety of motion machinations energized by yoga, Zumba, NIA, Awareness through Movement, and Pilates techniques. Available classes include three levels of Vinyasa yoga—each designed with posture, breathing, and floor posing in mind—as well as specialized pre- and postnatal yoga classes that prep expectant moms for the big day and help new moms get reacquainted with their toes. Other options include Latin-inspired dance cardio in Zumba and nonimpact cardio workouts ripe with comprehensive movements set to upbeat, beat-laden music.
Leah Morgan, Core Balance Yoga Center’s founder and director, helms a troop of certified instructors who each pull on their unique interests and experiences to lead a variety of yoga classes. Clara Vaughn channels her personal desire for introversion and mimicking pink lawn flamingos to lead the gentle yoga and meditation classes and Anita Bailey draws on her experience as a mother of four to lead classes infused with a playful energy. With the intention of creating a community of yogis, they lead a wide spectrum of classes, with heated, rigorous yoga flow classes that allow bodies to flush out toxins in the 90–95 degree studio, as well as chair yoga classes for those with a smaller range of motion.
The instructors at Yoga Patch embrace inclusiveness, leading classes for children, adults, and families. Youngsters learn the asanas while making noises as they pose, adolescents try partner exercises that build teamwork, and adults learn to drop stress during meditation and DMV line reenactments. For patrons who have difficulty standing, the staff leads chair yoga sessions that increase balance and flexibility with supportive props. They also schedule Pay What You Can classes, further demonstrating their belief that anyone should be able to practice yoga, regardless of build or budget.
A hair studio, yoga den, and holistic wellness center might seem like a unique combination, but it makes perfect sense to founders Holly Williams and Angela Cronk. Both come from work backgrounds in beauty services and maintain personal lifestyles that emphasize holistic wellness—creating the roots of their center that combines the best of both worlds. At Hagoyah, they’ve assembled a team of stylists, massage therapists, yoga instructors, and life coaches that provides just those things to all of their clients and students, helping them achieve a personal balance between the physical and mental.
On a regular day at Hagoyah, a massage therapist soothes muscles with various techniques, and elsewhere instructors move through relaxing yoga poses within heated rooms. Aestheticians create their own facial products for clients, and stylists with John Paul Mitchell and other credentials cut and color hair to complement their clients’ looks. The services don't stop at the studio, though. Life coaches and nutritional coaches are also on hand to help clients make lifelong positive changes that can bolster their health inside and out.