Arkansas Yoga Collective is where mat-users get centered and connect with their community. Atop joint-friendly cork flooring, students practice hatha yoga poses that perfectly blend posture work, breath work, and meditation into one balanced, revitalizing workout. Yoga classes are held nine times a day, seven days a week, and students can enhance their yoga practice in martial arts and yoga-martial arts fusion classes. But the good vibes don't stop flowing once clients finish their final asana?the facility also boasts massage services to soothe overworked muscles, a shop that sells everything from mats to organic body products, and a cafe where yogis can go to meet other like-minded exercisers or use in-class breathing techniques to cool a hot latte.
As a combined yoga and skincare studio, Studio Lift serves as a calming oasis for both mind and body. Students of all skill levels travel to the studio with their mats, ready for sessions of meditative chanting, stretching, and inspiring music. Staff at the studio also furthers relaxation with massage and beautifies clients with waxing services.:m]]
Energetic trainers motivate students to tone sinews and amp up endurance in semiprivate yoga, Pilates, and fitness sessions atop IM=X Pilates' sleek hardwood floors. The studio's flexible schedule arms students with an arsenal of sweat sessions seven days a week. Lax muscles morph into more sculpted sinews during an IM=X Basic class as students tone hips, chisel abs, and buff up funny bones with intensive exercises on the studio's refined Pilates reformer, the Xercizer. Yogis flow through Vinyasa postures full-force in IM=X Yoga, which cultivates balance and coordination and tempers mental tension. Clients can opt to extend limbs into graceful pliés and elegant arabesques in the IM=X bar program, which lengthens limbs and fortifies lower-body strength. Alternatively, a fast-paced spin class sweeps swiftly pedaling fitness-philes on a stationary cycling journey to surge circulation, boost endurance, and pick up stationary tricycles from daycare.
In conjunction with the yoga studio, The Floating Lotus Day Spa aims to beautify and relax clients using all-natural therapies, including body wraps, organic facials, waxing services, and massages. Wielding Éminence Organics skincare products, aestheticians deep cleanse faces using biodynamic ingredients designed to naturally hydrate and rejuvenate faces. Within the day spa's private rooms, therapists use methods such as Thai massage and foot-focused reflexology, as well as warmed lava stones, to melt away any knots or stale marshmallows hiding beneath the skin.
While teaching jazz dance in the 1960s, Judi Sheppard Missett decided to step away from tradition by offering an experimental class that allowed her students to simply dance without the judgment of mirrors or the constraints of rigid technique. In these sessions, she began infusing popular dance moves with specific fitness workouts to forge a distinctive blend of cardio exercise, strength training, and dance instruction. Little did she know that this “just for fun” class was the prototype for what would become the national fitness sensation known as Jazzercise.
Today, Jazzercise takes its aerobic techniques from a variety of sources that include jazz dance, hip-hop, resistance training, Pilates, yoga, and kickboxing. The class formats, which vary according to different toning goals, are just as diverse as the program's move set. Two-time Dancing with the Stars champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of the improvisational routines, although her advanced skills aren't needed to get the most out of classes. Instructors cultivate a noncompetitive atmosphere where all exercisers—with the exception of those marked as cursed by jazz-hand palm readers—are welcome regardless of age, build, or fitness background.
At Fitness 4 U of Little Rock, certified personal trainers Marlon Shelton and Dorian Humphrey lead classes of like-minded students through invigorating fitness boot camps, and guide gym members through exercises on treadmills, heavy bags, freeweights, and machines. Through a mixture of plyometrics, nutritional guidance, sports training, and cardio, the seasoned athletes keep clients in shape with motivating weight-loss challenges, classes, and personal training.