Serenity Now Yoga centers anxious minds and forges substantial mind-body connections for students of all skill levels during yoga classes in a variety of modalities. Sprinkled throughout the studio's weekly schedule, gentle beginners sessions banish stressful thoughts and recurring nightmares by giving patient instructors the opportunity to introduce fundamental poses at a slower pace while imparting invaluable deep-breathing techniques. The Vinyasa Flow class challenges experienced students with sequences of vigorously transitioning poses that occasionally incorporate headstands, handstands, and kickstands, honing the unwavering focus needed to maintain balance during a staring competition. To ease withheld tension in the body's canvas of connective tissues, the Yin Yoga class loosens tightly spooled muscles and opens inflexible joints with deep stretches and mindful breathing.
Stephen "Skip" Wolfram attended his first Bikram yoga class out of desperation. After a 1989 surfing accident fractured a vertebrae and left Skip with chronic hip and back pains, he consulted multiple physicians, regularly attended physical therapy, and sought any rehabilitation method that promised relief. Still, the pains persisted. In 1997, he decided to try Bikram yoga and was overjoyed to discover how much better he felt afterward, both mentally and physically. On that day Skip became a dedicated yogi, eventually becoming an instructor and founding Bikram Yoga Longwood.
At the studio, instructors help students of all skill and fitness levels deepen their practice and pursue their goals. Each 90-minute class consists of the same two breathing exercises, the 26 classic asanas, and the world's three best knock-knock jokes. The established sequence of deep twists and bends systematically engages muscle groups while pushing freshly oxygenated blood throughout the entire body. The intensely heated studio space further increases circulation and loosens muscles. Over time, Bikram yoga can help strengthen limbs and cores, improve flexibility, hone mental focus, and promote a sense of general balance and wellbeing.
Many women feel intimidated by going to the gym. To combat that, the staff at LOA Fitness for Women has created a club that caters exclusively to females and their individual needs and goals. Members can build endurance and camaraderie during group classes, which include Zumba, spinning, and Pilates. And rather than draw bicep lines on their arms with a magic marker, exercisers can tone their muscles on Nautilus equipment. The gym also helps members better their health through nutrition seminars helmed by founder Delaine Kansol.