Yoga Circle Downtown's instructors lead a diverse selection of athletically paced and calming yoga styles that cater to students of all skill levels. The studio’s schedule includes advanced and fundamental classes, such as Alignment & Form, where instructors demonstrate poses, emphasizing correct posture and positioning for each asana, instilling proper technique in beginning students and recently animated sculptures alike. Students in yoga flow sessions achieve a more vigorous workout by using strong breaths and athletic movements to transition from pose to pose, raising heart rates and bolstering stamina. During Kundalini yoga, instructors promote inner well-being by incorporating time for chants and calming meditation, which leaves students’ minds as centered as a hula hoop snug around an overinflated beach ball. Students gather for classes in an airy practice space with lofty ceilings and intricately painted pillars that keep the floor from floating away during class, accessorizing the room's wooden flooring with either their own yoga mats or a rental from the studio ($1).
At Gym Box, stereos pump out an energizing soundtrack as clients lift, run, and sweat amidst night-club-inspired decor. Mirrors reflect the silver and black of the new equipment that fills the strength and cardio rooms, and indoor cycling classes are held in the alternating glow of red and purple lights. Boxing classes thwack and strike the heavy bags that dangle from the ceiling of the training room, and TRX classes sculpt stronger bodies from an assortment of hanging ropes and cables.
A fitness and wellness club co-founded by Pascale Rothman and Dr. Lawton W. Tang, MD, UEvolution aims to help their clients better themselves in whatever way they need. Beyond fast-paced fitness classes such as Movestrong strength training and indoor cycling, the skilled team of trainers, instructors, and coaches provide an array of services ranging from personal training and physical therapy to nutrition programs centered around healthy comfort foods. Members also frequent the on-site spa, where they can step inside airbrush tanning booths, enjoy massages and personalized steam rooms, or stop by the oxygen bar to recharge post-workout while pretending to sip pantomime cocktails.
Pilates Plus By Eden Sassoon's instructors lead group classes that augment the fundamental principles of Pilates with dynamic muscle workouts. The studio utilizes the SPX system, which adheres to Joseph Pilates' postural alignment and flexibility exercises as a foundation for improving muscular stamina, increasing cardio respiratory endurance, and accelerating metabolism. While helping students strengthen and tone bodies, specialized instructors infuse lessons with areas of their own expertise. For example, instructor Kiki enhances her lessons by teaching techniques acquired after 15 years of ballet experience and years becoming a black belt in tae kwon do. Brian enlivens his signature classes with a background that includes martial arts, breakdancing, and being raised by a pack of killer whales. Private lessons are also available for one-on-one instruction.
Most of the class sessions at the YOGA place employ some form of Vinyasa yoga style, linking breaths with movements to create seamlessly flowing sequences of asanas. Although the style incorporates more physical activity than some, it still requires intense amounts of focus as students instinctually monitor their form and alignment. The instructors mainly lead open sessions for students of virtually any skill level; however, they also host intensive advanced-level sessions, which incorporate inversions and controlled levitations, as well as relaxing restorative sessions that use props to support the deeply sustained stretches.
The creators of Paint Nite started their on-location art parties as a creative alternative to a night out with friends. Inspiring people to drink creatively at bars in more than 80 worldwide cities, their events have been touted by New York Magazine as the Best Friend Date and profiled by The Daily Beast. During each two-hour session, participants create a 16x20? reproduction of the night's chosen artwork while sipping a beer, mixed drink, or glass of wine purchased from the bar. Paint Nite provides all other materials, including paint, brushes, canvases, easels, and aprons. Local artists guide participants through each step of the painting process from mixing colors to brush stroke and encouraging creative expression in a supportive, positive atmosphere.