When a soldier is injured so severely that they need to return home, Arizona Heroes to Hometowns steps in with the emotional, physical, and financial support necessary for them to re-acclimate to civilian life. Members of the organization help wounded military personnel in a variety of ways, such as assisting them with bill payments, driving them to doctor’s appointments, arranging job interviews, and gathering much-needed community support.
Floating Lotus Yoga Studio & Natural Healing Center rests atop 1,500 square feet of maple flooring. On this foundation, its instructors help students loosen limbs and center their thoughts with classes that include yin, flow, prenatal, mixed-level, and other routines. Kids’ yoga welcomes students aged 4–10, combining yogic practice with games and breathing exercises to improve motor skills, self-esteem, and recess grades.
But yoga and complimentary mats aren't all Floating Lotus has to offer. The studio's roof also shelters acupuncture and chiropractic chambers, and that maple-wood floor transforms into a Zumba dance floor in the evenings. There's a massage therapist, too, and she can shoot various kinds of therapy out of her fingers—deep tissue, lymphatic, reflexology, and Thai, among others.
In parks throughout the United States and Vancouver, Access Boot Camp's certified personal trainers continually perplex muscles with a new 60-minute routine each class. The drills blend resistance exercises with cardio routines such as running, calisthenics, and sparring against defibrillators, striving to shed fat and toughen physiques. Clients might wrestle against resistance bands, hoist small dumbbells, or partner up for bodyweight moves. In addition to holding personal-trainer certifications, every boot camp instructor has undergone Access's specialized, and because classes are capped at 20 students per trainer, attendees get plenty of face time and individualized tips. Friendly faux drill sergeants lead the alfresco workouts rain or shine, and only cancel classes during plagues of spandex-devouring locusts.
Forever Fit Personal Training is a sprawling fitness studio, with a lengthy row of cardio machines, lofty racks of free weights, and plenty of strength-training and functional equipment. It's within this bright, air-conditioned space that a team of seasoned fitness trainers conducts lively boot-camp classes designed to slim physiques and tone muscles. The instructors also offer personal-training sessions and group fitness classes, where they lead small groups of up to 10 students through strength-training-focused workouts using weights, kettlebells, and cable machines.
The certified instructors at Bikram Yoga Mesa Riverview guide students of all ages and skill levels through 26 yoga poses and two breathing exercises inside a heated studio. In addition to providing a full-body workout, this approach encourages a deeper stretch while preventing injuries and expelling toxins. It can also encourage weight loss, relieve stress, and foster mental peace.
Bikram yoga derives its name from its creator, Bikram Choudhury, who started practicing yoga at the age of four and won the National India Yoga Championship by the time he was 13 years old. Four years later, he injured his knee during a weight-lifting accident. Physicians told him that he would never walk again, but rather than give up, he sought the help of his teacher and recovered completely within six months. Unscathed by near defeat, Bikram founded the Yoga College of India and opened schools around the world. Devoted to sharing his legacy, Bikram Yoga Mesa Riverview cranks up the heat and helps others reconnect with their inner pretzels.