The enthusiastic instructors at local Yoga patiently coach aspiring yogis as they stretch torsos and reach toes sky-high in supportive group yoga sessions. Amid ivory walls and colorful accents, students vogue through fundamental asanas in Intro to Yoga classes, as the session-helming relaxation gurus eagerly impart expert tips and answer questions. To kick-start cardiovascular health, Power 2 classes sweep sinews through a fast-paced sequence of fluid Vinyasa poses, and Express Yoga loosens up taut muscles and rusty Leave It to Beaver lunchboxes during swift 45-minute sessions. Alternatively, pupils can gradually banish stress with Deep Flow classes, which nurture supple sinews with meditative, sustained poses that make The Thinker statue seem fidgety.
At Master Kwon's World Class Tae Kwon Do, Grand Master and seventh-degree black belt Jin Yong Kwon imparts more than a quarter-century of tae kwon do wisdom in lessons for participants of all ages. Through tae kwon do training, pupils develop technical martial-arts skills while seeking to build traits such as self-control, respect, and confidence that carry over into other facets of life.
Centered City Yoga's array of 24 different classes energizes stiff-bodied beginners and advanced astangis alike with yoga fundamentals, high-intensity yoga flow, and specialty disciplines. Led by teachers with diverse backgrounds, the classes aim to help students make use of the fundamental principles of yoga as tools to enrich everyday life. Classes are suitable for students of all levels, body types, and ages, from children and teens to pre- and post-natal mothers to seniors.The studio provides yoga mats but recommends that students bring their own.
Striving to embody the Sanskrit concept of Mudita—the altruistic joy that comes from seeing happiness in others—Carrie Coppola and staff lead classes that aim to bring bodies and minds in line with the ideals of compassion, sharing, and personal introspection. They welcome students from all backgrounds to embark on a trek through self-discovery—whether they are progressing through Power Vinyasa 2 poses or writing their memoirs by spelling out each letter with their arms and legs.
When not leading sessions, Carrie hands off the art's therapeutic benefits with her Healing Hearts Teacher Training, a course that readies yoga instructors to tutor those suffering from anxiety, PTSD, and other ailments. Carrie's students emulate her desire to give back through her Yogis Being Joy! program, volunteering at local organizations to aid the homeless and volunteer at area schools. When not leading sessions, Carrie hands off the art's therapeutic benefits with her Healing Hearts Teacher Training, a course that readies yoga instructors to tutor those suffering from anxiety, PTSD, and other ailments. Carrie's students emulate her desire to give back through her Yogis Being Joy! program, volunteering at local organizations to aid the homeless and volunteer at area schools.
Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Dancing With the Stars multiple-champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of Jazzercise's improvisational workouts, though luckily you won't need her dance moves to get the most out of your class. If you're prone to first-class jitters, though, you can review the basic moves online before you go. Expect to burn off up to 500 calories with each go-round.
Sean Keil, the founder of Renaissance Movement LLC, discovered parkour at the ripe old age of 12. Eschewing his history as a professional dancer, he followed parkour full-force, traveling extensively to train with top parkour masters and even some of the inventors of the sport. Together he and his staff have developed a community in which they help students develop the necessary skills, both physical and mental, to practice the discipline of parkour in a safe environment.