Sean McCarthy challenges yoga enthusiasts from ages 3 to 73 inside his South Shore studio. With his mission to share the practice of yoga with Milton and surrounding communities in an expressive and playful way, the instructor offers a diverse range of classes for all skill levels, helping students reduce stress and amplify calmness. Certified as a registered yoga teacher at the 500-hour level, Sean leads the team of fellow certified yogis at the new, welcoming space at Milton Yoga. Students of all ability levels hone strength, flexibility, and balance in non-competitive hatha and Vinyasa-flow classes held in a heated studio. When not busy mapping guests toward off-ramps of inner peace, yogis also host guided meditation sessions and introduce youngsters to fitness with kids' yoga classes.
Equipment: Hoist, LateralX, Keiser, LifeFitness, Precor, Arc Trainer, StepMill
Students should bring: Optional: bottle of water, towel, change of sneakers
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 25+ people
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: No
Parking: Free street parking
Fitness Unlimited's owners boast more than seven top brands of workout equipment and 28 unique fitness classes on a mere two floors, dedicating every square inch to women's fitness. They invite members to chart their own course toward fitness with solo workouts on the gym floor or one-on-one personal training, or they can take one of more than 80 group classes held each week. Classes cover everything from yoga and barre workouts to full-on strength and endurance training for those preparing for the annual Grand Piano Shoulder Press Grand Prix. The gym's program advisor notes that this variety is key to helping members achieve success. "Frequently throughout the year we have fitness challenges that our members really enjoy," the advisor says. "They feel that it keeps them motivated and encourages them to try new things."
Channeling more than 60 years of experience in the health-and-fitness industry, Abington and Quincy Athletic Club's management staff has built two family-friendly facilities that aim to bestow each guest with personal treatment. Each building houses at least 20,000 square feet of workout space, including hardwood studios for group classes such as Zumba, Pilates, and Les Mills BodyPump. Cardio and strength gear from Nautilus, Magnum, FreeMotion, and Star Trac accommodates physiques of all fitness levels, from exercise amateurs to those who would rather wall-sit during movie dates. A squad of certified personal trainers and nutrition counselors steers patrons onto a custom pathway to wellness, and childcare services and senior programs broadcast welcoming vibes to club guests of all ages.
Yoga can instill its practitioners with inner strength and peace, and Real Life Yoga helps students capture these qualities through more than just sun salutations. The studio conducts its classes in an environment designed to be non-competitive, welcoming, and lighthearted. Owner Dee Lyon and her team of accomplished teachers welcome brand-new students as well as yoga aficionados, providing mats to those without. The certified instructors encourage safe, healthy sessions, suggesting modifications that can ease stress and prevent discomfort, injury, or getting stuck that way. They offer non-yoga classes, too, including tai chi, self-defense, and a high-energy combination of boxing, dance, and Pilates.
Though Christopher Bopp has won first place three times in a row at the New England Regional Yoga Asana Championships, he does not consider yoga a sport. For him, the art is a daily practice, one that assists with the regular upkeep of his body and mind. He and the certified instructors at Bikram Yoga Quincy hope to pass the basics of the technique on to others, who will in turn interpret them to suit their personal credos.
Because everyone's perception of yoga varies, Christopher encourages guests to attend classes from different instructors. The 90-minute class structure—26 asanas in a toasty studio—remains the same, but each teacher's character illuminates the lesson from a fresh angle. As the instructors’ personalities coalesce under a single yoga style, the end result is a diverse but dedicated community. Familial vibes fill the lobby after every class, when students and instructors can share crisp bites of fruit and figure out who was and was not a heat mirage.
There isn't one set path to wellness. Healing Tree Yoga understands this, which is why it gives guests many avenues to explore in their quest for health and relaxation. One such option, of course, is yoga: gentle hatha, faster-paced vinyasa flow, and other practice styles provide a way for students to strengthen their body as well as their mind. Pilates, Zumba, and Tai Chi classes, meanwhile, present other ways in which guests can discover untapped energy and get in tune with their own bodies. And, in private treatment rooms, healing becomes the focus, as therapists use hot-stone, acupressure, and other massage modalities to soothe sore muscles or reiki treatments to help stimulate the flow of energy and improve well being.