After Alexandra studied nursing at the University of Portland, she spent four years as a cardiac and post-surgical nurse. Her patients' ailments have run the gamut from cancer to mental illness. To bolster her Western medical background, Alexandra studied one-on-one with a Reiki master. She also honed this skill—which enables her to be a conduit for the universal life energy—at both the Meta Institute and the Laho-Chi Institute.
Alexandra also incorporates yoga into her services and personal practice through the knowledge she gained at The Minneapolis Yoga Center. When she isn't working as a hospice nurse, she brings healing to others through yoga, Reiki, and chakra balancing at Beautiful Wings. There, she shares the wisdom she's gained while journeying through life. She strives to share the healing power of unconditional love.
Align Pilates’ barre classes are an eclectic blend. Their union of an energetic cardio workout with the muscle-toning properties of Pilates and yoga and the sculpting power of ballet garnered them the title of Best New Workout of 2011 by Minnesota Monthly. In these sessions, students of all experience levels build lean muscle and burn fat at the decade-old fitness studio. Its team of teachers—all of whom have completed a minimum of 500 hours of training—also lead Pilates classes that unfold on mats. Hula hoops, candlelight, and Vinyasa flow augment yoga classes with focuses such as alignment, breathing, and detoxification.
Everyone has different fitness goals. That's part of why Jahmale, the trainer at Max Fit Wellness, is glad to have such a diverse background. He's played football, run track, and wrestled, so he knows how to work with burgeoning athletes. But he's also prepared to help people get back on their feet after and injury or lead martial-arts training by drawing on a broad range of certifications from the International Sports Sciences Association, National Academy of Sports Medicine, and others.
Modo Yoga Minneapolis is one of more than 75 independent locations maintained by Moksha Yoga. Modo unites hot yoga with an unwavering fidelity to sustainable environmental and social practices. The company's eponymous classes combine therapeutic yoga with traditional yoga through 40 postures that can be modified to stretch and challenge students of all fitness and flexibility levels. Ryann and Phil Doucette co-own the Minneapolis studio, where Ryann manages, directs, and happily teaches in the footsteps of Moksha founders Ted Grand and Jessica Robertson. Ryann and Phil outfitted the studio with cork flooring for joint support and radiant heating for encouraging the release of toxins through perspiration. The 103-degree heat helps ligaments get as loose as a pirate's morals doing the worm, allowing deeper stretches. All her hard work has paid off with Modo Yoga Minneapolis being awarded Best New Studio in 2011 and Best Hot Yoga in 2012 by Minnesota Monthly.
If Barre Bliss looks familiar, it?s because its unique take on barre workouts was featured on CBS Minnesota WCCO. In real life, as on television, instructors led by owner Mia Jenneman?recently featured in HERLIFE magazine? and co-owner Shad Holland introduce each student to a warm, inviting, and challenging experience in their specially formulated version of barre fitness. Drawing upon Mia's experience as a classically trained dancer and yoga practitioner and inspired by STOTT Pilates techniques, the custom workout system promotes torso control and a strong abdominal wall while imparting meditative form and position fundamentals. The result is an intense session that activates tiny muscles as well as full muscle chains, resulting in a full-body workout that both sculpts frames and sheds pounds. Designed with beginners in mind, the system also imparts knowledge of the graceful movements and fluid transitions of dances throughout the ages and caters to students of all shapes and sizes.
With the help of a crack team of instructors?15 strong?husband-and-wife duo Eric and Martha Williams stoke the fires of flexibility in separate classes designed for parents and their kids. During 90-minute sessions held in a 105-degree studio, beads of sweat roll off students and blossom into miniature Fabios as the class cycles through 26 yoga poses, each amping up blood circulation while warming and stretching muscles. Students zero in on focused breathing as heat purges toxins from bodies.
Down the hall from the main studio lies the 2,000-square-foot Kids Space, an eco-friendly, scent-free oasis draped in 100% wool flooring where instructors blend yoga and play with the help of a sandbox, teepee, and toys. Children aged 2?12 years scramble about the imagination-firing room as they learn self-control and compassion during Made to Move sessions. The playful course, designed by a healthy-lifestyle consultant and trainer for school districts and local governments, teaches kids self-esteem in a safe, noncompetitive setting. Plunking more karma into its piggy bank of eco-friendliness, the studio rewards students that bike to the studio, which located off the greenway cycling trail, with free mat and towel rental.