CorePower Yoga founder Trevor Tice knows yoga is much more than a tool for increasing physical strength. "We've seen first hand emotional breakthroughs, physical improvements, and most of all, a new found confidence and balance our students carry from the studio into their daily lives," says Trevor. To further their holistic efforts, CorePower provides additional services and programs across various locations. Some outposts house spas where visitors can quiet their minds with a massage or facial, while others host Karma Yoga events wherein teachers lead free classes for cancer survivors, and students share home-cooked food with homeless youths.
But yoga resides at the heart of CorePower's mission to inspire as many people as possible, so each studio boasts a range of classes that accommodates all experience levels. Truly serious students can conjure pensive expressions as they enroll in a yoga-teacher-training program, and all patrons can take comfort in knowing their studio was built from recycled materials and equipped with energy-efficient fixtures.
Husband-and-wife team Brent and Pamela Hasselbring drew upon their mutual love of fitness to create a nurturing space dedicated to strengthening the cores of all exercisers regardless of experience level. The duo helms a team of certified Pilates instructors who introduce students to the fully equipped studio and use various kinds of reformer equipment to create the most effective workout. They also offer physical therapy, private Pilates lessons, and education programs for enthusiastic trainers-to-be.
The Absolute Beginner series meets once a week for four weeks and provides novices with the basic tools they need to get started down their yoga path with nice posture. During your month-long session, under the expert guidance of an experienced, friendly instructor, you will learn the fundamentals of yoga asana (poses) and pranayama (breath work), as well as gain a general understanding of the different forms of yoga so that you can choose to continue training in a style that best suits your current physical condition and goals. Call ahead or go to the Yoga Center's website to register for your four-week series.
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Studio owner Tina Dunlap helms a small team of certified instructors, leading BarreAmped classes in a sun-filled studio. Neutrally hued walls and polished hardwood floors create an airy and peaceful setting for the studio’s classes. The practice space, flanked on one side by a wall-spanning mirror, boasts a ballet barre to support fitness-minded guests and aspiring music-box dwellers during the dance-infused barre workouts that utilize small, isolated movements to sculpt lean physiques.
The Pilates Advantage's obsidian-sculpted staff tends to individual physical needs with routines designed to boost strength, flexibility, and endurance. Using props, such as foam rollers and stability balls, as well as gentle guidance from a team of fitness gurus, a schedule of classes tops out at six students per instructor for individualized attention, support, and a forum for demonstrating shirt-ripping muscle flexes. Those looking for a solid core workout can build a mighty midsection and shape lean muscles with Pilates mat classes, and fitness fanatics in the gyrokinesis sessions can focus on spiraling exercises that increase bodily circulation and promote proper spine and joint alignment. Meanwhile barre buffs can join either floor-barre or stretch-and-barre classes to tone their arms, hips, thighs, and back while relieving physical ailments of arthritis and alien-hand syndrome with ballet-inspired stretch moves.