Hot yoga doesn't just help practitioners lose weight, increase flexibility, and tone muscles. It also helps them heal from life-threatening injuries. Bhakti Yoga South Jersey owner Ed Gergler is proof of that. After a near-fatal car crash, Gergler discovered hot yoga, which helped him treat his chronic back pain without surgery. It was so effective that he switched careers from a construction pipe worker to a yoga teacher and studio owner. Now he and his staff lead students through heated yoga classes that strengthen their cores and Warm Yoga with Nidra that helps them reduce stress and achieve peaceful mindsets. The teachers even offer up tips to new students, encouraging them to drink plenty of water and keep an open mind.
The professional staff and certified personal trainers at Optimal Sport Health Club, a popular chain of boutique fitness centers in Philadelphia, want to help their clients get into the best shape of their lives. The facilities have everything members need to reach their workout goals, whether they want to build lean muscle, lose weight, or simply get stronger.
Here, clients can work out with the cardio and strength-training equipment or head over to the group fitness studio to take classes in everything from Pilates to step class to yoga. Personal trainers are on hand for those looking to ramp up their fitness routines.
The teaching staff at The Sanctuary for Yoga fosters physical and spiritual well-being with yoga classes for kids and adults. The studio’s eclectic schedule explores a range of yoga styles, such as Hatha and Vinyasa, connecting minds and bodies without an inch of duct tape. For yoga newbies and yogis who’ve been on a break, beginner’s classes focus on structural alignment and the basics of yoga postures, imparting breathing-exercise techniques, modifications of basic poses, and other yogic building blocks. Vinyasa flow sessions create a dynamic moving meditation by leading students through a progression of poses, transitioning from one asana to the next with careful, balance-challenging movements and breath work to clear the mind of clutter. Instead of bolstering backs with glowing recommendation letters, yogalates classes fortify spines and torsos with yoga poses and the signature isometrics of Pilates.
Moscow native Ilya Lerner has followed his paintbrush all across the globe, studying and visiting everywhere from New York and Vermont to Spain and Russia. He's taught painting and drawing at several universities, including Oregon State University, Lee College, and Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Now drawing on this experience, an extensive exhibition record, and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, he shares his techniques out of his eponymous Art Studio school. Ilya's classes aim to empower aspiring artists with an individualized approach to observation-based art education. His instruction involves diverse projects and includes discussion of the masters and critiques by visiting artists.
At Physical Excellence Fitness Center, personal-training sessions and boot-camp classes keep exercisers in shape. Trainers craft custom workout regimens for each individual. Boot-camp classes, on the other hand, stir group support into guided workouts.