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 normal rules of gravity only apply to half of Stratosphere Trampoline Park's 20,000 sq. ft. interior. Trampolines blanket the other half, inviting visitors to leap and bound during free play or in high-flying games of dodgeball like the ones mankind aspires to play on the moon. When they're done jumping, visitors can dive into pits of foam, and youngsters can head to a special kids' area equipped with padded and netted trampolines. Nearby, arcade games and an air hockey table stand atop normal, non-springy surfaces.
One gym can hardly contain Master Solomon Brenner's martial-arts expertise, which is why his school—Action Karate—has expanded to 13 different locations. Brenner believes that the martial arts are a lifelong pursuit, so he takes on students aged 3–93.
His classes for kids blend fitness with self-discipline, whereas his classes for adults focus on toning exercises and self-defense. Not all of his classes involve combat; some dedicate entire hours to pure strength training or cool-pose striking. He and his staff also host birthday parties for kids, which include fun martial-arts instruction, games, and a ceremonial slicing of birthday cake with a samurai sword.
After several years of teaching out of rec centers, school cafeterias, and even fire houses, Westampton Martial Arts now has a permanent training facility. The school is owned by the Kirkpatrick family, and their deep roots in the area have inspired them to offer classes for just about every segment of their community, from wee ones to teens to grandparents who want to impress their teens. Among other techniques, students learn how to stay fit and defend themselves through Brazilian jujitsu, hapkido, karate, tae kwon do, and muay-thai kickboxing.
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