Jeffrey Cohen and Andrea Boyd know that yoga's lessons stretch far beyond the reach of the studio mat. By applying Jivamukti tenets to all aspects of their lives, these advanced certified teachers endorse continual compassion, self-awareness, and Satsang—the practice of gathering with those who inspire you. Beneath their physical teachings lie lessons on character, which promote behaviors such as humility and compassion. They also demonstrate the power of generosity by holding annual "Help Send a Student to Teacher Training" fundraisers. As they strive to extend yoga's core values into their everyday lives, they and their students hope to become "agents of change in the world," an underlying goal highlighted in their 2008 Yoga Journal feature.
This holistic approach to yoga is evident in their classes, in which they blend breath work, meditation, chanting, and philosophy into innovative formats. They fuel posing sessions with soundtracks that range from Led Zeppelin riffs to spoken-word stanzas and use hands-on assists to support guests who suddenly decide to crowd-surf.
Diagnosed with a disruptive neurological condition at age 10, studio founder David Kiser discovered Bikram yoga while he was seeking alternative treatments to help alleviate his chronic neck and back pain. After his first Bikram class in 2003, David noticed moderate relief of his symptoms, and after that day, he dedicated himself to continued practice, earning his teacher's certification three years later. David credits his pain relief to the two breathing exercises and 26 standing, seated, and hula-hooping postures of Bikram yoga, which promote healthy organ function by circulating freshly oxygenated blood throughout the entire body. During each class, instructors crank the practice space's temperature up to 105 degrees with 40% humidity to promote physical well-being. In the sultry atmosphere, students’ bodies safely sink into each stretch, flushing toxins out of freshly opened pores. Afterward, onsite showers and locker rooms allow students to recompose themselves while planning a class field trip to the nearest glacier for some postclass relief.
Skin Therapy Center's Dr. Zeyi Chen draws upon years spent as chairman and chief dermatologist of the Dermatology Department at Shanghai Medical University to buff away bristle and leave skin seductively smooth. Hair-removal sessions utilize the table-model TF-2000 laser to purge unwanted fur from nearby kiwifruit or any area of the body. Clients lie comfortably as a clinician passes the device over target areas, sending out focused pulses of energy that absorb into the melanin in the hair follicles, heating them up to permanently destroy the root and inhibit regrowth. Hair removal takes roughly one hour, depending on the size of the area and how tightly the hair is braided. Six treatments are typically recommended for long-lasting hair hindrance, so Groupon holders may opt to purchase two Groupons and redeem them both for a single area.
Eco Fitness and Blue Turtle Yoga’s fleet of trainers and instructors believe that the best way to lead people to a sustainable, healthy lifestyle, is to point them toward as many routes as possible. To that end, they keep an impressive schedule of classes that includes yoga, cycling, barre, group fitness, and personal training. To give parents peace of mind during workouts, and to let youngsters blow off steam, Eco Fitness invites kids to romp through the 4,400 square-foot kids towne. There, children ages 8–12 shake off calories, excess energy, and clingy imaginary friends in bounce castles, play tag, and work on arts and crafts.
In Goddess Dance Studio's pole-dancing classes, students don't just develop the strength to perform inversions and other aerial tricks—they also develop cardio endurance. Designed for women of all body types, these upbeat classes also give students a forum where they can unleash their sultry sides. Aerial silks classes increase core and upper body strength along with endurance and flexibility in classes designed to provide a exciting twist to traditional stretching routines.
At Journey Cycling and Fitness Studio, a team of certified instructors lead serious indoor cycling and body-conditioning classes. Participants listen to upbeat music during cycling classes. Tabata classes introduce a high-intensity interval version of indoor cycling that provides a more strenuous workout. Alternatively, clients can also sign up for challenging classes that incorporate plyometrics, kettlebells, agility workouts, and other functional exercises to transform bodies.