When sports nutritionist and Coastal Body Studio Director Lauren Dauscher was training for the St. Jude Marathon in Memphis, she sought a workout that not only conditioned the entire body, but also focused on preventing injury. What she discovered was an enduring passion for Pilates training. Lauren began her studies with Penelope Wyer Barrow, who was taught by the master eye of Joseph Pilates?s prot?g? Romana Kryzanowska, and Lauren has since gone on to learn from countless luminaries of the Pilates universe. Her resulting program helps student build strength, control, and flexibility, a trio of physical abilities ideal for those competing in sports, seeking rehabilitation, or lifting their couch to look for a misplaced gift receipt.
Lauren?s studio blends mat training with work performed on the reformer, barrels, and the wunda chair. She complements workouts with one-on-one nutritional counseling, which includes coaching, meal planning, and dietary support. Lauren also currently partners with Dr. Donald Layman, who, oxymoronic name aside, is an author and a professor of nutrition at the University of Illinois who has developed the Metaboliq weight-loss system. :m]]
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.
Jason of J Nichols Fitness is a mobile gym. A certified trainer with a psychology degree from the University of North Carolina Wilmington, Jason transports his workouts and the accompanying equipment to his clients. Clients then have the freedom to receive a professional-quality work out in their homes, outdoors, or at another location of their choice. For personal-training sessions, he designs a 30-minute workout for each client, which he customizes with diverse exercises based on each client’s fitness level and goals. He also specializes in small-group and boot-camp training, as well as other fitness areas such as flexibility training, sport-specific training, and nutrition and meal planning.
Taylor Morris skillfully juggles duel careers in medicine and fitness, and channels the knowledge she’s gained from both into her meditative yoga and core-building Pilates classes. This certified personal trainer strives to overhaul lackluster group fitness programs by providing each student with proper adjustments and corrections to help them tone up their physiques. Within her sunny, airy studio, walls studded with inspirational affirmations and an accountability board help students banish negative body images and keep themselves on track, and on select days, Taylor's team of motivating, certified instructors take their calming yoga classes outdoors, allowing guests to sun salute and photosynthesize in the fresh air.
After each class, instructors pass out refreshing eucalyptus or lavender towels to students who wish to linger and relax amid the lobby's calming water features or browse inside the retail shop, and an aesthetician is also on hand to perform complexion-nourishing facials or upper-body-waxing services.