As a ballet dancer, David Gensheimer didn't need much help becoming lean, limber, and lithe. But when he found himself recovering from knee surgery, he knew he needed to find something that would keep him strong without compromising his healing process. In addition to physical therapy, he turned to Pilates and was won over by the sport's ability to strengthen core muscles and enhance flexibility. Though he was back to pirouetting in no time, David never lost the Pilates bug and went on to complete his Pilates training while serving as a company member with Ballet Austin and Nashville Ballet and dancing with the Houston Metropolitan Dance Company and Stillpoint.
Today, when he's not busy dancing his way through guest performances around the country, David helms Simply Balanced where he helps others strengthen, rehabilitate, and challenge their bodies through Pilates and yoga classes. Students can also try Gyrotonic classes, which blend elements of gymnastics, yoga, dance, and tai chi, performed on a weight and pulley machine that engages the entire body. Beyond transforming the way visitors look, move, and feel about spandex shorts, the Simply Balanced studio also showers them with feel-good perks such as complimentary beverages, free parking, and access to a team of highly trained massage therapists.
Each of Steadfast and True Yoga’s studios features a soaring wall of windows, through which natural light pours and brings the brightly painted walls to vibrant life. It’s a lively place to practice the 12 styles of yoga that the staff offers, ranging from aerobically-paced vinyasa sequences to the more meditative practices of yin yoga. A rotating cast of ten teachers, each with their own teaching style and passion for the exercise form, keeps the classrooms full seven days a week.
Ninety-minute classes at Kundalini Rising Yoga blend yoga techniques and meditations for a muscle-building—yet relaxing—experience. The Kundalini method works to increase one’s oxygen capacity while posing, with benefits such as less stress, more energy, and a stronger immune system that deflects kryptonite. Daily classes range form introductory to advanced, and include prenatal and Mommy & Me.
The experienced instructors at Hot Yoga Plus see yoga as a vehicle for healing, peace, and mindfulness for their students. They also understand that people do yoga for all manner of reasons, be it to lose weight, tone the body, or improve flexibility. And so while hot yoga is naturally the specialty here, the studio embraces yoga of every style and temperature. In hot yoga, the muscles can stretch further, and it’s possible to sweat out toxins; instructors can also offer precise adjustments for more advanced students. You can also join a Vinyasa flow class, a less intensive course that helps improve balance and one’s heart rate in a less kiln-like environment.