Hot air swirls around Bikram Yoga’s studio, heating limbs and relaxing tense muscles as students sink deeply into their practice’s 26 postures. During 90-minute sessions, a Bikram-certified instructor leads classes through a consistent routine of standing and seated poses mixed with two breathing exercises. In the space’s equatorial temperatures, students of all fitness levels burn calories, strengthen muscles, and eject perspirable toxins as instructors offer encouragement and personalized modifications. In addition to bringing a yoga mat and towel from home, students should prepare for class by drinking enough water to float a flock of rubber duckies.
In the 1940s, Walt Baptiste and his son Baron created a new branch of yoga?called Baptiste yoga?that combines the principles of yoga, meditation, and inner reflection. The Baptiste-yoga movement grew rapidly, and in 2005, senior Baptiste teacher Mark White introduced his community to the practice with two studios. He and a staff of more than 20 certified yoga instructors guide students from pose to pose while observing proper alignment and breathing technique. Studios are heated to 90 degrees to keep bodies limber and destroy any ice cream that enters the building.
A diverse and happening playlist welcomes students into Susan Sloan?s Zumba classes. She hopes her students feel like they are at a party while sweating away calories with catchy dance moves. Each session aims to burn calories, sculpt muscles, and perfect the Hokey Pokey.
At CrossFit NSB, students of all body types and backgrounds sweat, lift, and sprint their way to health and strength with a universally adaptable fitness program. Rather than parking its members on treadmills outfitted with flat-screen TVs, CrossFit challenges everyday people with high-intensity exercises that use basic fitness equipment such as free weights and medicine balls. Participants build functional strength and endurance through a barrage of Workouts of the Day (WODs) such as pull-ups, squats, and weightlifting.
New Smyrna Cosmetic & Family Dentistry dazzles teeth into health and cleanliness with an array of techniques such as dental exams, teeth cleanings, x-rays, and intensive chemical whitenings. For pearly-white beauty shots, dental doyens take three x-rays, a panoramic shot and one of each bitewing, checking for tooth decay, gum disease, and the symmetrical composition of pastoral landscapes. After the x-rays comes an extensive exam, in which teeth are scrutinized for decay, apertures are screened for oral cancer, and periodontal pockets are inspected for stowaway gummy worms. Capping off the cuspid adventure, mouth bones are treated to a 30- to 45-minute bath, an invigorating cleansing aimed at removing loitering plaque and tartar and reinstituting curfews for molars.
The World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing is an annual event that's burned its rubber on the blacktop of the New Smyrna Speedway for more than 40 years, revving up engines with thrilling auto rivalries between road warriors around a high-banked, half-mile track. Settle into the bleachers and document the S.A.D.E. Super Stocks 50 on Saturday, a vehicular menagerie of super late models, NASCAR tour-type modifieds, limited late-models, SK modifieds, crate late-models, and FL/IMCA type modifieds The American Canadian Tour Late Models 100 on Sunday pits the finest Yankee and Canuck racers against each other for 100 laps, settling the age old debate of whether maple syrup or apple pie filling makes the better engine fuel. Grinning gearheads can pick up their ticket at will call on the day of their event, and all rascally roadsters 11 years old and under can attend the festivities for free.