Firefly Yoga Studio shapes pupils’ bodies and minds with nine styles of yoga throughout the week. The studio’s robust schedule allows even busy workaday yogis to attend sessions, including a sprinkling of 45-minute express classes that cater to students unable to attend a full 75-minute session. During Firefly Flow yoga, instructors encourage pupils to stretch bodies in a Vinyasa-style flow, switching from one pose to another while syncing movements with breathing exercises and radio waves from old Soviet satellites. Hot-yoga participants sweat out stress and toxins in a 99-degree studio, working their cores to build heat and spandex-approved muscle tone. Special 90-minute midnight yoga classes combine Firefly Flow and hot-yoga elements for a solid workout before slowing the pace down to prepare bodies for a good night’s sleep, free of restless limbs and flab-biting bedbugs.
Attending to physical, emotional, and spiritual growth, InnerWorks Holistic Health Center works to help harmonize and balance the body using diverse acupuncture techniques, including an emotion-based form known as classical five-element acupuncture. Based on the 5,000-year-old tenets of traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture treatments aim to unblock the pathways of qi, or life energy, that course through the meridians in the body and the vacant drug-store parking lots of the soul. Before the first treatment, Dr. Kelsey Klausmeyer conducts one-on-one consultations covering patient health and lifestyle, using the data to diagnose issues from the perspective of oriental medicine. Then, licensed specialists perform acupuncture treatments to address an array of health issues, including pain, stress, chronic fatigue, and digestive problems, seeking to treat both the symptoms and their underlying causes. During each session, fine sterile needles are applied to the body's surface to help unblock stymied qi flow, and patients may sense heaviness or tingling during treatment. Staff members check on patients throughout the one-hour session, furnishing hot packs and playing soothing music that whips around the microscopic wind tunnels created by each safe and sterile pinhead.
Registered yoga instructor Tonya Henning's inviting studio helps students from all walks of life expand their yoga practice through alignment-based yoga and heart-centered meditation. Her background in special education and support of her fellow certified yoga teachers make it possible for students of all abilities to participate in the classes together, as medical concerns and particularly stiff muscles can be accommodated with modified poses. For more focused instruction, students may take semi- or completely private yoga lessons before joining the rest of the downward-facing dog pack.
At each of its 12 locations in Kansas, the staff of Genesis Health Club strive to create a one-stop health-and-fitness center for the entire family. Supervised childcare programs entertain kids with arts and crafts, and Muay Thai classes help youngsters improve coordination and strength under the tutelage of a fifth-degree black belt. Adults can head over to yoga, Pilates, cycling, or MMA cardio classes, which are all led by nationally certified instructors. Guests can also take advantage of the rows of cardio and strength-training machines, or work one-on-one with an instructor to learn correct form and the best way to walk on your hands on a moving treadmill.
Dr. Cramer Reed and Wesley Medical Center collaborated on the original Health Strategies, which opened in 1980 in the basement of the residents’ dorm and focused mainly on Wesley’s employees’ health. Today, after several expansions, Health Strategies now is able to serve even more of the Wichita community. Amenities include cardio machines with individual TVs, a strength-training room with machines and free weights, a cushioned indoor track, and a 25-meter pool. Members can also enlist in personal-training sessions or fitness classes, such as Zumba, Yoga, and SilverSneakers, a routine targeted to seniors.
The dedicated instructors at Siva Power Yoga elevate the physical and mental well-being of their students through heated and hot-yoga classes. Suitable for all levels, flow yoga unifies breath and movement with a fluid progression of Vinyasa poses that focus on the body while calming the mind. The similar Candlelight Flow class places more emphasis on meditative and relaxing postures with the added ambience and historical realism of candlelight. Power yoga boasts strength- and stamina-testing routines and new moves workshopped in class to help more advanced yogis constantly evolve their practice and push their limbering limits. The thermostat is set at 85–95 degrees in the Hot Fusion class, melting away tensions, toxins, pounds, and water-bottle-clogging glaciers as students slowly move through and hold a series of 26 poses.
Optimal Performance never sleeps: it's open to members 24 hours a day. Exercisers can work out independently, though personal trainers and group classes are available to guide workouts. Massage therapists swoop in to soothe yoga- and boot-camp-addled muscles. Dedicated to comprehensive health and wellness, the team even counsels clients on nutritional issues.