A brand-new yoga studio beckons stretchers seeking more than just sweat from their exercise regime, as a Chopra Center–certified yoga instructor helps guide disciples down the path toward physical, mental, and spiritual peace. Blending Hatha yoga and primordial-sound meditation—an ancient Vedic tradition designed to silence mental distractions—classes of up to 80 stretch, meditate, and practice turning invisible in unison. Sunrise yoga practiced at 6:30 a.m. Monday and Wednesday on the rooftop (weather permitting) gives yoga bears a chance to greet the sun personally, Hatha yoga classes at 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday give limber limbs a good workout, and relaxation yoga at 6 p.m. Monday and 6:30 p.m. Thursday helps purge stress leftover from the workplace.
In Pilates Fitness Center Norman’s sleek environment of pistachio-green walls and blond-wood floors, instructors lead Pilates, barre classes, and personal-training sessions tailored to experience levels as well as fitness goals. For instance, Pilates for Golfers is designed to improve asymmetry and shoulder motion, which can add power to strokes and make it much easier to maneuver the stick-shift golf cart around the course. Alternatively, the center's Therapeutic Stretch class helps undo the damage done by daily repetitive motions, targeting the neck, shoulders, and spine. Classes might also incorporate equipment such as Exo Chairs and Reformers to build long, lean muscles.
Yoga takes a holistic mind-body-spirit approach to exercise, granting regular participants the ability to simultaneously restore a sagging set of muscles and a droopy joie de vivre. Cadence offers challenging vinyasa-based classes for all experience levels and has a team of encouraging instructors who will teach you how to properly position all possible postures of your person, including Downward Facing Dog, Pensive Panda, and Unreliable Narrator. Get acclimated with the essentials in a yoga basics class, which explores the exercise's traditional postures and breathing techniques at a gentle pace for beginners. For a challenging abdominal workout, stop in for a core blast class, which throws some targeted Pilates movements into the usual yoga mix, or participate in a yoga fit session that incorporates weight training. Cadence's mind-body and restorative classes explore the more meditative, soothing aspects of yoga and will help you relieve your mind of emotional tension to make way for more important things, like Star Trek: Voyager fan fiction, vice-presidential trivia, and your cubicle mate's first name. Find a class that matches you on Cadence Yoga's class schedule.
ABSolute Balance Pilates offers one-on-one and group instruction to help people develop strong, flexible bodies and focused minds. Mat classes ($15 each) provide well-rounded workouts that strengthen core muscles and improve coordination. Equipment classes ($25) involve exercises on the reformer, tower, and Wunda chair, which are strategically designed to fortify joints and sculpt resilient muscles. If you want to deliver a miniature reformer made of toothpicks to your favorite instructor, then try out a private session ($35–$65). During these sessions, a seasoned teacher will show you the most effective ways to focus on your individual goals. Check out the schedule for a full class list.
It’s apparent to anyone who watches ballet that female dancers must be extremely light. After all, they often have to be swept across the stage and effortlessly lifted into the air, and their steps must be as silent as a sneeze at the opera. Yet, as slender as ballet dancers are, they still possess bodies that look as if they were chiseled out of marble. That dancer look—a slim body with long, lean muscles—is what barre3 helps its clients achieve with a combination of ballet-barre work, yoga, and Pilates.
At locations across the country, barre3’s instructors use a three-step process that first focuses on deeply exercising muscles using isometric holds. The workout then elevates heart rate with low-impact movements before cooling down the body with a recovery stretch that also helps elongate body lines.
The workout has proved to be so effective that it has received multiple press mentions, including in the Huffington Post and In Style magazine, and it has even drawn in body-conscious celebrities such as Madonna. Mothers in particular flock to barre3’s classes, as many locations offer on-site childcare.
The dance instructors at Academy of Dance Arts lead recreational and pre-professional classes in ballet, jazz, tap, and hip-hop for students ages two and older. They also teach fitness classes for teens and adults including Zumba, Pilates, and yoga.