The 17-strong staff at Sattva Yoga, Pilates & Ayurveda brings an abundance of experience and certifications to each class, whether yoga, Pilates, or Barre. KCRA awarded the wellness emporium the title of Best Pilates Studio in 2010 and nominated it as a finalist for Best Yoga Studio in 2011. The team gears its yoga classes toward helping participants achieve tranquility, while directing their Pilates focus toward strengthening core muscles both in clients and in apples. They also teach two variations of Booty Barre, one meant to augment a Pilates regimen with its cardio component, and one that builds on both yoga and Pilates with long, fluid dance movements.
At East Wind Yoga, instructors have options for every skill level. Basic classes ease newcomers and returning students into the body mechanics of yoga. Flow classes improve their breathing and cardiovascular endurance, and yin classes combine postures from hatha yoga with deep stretches to address any joint compression and misalignment. Held in a room heated to 105?110 degrees, hot yoga classes help purge toxins after a long day of sleep-testing sarcophagi. Intense Yosu yoga targets balance through the use of soft and rubbery BOSU balls. Each of the studio's two locations offers a welcoming interior of paper lanterns, exposed brick, and stacks of colorful yoga mats for rental.
Hailed by the Auburn Journal as the Best Yoga Studio of 2010, Canyon Spirit Yoga's experienced instructors unfold a varied schedule of Vinyasa flow yoga to nourish strength, flexibility, and concentration. Seize control over internal ventilation systems and bickering organs during Beginner Yoga, which interlaces breath, gentle movement, and relaxation. Instructors assist experienced pupils as they glide through Energizing Flow's seamless sequence of challenging Vinyasa flows, head-over-heel inversions, and bicep balances. Stress flees from practitioners of all levels during Yin and restorative yoga, as sustained postures unlock stiff hips and waves of serenity wash over the mind, infusing it with a fresh-from-the-clothesline scent. Within Canyon Spirit Yoga's confines, enthusiastic instructors ensure a serene practice space by enforcing a no-cell-phone policy and piping in soothing serenades performed by on-staff crickets.
You might call Yoga Reclaimed a Lost and Found for the soul. That's because co-owners Ryan and Natasha Bailey have created it as a space where people are encouraged to reclaim what they've lost, whether it's a lapsed yoga practice or a lost sense of self-worth or purpose. Three different class types?Flow, Balance, and Restore?help pave the way for this kind of renewal, each establishing a mindful connection to the body and allowing students an opportunity to find their spiritual center.
The term "reclaimed" also nods to the studio itself, which was made using recycled materials. Within that studio, students find three separate practice zones: one un-heated, and two warmed to varying temperatures, allowing students to find the spot that makes them most comfortable during their practice. The infrared radiant heat used in these two zones is reportedly a cleaner way to heat the studio than using forced air units or piles of burning coals, and has been linked with toxin removal, improved circulation, and even pain relief.
As they enter the training circle at Curves, female guests come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. And just as points on a circle share a common distance from the circle's center, workout participants share the experiences of those nearby, trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. Thirty seconds is spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity.
In 2014, Curves partnered with celebrity fitness expert Jillian Michaels to design a new take on its traditional circuit. These workouts incorporate functional bodyweight exercises?each with modifications?into the existing sequence, providing a slightly more intense gym experience intended to jump-start metabolisms while still forging lean, toned muscles.
Tony Hunt started taking karate classes at the age of 25, after spending years wishing he had the courage to sign up for a class. But when he did, he was hooked immediately and started earning his belts. Today, Tony is a fourth-degree black belt who has been teaching karate since 1987. His classes instill discipline into his students, who learn the art of Shotokan karate within his immaculate dojo. There, he leads children and adults through perfecting their strikes and jumps in hopes that they will apply karate's lessons of self-confidence and honor to their own lives, even on weekends.