Acceptance and empowerment take center stage at Sabeena Yoga, where experienced yogi and studio owner Shelli August helps others unite a healthy mind, body and spirit. August encourages her students to follow Swami Vishnu-devananda’s five points of yoga: proper exercise, proper breathing, proper relaxation, proper diet, and positive thinking and meditation. During hatha and raja yoga classes, she and her team of yogis help students of all ages and abilities boost flexibility, strength, and balance. They also hold meditation sessions and Kirtan meetings, which incorporate singing and chanting, and reiki sessions, which promotes spiritual healing, stress reduction, and relaxation.
At Fit Bodies Forever, the trainers take the intensity of boot-camp routines and subtract all intimidation factors. Instead, they replace those factors with positive reinforcement, motivating participants through routines and giving them individualized attention when they need help completing the workout. Their group classes also include cardio kickboxing, Training For Warriors, and tabata. Nutrition and wellness counselor are also on staff.
CrossFit Great Ones’ coaches believe in the CrossFit system because its functional-movement exercises performed with high intensity readies their students for all physical activities. Through its varied exercises and equipment, it also develops every muscle group while enhancing speed, agility, and power. The reason the coaches love the program, however, is the team spirit it evokes as coaches and students alike motivate each other to achieve their fitness goals. They further nurture that sense of community by sponsoring local charity events, volunteering, and donating a portion of new membership dues to charities.
Baseball and softball players of all skill levels descend upon Extra Innings' 18,000-square-foot indoor facility to hone home-run-hitting swings and more. Players can swing, pitch, or field for 60 minutes inside one of the five indoor hitting tunnels that stretch 70 feet long, 15 feet wide, and 30 feet high as adjustable pitching machines sling unlimited fastballs toward the plate at speeds of up to 90 miles per hour. The facility outfits hitters with bats and helmets for no additional charge, and each tunnel is equipped with an L-screen, a pitcher's mound, and sliding nets that can transform the cage into an open-field area for practicing fielding skills and ribbon-dancing routines.
The consortium of professional instructors at Fred Astaire Dance Studios, which was cofounded by the legendary toe tapper himself, shepherds students of all ages and skill levels through lessons that span the style spectrum. Low-pressure private sessions allow enthusiastic teachers to fine-tune individual students' techniques and form, using their expert eyes and mechanical dancing shoes preprogrammed to do the Charleston. Patrons can learn how to cavort through classic waltz and fox-trot romps or swivel through the modern steps of salsa, swing, or samba. For dancers hoping to hoof it up in a social setting, the group practice parties provide a one-night extravaganza of instruction, demonstrations, and amateur firewalking.
The master yogis at Yoga Dynamics propel their disciples toward physical fitness and spiritual enlightenment with a schedule of yoga classes and TRX suspension-training workouts. More than 12 weekly sessions explore the Hatha, Yin, and Vinyasa traditions, all of which provide a great way to stay toned and limber while temporarily storing worldly worries in a drawer with knickknacks, spare change, and shrunken heads. In addition to sharing personalized tips with students of all skill levels, Hatha teachers modify poses to help beginners develop strong muscles and proper form. Flexible Strength workouts build lithe bodies with asanas that stretch and tone the sinews, while OM Gym Yoga’s TRX suspension straps bolster core muscles to improve posture and balance. Vinyasa classes flow from pose to pose with more grace than a swan driving a zamboni, fostering flexibility and sending strength and cardiovascular endurance soaring as the instructor shares mind-focusing exercises and words of encouragement during practice and answers questions before and after each class.