The skilled, friendly instructors at evolation are heckbent on bending students into more self-aware, self-confident humanoids, both in and out of the studio. By combining the meditative movements and breathing techniques of traditional yoga with the balmy room temperatures of Bikram yoga, classes assist yogis of all skill and experience levels in making sense of their aspirations through impressive, jasmine-scented perspiration. Clean a cluttered conscience during the half-hour Chill 30 meditation class, held in a spring-like 75- to 80-degree Fahrenheit room, or work up a sweat in an hour-long Warm 60 class, designed to help beginners improve their form and breathing techniques. Hot 90 sessions up the ante and the temperature, challenging experienced pose pundits with difficult postures, 105 degrees of Fahrenheit, and meditations on maneuvering in leather pants.
CrossFit 716's owners and coaches, Drs. Dennis and Jennifer Lesniak, use their chiropractic and exercise-science training to tailor intense, boot-camp-style workouts to clients of all ages and fitness levels. A constantly rotating menu of exercises such as hero squats, pull-ups, dead lifts, and pushups aim to get bodies in well-rounded physical shape, often incorporating strength-supplementing props such as kettlebells, jump ropes, and wigs made of Samson hair. Dennis and Jennifer also work to build a welcoming community atmosphere by memorizing each client’s name over the course of multiple sessions.
Dani Gray, the founder of Dance With Dani, leads pupils in high-energy Zumba workouts, which combine elements of merengue, salsa mambo, and reggaeton set to a soundtrack of diverse Latin beats. An avid dancer for 15 years, Dani's diverse background in competitive tap, jazz, salsa, and swing dancing allows her to effectively impart the eclectic art of Zumba to eager new dancers. With today's deal, Groupon holders can attend 10 one-hour sessions of their choice, including any combination of Zumba, Zumba Gold, and Zumba toning classes. During Zumba sessions, as many as 35 fitness fanatics dance away calories, employing a patchwork Latin dance moves and aerobic exercises. Zumba Gold is best suited for beginners and seniors, and Zumba toning classes help students to hone in on arms, waists, and legs with targeted body-sculpting exercises. Dancers also receive one free guest pass to invite a friend to share in a fun and exciting activity that's way better than making him or her up like a clown while he or she is sleeping.
Specializing in the healing aspects of yoga, Anjali Yoga & Wellness treats students of all abilities to a sweeping schedule of curative classes held in the historic Wurlitzer building. Through stances that build strength, endurance, and flexibility, Power yoga blasts away blubber, minimizes midsections, and sears off sequined Christmas sweaters. Gentle Hatha yoga fosters physical balance and opens the mind, while healing yoga targets backs, necks, and shoulders to improve the mantle's range of motion and ability to balance lit candelabras. With a selection of implements such as blocks, straps, bolsters, blankets, and wedges, instructors guide participants to a prop-supported place of awareness and whole-body health. Using the proceeds collected from one monthly class, Anjali Yoga & Wellness supports monastic communities abroad, allowing students to extend the value of their practice beyond the body.
The passionate, experienced instructors at Tonawanda Dance Arts, which houses two air-conditioned studios, transform pint-size fumblers of any skill level into prima ballerinas with a bevy of enriching classes. Dancers can choose from a blossoming assortment of styles, opting for the rigorous-yet-graceful ballet, the passionate and expressive lyrical, or the stoic and dignified standing still. Hosts of classes populate Tonawanda’s busy schedule, allowing budding Fred Astaires to express themselves in myriad manifestations.
Montrose Studio and Spa offers a wide range of holistic healing practices, from sunrise yoga classes to guided meditation, reiki, chakra cleansing, and more. Medical massage therapy sessions can alleviate stress and improve energy. Spa services such as manicures, pedicures, waxing, facials, Botox, fillers, and reflexology are also available.