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.
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.
Dr. Nicole Bishop's signature Mommy and Me Pilates classes were born the same time as her son, Reza, as a way to connect with him while helping women balance their fitness regimens with their brand new bundles. During the 60-minute Mamilates classes, two instructors?one for mom and one for baby?guide participants through short bursts of challenging Pilates exercises. During these drills, fun activities such as singing, massage, and dance keep growing minds entertained while women bolster their muscles. With regular practice, women may notice a reduction in physical tension around the neck and shoulders, stronger abdominals, sturdy backs, and weightlessness despite carrying 15 sacks of lead. The team strives to achieve these results specifically to aid in the recovery from the strain of carrying a baby or to make common postnatal lifting easier. The staff makes careful modifications for women still recovering from Cesarean sections.
Dr. Bishop earned her PhD in comparative literature at the University of Michigan, an academic track that involved a focus on mindfulness, meditation, and reading methodology. She incorporates these disciplines in her budding practice, along with her specialty in African and Caribbean dance, the spark for which ignited at the ripe old age of 5 years. As a kicker, Dr. Bishop also boasts certification in mat Pilates instruction and the ability to fashion a yoga mat out of a napkin.
The instructors at Evolation Yoga help their students achieve greater health and centeredness with a unique blend of hot yoga and meditation. Rather than subscribing entirely to the tenets of Bikram yoga, they incorporate other yogic styles for a more fluid approach that’s accessible to all students. To achieve the best results, they lead classes in studios heated to keep the mug of tea balanced on each student’s head piping hot. They also organize regular workshops and events at each of the studio's eight locations throughout the United States, Costa Rica, Colombia, and Australia.
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.
Fitness 19's health emporiums sculpt diamond-hard physiques nationwide with a focus on maintaining quality equipment and eschewing unnecessary health-club bells and whistles for a simple, effective workout. Handily located workout facilities brim with free weights, resistance machines by Hammer Strength, and Life Fitness cardio equipment such as ellipticals, treadmills, and cycles. Skilled trainers remain on site to carve paths toward fitness goals such as being able to do 30 pushups in a row or being able to wrestle a refrigerator into submission. While parents flex and sweat, wee ones can socialize with toys and games or hunker down in front of a TV under the supervision of Fitness 19 staffers.