Body & Brain aims to help guests tap into their reserves of energy through holistic yoga routines developed by South Korean trainer Ilchi Lee. Based on the philosophies of an ancient Korean practice, Body & Brain’s classes incorporate fluid stretching, breathing exercises, and meditation to invigorate the body by unblocking the movement of chi energy. The committed instructors also introduce students to DahnMuDo, a noncombative martial art, and full-body vibration, which releases stagnant energy.
Marie-Aude Preau began her passionate relationship with yoga in 1996, a relationship that dramatically altered her life. Her yoga practice is a fluid one—she teaches at different locations and leads students of all fitness levels. Her classes mainly follow basic Vinyasa flow, linking movement to breath to create a dance-like 60- to 75-minute session. By spilling from one pose to another, the classes help students build strength while increasing flexibility and muscle tone.
Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Dancing With the Stars multiple-champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of Jazzercise's improvisational workouts, though luckily you won't need her dance moves to get the most out of your class. If you're prone to first-class jitters, though, you can review the basic moves online before you go. Expect to burn off up to 500 calories with each go-round.
With machines set up in rows to encourage competition, many ordinary gyms cater to men's bodies and psychology, right down to the urinals that were accidentally installed in the women's locker room. At Curves, you'll move around a circle of hydraulic resistance machines designed to work with women's bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage machine maneuvering and muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing momentum, the hydraulic machines use body weight and fitness levels to create resistance that matches abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
The strong, flexible backbone of Total Body Wellness is its team of nationally certified instructors that ensures a supportive, unintimidating atmosphere. The Gyrokinesis classes works the entire body through natural spinal movements, while the Yoga classes focus on flexibility and balance. Total Body Wellness also provides 60-minute Pilates matwork classes for practitioners of all skill levels, ranging from timid tenderfoots to professional Joseph Pilates impersonators. Pupils are strongly encouraged to bring their own mats, but a limited amount of loaners are available for new students. Check the schedule for upcoming classes.
Kids Field Trips classes are available for children to flex their creative skills, and a special VIP Diamond room provides a private painting area. Canvas, paints, and wine are provided for adult crowds, so guests only need to come feeling creative and ready to create a masterpiece. Art and wine: it's a fun, creative idea to spice up a date night, girls' night out, birthday party, or really any night. Studio 24 hosts creative painting classes on weekends and weekdays, which guests can schedule depending on what type of event they're looking to celebrate.