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.
Professional athletes and MMA fighters Keith Jardine and Jodie Esquibel started Hot Yoga Infusion to bring clients the exercises that keep their bodies limber, healthy, and fight-ready. They spend half of their time teaching hot yoga, which increases flexibility and strength while forcing the body to sweat out toxins. They focus the other half of their training on TRX suspension harnesses—NAVY Sea–invented devices that provide a low-impact full body workout, strengthening joints, muscles, and core simultaneously.
Allisun Hull, owner of Orange Yoga, named her studio after the orange chakra because she believes in the creativity, fluidity, and sensuality of yoga practice. Hull offers classes for all skill levels from beginners' vinyasa yoga to the abdominal strengthening core vinyasa sessions.
Chronic pain in her neck and lower back brought Melanie St. Georges into her first yoga class. She walked in stressed, tired, and afraid to fail. Despite that fear, she dove into her first class, and as she continued to practice daily, not only did she find herself pain-free, but she felt much more relaxed and balanced.
Today, Melanie leads her own team of dedicated instructors in the hopes of making yoga accessible so that others may discover its healing powers. Utilizing the Barkan Method of hot yoga—a variant of Hatha yoga—their classes aim to strengthen and stretch the entire muscular system while relieving mental stress. Heated air helps the body flush out toxins while deepening stretches and staving off injuries caused by a recent move into Aladdin’s lamp. When they’re not teaching yoga, instructors help clients boost their core strength with Pilates sessions that take place in a moderately heated environment. Blissful Spirits also offers daily donation-based daycare services during select hours.
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New Mexico-native, competitive kickboxer, and Navy veteran Javier Rodriguez has been reveling in the perks of prime physical fitness since the age of seven. Due to a lifetime of training, the act of maintaining a healthy bodyweight, eating a wholesome diet, and keeping fat-producing stress at bay has become second nature to him. Now Rodriguez strives to instill these core values in others during his indoor boot-camp program. Along with a team of certified trainers, he combines cardio workouts with resistance training to boost metabolism and tone up physiques. To build upon the foundation laid down in group classes, the team at Fit Body Boot Camp lead custom one-on-one personal-training sessions and offer nutrition plans that act as sensible eating guides. Staffers lead workout sessions atop triple-bonded foam flooring, which helps protect joints and cleverly disguised glass limbs from damage.