Yoga Alliance, one of the yoga community’s larger training facilities, awards its E-RYT 500 certification to students who have completed at least 500 hours of training and 2,000 hours of teaching at a registered yoga school. Laurie Mort is one such student. Now, Laurie shares this wealth of knowledge and experience with students at her studio, Inner Strength Yoga & Healing Center. And Laurie’s business is aptly named. After a car accident in 1972 that nearly took her life, Laurie began on a path of healing that included yoga and meditation as a way of keeping her from spending her life in a wheel chair. That journey certainly took inner strength, and is the inspiration for her compassionate teaching style.
At her studio, she and her staff of experienced yoga instructors—two of which are fellow E-RYT 500 certified instructors—predominately practice the poses and breathing exercises of hatha yoga. Nearly all of their classes are open to beginners and experts alike, including flow yoga, restorative yoga, and ThaiSen, which uses stretching and self-applied acupressure kneads to boost energy. For further wellness, the center also offers healing services such as reiki sessions and hosts workshops and events including group psychic readings.
At Source CrossFit, visitors won't find rows of shiny flat-screen TVs or fleets of treadmills, but a tight-knit team of athletes hoisting barbells, leaping on boxes, lunging, and swinging kettlebells. Through its system of high-intensity, ever-changing Workouts of the Day (or WODs), CrossFit keeps muscles strong and minds engaged with a regimen of plyometrics, cardio, and weightlifting tailored to each trainee, no matter their fitness level, age, or body type. Knowledgeable coaches with a passion for exercise motivate their students through gymnastic and strength-training workouts, pushing each participant to reach personal goals and get into shape.
Missus Potts specializes in funneling creativity through the fingertips. In an airy purple and turquoise room, families can gather their supplies and unleash their imaginations on a piece of pottery. Tall bookshelves support a selection of plates, mugs, flowerpots, and figurines. Artists grab their favorite piece, find a spot at a table, and let the 70 available paint colors flow, drawing everything from lost Picassos to storybook scenes onto their 3D canvases. When the artwork is complete, a studio worker will fire the clay piece, encasing it in a hardened glaze to ensure the paint lasts as long as it is cherished.
In a whirlwind of colorful scarves and vibrant music, the instructors at Art/Dance Academy guide students through the dances and folkloric traditions of Eastern Arabic countries. The staff's mission is to present, preserve, and educate the public on the culture of the Eastern Arabic countries, so in addition to teaching the graceful movements of belly dancing and Arabic-style dancing, the instructors infuse lessons with the related folklore behind each dance. The team teaches all levels of dance, and they also sell zills, hip scarves, and veils so students can fully immerse themselves in the performance traditions.
In an effort to cater to families, First Class Fitness Center offers members access to a childcare facility complete with a nursery and playroom. As a CPR-certified staff watches youngsters, adults can engage in one-on-one training sessions with a certified personal trainer without the pressure of impressing their children. Or they can attend one of the gym's many classes, including Pilates, kickboxing, yoga, and boot camp. On the amenities front, First Class offers fitness evaluations, nutrition coaching, tanning, and towel service.
Coach Berry is a retired Master Gunnery Sergeant form the United States Marine Corps with over 30 year of experience training clients. Coach Berry has a Master Degree Physical Science, Master in Business Administration, Two Diplomas in Nutrition and Fit. He is crowned the King of Social of Social Proof by many of his peers