Though its studio is located in the loft of a hay barn, Olney Yoga Loft is full of life. Air flows through the exposed rafters, natural light spills in through stain glass windows, and most importantly, the hardwood floors support scores of posing, breathing students every day of the week. The studio's certified teachers?each of whom draw from a spectrum of yoga training backgrounds?dole out nurturing instruction to students of all ability levels, including those with physical limitations. They infuse the classes they teach with elements of their own individual styles. That holds true whether they're guiding students through gentle poses in hatha yoga, coaching them through a dynamic vinyasa flow, or showing them how to take their keys out of their left jeans pocket using their right arm. Private and small-group classes in meditation allow for an even more personalized learning environment. In addition to yoga, the studio's practitioners perform holistic healing with qi gong and Thai yoga bodywork.
The inspiring trainers at each MetaBody location lead troops of workouteers in results-oriented workouts several times weekly. Sweat sessions utilize a variety of exercises and disciplines to produce full-body results in a supportive environment, ideal for beginners and hard-core core-hardeners alike. During any class, motivational instructors will use the instinctual distrust of routine to their advantage. Begin a day of litigating with a refreshing early-morning boot-camp session, or wind down by burning evidence and pounds with a late-evening yoga class. Muscles are kept guessing with new and challenging moves during each session, so participants never fall into a boring, ineffective routine, such as regular teeth brushing. In addition to the fitness classes, students receive a success guide to help prepare for imminent pound loss, a nutrition guide, and a $100 gift certificate for individual coaching. Because the pass sets a 10-class cap for each company, roving fitness mavens can further shake up their workout regimens by vetting a series of classes or instructors that work best for them.
"Our bodies and minds are closely interconnected. Our state of mind is expressed in physical phenomena, and, conversely, physical phenomena reflect our state of mind," says Dahn Yoga founder Ilchi Lee, "Nothing is impossible. Keep working on it until it's possible. There is no failure, just the gradual process of success." To make this challenging, yet hopeful philosophy accessible to all, Lee combined the Eastern concept of chi energy with his own brain-management system, developing a distinctive program that unlocks inner peace and sweeps up brain clutter caused by the daily stress of always having to find Waldo. Warm-up yoga maneuvers awaken muscles before 30?40 minutes of breathing, stretching, core practice, and meditation?including a signature brain-wave vibration technique that aims to calibrate mental and physical energies. Cool-down exercises ease the body back into quotidian functionality before a 10-minute teatime invites socialization among participants while bolstering pinkie endurance. Dahn Yoga is also taught at independently owned and operated franchises called Body & Brain Yoga.
Pilates is a low-impact, total-body discipline that focuses on the core to help keep the body balanced, toned, and energized. During the private equipment session at Fit to the Core Pilates, one of the studio's friendly and experienced instructors will teach you how to correctly use resistance machines, safely accommodating your skill level and fitness goals. Classes at Fit to the Core utilize STOTT PILATES equipment but also incorporate natural body resistance, stretching, and controlled breathing to build long, lean muscles while promoting physical and mental cohesion. Call ahead to schedule your one-on-one equipment session.
Inside the spotless studio celebrating its 11th year of providing instruction, the heat swirls around the students of Bikram Yoga Rockville, lending to a warm, dynamic setting as they bend and pose. Each 90-minute session sends students flowing through a set of 26 postures, lead by the guidance of a certified, experienced, and nurturing instructor and wise words carved into the floor by previous students. The instructor provides students with comprehensive instructions for each pose—one building on the next to strengthen all the muscle groups—while offering corrections or modifications so all levels can practice together. Mats and towels are available for rental should students not have their own.
Signature service: Biodynamic craniosacral healing
Staff Size: 1 person
Average Duration of Services: 1?2 hours
Pro Tip: Biodynamic craniosral is a form of hands-on healing that turns on body's own self-healing ability