Though many dance-fitness fads have come and gone in recent years, Jazzercise's popularity has never wavered. As the first contender in a now-booming industry, the revolutionary fitness regimen was founded in 1969 by dancer Judi Sheppard Missett. She repurposed her love of jazz dance into a global phenomenon, and today the Jazzercise program spans 32 countries and roughly 32,000 weekly classes.
The Jazzercise method engages and exercises the entire body during high-energy workouts. Certified instructors ensure that no student, whether just beginning or advanced, gets left behind with aid from step-by-step instruction and an online roster of moves. They blend dance aerobics with resistance training, Pilates, yoga, and kickboxing to tone and limber up entire muscle groups. Each class kicks off with a warm-up to get everyone?s blood flowing and shake the cobwebs latticed between the fingers of their jazz hands. Instructors then lead students through 30 minutes of cardio, strength training with weights, and a stretch-filled cooldown, all set to infectiously popular tunes. Jazzercise instructors are so committed to their students' health and confidence that they've archived nutrition, fitness, health, and beauty articles online to help keep Jazzercisers motivated and positive.
Kelli Morgan is so passionate about yoga that she can't help but share it with others. Her zeal for the discipline surfaced in 1989, when she began studying Bikram yoga, a series of 26 poses performed in a heated room. Eleven years later, she completed the 500-hour teacher-training program at Bikram's Yoga College of India and launched a career as a hot-yoga teacher. Since then, she's also incorporated traditional, non-heated yoga into her class lineup at Liv Yoga Bellevue. Hatha sessions focus on alignment and breathing techniques, whereas Vinyasa classes meld breath and movement into a practice that moves fluidly, like a freshly shaven dolphin. The studio also hosts yoga classes for kids aged 4?10 and participates in community events such as Yoga Rocks the Park.
Dedicated to helping guests locate the core of their physical and spiritual beings, Legacy Pilates, Yoga & More's instructors blend Eastern and Western philosophies into emphatic programs that focus on establishing unity between the mind and body. The sounds of heaving breaths and stretch-induced groans permeate the center?s expansive studios, where instructors lead classes in Pilates and yoga along with high-energy dance-a-thons. Limbs stretched to their limits during workouts can recover with reiki sessions that target the body?s centers of energy and relax muscles still barking from prolonged downward-dog poses.
All of Omaha Yoga School's classes help connect minds and bodies, but one does it particularly well, Hyp-Yoga. This class uses deep breathing and deliberate movements to help students focus on their life goals, whether they want to experience less stress, lose weight, or levitate.
Mind/Body Melt classes also help center the mind and release tension, and traditional Vinyasa classes rely on focused deep-breathing to power movements. And because class sizes are small, with no more than eight students, there are few distractions.
At 8th Avenue Yoga, visitors can pursue whole-body fitness in a top-notch facility while benefiting from a friendly and motivational group environment. Unlike grizzly-bear tracking, 8th Avenue Yoga aims to help participants optimize physical health and mental well-being without being mauled. Yoga classes focus on improving participants physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually while shedding calories and strengthening the core. Consistent yoga practice helps improve flexibility, balance, stability, stamina, focus, and fitting inside crammed elevators. A convenient schedule offers early-morning and evening classes Monday through Thursday, as well as morning classes on Saturday.
Voted Best Yoga Studio in 2010 by The Reader's Best of the Big O, One Tree Yoga's 20 experienced instructors lead students through a massive schedule of up to 66 weekly classes, covering styles including Bikram, Vinyasa, Kundalini, and Ashtanga. Beginners bask in the yoga basics class, which walks enlightenment seekers through traditional yoga poses, alignment, and the art of breathing while impersonating their nasal co-workers. Yin yoga classes pamper the connective tissues by focusing on long holds in seated or reclined positions, and expectant mothers can mellow their physical and emotional states during pre-natal yoga classes. The all-levels Vinyasa class helps pupils to master breathing exercises and traditional hatha stretches, and the 26-pose Bikram yoga class transpires in a heated room that promotes flexibility and deep cleansing, as well as causing any marshmallows smuggled into the studio to double in size.