Following the teachings of Swami Rama, Himalayan Yoga's limber yogis assist all levels of stretchers in adopting a balanced, mindful lifestyle through a variety of soothing classes. Vinyasa-flow and beginning Hatha courses follow a systematic progression of breathing and asanas—or postures—designed to strengthen muscles and align spines, giving bodies the brawny flexibility of a steel-coated rubber band. Himalayan courses impart the wisdom of Swami Rama through breathing techniques and meditation, and gentle beginning courses afford less-strenuous stretching avenues for students suffering from illness, injury, or long-held fears of Mr. Fantastic. In addition to offering individual and family sessions, instructors adjust asanas for clients with physical limitations and disabilities.
In practice rooms with aqua-blue walls and wooden floors, Willow Yoga's passionate instructors guide students toward physical fitness and stress relief. Small groups move through a variety of Hatha yoga classes and yoga Pilates fusion classes. The atmosphere is supportive, and instructors provide modifications of routines so that students can practice within their comfort zones. At the end of each class, a guided relaxation helps participants to find peace and focus.
ARC Performance doesn't cut corners when it comes to sports training. Its vast facility is the sports-equivalent of Wonka's chocolate factory, with 20 yards of indoor turf, a mondo track, and NFL-ready run rockets to build explosive power and speed. Olympic-quality weights and weight-training machines round out the gym's muscle-building arsenal, and the staff of expert trainers uses each piece of equipment to help their clientele reach their peak potential during group or individual training sessions. The workouts, designed around functional power, increase sports-related conditioning and help prevent injury. The gym's other services include therapeutic massage and highly custom training for specific sports, including staring contests with goldfish.
The reformer classes at Body by Pilates rely on the BackSmart techniques pioneered by author Dr. Adam Weiss. During the 50-minute, full-body workouts, instructors coach students through a series of cardio and muscle-sculpting exercises that burn fat and build strength more intensively than jogging through a spinach buffet. Up to 10 students stretch hips, glutes, and abdomens on the versatile reformer machine, which uses resistance to alternately lengthen and contract muscles while reducing the risk of injury. The specialized classes cultivate improved posture, core strength, and flexibility, leaving students invigorated and limber enough to happily crabwalk home.
Pilates Plus elongates figures and fortifies frames with a slew of mat, yoga, and dance classes led in a comforting, supporting environment. With a certified crew of instructors, stiff students can dabble in body-lengthening lessons, such as Pilates I, which teaches the program’s fundamentals of balance, flexibility, core strength, and two-by-four idolatry. For rhythm-enhanced exercise, Pilates Plus also offers dance-centric classes in Zumba, jazz, hip-hop, barre ballet, belly, and chair dancing, allowing the twinkle-toed to trim, tone, and tighten while meeting their groove quotient for the week.