With machines set up in rows to encourage competition, many ordinary gyms cater to men's bodies and psychology, right down to the urinals that were "accidentally" installed in the women's locker room. At Curves, you'll move around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with women's bodies to promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage your machine maneuvering and your muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing your momentum, the hydraulic machines use your body weight and fitness level to create resistance that matches your abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
The Amrit Yoga Institue is less a facility for practicing yoga and more of portal to a new way of living. Set on a 6-acre campus with flowering tropical gardens, walking paths, and a tranquil beach, this institute is designed to help its students learn the art of self-discovery and experience greater freedom in their minds, bodies, and spirits. Amrit Yoga is a method of learning and teaching Yoga Nidra, a type of yoga that works to relieve stress and change day-to-day habits, improving sleep, releasing muscle tension, and decreasing anxiety. Learn to understand addiction through yoga and meditation in the Self Discovery Through Recovery program, or train to teach Yoga Nidra through the Yoga Nidra Certification program. The Amrit Yoga Institute also offers therapeutic yoga, massage therapy, and Ayurvedic body treatments to help speed the healing process.
The instructors at City Yoga of St. Augustine take relaxation seriously. They invest in the translation of asana that means "at ease," a phrase that sums up their noncompetitive atmosphere and approach to each class. During lessons that encompass aspects of Vinyasa, Hatha, Ashtanga, and Lakulish yoga styles, they guide students through multiple versions of each pose. Fundamental postures can blossom into advanced holds or serve as meditative stretches for yogis of all experience levels. Rather than pushing their guests toward more difficult tableaus on smaller and smaller Twister mats, the teachers stress the value of awareness and introspection in comfort. They hope that their pupils can then transport the convivial spirit of the studio outside its walls, whether they are signing up for a full-moon beach yoga workshop or simply smiling on the walk home.
Legacy Tours highlight the architectural heritage of the former Hotel Ponce de Leon, a nationally designated historic landmark building, built by Henry Flagler in 1888. Now the home of Flagler College, this beautiful Spanish Revival structure represents proof that preserving the past is compatible with modern urban life.
Fit-for-Her beckons guests to a facility designed from a woman's point of view, pampering them from cranium to phalange with a full array of spa services. The Forever Young facial spends one hour tinkering with the body's flux capacitor as it attempts to firm skin tone and reduce the appearance of fine lines. All facials bathe visages in a refreshing cloud of steam and exfoliate the porous epidermis, layering on a customized mask to address individual skincare needs and guarantee admission to the spa's midnight costume ball. In addition to facial buffing, sure-handed staff members coax stress out from the neck and shoulders with a thorough massage, aiding and abetting the facial by firmly turning frowns upside-down.
Grabbing second place in the St. Augustine Record’s Best of 2010 poll, Anastasia Athletic Club jump-starts health and wellness routines with and award-winning array of modern workout routines. Equipped with one-month pass, exercisers pump up pulse rates on cardio equipment and pin-loaded resistance machines from Cybex and Ground Zero. Decamp to a separate free-weight room, where iron pumpers build biceps with curls, construct quads through squat sequences, or tape Kick Me signs to the back of unsuspecting dumbbells.