Led by seasoned hatha yoga practitioner Valerie Rushmere, Studio 1831 immerses guests in an environment focused on fitness and spiritual health. Also a master belly dancer who performs under the stage name Valarina, Rushmere leads classes that cover the beguilingly, sinuous shimmies of Egyptian and cabaret-style belly dance as well as friendly, open yoga sessions. In addition to classes, Studio 1831 offers Art of Burlesque girls' nights out, wherein groups of up to 20 learn exotic dance moves.
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 at any given location, roving fitness mavens can further shake up their workout regimens by vetting a series of classes or instructors that work best for them.
On the ground floor of Fit Gym University City, exercisers find all the strength-training equipment they need to either bulk up or build long, lean physiques. The huge selection of weights includes dead-lift platforms, leg press machines, and dumbbells weighing up to 250 lbs or 1,000 quarter pounders. Upstairs, the focus is more cardio-inclined. Treadmills, stationary bikes, ellipticals, and other sweat-inducing machines line the walls, and group fitness classes such as Zumba and martial arts keep heart rates high. The gym's fitness staff also offers one-on-one attention during personal training sessions.
The eight instructors at Karma Studios lead students in 30 weekly classes. During each 90-minute Bikram class, they guide students of all ages and skill levels through Bikram's series of 26 poses and two breathing exercises while cranking up the heat to a steamy 105 degrees with 40% humidity. In addition to increasing oxygen uptake in the lungs, the heat loosens sinews and joints for safer, deeper stretching and expelling toxins through sweat. Students may also choose Hatha, Sivananda, Baptiste, gentle, Vinyasa flow, or Forrest-Based Alignment yoga classes. According to Philadelphia magazine, the studio also offers a work-study program, which allows students to take yoga classes in exchange for doing chores, such as washing floors and mirrors or steam cleaning carpets and the instructors.
Built on the top of the building's original roof, the new 5,000-square-foot facility features locker rooms with showers, cubbies, and changing spaces, as well as a spacious yoga studio equipped with antibacterial and antimicrobial carpeting.
The 2000 World Census determined that there's the same number of styles of yoga as there are practitioners (3.7 billion). With today’s Groupon you can sample them all (Chi yoga, Vinyasa, Kundalini, Acroyoga, etc): $49 gets you a month of unlimited classes at Dhyana Yoga. With four locations, Dhyana offers more than 100 classes per month covering the gamut of styles—from breathing-based Kundalini yoga to butt-kicking Ashtanga to about six different versions of Vinyasa flow. Because you can hop around to the different locations, you’re sure to find a class that fits your mood, exercise interests, or hairstyle.
At Power Yoga Works, winner of the Suburban Yoga category in Philadelphia magazine's Best of Philly 2008, certified instructors guide aspiring yogis of all skill levels in muscle-toning and detoxifying classes. The studio's focus centers around the power Vinyasa style, a modality that combines deep-breathing exercises with sequenced sets of flowing poses to help to build strength, increase flexibility, release tension, and purge the mind of distracting heavy-metal guitar riffs. Fledgling flexers receive a proper introduction to the fundamentals during four-week beginners courses that teach body alignment and come with a complimentary yoga mat. The schedule boasts copious classes and meeting times, helping students to salute the egotistical sun seven days a week. A warm, spacious studio allows up to 65 students at a time to stretch and bend without disrupting their neighbors' wingspans.