Daralyse Lyons, founder of Emotional Yoga, knows the recovery powers of yoga firsthand. After struggling for years with an eating disorder, anxiety, and OCD, she began practicing yoga to help release some of her emotional pain and trauma. But yoga alone wasn't enough—it helped her recognize the pain, but not release it. So she combined her yogic work with the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), an emotional acupressure method developed by Gary Craig. EFT helps unblock negative energy through talk therapy and pressure-point tapping. With the joint help of yoga and EFT, she had a healing breakthrough. Today, she shares the benefits of what she's experienced with students at Emotional Yoga. Students can opt for private, couples, and group sessions—both for emotional yoga and yoga sessions.
Yoga on the Ridge’s classes specialize in working with back injuries, Parkinson's disease, and excess stress. Yoga for Parkinson’s Disease, for example, is taught by professional therapist Therea Conroy and focuses exclusively on improving posture and gait in PD patients, improving their flexibility, strength, and balance. Newbies, meanwhile, can get up to speed on the fundamentals of alignment, breathing, and basic yogic positions (asanas) such as Downward Facing Dog, Sun Salutation, and Kneel Before Zod in Yoga Basics. The more meditative Vinyasa Yoga links movement, breath, and intention into one continuous flow amidst an atmosphere of readings, music, and movement. The meditative, intense Yin Yoga teaches you to hold asanas for five to ten minutes at a time until you’re covered in pigeons who’ve mistaken you for statuary. Finally, the overstressed can quiet their minds and become more aware of their mind-body-spirit connection, Chinese connection, and rainbow connection during Yoga for Stress Relief.
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Taoist founder and philosopher Lao-Tzu had some wild thoughts about water. For him, it was a living metaphor for perseverance, wearing away stones over time. Water and Rock Studio was built on the belief that both fluidity and strength are necessary for total wellness. Founded by Japheth Brubaker, a National Academy of Sports Medicine-certified personal trainer, the fitness studio offers training in everything from CrossFit to Krav Maga, as well as yoga classes and customized one-on-one sessions.
Walter Copeland II’s workouts embody his signature catch phrase: “Hate me now, love me later.” Drawing on his diverse certifications in personal training, cardio kickboxing, Silver Sneakers, and Battling Ropes, Walter builds intense, transformative workouts that yield results. Along with kinesiologist Ayana Donaldson, Walter molds healthier clients through one-on-one and small-group training sessions or larger-group fitness classes.
If Robert Jones III of Riley FAST looks familiar, it might be because his DVD workouts play in living rooms across the country via Comcast Fitness On Demand. Robert—who holds a bachelor's degree in exercise science and a certification from the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America—draws on more than 10 years of personal-training experience to help his clients reach their fitness goals. He holds individual and buddy personal-training sessions, as well as sport-specific sessions that focus on proper form and technique. He also conducts group classes such as boot camps, Zumba, and core classes that help individuals meet their goals in a supportive environment.