The teachers at Mind Body Yoga have exciting experiences on their resumes: one led yoga retreats in Costa Rica, another trained to be a yoga instructor for more than 500 hours, and yet another trained to become a postpartum doula. Though they've taken different paths, all the instructors now guide students at the same studio. They each uphold the philosophy of Mind Body Yoga, which opened with the goal of making yoga accessible to everyone in the community. The studio was designed to be a space where beginners and experienced yogis alike could experience the many benefits of yoga. To ensure the variety and accessibility of classes needed to meet this goal, these instructors helm of more than 30 classes a week. The schedule offers a taste of many different types of yoga, including prenatal, chakra, yoga fusion, restorative, power, vinyasa, and gentle basics.
The dedicated instructors at Kids Love Martial Arts teach children the techniques of self-defense styles such as karate and tang soo do. But they are just as focused on imparting lessons on discipline, focus, and confidence. The studio's websites shares stories of youngsters who were constantly distracted in school or picked on by their peers. The teachers always prescribe the same medicine: a few weeks in Kids Love Martial Arts classes. The physical aspect of the training engages the youthful participants, but it's the less tangible results that can help them positively channel their energy and confidently stare down the karate-practicing monster under the bed.
The Corn Flower’s executive chef, Cecy Solano, is an artist whose medium is the humble empanada. Working from a palette of sweet and savory sundries, she balances poblano peppers with sour cream and potatoes, draws out the flavors of ground beef with red-wine sauce, and tweaks the classic combo of peaches and cream by replacing the cream with vanilla syrup. Her other authentic Mexican specialties include savory and sweet tamales, as well as breakfast and lunch burritos accompanied by homemade salsa.
Rather than keep her recipes all to herself, Cecy and her husband share their knowledge of Latin American cooking and culinary history during tours of the eatery and in-home cooking classes. Occasionally, she turns her pastry-making prowess to baking show-stopping 2-D and 3-D gourmet cakes, or trundles her gourmet eats to catered events that she decks out with artfully prepared dishes and centerpieces whittled from fruits and veggies.
More than 25 years ago, the performer known as Zohar first experienced belly dancing on a cruise ship in the Caribbean. She told the staff that she would become one of those performers—nine months later, she was back on board, complete with jangling coins on her hips. Since then, she's performed for Meryl Streep, members of the Saudi royal family, audiences at New York's Lincoln Center and Radio City Music Hall. Today, she prefers teaching the art to others over performing live, and many of her students have become professional dancers themselves.
LimeTime Fitness boasts rows of great equipment—including Cybex treadmills, spin bikes, and TRX Suspension Training—and a friendly staff on hand to teach patrons how to use the equipment properly. Like the Hulk’s interior-design scheme, all the gyms have a purple-and-green color motif, adding pops of vibrant color to the free-weight-lined facilities. Students in each LimeTime class receive a heart rate monitor so that they can keep track of calorie-burn count and learn how to stay in their targeted fat-burning zone to maximize fitness results.
At Profile Fitness AZ, Daniel Eldridge helps clients improve quality of life both on and off the field. Daniel uses his personal training skill set to help them reach their fitness goals. In an effort to promote their
holistic health, clients can also work with wellness coaches. When used in tandem, such multidisciplinary skill sets can ensure a comprehensive approach to good living. Many testimonials, report that Daniel covers nutrition in classes and personal training sessions. That's what powers programs like Fit Camp and Fat Furnace, where students learn the tenets of healthy eating while burning their way through body-weight exercise or high-intensity interval training.
Other group classes include Cardio Boxing, Fit Camp, Yoga, Zumba, and Hike Club; clients can also extend their accountability by participating in the gym's Weight Loss Challenges. Those looking for one-on-one attention can take advantage of Profile's private training sessions, which encompass both sports-specific coaching and general fitness. Others can join one of Profile Fitness' corporate wellness programs, which teach clients to stay hydrated by donning boxing gloves and punching a water cooler open.