Nestled in the center of West Oakland, YogaLove Oakland is a community-centered yoga studio that believes in small class sizes and personalized attention. Its certified instructors offer everything from classes teaching the basics of yoga to sessions for moms-to-be and advanced students. Owner and director Treina Alexander, an RYT-500 instructor, leads a team of RYT-200 and RYT-500 teachers whose styles focus on different aspects of yoga such as flow, meditation, heart opening, gentle movement, and energy flow. In a Level 2 class, yogis practice more challenging poses and breathing skills, while in Level 3 classes, they gain strength and flexibility with a focus on breathing and visualizing themselves as a rubber band. Everything students need for class is provided, including filtered water, yoga mats, and a hand towel, and YogaLove Oakland is only three blocks from the West Oakland BART station.
Boring workouts are a thing of the past at Oakland Fitness Company. Depending on the day, trainees might find themselves swinging a kettlebell on the sidewalk, wielding a battle rope, or busting out sets of BOSU ball pushups. The large, open-layout gym accommodates a variety of training, from one-one-one or small-group sessions to larger classes. Students can build strength and endurance with TRX suspension training, calisthenics, plyometrics, weight training, and agility drills, and work on flexibility and recovery with foam rolling and stretching.
Owner, trainer, and nutrition consultant Mike Beatrice founded Oakland Fitness Company in 2012 with the hopes of not only providing a place for students to cross train, but also to provide nutritional guidance. He offers one-on-one nutrition training and provides specifically designed meal programs to help trainees achieve better overall health.
Yoga instructor Cynthea Denise offers pre and post-natal yoga to help mothers of all ages get in touch with their body to make the birthing experience (and recovery) a truly enlightening experience. Cynthea spent 23 years as a Registered pediatric nurse and, after accumulating over 3,500 hours of yoga study and practice, decided to marry the two disciplines to provide a holistic method for preparation, management, and healing. Classes at Shakit Moon – Cynthea’s studio – range from prenatal yoga to birth-preparation workshops to mother/baby postnatal yoga and infant massage. Cynthea remarks that practicing yoga during pregnancy is one of the best ways to strengthen the three pillars of your being: physical, emotional, and spiritual. So visit shaktimoon.com to find out about class times and workshops in your area.
Chelsea Martin dabbled in ballet, jazz, and salsa before she truly began to experiment with dance. Belly dance proved to be the catalyst for her evolution?she studied under several experts and performed with ensembles throughout California, mastering the sinuous moves enough to hold her own classes and blend in at snake family reunions. When hip-hop entered her repertoire, Chelsea didn't want to split her energy between the two styles. Instead, she blended them, inventing Belly Dance Funk techniques that she also teaches in addition to Zumba routines. With multiple upcoming showcases and a tireless passion for choreography, Chelsea plans to continue shaping and sharing her signature moves.
With an impressive array of equipment, Boxing for Health transforms punch-shy patrons of almost any age into elite fighters?whether they intend to actually fight or not. There's a full-sized regulation boxing ring where students can heave hooks and jabs at the hand pads of trainers Miguel or Shane. There are 14 heavy bags, each surrounded by plenty of floorspace so trainees can maneuver as they recreate scenes from Rocky or choreograph exciting new scenes for Steel Magnolias. For a more immersive education, the trainers host boxing boot camps, in which students soak up techniques for success in the sweet science, such as defensive tactics, combinations, and footwork?all the while roasting scores of calories.
At PHYSIQA, the instructors believe in the power of graceful movement, posture, and breath?which can be useful not just in the studio during mat or barre Pilates classes, but to create overall wellness and transform self-perceptions. A friendly, noncompetitive studio environment helps put all clients at ease, regardless of experience or fitness levels. The staff animates that spirit as they help students improve their form and challenge their bodies to create graceful, dancer-esque physiques without any pressure to wear a tutu?unlike at a job on the tutu assembly line. Certified instructor Annabel Castaldo leads the staff, and she has 14 years of experience teaching Pilates, yoga, and Lotte Berk method?based classes.