Sunlight streams through stained-glass totems inside the spacious studio at Eyes of the World Yoga. In terms of class offerings, students can exhale the exertions of the day away with slow stretching sequences and rhythmic breathing implemented during mellow yoga. Likewise, semi-limber limbs can flow through the basics of posture and alignment during a fundamentals class, which, like a cannon strapped to a rocking horse, is aimed at all levels.
In the world of mind-body wellness, Motion Center's founder, Kaeli Abrahams Sutton, is a triple threat: she boasts experience and certifications in dance, yoga, and massage therapy. Kaeli teams up with codirector, Naama Gidron, and a band of certified yoga instructors to share her passion with students through a robust schedule of classes suitable for clients that range from the true beginner to the veteran sun saluter.
Styles range from alignment- and strength-focused disciplines of lyengar and ashtanga yoga to prenatal classes that emphasize core strength and inner calm. Students can also express themselves with ropes, which they can use to support themselves while sinking into deeper postures or to pretend they have the world’s largest Twizzler. In addition to instructors who teach drop-in classes, the Motion Center staffs a small fleet of licensed massage therapists versed in modalities such as deep tissue, prenatal, and muscular therapy.
The Rush Hour series serves those who are curious about symphonic music but have never had adequate time to attend a show. Conducted by Music Director Larry Rachleff, these short, informal concerts will swiftly capture the ear’s attention by breezing through two or three classical pieces and providing educational information about their historical context and whether or not they've been sampled in a Will Smith song. Choose the concert on October 15 to hear Beethoven’s pastoral Symphony no. 6 and his expressive Symphony no. 7, or relax on November 19 to twentieth-century selections by Samuel Barber and Maurice Ravel. Brahms’ Piano Concerto no. 2 headlines the February 25 show, along with Richard Strauss’ epic _ Also Sprach Zarathustra_. Finally, orchestra buffs can immerse themselves in concertos by Lutosławski and Tchaikovsky on April 15 to celebrate Tax Day.
Feeding off the positive energy of other boot campers and experienced instructors, fist-pumping participants power through each 45-minute session's suite of intense cardio, kettlebell, and resistance training. The workouts—held at Second Beach in Middleton and Brown Street Park in East Providence—can burn fat, increase flexibility and strength, and build confidence to flex during mug shots. During the course of the four-week session, participants can expect to run, walk, work out with partners, and complete targeted drills. Middleton classes take place Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays at 5:30 p.m., and Providence classes fortify fitness on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays at 6 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Alliance Francaise de Providence was founded in 1901 to spread the breadth and knowledge of French-speaking cultures throughout the Providence community through private and public language classes. Since then, it has expanded its repertoire to include Spanish-language instruction, French cooking classes for kids, and cultural workshops that focus on artistic and social topics such as poetry and films so that students can prepare to battle gangs of critics. By immersing small classes in each language's culture, native French and Spanish speakers teach tongues to pronounce the subtle syllabic nuances of each language.
English as a Second Language (ESL) classes reverse the process, helping French tongues to articulate English phonemes and colloquial phrases such as "He's barking up the wrong tree" and "There's a rabid badger on the loose." The alliance's events for adults and children, specialized club, and French library, which boasts more than 2,000 books and 100 French movies and magazines, keep students involved and immersed in culture.
At World Gym International’s Seekonk location, a full complement of cardio and weightlifting equipment awaits exercisers in an expansive, multilevel facility. Off of the main workout area, private studios are outfitted for yoga, Pilates, and circuit training. The facility also offers childcare services and group fitness classes daily.