The team members at Soldierfit are just like anyone else—dads and moms, sons and daughters, neighbors and friends. Where they set themselves apart, though, is at the gym. At Soldierfit, this tight-knit group carves out a community of likeminded folks who pursue both the physical and intangible benefits of fitness. Confidence, camaraderie, and character are all natural byproducts of Soldierfit classes, which are heavily rooted in intense military-style workouts. During sessions, exercisers must overcome any number of challenges, from drills and calisthenics to body weight exercises and weight training.
At Morning Breeze Yoga Studio, certified yoga instructor Jennifer Lerche leads students of all skill levels through body-bending yoga sessions as well as torso-tightening balance-ball and core-bodywork classes. Students delve into deep breathing, proper alignment, and a wide range of poses during mixed yoga classes. Sessions build flexibility and strengthen legs, backs, and shoulders, readying students for lucrative careers as concert-piano jugglers. In balance-ball and core-bodywork classes, held Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, pupils tone their midsections using a variety of props including balls, hand weights, resistance bands, and fake mustaches. The studio supplies all the necessary equipment. In addition to providing counsel on the yoga floor, Morning Breeze's sagacious instructor also offers advice on healthy eating and well-being with an eye toward improving participants' sense of balance in their day-to-day lives.
When doctors recommended surgery to treat Jennifer Heinstadt's painful scoliosis—a condition in which the spine forms a lateral "S" or "C" curve—she began researching alternative healing methods to avoid going under the knife. Her search led her to Elise B. Miller, a yoga guru who focused specifically on treating scoliosis. Miller taught her how to get in touch with her body through the ancient practice of yoga, helping her to arrest the spinal curve, correct postural misalignment, and diminish the pain altogether. Heinstadt was so affected by these techniques that she wanted to share her positive experiences with patrons suffering from similar afflictions, eventually following in Miller's footsteps and studying yoga for scoliosis.
Today, she and her staff lead pupils of all ages, skill levels, and body types through a wide range of therapeutic yoga styles, including shanti flow, yin yoga, and Vinyasa. Amid a tranquil ambiance, each class centers around gentle movements, and many include meditation practice to help free students' minds from the 21st century stresses of working long hours and raising families of bionic androids.