Offering visitors a welcoming abode where they can build body strength and shed stress, Sigh Yoga promotes healthy lifestyle attainment while eschewing giant hamster wheels. Amid an amiable atmosphere, Sigh's talented staff of limb-pretzeling stretchionados help students refine their posture positioning and acquire sleek physiques in a variety of yogic styles, known in the biz as yogurts. Newbies can master vinyasa's basics in Discover Vinyasa before flowing upward like anti-grav water into Gentle Flow. Sigh's heated classes—including the better-than-coffee morning vinyasa, express hot yoga, heated flow, and traditional silent hot yoga—use a detoxifying swelter to help deepen postures while strengthening the connection between mind and body. And if you're just stressed by the amount of time-traveling cyborg assassins in your life, the restorative yoga helps you withdraw from your senses with three or four supported asanas.
Anytime Fitness, which boasts 1,689 clubs in North America, makes it easier for average folks to etch out time for exercise by doing one simple thing: staying open 24 hours a day for 365 days a year. As fitness seekers challenge themselves on cardio and Hammer Strength machines and hoist Iron Grip free weights in clean, well-stocked facilities, security monitoring ensures they’re safe and producing enough sweat to meet official government standards. Members can also ramp up their exercise regimens with the help of Anytime Fitness’s staff of personal trainers, who demonstrate moves and sling motivating tips. After workouts, guests can shower in the private restrooms or hop into one of the tanning booths available 24 hours a day.
The Edina Art Center is a wellspring of creativity. A combination studio space, gallery, and art academy, the center provides opportunities for community members to create and view art. Internationally recognized artists exhibit their art in the Margaret Foss Gallery, and the Clark Gift Shop sells cards, jewelry, and art supplies. For a more hands-on approach to art, classes branch out into every artistic media except the new abstract form of invisible paint. Lessons for all ages include jewelry making, advanced watercolors, and Create a Creature workshops, where students build a sculpture out of polymer clay. For students in grades 2-10 who show advanced aptitude, the Art Academy also offers individualized training with working artists.
Within The Fixx Workout Studio's lime-green walls and atop their bright wood floors, trainers act as guides on continuous journeys toward healthy lifestyles. They do it through classes such as boot camp, yoga, Pilates, and kettlebell. Through motivation and encouragement, the trainers foster a sense of community within the gym, as well as a sense of responsibility to one's self. To keep everyone engaged, classes and routines are constantly changing. One day they may have students strapping on boxing gloves to pummel heavy bags or keep them from scratching bug bites. The next could include stretches and pushups. Heaving dumbbells and throwing medicine balls might also be thrown into the mix. Classes also include upbeat hip-hop cardio sessions as well as expressive modern dance. Whatever the case, the passionate trainers make classes fun and light while keeping total body fitness the top priority.
The husband and wife behind Four Gates’ holistic wellness center have had a wealth of training to help people reach their health goals. Along with being a ACE certified personal trainer, Christian is schooled in kettlebell training, yoga, and massage therapy. His wife, Colleen, has a degree in acupuncture and is passionate about Qoya, a yoga and dance-inspired movement designed for women. They bring a like-minded philosophy to Four Gates Physical and Energetic Culture. All fitness classes—yoga, kettlebells, Qoya, and Qi Gong—incorporate a meditative approach in order to build healthy bodies, minds, and diary entries.
In addition to group classes, clients of all ages and fitness levels can shape up with personal training sessions. Four Gates offers one-on-one instruction in kettlebell training and rehabilitative exercises. Students can train to improve running techniques during the weekly running groups, and Colleen can whisk away any lingering soreness with an acupuncture treatment.
Little did Arthur Murray know when he opened the Arthur Murray Dance Studio in 1912 that it would play an integral part in history. It was a dance studio that helped revolutionize direct mail advertising and led Murray to be the first person in the world to broadcast live dance music on the radio. By the 1930s, he had his instructors teaching new dances including “The Big Apple,” followed by the “Teeny Banana” on first-class steamship cruises. His instructors moved from steamships to big screens, teaching actors dance moves and starring in such films as Dirty Dancing and Saturday Night Fever. By then, the studio had inspired the hit song “Arthur Murray Taught Me Dancing In A Hurry” by Betty Hutton and the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra. Today, the studio’s name appears on the pages of Vogue, Martha Stewart Wedding, and Sports Illustrated.
Aside from remaining a presence in media and cities around the world, the Arthur Murray Dance Studio gets feet moving by teaching popular dances that include the cha-cha, fox trot, salsa, samba, and swing. The studio instructs on a variety of dances that help people look cool at bar mitzvahs, nightclubs, crosswalks, and anywhere dance is popular.:m]]
At Claymate Creations, Anjee Mai Emerson celebrates her two passions: art and play. Inspired by her joy in creating sculptures, she uses her colorful creation haven to share that love with students aged 8 and older. She leads them in shaping polymer clay monster sculptures, motivating them to tap into their imaginations to bring one-eyed green gremlins or self-destructive socialites to life. In each three-hour playshop class or private party, up to six guests gather in this casual learning environment. Anjee encourages them to have fun playing with clay while they flex their problem-solving and critical-thinking skills.
She also showcases her own work throughout the studio, and sells her handmade monsters, earrings, magnets, and stationery at a handful of local boutiques.