Sisters Pooja and Cristal Sharma both had successful careers in chemical engineering and accounting, respectively, when they decided to immerse themselves in the study of yoga?s calming, restorative, and spiritual aspects. Now certified yoga teachers for more than a decade with more than 20,000 hours of experience, Pooja and Cristal guide students into seated and standing poses meant to realign the spine, strengthen the core, and increase flexibility. Their studio, Soul Power Yoga, opened in 2009 and holds daily classes that are geared toward newbies and pros alike. Special yoga classes even focus on expectant mothers or children ages 3-14. Additionally, a Bollywood Bliss class works out midsections with easy-to-follow belly dancing moves, while a Piloxing class combines Pilates, boxing, and dance. For those looking to become yoga instructors, the studio offers the RYS 200 Teacher Training program.
Monster Mini Golf welcomes guests of all ages with 18 holes of spooky, glow-in-the-dark fun. Fog machines, colorful lasers, and special effects lighting surround the custom-designed indoor course. Meanwhile, an energetic soundtrack of 70s, 80s, and 90s party music keeps spirits high as the visitors conquer each hole’s monster-themed obstacles and hazards. In between songs, the course DJ pumps up the crowds with interactive games and trivia questions, rewarding lucky winners with take-home prizes. Groups of family and friends can return to one of the private party rooms once they finish the course or they can visit Monster Mini Golf’s arcade and play on the glowing air hockey tables, skee ball machines, and other games.
As the sun sets, cityscapes buzz with neon silhouettes as runners clad in glow-in-the-dark garb race through the GlowBash 5K's metropolitan courses. But the late starting time and futuristically-clad participants are not the only things that set this race apart from other 5K trots. Competing in teams of two or more, runners must follow 10 clues provided at the start of the race that will guide them to a series of predetermined checkpoints and challenges. Depending on the route they take, runners can cover anywhere from 3 to 5 miles in a path that can take roughly 2.5 hours to complete. After the race, each participant receives a medal and access to a post-race party, where they can mingle with fellow runners rather than going home and jogging alone on their human-sized hamster wheel. The race benefits the Wounded Warrior Project.
Inflatable structures, slides, and even games fill the climate-controlled environs of the numerous BounceU locations that speckle the nation. At each site, staff members closely monitor all activities as little ones traverse obstacle courses or pull on oversized inflatable boxing gloves. In addition to open sessions, the indoor-play haven sets the stage for the Preschool Playdate program, where instructors lead little ones aged 6 and younger in games and activities. Special events include family-bounce night where even parents can join in on the fun, bouncing alongside their kids or make sweeping edicts from atop a bouncy-castle throne. With their party room and variety of party packages, BounceU also makes itself the perfect spot to host a birthday, field trip, fundraiser, or annual Arbor Day party.
With a large space for free weights and circuit machines, the 4,500 sq.-ft Hybrid Fitness Studio inside Retro Fitness has the versatility of a 1,620 sq.-ft. turf field. Intent on keeping patrons entertained while breaking a sweat, the gym has the versatile Life Fitness Synrgy360. They also offer a variety of fitness classes, from bootcamps to CrossFit-style workouts, to TRX and HIIT (high-intensity interval training). Personal trainers are available to help clients work toward their fitness goals, such as dropping pounds or preparing to cartwheel a marathon.
When you set foot inside Centercourt Athletic Club of Marlboro, it's clear the club takes tennis?and other athletic pursuits?seriously. Here, there are five indoor climate-controlled hard courts, a turf field for multi-sport or training rentals, and a fitness center equipped with state-of-the-art machines.