Upon entering Go Cycle Studios, it might feel like you’ve accidentally walked into a club: hip-hop, rock, and dance music streams from the expansive sound system, reverberating off the exposed brick walls and polished concrete floors. The cycling and fitness center’s owners, Jimmy and Lisa, use this atmosphere to set the mood, but they’re serious about exercise. They and the other instructors tailor spin classes and other fitness programs to challenge riders of all levels, from beginners to those who want to work up to jumping a police barricade. Under their instruction, riders sweat astride Keiser stationary bikes, each outfitted with monitors that display RPMs, heart rate, approximate calorie burn, and miles covered. Before or after class, students can head to the back patio to sip coffee in the fresh air or furtively discuss ways to hasten the comeback of handlebar streamers.
Dr. Rachel Woll treats teeth in a renovated home complete with a brick fireplace and leather-upholstered chairs. Continuing-education courses keep Dr. Woll and her staff up to date on noninvasive cosmetic-dentistry techniques and celebrity gossip. Established patients who make their cleaning appointment within 30 days of their due date receive one free syringe of whitening gel to help ensure pearly whites stay bright.
The Wow Smile Express teeth-whitening system is a safe and painless way to brighten your smile and feign a darker haircut. Unlike at-home whitening products that only address surface discoloration, Wow Smile's cosmetic treatment tackles both surface stains and deep-seated tooth regrets, targeting the dingy evidence of coffee, tea, cola, red wine, and tobacco, a cocktail known in some circles as "the filibuster." During your 20-minute treatment, a Wow Smile–trained professional will apply a special gel that will catapult water and radical hydroxyl ions into the tubules of your teeth, breaking apart stains to reveal a smile two to six shades brighter.
At Living Tradition Yoga, instructors honor the rich tradition and teachings of B.K.S. Iyengar. Developed in the 1970s, the Iyengar style of yoga emphasizes precise body alignment, a specific sequence of postures, and a deep connection between body and mind. At Living Tradition Yoga, director Chris Briney cultivates a space for physical exploration, and draws from an extensive academic study of the form and Guruji Iyengar’s teachings. Props such as blankets, yoga blocks, and straps can be used to help adjust poses, or can be tied together to play group jump rope at the end of class. The school also offers training intensives with certified Iyengar instructors, as well as workshops such as “‘Power Yoga’ Redefined” and “Fly the Friendly Skies-Inversion Workshop.”
Ashtanga Michigan's founding instructor Matthew Darling preserves the roots of Ashtanga yoga through private, individually paced Mysore-style classes. Students unfurl their own mats and spend 45-minutes linking continuous Ashtanga postures with calm breaths and visualized Twister mats. Open class times allow students the freedom to arrive and practice until progressions are complete at any point during the 2.5-hour session. Suited for all levels of practitioners, yogis devise their own individual posture flow during each session, while the expert instructor supervises, offering postural adjustments as needed to ensure students get the most out of their practice.