Studio director Simona Cipriani, like all the instructors at The Art of Control, trained under Romana Kryzanowska, who studied directly under Joseph Pilates himself. The studio, therefore, prides itself on being not only certified, but a direct ideological descendant of Pilates' very inventor.
Many clients come to The Art of Control to take part in group or private lessons, and particularly advanced students can get specialized independent instruction. More than one type of Pilates is practiced at the studio. In mat Pilates, participants work through routines atop their own colorful rectangles, and in reformer Pilates, the Pilates-proprietary workout machines provides resistance to counter participants’ movements, creating an additional strength-training element to build strength and muscle definition. Other classes may incorporate props, such as bands, wedges, and rubber chickens wearing novelty-size sunglasses. Feldenkrais and Zumba classes also speckle the calendar, and teacher-training programs prepare students to teach. Personalized nutrition programs and massage therapy further spoil bodies and increase health. The Art of Control also hosts and participates in events and workshops.
RITE stands for Resistant Interval Training Exercise⎯a fitness regimen based on the teachings of professional dancer Lotte Berk that is designed to tone and stretch muscles by fusing resistance exercises, yoga, and ballet-barre workouts. Students of all ages and abilities can build more powerful cores and limbs as well as boost stamina and reduce the stress on their joints. As pupils progress through standing techniques, floor workouts, and yoga poses, they can work at their own pace even while merging into a hive mind with their fellow classmates.
Soothing music and soft lights reveal The Yoga Sanctuary as just that—a safe and peaceful place where guests can cast stress aside. The studio's nationally registered instructors weave their global teaching experience into each asana as they strive for—and teach the importance of—inner peace and tranquility. They work individually with guests of all ages and fitness levels, unlike the NFL and most quilting circles. With this inclusive approach, the instructors help clients unite mind, body, and spirit in a wide selection of classes, strengthen cores with Pilates exercises, and also teach postures for beginner, intermediate, and experienced students. To further the restorative effects of yoga, the studio also hosts yoga therapy sessions to help alleviate such health issues as back pain and insomnia.
The Yoga Sanctuary's onsite massage therapist intuitively customizes her kneads and strokes to reduce stress and fatigue. This can also improve joint flexibility so that guests may easily slip into complex postures or cast-iron wetsuits.
Glow Yoga’s welcoming instructors lead Vinyasa-yoga classes that help students strengthen their bodies and clear their minds. Trained in several yogic styles—including Bikram and Iyengar—the faculty members lead several alignment-focused classes in a heated room that fosters flexibility. Students of all skill levels proceed through sequences that tether deep breaths to vigorous, energizing stretches and body-toning poses. The studio also offers children’s classes more entertaining than dancing on a carpet of bubble wrap.
Beginning in 2001 as a small fitness operation in the basement of an office building, Pure Barre is franchise fitness studio has since blossomed into a widely acclaimed, widely publicized approach to exercise with a nationwide following. Dancer, choreographer, and fitness buff Carrie Rezabek Dorr founded Pure Barre more than a decade ago in Birmingham, MI. Since then, Carrie has traveled around the country, hopping from gym to gym demonstrating the innovative program that draws techniques from ballet. Much like angering a witch with a penchant for frog spells, performing the Pure Barre technique can be a fast and effective way to transform your body. Motivating music slices through the 60-minute workouts, each of which utilizes a ballet barre and small isometric movements designed to burn fat and tone muscles.
Be Shri Yoga co-owners Karen Rider, Nancy Straus, and Rita Shepard Ende understand that yoga is both a physical and spiritual exercise. Karen was drawn to it more than 20 years ago because of constant back pain from sports injuries, whereas Rita took to it because of the peace and joy she felt when practicing. Likewise, Nancy has been practicing since 1973, and has been teaching for almost a decade. The trio has curated a large staff of instructors and a diverse mix of classes, giving students the opportunity to test out a lot of different styles. Beginners can try Basics or gentle yoga, whereas more advanced students can challenge themselves with Vigorous Flow?or by attempting to do yoga while hanging from the ceiling.