Practice Yoga’s friendly, enthusiastic instructors are fully certified and know how to help students sweat and stretch until they're calmer, more energized, and more revitalized than the 217 rechargeable AA batteries that power Greater America. If you're new to yoga, this is a great chance to learn the downward dog, the upward dog, and the omniscient narrator. Practice Yoga offers several classes, including Vinyasa and its intense linking of movements as well as the more atmospheric candlelight yoga. With more than 28 weekly offerings, Practice Yoga’s convenient schedule offers plenty of opportunities for drop-ins to partake in a stretchy workout. Courtesy policies ensure that each yoga session is a tranquil experience free of feral animals and flying shuriken.
A strong, healthy body is a form of wealth, according to Felisia N., the health coach who helms LifeStyle Fitness Gold, along with her partner?a United States Marine Corps veteran. Though a healthy body won't fit in most wallets, it can lead to a fuller, happier life. To help clients get in top shape, Coach Felisia incorporates fitness training into a preventive health program that includes nutritional seminars, motivational support, and collaboration with medical professionals such as physicians, dietitians, and metabolic specialists, all set in an air-conditioned studio with a parking lot for maximum convenience. Cardio and strength training converge during group classes, which range from challenging boot camps to dance-aerobics routines as energizing as an espresso brewed in a particle accelerator.
Though most workouts are suitable for exercisers of all levels, several are tailored to special populations such as children and seniors. Whether she's teaching Zumba or stressing the importance of good nutrition, Coach Felisia draws upon extensive training from the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) and Institute for Integrative Nutrition. While at the Institute, she studied more than 100 nutrition theories and coaching techniques with wellness experts?such as director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine Dr. Andrew Weil, head of Yale University's Prevention Research Center Dr. David Katz, and chair of Harvard University's nutrition department Dr. Walter Willett.
At Yoga Shelter, you won't hear esoteric chants echoing through the halls or meditation music reverberating from rock-shaped speakers. That's because founder Eric Paskel wants to make yoga accessible for all students, whether they're searching for inner peace or a more toned bod. Hip hop, dance, soul, chill, contemporary, and classic music accompanies all classes, ranging from Yoga Rocks, which focuses on sequenced postures, to Fusion, a blend of faster- and slower-moving classes. There is no hierarchy of classes; each 60- to 75-minute session is open to all skill levels. As Paskel himself puts it on his about page, ?What's different about us is that we admit we have issues, we know we have work to do?if you can relate to that, you'll love this place.?
For Mary Ella Jones, the yoga mat is a launching pad for self-transformation, where students from all walks of life can become stronger, more peaceful versions of themselves. At her studio, Bikram Yoga Grosse Pointe, students peer into their souls and sneak peaks at the souls of their neighbors as they hone 26 hatha poses that promote balance, patience, and focus. During each 90-minute class, heated air soothes and loosens tight muscles and evicts toxins. In addition to developing physical strength and flexibility, certified teachers help students cultivate patience as they discover their bodies’ limits and its propensity for telling severely boring stories.
To complete her 200-hour teacher certification, Andrea Cesarek ventured all the way to yoga’s birthplace—India. It was there, enveloped in the culture, that Andrea mastered the tenets of Hatha yoga. This traditional practice springs from three fundamental components: focused breath, proper posture, and complete relaxation. As an alternative—or complement—to yoga, Andrea also practices reiki, a Japanese method that channels calming energy into clients by laying hands on or near the body.
Little Lotus Wellness Studio is a wellness center for the 21st century. For proof, head to the studio's YouTube channel, affectionately known as the "Meditation Station." There, clients can watch guided meditations, yoga demos, yoga-themed soap operas, and other clips that can help them sustain their healthy lifestyle between visits.
Don't let the team's savvy use of the internet fool you, though. Staff members are as hip to the past as they are to the present, and they prove it by highlighting ancient healing practices. Yoga, for instance, is the studio's primary focus. Classes especially emphasize Hatha, a style that blends flexibility-enhancing poses with conscious breathing. Other styles include Mixed Yoga, which incorporates aspects of ashtanga and kundalini yoga, and Lean & Lovely, which blends yoga poses with Pilates, light weight lifting, and aerobics. To complement the workouts, the team hosts weekly meditation sessions, too, and a house massage therapist is on hand to soothe aches and pains and relax the mind.