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Equipment: Yoga mats and towels for rental

Students should bring: Bath towel and a yoga mat

Registration required: Yes

Good for beginners: Yes

Average class length: 60?90 minutes

Number of Staff: 5?10 people

Class location: Indoors only

Established: 2012

Pro Tip: Come with an open mind and no fear. We work with beginners every day.

Q&A with Jessica Rask, Owner

Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?

Our school is a warm, loving place with a great community. We encourage students to get to know each other so they are more likely to come practice together. We also offer both 60- and 90-minute classes, so if a student can only find an hour in the day, he or she can still take a class. We love what we do, and that excitement often inspires our students.

Besides working out, what else can clients do to spend their time at your facility?

We are planning to open a juice bar in the fall, where we'll serve cold-pressed juice?the healthiest form of delivery for nutrients to your body. The juice is never heated and no preservatives are used, ensuring the juice is the highest quality possible.

Do you run your gym according to a particular exercise philosophy?

We believe that every body can practice our yoga, whether injured or uninjured, sick or well, old or young. There is no judgement from our staff or students about where you are when you begin. There is always a place to start, and never a place to finish.

Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?

Please contact us with questions if you have a specific injury. We can help no matter what.

Read a Groupon Guide article about Yoga that mentions Jessica Rask here.

3121 South Grand Boulevard
St. Louis,
MO
US

With more than 11 years of cross-country dance experience, Almas Del Ritmo Dance Company LLC's artistic director and certified Zumba instructor Carmen Guynn promotes cultural awareness during a range of Latin and Afro-Caribbean dance classes, including Zumba, salsa, and bachata. The dance haven derives its name from the Spanish words for soul and rhythm, which Guynn hopes will inspire her students to summon their inner selves on the dance floor without toting along heavy x-ray machines. In addition, the studio donates money to charities such as International Crisis Aid, Feed the City, and the Ronald McDonald House.

3515 Park Ave
Saint Louis,
MO
US

Discover World Cuisine promotes local agriculture through a series of community programs that highlight locally sourced ingredients as well as the restaurants and cafeteria food fights that use them. The consortium of chefs, sommeliers, and foodies hosts cooking classes and dinners throughout the summer months that spotlight dishes from Europe, South America, and the Caribbean. Organic food and wine festivals also feature international nibbles as well as live music and giveaways.

Proceeds from the events support Discover World Cuisine’s community outreach program, which partners with area schools to introduce kids to new foods and help them develop healthy eating habits. Classroom sessions balance hands-on instruction with activity sheets to teach students to select and prepare low-cost, nutritious meals.

3108 Morgan Ford Road
St. Louis,
MO
US

Bryan Guidry and Dave Burke lead students of all levels and ages through a variety of martial-arts classes. They teach students the grappling maneuvers of Brazilian jujitsu, the throwing moves of judo, and the kneeing and elbowing of kickboxing.

2222 South Vandeventer Avenue
St. Louis,
MO
US

For the staff at Flex Fitness Studio the goal is to show people how to get in shape and stay there. Certified personal trainers Brian Byrd, Stan Jackson, Shanika Ell, and Van Becker schedule boot-camp classes at parks throughout the area to get clients toward their fitness goals, be they losing weight, increasing athletic ability, or getting yelled at in an encouraging way. For postworkout guidance, certified health coach Michelle Murphy shares tips on making healthy diet and lifestyle choices that will boost the effectiveness of workouts and maintain their healthful results.

3217 Portis Avenue
St. Louis,
MO
US

Justin Thacker, the muscle-bound founder of The Lab Gym, uses the same principles that motivated him through 19 years of weightlifting experience to spur on and cultivate a community of health-conscious exercisers at his modern, glass-walled gym. His team of expert trainers leads guests through group fitness classes that turn bodies into granite sculptures through a series of weightlifting routines and the crystallization of magma. Patrons can coax coy muscles from epidermal hideouts with free weights, dumbbells, squat racks, and an expansive cardio circuit, all accessible to members by keycard 24 hours a day. Meanwhile, Heavy Metal Crossfit?the gym's in-house CrossFit program?takes a different tack to fitness, leading exercisers ever-changing rotation of high-intensity functional movements.

For custom guidance, guests can pair up with a personal trainer or can sign up for the structured Laser weight-loss program, a regimen designed to blast off pounds with a laser focus but without actual lasers.

3684 Forest Park Ave
Saint Louis,
MO
US