A power-flow yoga studio and life-coaching center, Ajna Yoga Center is all about awareness. This awareness is about the mind as much the body—each yoga class, though an athletic workout, starts and ends with mind-body awareness practices. These are meant to bring self-awareness not only to the practice of yoga, but also to students’ overall lives. The center’s life coach uses compassion and guidance to help clients reach their full potential. In addition to regular weekly yoga classes, students can also learn the basics of heated, power-flow yoga at an eight-week workshop.
Perhaps what sets Drive Health & Fitness apart is its trio of owners: they include a personal trainer and nutritional consultant, a doctor specializing in obesity prevention, and Nick Groff, a paranormal investigator on Travel Channel's Ghost Adventures. Or maybe what sets Drive apart is the fact that members can access the equipment 24 hours a day. Those who prefer to work out in groups can opt for fitness classes or yoga sessions, and personal trainees work with trainers who each have at least 10 years' experience.
Maybe what draws some exercisers are the club's amenities, such as the dry saunas, glass-walled showers, juice bar, and onsite childcare. Whatever guests like most about it, they enter Drive Health & Fitness to find a laser focus on health and a sea of smiling faces ready to help them meet their goals.
The trainers at Art of Strength eschew newfangled machines. Instead, they employ only fitness tools that have stood the test of time: weight balls, ropes, logs, sandbags, and boxes. Undulation training with heavy ropes challenges strength and endurance, and kettlebells work the body as a whole and torch calories. Instructors also employ vintage progression weight-training exercises, which leave patrons as strong as ancient warriors or the guys who had to push ancient warriors’ strollers.
Drawing on martial-arts techniques purportedly passed down from ancient Japanese ninjas, Shinobi Martial Arts imbues its pupils with self-defense skills and spiritual tools aimed toward self-improvement. The only accredited To-Shin Do school in New Hampshire, the studio follows the teachings of legendary black belt Stephen K. Hayes, who spent time in Japan studying under ninjutsu master Masaaki Hatsumi in the 1970s. This experience inspired him to create his own school that merged the ancient with the modern, much like proving string theory with an abacus. Shinobi’s teachers tailor their instruction to each practitioner, teaching versatile physical-combat techniques and effective violence-avoidance strategies.
Housed in a studio overlooking the sparkling waters of the Merrimack River, The Yoga Tree invites students to gain a clearer, more empowering perspective through the practice of yoga. The instructors mainly lead vinyasa classes, teaching attendees to use mindful breaths as they transition between asanas and proceed through gracefully flowing sequences. But although the vinyasa style emphasizes a more dynamic workout in general, the staff members do their best to welcome and accommodate all guests, regardless of their skill or fitness level. The schedule also includes slower paced sessions focusing on gentle sequences of deep, sustained stretches intended to strengthen mind-body connections. Regardless of each class's particular focus, every teacher at The Yoga Tree strives to create a non-competitive environment where individuals can find encouraging support and complimentary bear hugs as they further their personal practice.