Voted 2013's best yoga studio by City Weekly, Centered City Yoga's array of 24 different classes energizes stiff-bodied beginners and advanced astangis alike with yoga fundamentals, high-intensity yoga flow, and specialty disciplines. Led by teachers with diverse backgrounds, the classes aim to help students make use of the fundamental principles of yoga as tools to enrich everyday life. Classes are suitable for students of all levels, body types, and ages, from children and teens to pre- and post-natal mothers to seniors.The studio provides yoga mats but recommends that students bring their own.
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Chiseled core. Leaner muscles. Straightened posture. More restful sleep. Increased lung capacity. These are just some of the benefits of Pilates, and instructor Chantel Tauteoli is prepared to share them at A Beautiful SurpriZe. Her students work toward these benefits as they jump, stand, lie down, or kneel atop Pilates Reformers in group or private lessons, which take place at three area locations.
On her biography page, Jennifer-Ellen Mueller says her first yoga class "felt like coming home," an experience which prompted her to devote 12 years to its study. Matt Newman used to watch his musician father meditate, but it wasn't until he was recovering from a back injury that he learned yogic breathing could help him reach the same peaceful state. Scott Moore discovered his passion abroad—he's studied meditation in Korea and Ayurveda in Kerala, and taught yoga in Croatia.
Eventually, the paths of these three free spirits converged, leading them to found their own studio: Prana Yoga, a name adapted from the Sanskrit word for "life force." Each brings his or her own talents to the practice—Jennifer-Ellen helms the 500-hour teacher certification program, Matt leads fun-focused instruction in yoga therapy and energetic alignment, and Scott breaks up his yoga classes with storytelling, music, and pose demonstrations with marionettes.
The trio also works with a team of instructors who train students in 10 yoga styles within two practice studios, introducing the gentle postures of hatha, the synchronized flow of breath and movement in power vinyasa, and the rhythmic style of Prana Flow. Prana Yoga's team doesn't just care deeply for yoga, but for the students who practice it as well. Staff members perform thai yoga massage, cranio-sacral therapy, and botanical facials in an on-site spa, and they prepare food from locally sourced ingredients in the cafe. The team also offers reduced-rate classes in exchange for help around the studio.
SLC Fit Collective, founded by fitness guru Carrie Cox, focuses on women's athleticism and well-being. The six instructors, including Carrie herself, lead a combination of boot-camp, dance, and martial arts classes. They keep classes small—no more than 15 students in each—so they can dole out plenty of personal attention. The exercises work to carve long and lean muscle, but also emphasize building confidence in one's own strength and abilities.
Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Dancing With the Stars multiple-champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of Jazzercise's improvisational workouts, though luckily you won't need her dance moves to get the most out of your class. If you're prone to first-class jitters, though, you can review the basic moves online before you go. Expect to burn off up to 500 calories with each go-round.
Sean Keil, the founder of Renaissance Movement LLC, discovered parkour at the ripe old age of 12. Eschewing his history as a professional dancer, he followed parkour full-force, traveling extensively to train with top parkour masters and even some of the inventors of the sport. Together he and his staff have developed a community in which they help students develop the necessary skills, both physical and mental, to practice the discipline of parkour in a safe environment.