What happens when a nightclub owner and yoga instructor partner up in a business venture? They create yoga workshops that incorporate heart-pumping bass and dubstep beats spun by the likes of FreQNasty and Rara Avis, in addition to traditional hatha and vinyasa lessons. Tim Dale and Tara Dale helm Yoga Tree, a studio that offers a wide variety of classes and yoga styles so that practitioners can find the style that best fits their practice, and instructors can lead classes in the specialty that speaks to them. And since opening their first studio in 1999, the duo has expanded their business to include six more locations throughout the Bay area to meet the demand for the Yoga Tree experience.
Teacher training courses are also available for those interested in leading their own classes. Students can opt for a 200- or 500-hour program, or elective classes that focus on Tantric yoga, handstands, and holistic Yoga Nidra. Yoga Tree also sells yoga-related products in their store, such as yoga attire, mats, books, and DVDs.
Live Fit Gym is much more than an athletic club—it's a wellness club where workouts are just the tip of the iceberg of health. The one-stop oasis features amenities that combine the best of the spa and fitness worlds, with its three locations offering healing treatments such as acupuncture, massage therapy, facials, and chiropractic services. And, more than earning the "gym" in its name, the spot boasts cardio equipment and free weights along with a variety of group classes. Core training and yoga sessions focus on creating toned, flexible forms, while unique offerings including samba workouts combine boot-camp cardio with boot-stomping tunes.
Muito Quente’s instructors, Blanca and Cindy, never seem to lose control when they’re doing the samba, despite the dance’s frenetic movements and shuffles. They put on spellbinding displays of quick footwork and rhythmic hip shakes, each skillful movement epitomizing the duo’s passion for Brazilian dance, which they have performed professionally at parades and private parties. In addition to standard samba, the dexterous duo executes the rapid repetitions of batucada, the Afro-Caribbean fusion of axé, and the group movement of samba reggae. Blanca and Cindy also regularly build their own elaborately sequined costumes and headpieces to perform at events throughout the area. At Muito Quente’s two dance studios, their passion takes the form of instruction as they teach students samba's calorie-burning moves and shed light on Brazilian culture.
At Elevate Group Fitness, all classes incorporate the ele_Fusion? method?a unique blend of Pilates, ballet barre, yoga, and resistance training?for a fun, body-sculpting workout. Each group class maxes out at 16 students, so teachers can provide personalized attention as needed, helping each student focus on connecting with their bodies, moving mindfully, and blocking out the whimpers of whiny leg muscles.
There are three styles of classes to choose from at Elevate: total body and cardio, upper body and core, or lower body and abs. In the lower body classes, students can expect to incorporate a combination of Pilates mat work, ballet barre movements, and leg bands for a low-impact workout that will tighten the glutes and tone thighs.