When Katy Cryer asked her friends for help in creating Square One Yoga, she had one important mission: to make yoga accessible to the community through low prices, work-trade scholarships, and an unpretentious ambiance. In an expansive studio with high ceilings, smooth hardwood floors, and a flood of natural light, Katy and a cadre of highly trained instructors hold a weekly schedule of classes and specialty workshops to promote calm and bodily harmony. Covering several disciplines, including prenatal and Vinyasa yoga, the classes offer a deep cleansing of body and spirit without the drenched feeling you get when riding a bicycle through an automatic car wash.
Body Mechanix’s talented personal trainers, including a nationally ranked strongman and a Harvard grad, didn’t get buff all by their lonesome. Believing that encouragement and camaraderie make as much difference as weight and reps, they cook up ever-changing routines through collaboration with their fellow fitness gurus, a practice that allows them to share ideas and show off their ability to bench-press other bodybuilders. Individual lessons send clients sprinting across indoor stretches of turf or hiking heart rates with cardio and weight machines, whereas group classes help them sweat off inches with fast-paced boot-camp exercises or teach them how to jab out aggression with circuit boxing.
As they enter the training at Curves, female guests come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. And just as points on a circle share a common distance from the circle's center, workout participants share the experiences of those nearby, trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. One minute is spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity.
Characterized by broad-leafed fauna, private massage rooms with plush beds, and soothing white-and-lavender walls, Haven Day Spa offers an island-style respite from the helter-skelter outside world. The spa specializes in natural facials and massage. In keeping with the island theme, therapists knead away tension using a Polynesian style of massage called lomi lomi. The centuries-old modality, imported from Hawaii, gets blood circulating, spiriting oxygen to far-flung extremities with the help of gliding strokes. Focusing their attention on faces, aestheticians perform a handful of facials and body treatments. For the natural facial and deep-pore facial, they start with an in-depth skin analysis, sleuthing out the causes of blotched complexions and other complexion-based maladies before customizing a regimen of exfoliation and cleansing.
Although the coaches at Kimura CrossFit all teach the same functional workouts, they each bring different experiences to their craft. For example, founder Eugene has worked under the strength and conditioning coaches of the Oakland Raiders, in addition to playing college baseball. Co-founder Bernabe, on the other hand, has worked as an LE/MIL defensive tactics instructor in the U.S. Coast Guard. The rest of the staff follow with an equally athletic background, which enables them to properly coach members through Olympic weightlifting, gymnastics, and plyometric exercises. They oversee every session, challenging exercisers by tailoring the weights and repetitions, whether the workout involves swinging kettlebells, climbing ropes, or flipping and eating giant tires.
For longtime dancers Rachel Jackson and Aderemi Rucker, the creation of Destined 2 Dance Studio & Performing Arts took a leap of faith. They had performed together as a gospel-infused praise-dance duo for several years, and had been asked many times about offering classes. In 2003, they decided to give it a try, and since then, they've helped both adults and children express themselves through dance. Classes include ballet, jazz, modern, hip-hop, and praise styles, and the studio also has its own dance company.