Bikram Yoga Princeton's intensely heated practice space enfolds students in 105-degree air made velvet by humidity as high as 40%, urging muscles to relax and stretch further during athletic Bikram sessions. Instructors attentively lead students of all ages and fitness levels through two breathing exercises and 26 poses, using standing twists and seated stretches to methodically shepherd oxygen-rich circulation throughout bodies. The physical exertion, combined with infrared heat, encourages detoxifying perspiration, purging students’ bodies of dangerous toxins to make room for the more enjoyable toxins that accompany the weekend. Throughout class, teachers demonstrate proper form, fine-tune their instruction with verbal cues, and suggest pose modifications with hands-on adjustments. After practice, the studio's shower and changing facilities allow men, women, and sentient claymation figures to regain their composure.
Whether it's open-flow Vinyasa classes, Bikram for beginners, or vigorous Ashtanga yoga, all of the fun classes at The Yoga & Healing Center pose challenges to yogis of all experience levels. Along with the center's more traditional yoga classes, participants can opt for a Soul Sweat asana practice, which combines a dynamic yoga flow with an emphasis on freedom and ease of movement. Regardless of the class, the center aims to help students get into shape while teaching them to love living in their bodies.
Snap Fitness's around-the-clock gyms enable members to work on their physical well-being with a cornucopia of fitness equipment. With 24-hour access, members don't have to let The Man tell them when to help themselves to Snap's strength and cardio equipment, which features built-in TVs and other media diversions. For those who exercise during conventional hours, Snap's friendly, unintimidating atmosphere welcomes patrons of all ability levels, unlike schoolyard dodge-ball squads. Members also enjoy nationwide access to all Snap Fitness locations, ideal for working out while traveling. For a dose of custom advice, patrons can seek out a personal-training session with a certified coach, who helps them assess and address their fitness goals. Clients reap the benefit of individual attention as a personal trainer helps them tackle weight loss, prepare for an arm-wrestling competition, or unveil the mysteries of arcane cable-weight machines.
In hands-on workshops and classes, skilled seamstresses teach students both the fundamentals of sewing and the art of turning yarn and fabric into fashion. Kid-friendly classes include six-week workshops, during which pint-size clothiers roll up their sleeves and learn to handle sewing machines, read patterns, and troubleshoot wardrobe malfunctions. During the Beginner Sewing/Pattern-Making class, teachers assign increasingly difficult projects, from stitching pajama bottoms to tailoring a snow hat, which students take home to augment their wardrobes. In the Fashion Illustration class, style-minded teachers unpack a thorough introduction to the industry, from a history of fashion to tips on building a portfolio to learning how to construct final designs while walking in platform stilettos. Recently added adult classes tailor lessons to novices in a six-week semester of evening sessions.
Many gyms offer advanced fitness equipment, motivating programs and classes, and a host of amenities. But unlike many conventional gyms, Lady of America Greenbrook caters specifically to women. In spacious, comfortable workout rooms, resistance machines are custom-fit to women’s smaller frames. Trained staff plays with kids 6 months and older in the childcare area, which features health-focused activities as well as a PlayStation 2. The team also offers services such as nutrition counseling with certified sports nutritionists and one-on-one workouts with certified personal trainers. Additionally, fitness evaluations—which come free with every membership—are designed with women’s needs and concerns in mind.
In the gym, free weights build muscle, and recumbent bikes and elliptical machines boost endurance enough to outlast a dolphin or a submarine painted like a dolphin in a swimming contest. The advanced Precor model 956 treadmills’ impact-absorbing system saves joints while an active cardio monitor allows users to literally follow the dictates of their hearts. Instructors provide motivation in group classes such as ball Pilates, fitness yoga, spin, and Zumba. And the therapeutic heat of the infrared sauna allows for a nice post-workout relaxation session.
Lisa Brown is a self-taught artist who has been teaching classes for more than 30 years. At Art as Therapy, Lisa has dedicated herself to the belief of art as a therapeutic resource that can help others express themselves and find a source of artistic pride. Art as Therapy's schedule hosts a variety of workshops in topics such as watercolor, plaster sculpture, and tie-dye scarves, all aimed to encourage participants to enhance their lives and well-being through the process of creation.