The studio?s instructors are certified in the sweat-inducing, blood-restricting practice of Bikram yoga. Peruse our examination of Bikram to understand the principles behind this steamy form of fitness.
By definition, Bikram yoga is all about the numbers as practitioners make their way through 26 poses and two breathing exercises (or pranayamas) inside a studio heated to at least 105 degrees for a total of 90 minutes. This amalgam of precise components relies on poses plucked from the world's yoga repertoire and arranged into a sequence that progressively stretches the entire body. The sweltering temperatures are meant to work in tandem with the poses to render limbs more pliable while encouraging sweat to ferry toxins out of the body. Meanwhile, the specific ordering of the postures is meant to encourage a tourniquet effect?a process that occurs when a prolonged hold cuts off blood flow to one part of the body, only to flush fresh, oxygenated blood through that area once the student releases the hold.
Certified instructors teach Bikram yoga at more than 500 studios worldwide. Although these hot venues are often playfully nicknamed "chambers," instructors maintain that students of any age and experience level can benefit from the practice, so long as they focus on proper form. Lady Gaga, Kobe Bryant, and David Beckham have all taken up the program, cycling through such stances as the Eagle, the Camel, the Locust, and the Cobra.
Graham Fitness trainer and founder Norman Graham took an interest in fitness at age 12, when he was deeply insecure about his skinny frame. Determined to change and strengthen his body, he sought advice from every expert he could access, beginning with his weight-lifting cousins and "everyone who [he] thought had muscular size." Now a muscular, prize-winning lifter, Norman consults with Olympic athletes and powerlifting champions. His own quick progress convinced him that working one-on-one with experts is the best way for people to reach their physical goals, whether they hope to lose weight, build muscle, or grow as tall as their favorite redwood trees. To make personal training accessible, he started Graham Fitness' in-person and online training options, both of which deliver custom fitness and nutrition savvy.
Along with personal-training services, Graham Fitness hosts high-energy group classes such as Zumba, yoga, and pole fitness. Whether clients come for one-on-one sessions or group workouts, the trainers emphasize a positive, supportive environment, celebrating its "biggest losers" on Facebook posts and online.
Equipment: Taekwondo kicking targets, Sparring Gear, T-shirts, Boards & Weapons
Students should bring: A bottle of water, sweatpants & T-shirts
Average class length: 30-60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: We will offer you or your child a special uniform for free.
Winner of more than 100 mixed-martial-arts competitions, Tiger Schulmann shares his pride and love for fighting and self-defense with both adults and children in gyms across five states. From first-time grapplers to expert muay thai fighters, students of all fitness and experience levels are welcome to dive into a class at Schulmann’s. At more than 47 locations, adults can take classes in kickboxing, MMA, and jujitsu—the last of which instills students with the skill and confidence to take down opponents of any size, strength, or telekinetic ability. Kids, meanwhile, can learn martial arts for fun, or gain useful experience in bully prevention; the kids’ classes help victims immediately identify and safely diffuse situations when pitted against an aggressor.
It took a trip to Sedona, Arizona, to rekindle Kathy Zagorski’s passion for Japanese reiki treatments. Inspired by the natural beauty and energies of the high desert, Kathy decided to rededicate her life to helping clients overcome everything from stress to chronic pains through the use of reiki. Kathy asks her clients to lie on a massage table—still fully clothed or clad in chainmail—and concentrate on their breathing. She then proceeds to place her hands on various points of the body, searching for signs of blocked or restricted energetic flow. By redirecting the body’s natural energies and helping clear these blockages, Kathy restores a sense of balance between the mind, the body, and the spirit. This sense of balance can help alleviate the physical and emotional symptoms of conditions such as anxiety, depression, and grief.
The PGA instructors at SwingPlane Productions have a noble mission: make the game of golf more enjoyable for everyone. The team uses video swing analysis technology to help achieve this by providing instant, on-screen feedback of swing mechanics. A high speed Sony Action Cam camera breaks down players' swings frame-by-frame, revealing subtle flaws such as an awkward hitch in the backswing or the use of performance-enhancing hockey sticks. Lessons can be taken in person to combine the forces of video analysis and real-time professional advice or conducted over the internet, during which the instructor will analyze videotape of the student?s swing and prescribe specific drills to help improve results.