The Yoga Connection defines spirit as the indefinable energy within us all that allows us to connect with the world around us. This inclusive studio seeks to strengthen that energy by improving physical health and mental clarity through the practice of yoga. Over the past five years, The Yoga Connection’s amiable and supportive instructors have lent their individual training styles to create a varied series of courses that teach the prolonged postures and breathing exercises of the Hatha discipline. Suitable for participants of any fitness level, courses cater to specific needs such as those of seniors, expectant mothers, and those unable to unfold themselves from human-pretzel routines.
In addition to helping students to achieve mental focus through physical expression, instructors delve into the inner-workings of the mind and its effect on habits through mindful-awareness meditation. This newly focused mind can be put to work learning how to teach the craft during the 200-hour yoga certification program. As cherries on the top of its ice-cream sundae of services, The Yoga Connection also offers massage therapy or nutritional advice from its onsite registered dietician, advice that includes not putting cherries on everything.
Though its title may conjure up images of base jumping or spelunking in volcanoes, Xtreme Sports challenges its members to tackle standard recreational activities with intensity. But its coaches and trainers also know that sports and physical activity should be fun, so whether their charges are shimmying to Latin rhythms in a Zumba class, improving athletic prowess during athlete boot camp, or honing teamwork skills during summer camp, they are getting positive reinforcement. This helps the instructors lead both adults and children toward their individual goals of losing weight, improving agility, or bench-pressing family members.
Against the gym's industrial backdrop of red, white, and black, students at CrossFit Clayton hoist and grapple with a stock of functional training equipment—including kettlebells, climbing ropes, pull-up bars, and barbells—to conquer the ever-changing Workout of the Day. Believers that “everyone is an athlete,” certified CrossFit Level 1 instructors channel their former careers as sports players to motivate students through sweat-inducing tapestries that combine fitness modalities such as weightlifting and gymnastics. Aiming for optimal fitness in every aspect, they also offer nutrition guidance.
With more than 30 years of kid-entertaining experience, The Little Gym provides a safe and noncompetitive environment wherein wee ones and maturing moppets can exercise their brains and bodies. Visiting youngsters glean social, intellectual, and emotional skills from the facilities' professionally developed parent/child program, while other programs feature diverse activities in gymnastics, dance, sports, and parent-child yodeling for mountain-echoing communication more effective than a squeal. Kids can enjoy programs in gymnastics that cater to differing ages, levels of muscle development, and hatred of vegetables. Each session's hands-on activities keep the indefatigable energy motors of little tikes revving, facilitate bonding, and boost listening skills, attention spans, and confidence.
Backgrounds in art, fitness, and massage therapy inform the skills of Purna Yoga East's passionate instructors, helping them guide students toward holistic harmony during supportive yoga classes. With a flexible lineup of both vigorous and meditative sessions, students make time for meaningful yoga practice around busy work schedules and astral-plane social calendars. Natural light filters through the studio's large windows onto glossy hardwood floors as instructors patiently guide pupils through fundamental yoga poses in Level 1 Beginner Basics. During more intensive 90-minute Deepening Your Practice sessions, yogis bend limbs and lengthen muscles, holding postures for sustained periods to foster flexibility and challenge cardboard cutouts of their favorite tantric masters. Pupils can dissolve tension in calming Yoga Nidra classes, or Soothing Sundays sessions, which cultivate more pliable joints and capture relaxation more effectively than lassoing a lavender-scented body pillow. Each of Purna Yoga East's supportive lessons culminate by balancing internal energy with serene mediation, and are capped at 25 students so instructors can provide individualized instruction and home-crocheted name badges.