My Gym Children's Fitness Center, which currently has more than 200 international locations, began more than 30 years ago as a structured place for children to safely play, acquire new skills, and romp off a sugar buzz. All classes are organized according to age level—starting as young as 6 weeks—and designed to incorporate the latest physiological and psychological research. Tiny Tykes gets babies moving with help from their parents, Mighty Mites teaches toddlers self-reliance and beginning sports skills, and Champions, a class for kids aged 6–8, emphasizes the importance of using teamwork to master more complex sports skills and achieve group goals such as building a human pyramid to reach the cookie jar. My Gym's energetic instructors are experts at using music, dance, and gymnastics to build youngsters' strength and self-esteem while stimulating their giggle-plexes. The noncompetitive environment fosters creativity and hands-on activities boost children's learning retention and fun quotient.
Grief Recovery Specialist and Mystic Flowering founder Trish Marshall began exploring the healing arts after the sudden loss of her son nine years ago. It was then that Trish discovered the importance of internal reflection and taking the time to become grounded when dealing with a profound tragedy, or just the hectic pace of everyday existence.
Today, Trish and her staff teach students how to heal their minds and bodies with classes that include yoga and meditation. They also offer a 12-week grief-recovery program that takes an intensive approach to dealing with painful circumstances, and reiki treatments, which are designed to reduce stress and energize bodies.
The consortium of professional instructors at Fred Astaire Dance Studios, which was cofounded by the legendary toe tapper himself, shepherds students of all ages and skill levels through lessons that span the style spectrum. Low-pressure private sessions allow enthusiastic teachers to fine-tune individual students' techniques and form, using their expert eyes and mechanical dancing shoes preprogrammed to do the Charleston. Patrons can learn how to cavort through classic waltz and fox-trot romps or swivel through the modern steps of salsa, swing, or samba. For dancers hoping to hoof it up in a social setting, the group practice parties provide a one-night extravaganza of instruction, demonstrations, and amateur firewalking.
In a newly constructed, modern studio, Chagrin Yoga offers a multitude of classes for your journey across the yogaverse. Newbies and veterans alike are guided by friendly, highly skilled instructors who offer years of experience and tank loads of motivation. Learn basic poses and breathing techniques with beginner basics, or clear your mind muscles with gentle yoga, which focuses on meditation and postures. Higher-intensity classes such as power Vinyasa yoga and hot 26 yoga help increase flexibility, release toxins, and strengthen your core from the cozy belly of a heated room. Develop muscle tone, reduce inches, and increase energy as you focus on controlled movements.