The Sanskrit translation of rasamaya is "fluid," which describes the studio's Rasamaya Method of intelligent movement. Rasamaya's instructors lead their own brand of barre, Pilates, cycle, and vinyasa yoga classes that are designed to balance and strengthen the mind and body in tandem. Featured in Pilates Style Magazine , Yoga Journal, and Wanderlust conferences. Founder Carrie Tyler specializes in women's physical structure, health, and sexuality and built the practice from her playful teaching style and deep understanding of yogic philosophy, anatomy, and alignment.
Jody and Bjorn Turnquist opened 3 Bridges Yoga with the philosophy that yoga should warmly embrace practitioners of all skill levels. As a result, they offer Vinyasa-style classes for beginners and advanced yogis. The Turnquists and other certified instructors teach postures and breathing techniques in a room heated to 75-80 degrees with lessons that focus on basic postures and alignments in addition to more intensified bending. With sun streaming through expansive windows and spilling out onto cork floors, their studio lends itself to a practice more peaceful than swimming through a pool of warm chamomile tea.
Equipment: Weights, mats, stability balls, suspended wood floor
Students should bring: Cross training sneakers, water bottle (also available for sale)
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 5?10 people
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: No
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Get ready to have some fun.
Honore Laflamme, owner of Jubilation, espouses a simple fitness philosophy: "As long as you are moving, sweating, and smiling, you are doing it right," she says. She describes her mission as making exercise fun. She couches hard work such as Zumba, yoga, and Pilates in an energetic atmosphere of low lighting and funky tunes that are akin to "being at a party with your friends." She leads every class in a space with a suspended wooden floor, which helps absorb impact to lessen the strain on joints and avoid bothering the mole people that live downstairs.
Sledgehammers. Ropes. Kettlebells. The training equipment at Hybrid Fitness isn't necessarily what one would find at a traditional gym, but the trainers know that it's all they need. They draw up high-intensity exercise regimens for clients—working out alone or in groups—who want to burn excess body fat, boost their mobility, and carve lean muscle. To power participants through tough routines, trainers provide ample encouragement and motivation throughout each session.
Sacred Movement Yoga's owner Kristina turned to yoga to relieve the stress of too much weight, debt, and coffee and found that her stresses melted away in the face of a burgeoning yoga practice, inspiring her to share her life-management tool with others. Along with a team of experienced instructors, Kristina leads three levels of Vinyasa-style yoga classes, guiding students through sequences of athletic poses, connected by continuous, balance-testing movements and breaths. During dance-infused fitness classes, instructors use a ballet barre to stabilize students as they perform dynamic, ballet-style movements to sculpt lean muscle. Sacred Movement's resident massage therapist performs reiki, traditional massage, and Thai-yoga treatments for patrons seeking further treatment for physical, emotional, and spirit-animal-related tension.
Quest Fitness boasts a spacious, 20,000-square-foot facility equipped with group classes, massage therapists, and personal trainers prepared to whip burgeoning fitness fanatics into shape. A two-week Quest Fitness membership (a $118 value) grants members access to rows of cardio machines, including bikes, treadmills, and elliptical machines, and a four-lane salt-water pool. Health hunters can attend a variety of fitness classes chosen from a schedule of more than 50 sessions per week, such as Body Combat sessions, which combine karate, boxing, tai chi, and kickboxing, as well as the Aqua Aerobics class, an aquatic workout where swimmers float, swim, and cannonball their way to physical fitness. Achieve a more targeted workout with a 30-minute one-on-one personal-training session (a $37.50 value), during which an experienced trainer will wake up lethargic muscles just in time for the annual interoffice strongman competition.