Faith Escudero didn’t just wake up one day and decide to become a life coach. She spent years studying mental health, behavior analysis, and education, in the process acquiring licensing as a counselor, school psychologist, and special-education teacher. Today these experiences translate into Faith's leading-edge approach to life coaching, which involves building awareness of the scientific principles that individuals use during each moment to create their perspective—whether it's happiness or stress. Her anger- and stress-reduction classes, for instance, make it clear how to live with a calm, clear mind as coworkers take credit for your work or the Nobel Committee spells your name wrong. While a majority of Faith's seminars are held in her office in Haverhill, she also travels to her client’s location, as when she leads “workplace wellness classes.”
Located on the first floor of a renovated historic home in Union Square, Bow Street Yoga's gleaming hardwood floors and multiple windows let in ample amounts of natural light as one of of nine teachers leads students through Vinyasa, Yin, or restorative yoga classes. With their own unique specialties and teaching styles, the teachers are able to cater to patrons of all stripes, from athletic clients looking for a good workout to less intense participants looking for a prop-based session that incorporates blocks, bolsters, blankets, and chakra-cleansing rubber chickens.
O2 Yoga provides a mind and body-calming sanctuary for benders and stretchers of all experience levels. Advanced Yogi Bears can reach the uppermost plateau in an advanced-level power class, while beginning Boo-Boo's can dip stiff toes into the peaceful, limbering world of yoga for the first time with a basics class. Those falling in the in-between can develop the strength and flexibility necessary to tame the tiger that refuses to leave their kitchen by dropping into an intermediate class. O2 also offers classes in astanga-style yoga, if you're looking for a change of pace from the classic flow of vinyasa.
Healthworks Fitness Centers for Women tones bodies and feeds self-esteem meters with a wide-range of exercises classes, top-of-the-line exercise equipment, and talented trainers in this women-only fitness sanctuary. Activate the 24-day membership at one of five Healthworks locations and begin the burn on a number of cardio equipment pieces, most outfitted with a private TV to fulfill dreams of jogging through a morning weather report.
Kundalini Yoga Boston's highly experienced instructors unify minds and bodies on the quest for spiritual growth with Kundalini yoga classes. Kundalini yoga gentle-stretch and meditation classes pair flowing motions with mantra-packed chanting, clearing limbs of pent-up stress and minds of illegally downloaded memories. Welcome a lungful of clarity with the Kundalini yoga and breathwork class’s meditative inhalations, or absorb the chi-centering sound waves of the Kundalini yoga and gong-meditation class’s titular instrument. Check the schedule for a full list of classes and times, or divine the information offline by decoding messages hidden in the phonebook.
The low thrum of an electric bass. The clean jangle of an electric piano. At School of Groove, owner Christopher Vuk presides over instructors as they fill the space with music and help students through scales, rhythms, and eventually full pieces on a wide range of instruments. The teachers have played music alongside musicians including Herbie Hancock, John Mayer, and Paul Simon, and guest rock musicians occasionally lead sessions to impart their skills or explain why they think every smashable guitar is full of candy. In private lessons and group sessions, hands-on practice illuminates the processes of improvising, writing, and recording music. Students at the school can also join a band, where they'll write their own music, build teamwork skills, and perform at venues such as Hard Rock Cafe and Ryles Jazz Club.
Baron Baptiste's signature brand of yoga has transformed lives. It has optimized the performance of the Philadelphia Eagles and empowered impoverished youth in Nairobi. It has lifted the spirits of war veterans and counseled gang members in Los Angeles. On a day-to-day basis, it has improved the physical health and mental acuity of Bostonians, who can practice the discipline under the tutelage of Baron Baptiste himself.
At his eponymous studios in Brookline and Cambridge, Baptiste joins a team of instructors who promulgate his teachings through classes, teacher-training programs, and workshops. Classes take place in 90-degree studios that boost detoxification and flexibility. In addition to fitness-centric classes, the studio offers guided meditation classes that establish the focus and clarity of mind required to read the entire Gutenberg Bible while riding a rollercoaster.