At Hot Yoga at the Edge, experienced instructors lead daily yoga classes in a studio heated to 105 degrees to promote deeper stretches and toxin-flushing sweats. Regardless of the instructor, each 90-minute Hatha-yoga session follows the same slow, meditative sequence of 26 postures and two breathing exercises, helping students to build strength, balance, and stamina as they stretch out on the studio’s hardwood floor. Alternatively, one-hour fusion classes combine the Hatha poses with a faster-paced Vinyasa flow, and the occasional Teacher's Choice session integrates traditional yoga with a quiz on state capitals.
Yoga Soleil's certified, friendly staff instruct students in the ancient practice of yoga in a warm, welcoming studio. More than 10 class types suit different levels of fitness and yoga experience, starting with the Intro to Yoga class, which focuses on learning the basic postures, breathing exercises, and meditation techniques to calm stressed psyches and mimic bendy straws. More advanced classes include the fluid Vinyasa sessions and the core-strengthening power of the Yoga Pilates Fusion class. Gentle Yoga and Pre(post)natal classes champion customized, slower-paced poses perfect for older participants and new mothers. The weekly schedule offers sessions Monday–Sunday with morning and evening classes available to fit around midnight opossum photoshoots.
A former competitive figure skater, certified instructor Ashleigh Rose started practicing Pilates in 2003 while recuperating from a car accident. After more than 900 hours of training, Rose received her first certification in 2007 from the Physical Mind Institute and her second in 2009 from Body Arts and Science International. Her dedication to Pilates has earned her teaching positions both nationally and internationally, from Mexico to South Carolina to Narnia.
The enthusiasm is palpable in Rose’s studio, Pilates Plus Tacoma, where individuals and groups can learn to use Pilates equipment or eschew it in favor of Pilates mat, Zumba, barre, or TRX classes. The Pilates classes focus on six fundamental principles—centering, concentration, control, precision, breath, flow, and counting—and yield a bevy of benefits, including a reduction in stress and fat.
Three Trees Yoga's RYT-certified instructors enlighten new and seasoned stretchers with a variety of yoga styles in an effort to foster a community of mental and physical health. The serene studio's schedule is filled with a range of classes devised to relieve stress, increase strength, improve circulation and weight management, and honor the sun with a 21-watergun salute. Beginner Yoga: Level I unveils correct breathing methods, physical alignment, and classic asanas (postures). The gentle yoga class encourages a calmer form of fitness, emphasizing balance and deliberate lung maneuvers that can later be applied to blowing up balloons in the shape of Harrison Ford. Beginners and intermediates can sweat side by side in the mixed-level yoga class, which introduces exercise modifications to yogis seeking more or less challenge.
During a desperate search for reprieve from the pain caused by a dance injury, professional dancer Lianne Gamble discovered the rehabilitating power of Pilates. A born teacher, she wanted to spread the good news, so she studied under Rael Isacowitz to earn certification in his strenuous Pilates program, Body Arts and Science International (BASI), which folds anatomy and physiology into traditional Pilates exercises.
Now, she and a team of certified instructors—among them a gymnast, several dancers, and a marketer—reshape the waistlines of Gig Harbor residents through Pilates, power yoga, and body barre classes. Focusing on BASI’s scientific approach and proper breathing techniques, they pump up mind-body connections and core strength using state-of-the-art Power Plate machines, reformers, Decepticons that transform into chiropractors, and spine correctors from Balanced Body and Peak Pilates.
In 2004, a group of skilled climbers and experienced route setters married their expansive knowledge of the sport to create Edgeworks Climbing. The gym is an indoor paradise that expertly match the dynamic challenges that athletes face outdoors, boasting 10,000 square feet of climbing area with 25-foot top-rope routes, 35-foot lead routes, and 3,500 square feet of bouldering. The team of setters draws on years of experience outdoors to create hundreds of challenging, satisfying routes for climbers of all skill levels. Most of the setters are teachers as well, leading classes for beginners or advanced climbers, as well as heading outdoors to help the class appreciate the adrenaline rush of an outdoor climb ending in a fistfight with a bear.
Additionally, the passionate staff realized that alternative workouts are needed to push through plateaus in climbs, so they created a fitness area to complement the climbing gym. Classes such as yoga, Pilates, and cycling further exercise muscle groups that are useful when trying to finally ride a bike up your favorite route.