Propulsion Pilates' instructors rely on the familiar Pilates contraptions that fill most studios, but they alter the time-tested workout regimen by incorporating it into a more modern style of circuit training. They combine sequences on the Reformer, Tower, and Wunda Chair with occasional cardio exercises and kettlebell work, creating challenging sessions that manage to refine technique while bolstering strength and flexibility. To keep classes teetering on the cuttingest of edges, the instructors attend at least two Pilates workshops every year to update their mental cache of fitness tricks, but they always leave a little disappointed that a flying Reformer machine appears to be at least another six months off.
The instructors at Higher Ground Hot Yoga help students achieve a soothing state of calmness through heated yoga sessions. They guide guests through 26 poses in a studio heated to improve muscle elasticity, which reduces the threat of injury. The heat also encourages detoxification and elevates heart rates. Instructors stay positive and supportive throughout their classes, which help build strength and flexibility and elongate ligaments, joints, and facial hair. The staff also uses these poses to teach students the valuable skill of controlling their breath.
Voted 2013's best yoga studio by City Weekly, Centered City Yoga's array of 24 different classes energizes stiff-bodied beginners and advanced astangis alike with yoga fundamentals, high-intensity yoga flow, and specialty disciplines. Led by teachers with diverse backgrounds, the classes aim to help students make use of the fundamental principles of yoga as tools to enrich everyday life. Classes are suitable for students of all levels, body types, and ages, from children and teens to pre- and post-natal mothers to seniors.The studio provides yoga mats but recommends that students bring their own.
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Kula's many classes are organized by intensity and tempo level (up-, mixed-, and low-tempo classes are available), and the down-to-earth crew of instructors teaches courses in the Hatha, Anusara, and Vinyasa styles, to name a few. Start your day with an a.m. Start-UP class, simple movements guaranteed to gently pull you out of a state of grogginess or a dream about a hovercraft quest to harvest butterscotch from the Yangtze River basin. Or drop into a fitness-oriented up-tempo class, which packs simple yoga moves into a heart-pumping cardio workout. The unlimited monthly membership allows you to mix and match at Kula's yoga buffet and find the class that suits your needs (check the schedule for class times).
The friendly instructors at 9th and 9th Pilates utilize the progressive Stott Pilates method, which combines traditional Pilates, contemporary exercise science, and spinal rehabilation techniques in order to improve posture and enhance core strength. This Groupon gets you into any four classes at the studio, enabling you to challenge abdominal muscles in the beginner mat classes or achieve a blissful state through focused breathing in the reformer classes. With 9th & 9th Pilate's small-sized gatherings, you'll get the individual attention needed to maximize flexibility, wipe out lingering stress, and center the mind as though it’s a muscular marble settling inside the great cranial funnel.