It starts with some deep breaths and standing peacefully still as you feel your muscles begin to absorb the studio's warmth. Next, you raise your arms to the ceiling, stretching your core as you bend at the waist?first to the right, and then to the left. Those are the first two steps of the Bikram yoga sequence, a series of 26 postures bookended by breathing exercises. At Bikram Yoga SouthPas, the sequence takes 90 minutes to complete, with students able to explore poses more deeply the stronger their bodies get. Bikram Yoga can prompt weight loss, improve focus and balance, and alleviate chronic conditions such as back pain and to rehabilitate sports and bear-wrestling injuries. Classes welcome both new and seasoned students, challenging you to balance strength with flexibility while opening the mind and spirit.
What makes it great: A full range of yoga and Pilates classes, specialty classes, such as prenatal, baby-and-me, and yoga for kids, a la carte cash-only classes, and yoga for charity classes with all proceeds donated to a Charity of the Month.
Natural light floods into ATP Specific Training’s recently remodeled studio, illuminating training equipment such as barbells, yoga balls, and Pilates Reformers. Members of the fitness staff, including exercise-video star and co-owner Tracey Mallett, help clients increase endurance and lose weight during innovative group classes. Available classes include Booty Barre and Indo-Row, a workout that captures all the elements of on-water rowing, as well as a circuit-style session that combines both classes. In addition to fitness classes, a physical-therapy staff blends manual techniques, modalities, and exercises to treat clients with sports-related injuries, poor balance, and post-pregnancy pain.
As if reflecting yoga's universality, the teachers at Yoga Darsana come from all over the globe: Germany, Peru, Asia, and the US. Although their yoga journeys have varied, today they each embrace the form known as Iyengar. This philosophy emphasizes individual growth over universal standards, thereby making the practice accessible to people from every background. Students don't have to be ultra flexible or ultra fit to benefit from Iyengar classes; first-time practitioners can gain grounding in the fundamentals of breath control, focus, and relaxation. Even kids as young as five can participate in children's classes, which foster a fun, non-competitive environment that helps sharpen students' focus, helping them succeed in school and during stakeouts to catch Santa Claus.
The creator and owner of The Fit Factor, wants her clients to be excited to get out of bed in the morning. By teaching inventive fitness classes, she and her friendly staff of certified personal trainers and instructors help students get toned muscles and tap into their personal reserves of unlimited energy. All classes are semi-private and come with a free fitness assessment.There's The 50 Minute Factor, a 50-minute circuit training class that's packed with intense cardio and strength training moves, and there's the No Holds Barre Pilates Fitness class, a low-impact class that fuses mat Pilates moves and ballet barre techniques. Students can come in for a one-on-one session with a personal trainer or drop in on a Fit Factor Fight Club class, a cardio boxing session designed to leave muscles strong. The Fit Factor hosts such training in a sunlit, wood-floored space full of supportive and social energy from instructors and students alike.
Owner and instructor Wahe Guru Kaur has more than a decade of experience that she shares with both students and the 20 other teachers on The Awareness Center's staff. Students of all levels benefit from her center?s seven-day-a-week schedule packed with Kundalini yoga and meditative practices. Each of the Kundalini sessions?which include beginner-friendly sessions and pre-natal?kicks-off with a mantra and warmup before students bend and stretch their way through a series of postures enhanced by deep-breath work, positive affirmations, and meditation. The Awareness Center also incorporates other healing practices into their daily offerings including Reiki certifications, teacher trainings, and sacred breathing circles, which utilize drumming, music, and Tibetan singing bowls well-versed in the entire KC and the Sunshine Band repertoire.
The Awareness Center?s classes and friendly instructors aren?t the only aspect of the business that inspires a sense of calm and relaxation. Zen-inspired decor covers the spacious center, from the hardwood-floor studio dimly lit by elegant chandeliers to the outdoor patio lined with hanging and potted plants.