When registered yoga teacher Carissa Ciuca discovered the ancient art, she was searching for a physical activity that would free her from the restraints of her daily routine. She found that the mental and spiritual breakthroughs it inspired were what truly liberated her and helped to center her life. After training under Seane Corn—an internationally celebrated yoga teacher—among others, she realized her dream of opening her own yoga studio, then closing it once in a while so she could go home and sleep. Now, Carissa and her large, highly trained team of registered instructors strive to create a sanctuary where students of all abilities can achieve individual growth, celebrate community, and foster self-awareness.
The staff helps students unite mind, body, and spirit through the flows and postures of Vinyasa, gentle yin, and postnatal classes. They created this curriculum to help students let yoga’s lessons stir change in their current lives and not in their past, for which time travel yoga is notorious. When they are not immersed in their own practice, these motivating instructors empower students to reshape their lives with a comprehensive teacher certification program, which emphasizes the Vinyasa style.
The fully certified instructors at A Body of Work call on years of teaching experience, leading classes that combine movement, bodily awareness, and fitness within the center's bright, airy studios. In a variety of courses, teachers educate on fitness disciplines such as the Gyrotonic Expansion System, which employs special equipment to prompt joints, connective tissue, prehensile tails, and muscles to work in unison during stretching and strengthening movements. Group and private Pilates classes work to improve the posture and flexibility of bodies, and Hatha, Iyengar, and TriYoga practices burgeon focus, centeredness, and quests to discover inner koi ponds. The center also offers bodywork and massage, with therapeutic sessions ranging from deep-tissue and sports massage to trigger-point therapy and acupuncture.
The instructors of Greener Postures Yoga welcome practitioners of all ability levels, leading through Vinyasa yoga that treats breath as students’ guide through dynamic poses. Greener Postures Yoga has also recently opened a new location in West Falmouth which allows them to offer a new range of classes including kids yoga, prenatal yoga, deep stretch yoga, and restorative yoga. Both expansive studios are heated to 95–100 degrees and retain their humidity, which enhances Vinyasa’s heat-generating flows and encourages detoxification through sweat and increased circulation.
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Whenever Amber Roberge was feeling stressed, sad, or lonely, she would slip into her dancing shoes and head to Zumba class. Once the lively latin rhythms began to play and Amber began to dance, she would forget her troubles and feel her energy soar. Hoping to spread Zumba’s grin-inducing effects with her community, Amber went on to spearhead a Zumba studio of her own—On The Move Fitness & Wellness.
Amid the bright-colored walls of the warm space, Amber and her team of fellow licensed instructors lead students through energetic Zumba workouts. Lively latin and international gospel music fills the air as the group tackles various steps, spins, and body-sculpting exercises. When describing the classes to reporters from South Portland-Cape Elizabeth Sentry, Amber explained, “It is not about getting the moves down perfectly. I only have two rules for my classes. One: keep moving; and two: have fun!” Amber and her instructors welcome students of all ages and experience levels, even offering specialty classes for seniors and kids. Dedicated to fostering healthy habits beyond the classroom, the staff stocks the studio with nutritional products and hosts wellness workshops to discourage unhealthy habits, such as eating processed foods or insisting that your goldfish is your only friend.
More than 20 years ago and in the exact same location, the folks behind Basics Fitness Center were running a gymnastics program for local youth. Today, the studio is home to an adult-oriented gym that focuses on?you guessed it?the basics of fitness. Here, trainers abide by a simple philosophy: great health is about exercising, yes, but it's also about creating better eating habits and establishing a healthier lifestyle.
The club's extremely spacious interior is home to free weights, machines, and an airy studio that hosts group classes in yoga and tai chi. Members can also meet with nutrition specialists and personal trainers to set tangible goals such as "build muscle" and "step away from the candy."