Green Locus wants to make living a healthy lifestyle practical and simple through yoga, mindfulness, and healthy eating habits. So at their welcoming yoga studio in the Westchase Tower Center, certified instructors teach weekly yoga classes for all ages, meditation workshops, teacher trainings, private yoga classes, and kids yoga parties. Practitioners can come in for a Flow class that focuses on smooth breath and movement transitions, try a relaxing and mindful Gentle session, or work core strength in a Strong class, which offers a challenging yoga workout.
Fitness studios often work hard to cultivate a relaxing setting. They might install floor-to-ceiling windows, play soothing music, or enforce a strict policy against flash mobs. But Urban Kai ramps up the relaxation to the next level. Their fitness classes take place on the Hillsborough River, where yoga groups stretch and bend atop stand-up paddleboards. The aquatic setting surrounds exercisers in waterfront architecture and open skies, which take on brilliant hues at sunrise and sunset. Dolphins, turtles, cats, and other marine life make occasional appearances as well.
Urban Kai was founded by Michael Conlee and his wife, Aimee. Mr. Conlee originally started paddle boarding as a hobby, but he quickly realized that his new pastime had toned his physique. Mr. Conlee started Urban Kai, and—along with his fellow instructors—he now teaches several on-water fitness classes. Urban Kai's yoga-on-water class, for example, helps participants build strength and flexibility, while warrior-zen workouts combine paddleboard exercises with on-land workouts. Mr. Conlee and his team also take groups on long-distance paddleboard tours.
Xtreme Dance Company of Tampa forms a family out of its network of instructors, many of whom trained together in the past. Regardless of the dance style being taught—and the curriculum covers more than a few, from flamenco to hip-hop—they focus as much on building confidence as honing form. Students of all ages might practice ballet techniques, tap choreography, and acrobatic stunts under their supportive guidance, and they even take on babysitting duties: during Parents' Night Out sessions, they entertain youngsters with lessons and games, allowing adults to have a carefree evening.
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Equipment: TRX equipment, squat racks, dumbbells, plyo boxes, Bosu balls, resistance bands
Students should bring: Water, towel
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Indoors only
Parking: Parking lot
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