Founder Connie Fedel first turned to yoga as a method of coping with illness, and over time her devotion to the stress-relieving art helped to diminish the painful symptoms of systemic lupus. Eager to expose others to yoga's physical and spiritual benefits, she began to teach yoga in 2005, and has since opened Taylor Yoga as a venue for Hatha sessions six days a week.
Hatha yoga syncs breathing techniques with a series of fluid poses, each of which can boost circulation, stamina, and balance while putting the mind at ease. Connie highlights the personal element of yoga practice by encouraging students to reflect inwardly during classes. Though its group and private classes can be introspective, Taylor Yoga promotes fellowship through its supportive atmosphere and scheduled events for couples and children. The studio's Pilates classes also serve to tighten tummy muscles with communal workouts.
The signature workout at F3 Fitness—Warrior Protocol Training—strings together a series of high-performance metabolic workouts designed to propel athletes to an elite level. Laid out in a series of circuits, the dynamic and synergistic movements are designed to ultimately leave the athlete with a functionally strong, dense, muscular body and the mental and physical stamina of an ancient warrior. Trainers also lead fusion classes, a variety of kettlebell sessions, and MMA classes that introduce students to fighting, striking, and takedowns popularized in professional martial-arts fighting.
Yoga Alliance–registered instructor Erin Moss designs her classes to cater to specific clientele. In doing so, she has helped musicians and fiber artists—such as knitters and clothing designers—ease tension and enhance their work with poses that can alleviate pains caused by poor posture and repetitive movements. In her beginners’ and stress-relief sessions, Erin emphasizes the meditative side of yoga and helps students assume slow, gentle postures.
The tagline at Mills Gymnastics USA is "home of happy, confident kids." The coaches don't take that motto lightly?the gymnastics center places a strong emphasis on childhood development and self-esteem building. In addition to helping kids work on strength, flexibility, coordination, balance, and stamina, coaches help pupils learn the importance of a strong work ethic, time management, and self-reliance.
Children ages 18 months to 5 years old can attend "Tumble Bug" classes to master basic motor skills and learn tricks to impress the ice cream man. Older kids age 5 through 18 work on skills on floor, beam, bars, vault, and the 40-foot Tumble Trak Trampoline during recreational gymnastics classes. The gym also has a competitive team, an all-star cheer team, and hosts birthday parties, summer camps, and field trips.
Brent Insco had already roundhouse-kicked his way to a black belt in karate, trained with boxers, and learned krav maga when a car crash laid him low. As part of his physical therapy, he soldiered on in his martial endeavors and began the decade-long process of becoming a Brazilian jujitsu master. That was in 2004, and to this day he still makes frequent sojourns to San Diego to study under the BJJ legends, Saulo and Xande Ribeiro, who themselves learned the art at Gracie Humaitá, established by the creator of BJJ, Hélio Gracie. At his own studio, Downriver Jiu Jitsu & Fitness, Insco teaches students of all ages the fighting form—a judo-like discipline founded on the principle that a small fighter can best a larger opponent, as in the tale of David and Goliath or the popular children’s book If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, It Will Destroy You. Insco’s trainers also lead fitness classes, such as Latin-inspired Zumba dance, boot camp, yoga, and Bruce Lee’s martial-arts system, jeet kune do, and work with clients one on two in semi-personal-training sessions.
Advanced Holistic Health aims to give its clients the tools they need to repair their bodies. To that end, they offer massage therapy, exercise coaching, and nutritional therapy, as well as private and semi-private yoga classes that can help students of all levels push through fitness plateaus. Classes such as Hatha, Yin, Vinyasa, and restorative yoga are designed to encourage freedom of movement, expression, and mental and physical practice. In the past, clients have commented on the clean, open feeling of Advanced Holistic Health's building, as well as their friendly and welcoming staff.