Jim Keegan, the founder of Yoga Nirvana, draws on his studies in kinesiology and biomechanics to help visitors obtain inner peace and healthy bodies. Before opening his own studio, he served a nine-year stint as the head yoga teacher at Arizona State University and continues his teaching career through international workshops. Jim and his fellow instructors guide students through classes such as Ashtanga for beginners, Kundalini yoga, power yoga, and mediation. Sore students can ease their tired muscles by scheduling an appointment with the studio's licensed massage therapist. In addition to group classes, Jim offers private lessons and whisks pupils away on all-inclusive yoga retreats.
With 30 years of teaching experience and a background in dance, athletics, and intensive care, owner Virginia Nicholas founded Moving Breath Pilates in 1995. The clean, serene space, which is also home to the Pilates Core Integration teacher-training program, offers a variety of 55-minute sessions priced according to size and instructor. The specialty group classes focus mainly on mat exercises, not equipment, making them ideal for beginners. Moving Breath schedules approximately nine of these classes per week (with each course able to accommodate 6 to 8 people) and staffs a teacher in training to give students personalized attention. View a schedule here.
A sprawling mandala design covers the floor of Plaza de Anaya's main dance studio, welcoming dancers in with warmth and beauty. Amid that artistic setting, seasoned instructors teach dance styles from around the world that include belly dancing, barefoot flamenco, and anaya tribal dancing. Cultural gatherings are an important part of the school's community, which is why the studio also schedules an array of monthly events and workshops that might be dance-based or include henna tattoos that dance when you pinch them.
Focused on the connection between mental and physical wellness, the instructors at Pilates Sports and Fitness lead fitness classes small enough to focus on each individual, whether they're recovering from an injury or simply augmenting a healthier lifestyle with Pilates. During Pilates reformer and mat classes, participants use specially-designed equipment to help increase movement awareness, boost energy, and engage in a total-body aerobic workout. The studio also offers barre classes, TRX suspension, Zumba, and Yamuna body rolling.
Students should bring: Large towel and water
Average class length: 60?90 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: No
Good for beginners: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Please arrive 15 minutes before class time.
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
We encourage clients to dedicate at least two weeks to consistently (three to four times per week) going to Sumits Yoga Tempe. That time frame allows them to feel and see some of the benefits of hot yoga.
Do you run your gym according to a particular exercise philosophy?
Take each class at your own pace?there is no competition and no judgement. Each person should listen to their own body and take breaks as needed during class.
When and how did you first develop a passion for fitness?
I discovered the gift of Sumits hot yoga several years ago. It changes your body for the better and serves as an excellent stress reliever to calm and refocus the mind.
TenPoint5's founders, Sarah Carlstrom and Christa McCormick, don't believe in the mythical perfect 10. Rather than focusing on attaining a certain weight or dress size, they stress the importance of constantly challenging yourself. This very idea is what prompted them to create their barre fitness workouts in the first place. Based on the Lotte Berk method, TenPoint5 classes blend barre moves with Pilates and yoga, intensifying the classic barre workout without setting the barre on fire. The intensity remains customizable, however—students can tailor moves to fit their fitness level.