When owner Jen Chitwood entered her first yoga class in 2002, she was amazed by the mental, physical, and emotional exertion she experienced in just a single hour. The positive benefits of yoga, including stress relief and a positive attitude adjustment, spilled into the rest of her life and relationships almost immediately, leading her to eventually realize that yoga was her life’s passion.This realization led her to study and, in time, come to own her own studio. Now, she leads a team of experienced instructors who dedicate their yogic pedagogy to students of any skill level, leading them through Vinyasa-style yoga and guiding them with individualized adjustments. They also hold prenatal yoga classes, private lessons, workshops with national teachers, and teacher trainings for those wanting to dive deeper on the yogic path. Additionally, the studio’s knowledgeable nutritionist works with individuals or groups to help them exercise good decision making and portion control when they’re lounging at home, working at the office, or vacationing at their timeshares in Candy Land.
Uptown Yoga is dedicated to creating a positive change in the world at large. Jen Chitwood cofounded One Love Dallas, a local branch of the charity Off the Mat, Into the World, which inspires conscious, sustainable activism and grassroots social change within communities around the world.
Husband and wife duo Tabora and Toy Laster, owners of Choice Training Group Fitness, electrify the studio with their characteristic energy. Whether they're dressing up in hokey hula shirts to promote Zumba fitness parties or bringing in guest instructors to host self-defense sessions, the two aim to create a gym that feels like an inclusive club.
Newbies and old hats jump into a diverse set of classes, ranging from group fitness and boot camp, to pole-dancing sessions in the Kandy & Krome room, a mirror-lined, pole-bestrewn sanctuary for flirty fitness. Alongside high-energy cardio classes such as Belly Dance Fusion, Absolute Abs, or Zumba, the studio hosts bachelorette parties, couples massage sessions, and workshops on effective methods for releasing stress.
Lone Star Hot Yoga helps to fine tune bodies with muscle-toning Bikram yoga classes and pain-relieving Melt method classes. Lone Star actually only offers one type of Bikram class—a 90-minute beginners' session. But Bikram's 26 postures are ideal for every level of practitioner, so anyone can participate.
Inside a 105-degree room whose humidity fluctuates between 40% and 50%, certified teachers lead pupils through the poses and two breathing exercises. As the room's heat loosens bodies, students strike poses that expand their lungs, increase their circulation, and strengthen their arms enough that they can lift a car in the parking lot and get a penny that's gotten trapped under the tire.
Melt classes, on the other hand, are performed in a regular-temperature room. These classes attempt to rejuvenate the body's connective tissue and ease chronic pain from hands, feet, and lower backs. The sessions use a specialized roller and hand and foot balls to help achieve this goal.
Even at 14 years old, Landon Owens was obsessed with fitness. He eventually started Dinami Fitness Camp, using the Greek work for “strength” to set the tone for his indoor and outdoor boot-camp sessions. The family-like atmosphere at the camp lends itself as a healthy support-system for clients, encouraging and motivating participants to meet new challenges. Landon meets one-on-one with students to figure out their goals and concerns before training begins. He builds that information into his sessions, scaling exercises to match the abilities and favorite TV station of each participant. He also mixes up his workouts every day to keep students engaged, bringing in kettle bells, suspension training equipment, and free weights to complement circuit, speed, cross-training, and agility training.
Castle Hills Yoga is just one of Ricky Tran's many endeavors. When he isn't teaching at his studios or at Loyola Marymount University, he leads workshops and retreats. He also lectures on topics ranging from postures and breath to Sanskrit and the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali. Still, Castle Hills Yoga and his other yoga studios are his central concern. It's here that he and his fellow teachers lead classes that break down neatly into two categories: gentle sessions that help students stretch their bodies and calm their minds, and vigorous sessions for people who want more of a workout.
At Health Clubs of America, an athlete who hates to part with her favorite elliptical no longer has to—the clubs are open 24/7. Stocked with free weights, treadmills, and stationary bikes, the facilities complement their high-quality equipment with an array of training options. Custom one-on-one training helps clients achieve personal fitness goals, whereas 30-day boot-camp programs whip groups into shape, all while fostering a sense of community.