The Union's instructors like to remind their students that for every expert yogi, there was a first class. They hold on to this humble philosophy at three studios, where high temperatures help both old hands and newcomers stay limber. The staff cautions their students against aiming for perfection during the 90-minute courses; instead maintaining that, by simply trying each of the 26 postures and two breathing exercises, bodies and minds achieve the maximum benefit.
To highlight the value of consistent practice, they encourage visitors to take the 60-day challenge, which charges students to attend one class every day for 60 days. Those who accomplish this task are immortalized by writing their name on the Challenge Wall, which doubles as the police force's superhero directory. The studios also honor individuals in their class community with the yogi of the month feature, a series of interviews with students about their Bikram yoga practice.
After passing through Divine Yoga’s entrance, the hot Texas sun fades into lush, flowery gardens. Inside, a swaying porch swing greets guests before they reach the airy studio, where the earthy aroma of a natural oak floor kindles memories of swimming in a vat of red wine. Seated on a stage framed by lavender walls and wafting white curtains, KRI-certified instructors lead students through Kundalini yoga classes that aim to increase physical and spiritual energy through various postures, breathing techniques, and gong meditation. In Pre-Natal classes, moms-to-be can relax and stretch before their big arrivals, after which Post-Natal classes invite babies to join in and hone the focus, relaxation, and flexibility required to back-flip out of the crib.
Dancers, black belts, and trained yoga gurus, the instructors at The Synergy Studios come from all walks of life. They each bring a different approach to overall wellness to the school. Classes take place in the historic Pearl brewery in studios with soaring cathedral ceilings and honey-hued hardwood floors.
Zumba sessions fill the room with the rumble of moving feet and quick breaths. Contented sighs drift out during meditation and yoga courses, which balance physical fitness and relaxation and help contribute to overall wellbeing. Some sessions are designed for particular groups, such as athletes, expecting mothers, and groups who always have to stick together because of what they saw in a mysterious cave.
The expert staff at Conshohocken Health & Fitness Club understands that no one wants to be gawked at or hassled when they're trying to exercise. The gym hosts a wide variety of cardio machines and free weights so members can work out at their own pace. Sometimes, though, a little help is necessary. That's why staffers help men and women of all ages and fitness abilities achieve their fitness goals through personal-training sessions and more than 20 group classes every week, including Pilates, spinning, and Zumba. Wellness coaches on staff help individuals develop custom-designed programs based on individual needs and propensity to turn down free candy.
Professional bobsled teams shave seconds off their time by breathing in unison and leveraging flexibility during turns. Master the techniques necessary for defeating hardened gangs of bobsled criminals with today's deal for new clients: $40 for a five-class pass ($85 value) plus two free classes (given to every new client at the studio) at Nydia's Yoga Therapy, a studio that specializes in merging yoga with physical therapy for wellness and preventing future injuries sustained at American Gladiators auditions.
Upon visiting AC Power Yoga, a guest might find that it’s an ideal space for an Orwellian protagonist in that it strips the world of distraction so that yoga practitioners can get down to focusing on self-discovery. The studio’s instructors encourage students to turn away from smartphones, tablets, and televisions so that they may concentrate on their own thought process. Their yoga styles range from high impact Baptiste Power Vinyasa to Yin yoga––a style that helps participants stretch deeply and heal. Classes take place in an 80–90-degree studio, which also promotes detoxification and flexibility.