As his students move through each Vinyasa pose in 90-degree heat, master yogi Brent Coldiron offers up optimistic and philosophical thoughts. Rather than the soft thrum of a gong or the soothing sounds of trickling water, he punctuates his poses with an eclectic mix of tunes from bands such as Led Zeppelin. Coldiron leaves the intensity of his classes up to each student, which allows him to accommodate clients of virtually any age, fitness level, or combustibility.
Though the certified instructors at Zen in the District – Yoga each lay claim to different style specialties—Hatha, Vinyasa, Sanga, and Amrite among them—they share the aim of heightened self-awareness. Their classes cater to all fitness levels, focusing on introspection more than flawless posing technique or perfect nostril positioning during breath work. Whether they are inside the studio or on the courthouse lawn across the street, the teachers strive to downplay stress with caring vibes. They also apply their compassion to community projects, demonstrating yoga for interested Girl Scout troops and regularly donating to the Seagate Food Bank.
Since 1998, the International Boxing Club has worked hard to reach out and touch the lives of more than 4,000 disenfranchised youths by promoting confidence, self-discipline, and focus. The center's programs have allowed thousands of children to do better in school and develop a strong understanding of both physical and mental discipline. Although youth programs are the main focus at the club, the staff also cater to students of all ages with amateur-boxing and Zumba classes as well as Boxercise, a nonviolent aerobic workout that is best performed inside a refrigerator box.