People mainly emulate bats when they dress up for Halloween, but students at Anahata Yoga Center imitate the flying mammals year-round. During the center's Bat aerial yoga classes, yogis hang upside down from seven hammocks, decompressing their spines and tapping into hard-to-access core strength as warm temperatures allow for maximum flexibility. Basic Bat aerial yoga classes are suitable for beginners, while intermediate and advanced Bat aerial yoga sessions see experienced students spending more time suspended in their hammocks and less time hibernating.
Built from recycled materials and sustainable cork flooring, the eco-friendly studio complements its aerial yoga courses with more traditional sessions. Slow Vinyasa-flow instruction builds strength with long holds, while Ashtanga flow centers on syncing postures with breathing in a room warmed to 85 degrees. The center also hosts family yoga sessions for both parents and kids, perfect for clans looking to bond through exercise.
Many are familiar with the saying "Love what you do and do what you love," but few actually live it. When Missy Steed discovered massage therapy, she finally found the thing that made her truly happy: making others happy. A graduate of the Dayton School of Medical Massage, Missy is well versed in most of the classic treatments, including relaxation, deep-tissue, and cold-stone massage. Additionally, she is also a certified infant massage instructor who leads classes that teach parents how to pamper their little ones at home. These classes, and the subsequent treatments lavished upon the lucky kids, can have numerous benefits. They promote bonding between parents and children and also relax infants after a long day of refusing to eat or arguing with the cat about whose tiny sweater is cuter.
At My Pilates Studio, a team of Pilates instructors, many of them certified by Stott, lead classes ranging from ballet barre to prenatal Pilates. In studios with shining hardwood floors and mauve walls, students strengthen their cores, increase their flexibility, and boost their overall wellness with top-of-the-line equipment and supportive peers. The studio strives to create a soothing atmosphere with features such as a burbling fountain, freshly cut flowers, and soft lighting.
To program director William Brashear and his team of teachers, yoga is a spiritual journey that begins within while a person is creating a bond with humanity. They inspire students of all ability levels to seek this inner peace in their classes, which cover a variety of styles. Options range from Mysore—a meditation-focused discipline—to power yoga—a vigorous Vinyasa-based course—to gentle yoga—a slower-paced rehabilitative class. To zero in on students' specific areas of concern, they lead one-on-one sessions, helping them master their techniques and learn Sanskrit words such as, "asana" which means "pose," or more commonly, "Can you please help me? My leg is stuck behind my head."
In addition to yoga, the school provides healing services, including Ayurvedic Thai yoga massage, in which a trained practitioner gently pulls arms and legs and twists torsos and shoulders in an effort to loosen the muscles and release stress. It also hosts yoga- and meditation-centric events and organizes calming retreats to locales such as Leeland Valley.
The mood and pacing is constantly shifting at Yoga ah, as students of all ages lay out their mats for their class and prepare to harmonize body and mind. The students start young here, beginning, even in utero with prenatal classes. Adult classes follow an Ashtanga and Vinyasa flow, led by instructors who guide students through challenging poses. Intense moments occur during Rocket yoga—Ashtanga yoga classes, with a Pilates twist that aim to get students into inversions, arm balances, and outer space.
Eastside Wellness Connections’ studios offer a range of core-strengthening workouts. Stationary bikes form rows inside one room for spinning classes led by a certified instructor. Laminate floors provide the stomping grounds for yoga classes, where students on mats bend, twist, and somersault their way into a series of poses. And Pilates students use mats and reformer machines to build long, lean muscles.