Kate Dessommes has traveled the world in search of techniques to further her knowledge of yoga. She began with a five-year apprenticeship under Luciana Proaño in Portland before packing her bags for New Zealand to study with instructor and author Donna Farhi and John Friend, founder of Anusara yoga.
At Portland Yoga Studio, Kate and her team of instructors fold those globe-gathered techniques into classes that incorporate Ayurveda, asanas, meditation, and relaxation techniques. They also offer special classes for students who otherwise might not be able to participate, such as those with MS, fibromyalgia, arthritis, or problems balancing. Classes for children and families round out the curriculum, giving parents and their kids a new way to bond that’s more active than watching television and safer than traveling to the future by falling into a coma together.
In the sunshiny studio at One Yoga and Wellness, skilled instructors guide students of all levels through various yoga methods to enact lean, strong, and bendy bodies and overall health and balance. The various daily classes help students become well versed in the poetry of postures, whether they wish to educate muscles in hot Vinyasa flow yoga and Pilates or learn how to perform jumping jacks in iambic pentameter. Or spicy up each movement with Latin flavor in the Zumba classes, which fortify bodies with upbeat dance exercises. The helpful instructors present an encouraging, welcoming atmosphere, in which stretchy apprentices are free to reach goals at their own pace, ultimately leading them to a newfound pliability and the total equilibrium to balance their checkbooks while doing headstands.
Metro Dance Academy helps create a love of dance and cheerleading in students through a robust slate of classes. With a wide variety of classes for students of all skill levels, the instructors at Metro Dance Academy strive to help dancers grow as individuals and as a group by fostering a positive, encouraging atmosphere. The dance program offers a curriculum that spans jazz, tap, ballet, princess ballet, hip-hop, technique, musical theater, and contemporary dance. The dance schedule runs from September through June and culminates with an end of year recital in the spring.
The expansive facilities at ClubSport amplify muscle-expanding potential with top-notch weight training and cardio equipment, as well as an outdoor lap pool, dynamic group classes, and 19 sprawling outdoor tennis courts. Fitness members can pump up blood pumpers on cardio machines or strengthen ligaments with powerful circuit and free-weight-training equipment. Unleash the fury of dropkick-craving thigh muscles or practice stepping en masse during one of the various 25 weekly drop-in group fitness classes, which include Zumba, yoga, Pilates, water aerobics, and cycling. A six-lane outdoor lap pool revives airlogged bodies with its crystalline waters and retired mermen.
Adrenaline Fitness preaches self-improvement through focused workouts, sensible eating, and a belief in the philosophy of mind over matter. Owner Scott Graham heads a rotating roster of nationally certified trainers, each of whom leads intense, 30-minute workouts designed to tone muscles and spark metabolism. Adrenaline’s rapid-paced workouts leave no room for waste, as students jump from swinging kettlebells and jumping rope to knitting form-fitting sweaters for 20-pound medicine balls. Workouts change daily, a process that keeps muscles confused and exercisers free from boredom. In addition to overseeing sweat-inducing workouts, Adrenaline Fitness’s team can help augment results through detailed nutritional guidance.
Between the red and white walls, and under the high ceiling of CrossFit Boones Ferry’s gym, certified trainers Trevor and Derek lead groups through the functional movements and exercises of the CrossFit system. Through the use of everyday motions such as lifting, pushing, and pulling, they prep patrons to safely engage all manner of enterprises, from sports and work-related activities to daily routines such as carrying groceries. By changing the workout each day, they also target each muscle group for full-body fitness, using a wide variety of equipment, including kettlebells, plyometric boxes, and pull-up bars. For those in need of more individualized attention, they also offer personal, one-on-one training.