At East Meets West Yoga Center, a group of trained yoga teachers guide both adults and kids on a path toward personal self-discovery. Working under the philosophy that all individuals are unique and yoga is not a one-size fits all activity, teachers aim to honor their students? differences and cater classes to their needs. Sessions draw on Hatha, Vinyasa, and Kundalini techniques and the schedule includes specialized sessions for seniors, moms-to-be, and children.
The inspiring trainers at each MetaBody location lead troops of workouteers in results-oriented workouts several times weekly. Sweat sessions utilize a variety of exercises and disciplines to produce full-body results in a supportive environment, ideal for beginners and hard-core core-hardeners alike. During any class, motivational instructors will use the instinctual distrust of routine to their advantage. Begin a day of litigating with a refreshing early-morning boot-camp session, or wind down by burning evidence and pounds with a late-evening yoga class. Muscles are kept guessing with new and challenging moves during each session, so participants never fall into a boring, ineffective routine, such as regular teeth brushing. In addition to the fitness classes, students receive a success guide to help prepare for imminent pound loss, a nutrition guide, and a $100 gift certificate for individual coaching. Because the pass sets a 10-class cap for each company, roving fitness mavens can further shake up their workout regimens by vetting a series of classes or instructors that work best for them.
With the ubiquity of Pilates, it's easy to forget that the exercise form was pioneered by its namesake, Joseph Pilates. For those who forget, Church Street Pilates is there to remind them. The studio pays homage to the father of the fitness movement by incorporating the history of Pilates into each of its classes.
Sessions adhere strictly to Joseph Pilates's vision of achieving overall wellness through balance and coordination. Students perform sequences of exercises while coordinating their breathing and controlling their core muscles. This strengthens the midsection, tones limbs, and even lengthens the body without swapping out bones for rubber bands.
At Barre Tone, ballet exercises influence the signature fitness classes, which are fittingly held at a ballet barre. Students step up to the barre and follow the instructors' lead during routines that blend plies and tondus with moves from Pilates, Zumba, toning exercises, and hatha yoga. The focus on barre work helps tighten and tone cores, while the other fitness modalities add in benefits such as Zumba's cardio and yoga's meditative poise.
At Hot Yoga Bikram Tysons, instructors foster a noncompetitive environment where students can pursue their own yogic goals in either a 2,000- or a 600-square-foot practice space heated up to 105 degrees with 40% humidity. A sanitizing system continuously refreshes the air while students follow their instructors through two breathing exercises and 26 standing, seated, and reclining poses, which methodically stretch and strengthen muscle groups across the entire body. As the students sink into each pose, the instructors walk about the room, gently correcting postures by offering hands-on adjustments, verbal guidance, or Pictionary interpretations of each pose. Although the studio's Flotex antibacterial flooring helps to keep attendees microbe-free during class, onsite shower facilities allow guests to rinse off any sweaty chakras afterward.
The Pilates Room keeps bodies and minds engaged and elastic with a plethora of Pilates classes and massage services, among other body-benefiters. Stabilize your core and strengthen your muscles with a Pilates group apparatus class (up to a $40 value), using equipment such as the Reformer and the Tower, or experience the energy harnessing known only to spilled milk and bearskin rugs with a floor class ($20), available in cardio ball, Hatha yoga, and stretch-centric variations. The Pilates Room puts clients on the road to wellness with spinning classes ($22 for one class, $80 for four), and sore joints and knotty nexuses will benefit under a foot-focused, 60-minute Reflexology massage ($75) or a 45-minute sinus/headache-relief massage ($60). Gyrotonic classes are available, as are airbrush tanning services—ideal for those seeking to add some bronzy brashness after a winter spent working tollbooths in Antarctica.