Darlene Casanova, owner of Imagination Place, believes that music holds the power to strengthen familial and community-based relationships. Drawing from her extensive training and careers in the performing arts, she now strives to nurture family bonds and child development via music and movement classes. Along with a team of certified teachers and music instructors, she leads a harmonious selection of internationally recognized programs open to adults, children, and operatic family dogs. In Music Together, an early-childhood series in which caregivers join their tots in song and movement, children choose from a basket brimming with instruments and Baroque-style wigs to identify their individual musical styles. Teachers spark early creativity with yoga, art, and theater in the Imagination Workshop, and motivate youngsters to explore music theory in Musical Bridge.
When she?s not crooning with kiddies, Darlene teaches AntiGravity fitness. Suspended from an AntiGravity hammock?a soft, pliable fabric used to enhance stretches?she guides pupils through an aerial series of movements that meld techniques from dance, Pilates, calisthenics, and classic yoga.
In addition to her wide range of family classes, Imagination Place hosts music- and art-filled birthday extravaganzas. During the warmer months, an assortment of summer-camp programs fills the studio with creative children eager to escape the stresses of babysitting their parents.
For runners at the starting line of Run13, LLC's signature half-marathons, 10Ks, and 5Ks, it's all downhill from there. The organization plots many of its events on a breezy downhill route, giving beginning runners a leg up on their first race and experienced runners a better shot at a personal record. But runners aren't the only ones that benefit. The Racing Cane 10K, 5K, and 1K benefits children in the Dominican Republic's impoverished cane-shack communities, using shoe collections and race registrations to help them break out of the cycle of poverty. And for every race, the organization designates a charity to donate its proceeds to, often taking suggestions from its fans or the magic 8 ball that presides over all affairs.
At each of Crossroads Fitness' four locations throughout the Wastach Front, members of all ages build strong, healthy bodies through a regimen of group classes, personal training, and extensive wellness evaluations and health assessments. Registered dietitians and fitness experts help clients manage their fitness goals, while a schedule of BodyPump, Zumba, yoga, and resistance training burn away unwanted fat while building lean muscle. After leveling up their endurance and speed with sports-performance training or flexing their legs in a cycling class, members relax and rehabilitate muscles with on-site massage therapy.
If visitors to The Lab Health and Fitness Studio need inspiration to get in shape, all they need to do is look at the staff. The chiseled experts boast myriad fitness accomplishments, among them an Ironman triathlete and a personal trainer to Olympic athletes. During both individual and group training sessions, the staff leads participants through workouts that burn calories, boost endurance, and tone limbs and torsos. They also offer a variety of yoga modalities, including aerial yoga, restorative yoga, and power yoga. Post-workout, clients can visit the onsite massage therapists to address aches, muscle tension, and stress.
Within a tranquil practice space, Yoga Central’s experienced instructors shepherd kids and adults working toward strong, relaxed physiques. Teachers draw on a variety of styles, including Hatha, Vinyasa, Ashtanga, and Kundalini, to build sessions of yoga-fusion routines for all skill levels. At night, instructors guide adults from one pose to the next by the light of softly glowing candles to melt away workday stress and kids' crayons lodged in nostrils and ears. Mommy & Me teachers help little ones purge excess energy while cultivating focus and an appreciation for fitness with basic poses and breathing exercises. Like sunsets, classes take place multiple times a day; seven days a week, helping busy yogis refine their practice without giving up their other pursuits.
Located in the heart of the Sugar House neighborhood, Bhakti Yoga Lounge is a yoga studio and lounge that offers Ashtanga, restorative, and flow classes to the community. Part yoga space, part arts center, the facility offers up to eight classes a day, seven days a week from 6 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. while hosting live music, art and fashion events. While the schedule may be busy, the center itself is peaceful. Classes include Sunrise Flow to help prepare for the day, intro to meditation, the physiological methods behind asanas in Align & Refine, and pre- and postnatal sessions. Students of all ages and experience come in to gain strength and flexibility while aligning breaths with challenging yoga poses, or to relax with tension-melting sessions, with discounts available for kids and seniors.