"The yoga community is so different than a typical gym. It?s warm, friendly and inviting." This is just one of the many accolades shared by Akasha Yoga's happy members who revel in the sense of community the studio fosters. One of the reasons for the close-knit feel?heated classes where students commiserate as they challenge themselves and others to push through the high temperatures. Though possibly overwhelming at first, the raised Fahrenheit helps students sweat out harmful toxins and loosens their muscles so that they can achieve deeper stretches and poses that resemble the flexible animals they're named after. Students can also opt for non-heated classes such as Yin Yoga in which a series of floor postures are held for several minutes making it one of the more challenging classes. Another reason for the close-knit feel?teachers who have discovered the power of yoga after injuries, unwanted weight gain, or career stress and who patiently lead students toward their goals, whether the goals be weight loss, relaxation, or working as the body double for a pretzel.
Retired ballet dancer and Practical Pilates instructor Adam Aicher helps students hone long, lean physiques with 50-minute yoga and Pilates classes. The studio teems with sessions six days a week, including mat Pilates classes where the studio's extensively trained instructors lead students through a series of carefully controlled exercises that focuses on strengthening cores, increasing range of motion, and forging a bond with shy, sticky mats. Similarly, yoga classes bolster muscles while encouraging flexibility with a mix of challenging and peaceful poses.
Wellness workshops and intensive bridal boot camps allow guests to delve deeper into the aspects of fitness that most interest them, be it learning basic nutrition, chiseling physiques in three weeks, or learning how to stash wedding cake without losing muscle tone. The studio’s wall-to-wall glass doors reveal views of Town Square plaza, inviting guests out to the wraparound terrace as they wait for their classes.
Since its 1965 founding in Venice Beach, California, Gold's Gym has dotted the globe with more than 600 locations where professional athletes and exercise newbies gather under the umbrella of personal strength. Nearly 3.5 million Gold's members chart and aim for their fitness peaks, perspiring beneath the gaze of certified personal trainers or pedaling beside peers at cycling sessions. In a diverse lineup of group classes, patrons strengthen cores with Pilates, finger-paint pictures of ninjas in martial arts, and amp up heart rates. Many Gold's Gym locations stockpile futuristic amenities, such as cardio machines with individual iPod docks and televisions that help keep patrons motivated.
Laura Cotler and her staff at Lift Pilates specialize in the Stott method, a contemporary take on Pilates that helps improve exercisers' athletic performance and spinal curvature. Students can learn the peculiarities of the method?for example, the Stott method doesn't always stress keeping your back flat?during Reformer and Mat classes that can accommodate individuals and small groups alike. To complement the exercises, Cotler and company also schedule full-body workouts such as Yoga Sculpt and Barre Sculpt. Thanks to the staff's expertise, the selection of classes, and the studio's equipment, Lift was voted Best Pilates Studio in 2012 by KCRA 3's A-List.
The class is small, a cluster of hard-working students lift their legs as an instructor walks around them to check posture and adjust forms. The instructors at ReVibe Pilates & Bodywork purposefully keep their Pilates classes intimate to ensure they can attend to each student in turn. This enables the teachers to better help their charges as they build core, arm, and leg muscles by performing exercises on the Reformer machines or on the mat.
In addition to mat and reformer classes, the team also leads Barre ReVibe sessions that use ballet-inspired exercises to create long and lithe physiques. Massage therapists, meanwhile, are on hand to help students recover from injury or stress with treatments such as Swedish massage, hot stone therapy, or group hugs.
The chiropractic doctors of Premier Chiropractic & Pilates blend chiropractic services, Pilates, and HydroMassage to help their patients on the way to optimal health health. During initial visits, patrons can expect an exhaustive consultation, examination, and suite of x-rays, allowing the doctors to best chart a course of treatment. Afterwards, they can partake in the appropriate service, be it corrective exercises, nutritional counseling, or physiotherapy.