At Yoga by Gretchen, students from all walks of life find inspiration to foster their personal growth, physical fitness, and mental clarity. Gretchen and her team of instructors lead up to 25 students in yoga classes based in the Hatha and Vinyasa traditions, accommodating a variety of needs and goals. Beginner classes introduce students to yoga basics, Booty Ab yoga provides a more traditional fitness-class routine to tone bodies, and vigorous Vinyasa flow classes strengthen and stretch muscles with a series of challenging postures connected by focused breaths. In addition to yoga, the instructors also lead Pilates, Zumba, and kickboxing/boxing classes, in which ladies learn self-defense techniques to protect themselves from punching-bag assailants. Kids are welcome in the studio as well, laying the foundation for a lifetime of wellness with kids Zumba, hip-hop, and teen yoga.
YOUnique Yoga of NWI specializes in Vinyasa yoga––a vigorous flow of continuous posture sequences linked together with conscious breaths. To help practitioners sink into deep stretches as safely as possible and warm up pockets full of leftover lasagna, YOUnique's studio is heated to a balmy 95-195 degrees, making each 70-minute session a sweaty and detoxifying workout that helps to lengthen and heal the muscles. While the sun salutations, balances, twists, and binds are designed to accommodate all skill levels, instructors can guide beginners into modified poses. Students should load up their yoga pack-mule with plenty of water, a mat, and a towel before heading to each class, though YOUnique Yoga of NWI stocks a surplus available for rent or purchase.
Holistic health is all about treating the body as a single entity. At Zen Wellness, beauty, wellness, and every other element of our happiness are inseparable. Health professionals there offer everything from massage therapy to facials, waxing, body wraps, and Reiki treatments, or energy healing. Clients come for a whole host of reasons—some come for eyelash extensions, some for detoxifying ionic foot baths, and others just to let tight muscles in the back and neck relax after a long day of turning around suddenly every time a secret agent enters the room.
Fayth Caruso has studied ballet, jazz, and tap dance, training that helped her earn a BFA in dance and led to her first choreographed piece, "In Human Form." Her fascination with the human form—its alignment, its musculature, and its ability to resist injury—also shines at Sixpax, her Pilates-centric fitness studio. The group classes center on strengthening the core strengthening and building lean muscle. Mat classes, meanwhile, rely more heavily on bodyweight exercises and props, such as Bosu balls, resistance bands, and mini trampolines ideal for raising heart rates and turning regular beans into jumping beans. As an alternative or complement to group classes, personal training sessions blend a variety of Pilates styles with client-specific modifications during one-on-one sessions.
Yoga experts Jim Bennitt and James Tennant teach students to perform breathing techniques and postures from the Patanjali school of yoga, as well as Ayurvedic practices and meditation, in group classes. While new students learn basic techniques, seasoned yogis can stretch muscles and fold their skeletons into forms more easily stowed in an overhead luggage compartment with additional workshops. Pupils can also enroll in Tejas Yoga's teacher-training and mentorship program, which includes one year of training, one year of classes, and the use of Tejas Yoga facilities for personal practice. Dark wooden floors, ample space, and minimalistic décor create a tranquil ambiance with little furniture to catch dust or absorb negative vibes. Tejas Yoga's class schedule and answers to frequently asked questions can be found online or by staring long enough at a mandala.