At East Meets West Yoga Center, a group of trained instructors 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.
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. And those who are busy with children can get in a workout without curling increasingly heavy bassinets, as children ages 4 months and older can play in Barre Tone's free daycare center.
The certified instructors at YourCore Pilates cultivate leaner torsos and stronger muscles with a range of Pilates and yoga classes. During the semiprivate Pilates Basics class, founder Susan Aarhus focuses on safety as she guides neophytes through fundamental movements, alignment, and breathing. Using this approach to teaching, Susan believes that students will be hooked if their first Pilates experience is fun, educational, and enjoyable. The method's controlled maneuvers tone core muscles to improve posture, coordination, and scores in games of Whac-A-Mole. Other classes, such as Pilates Fusion, blend Pilates with various workout techniques, incorporating yoga and stretching exercises. In Power Pilates, students use traditional weights for full-body resistance training.
Pure Om Fairfax, formerly known as Bikram Yoga Fairfax, sports an earthly orange palette, state of the art yoga studio, and bright, natural lighting that provide a cool counterpoint to the heated intensity of its Bikram yoga classes. Though rigorous with its balmy heat and strict 26-posture series, the 90-minute classes are open to students of all experience levels and are taught by a team of Bikram–certified instructors. The 4,700-square-foot facility boasts not just an expansive practice space outfitted with medical-grade linoleum flooring and a natural-gas-fired heating system but also shower and locker-room amenities that make changing back into street clothes comfortable and efficient.
As an expert Pilates instructor and certified holistic-health coach, Freda Nunn has more than a few tricks up her sleeve to help clients achieve whole-body wellness. She also has more than a few helpers. As the owner of Esenyl's Pilates, LLC, she leads a team of adept instructors. Together, they've honed their craft through more than 2,000 hours of training apiece. Wielding this expertise and a drive for physical fitness, they lead private, small-group, and group classes for adults as well as children aged 8–17. These low-impact sessions accommodate almost any body type, from pear shapes to banana shapes, while building core strength and long, lean muscles on the mat and various pieces of Pilates equipment such as the Reformer. Yoga classes round out the program offerings.