"Our brain is designed to realize what we wish, without any minor errors," says Dahn Yoga founder Ilchi Lee, "If you want success, it will create success. If you want happiness or health, it will create them. Anything is possible, as long as negative thoughts and emotions don't interfere." To make this challenging, yet hopeful philosophy accessible to all, Lee combined the Eastern concept of chi energy with his own brain-management system, developing a distinctive program that unlocks inner peace and sweeps up brain clutter caused by the daily stress of always having to find Waldo. Warm-up yoga maneuvers awaken muscles before 30–40 minutes of breathing, stretching, core practice, and meditation—including a signature brain-wave vibration technique that aims to calibrate mental and physical energies. Cool-down exercises ease the body back into quotidian functionality before a 10-minute teatime invites socialization among participants while bolstering pinkie endurance. Dahn Yoga is also taught at independently owned and operated franchises called Body & Brain Yoga.
Pure Joe's certified Pilates practitioners guide clients of all skill sets and body types through private sessions that are structured to accommodate individual needs. The instructors utilize creator Joe Pilates' original method of contrology, which calls for great concentration and control as participants flow through precise body-positioning exercises aimed at boosting strength, flexibility, circulation, balance, and mind-body smelting. Solo sessions serve up full-system workouts that, though custom-tailored, often employ both apparatus and mat work to chisel muscles from every angle.
Improve core strength, straighten posture, and increase flexibility with five mat classes at Quantum Pilates. The mat classes use a series of controlled movements to align the body, like a mechanic fixing the gears on an exercise motorcycle, and the studio’s passionate instructors offer motivational guidance. Group classes are limited to 10 people, which means you'll receive plenty of personalized attention targeting your problem areas before your class divides up into teams for a five-on-five Red Rover tournament. With polished wood floors and a calming atmosphere, the studio offers a peaceful respite from the jackhammer percussion of everyday life.
Pilates strengthens your abs and back, reduces neck and shoulder tension, and improves flexibility. If you practice Pilates, your spine will become so flexible, you'll be able to scratch your nose with the back of your foot and make your shoulder blades clap (the method of applause Pilates founder Joseph Pilates preferred during his speaking gigs). Mind-BodyFitness is a Pilates studio, not a gym, so there are no membership fees, no exercise equipment to wipe down, and no sick-looking muscle dudes who are obviously juicing. If you're one of those guys, we recommend going to the Pontius Pilates Gym and Juicery.
The lack of fixed-plane machines in the weight-training studio may seem unconventional and surprising at first, but the reason for the omission is a simple one: BodySmith Training Gym believes that each client should be paired with a customized workout routine based on the guidance of a personal trainer, rather than one based on waiting in line for the treadmill. The personal trainers—all armed with certifications—work with guests to achieve their fitness goals using kettlebells, free weights, and cardio machines such as the outrun-a-charging-bull machine. Guests can also sign up for a number of group fitness classes, such as yoga, boxing, or boot camps that motivate using military-style discipline and lots of compliments.
After a long day of negotiating bilateral trade agreements, you can head to one of Yoga District's three equally homey and convenient studios for one of a dozen specialized classes, like Restorative, perfect for recharging after the whipping of work week; Heated, to build strength; and Power, for a fast, sweat-soaked workout. Classes start as early as seven in the morning and as late as eight at night, if you like doing yoga with jittery, caffeinated owls. Yoga veterans malleable as warm wax and neophytes unable to touch their toes are equally welcome.