For more than 35 years, The Yoga Institute has been educating and enlivening its members through the exploratory practice of yoga. Classes help quiet the mind and loosen the body as students delve deeper into an eclectic blend of Vinyasa, Ashtanga-based, and Jivamukti-infused classes. Mix It Up classes take a different focus each week, including poses that use a wall and partner poses. Early-morning classes wake up the body with fluid movements, whereas advanced classes challenge students with rigorous inversions, arm balances, and backbends. Instructors pay special attention to proper alignment, offering adjustments to deepen a student’s physical practice and accompanying mental release.
Light floods the cozy studio and streams through the wall-to-wall windows to bounce off the mirrors lining the practice space. High-energy music thumps through in the studio, giving students the extra oomph needed to motor through cardio moves or shake hips in a variety of fitness classes. Latin-inspired Zumba and ME (Movement & Energy) classes keep the mood playful, while stretch classes offer a tranquil respite in which muscles can elongate or practice imitating rubber bands. Expert instructors fuse yoga, ballet, and Pilates in barre classes, which help tone and sculpt muscles in 45- to 60-minute sessions.
At each of its 31 area locations, the YMCA of Greater Houston pursues a mission to bring health, wellness, and personal growth to communities. Kids leap into activities ranging from swim lessons and youth sports to a teen Youth & Government program that stirs up confidence and leadership abilities in students, preparing them for mudslinging student-council campaigns.
Zumba, ballroom dance, and Les Mills group exercise classes shake up adult workout routines, as complimentary childcare frees up parents to pursue fitness goals. Meanwhile, adult sport leagues such as basketball and racquetball result in friendly competition and hyper-literate team names inspired by obscure philosophers.
The reformer Pilates instructors at Pilates Powerhouse whip bodies into tip-top shape with three one-hour reformer Pilates classes (a $35 value each). The core-strengthening sessions, which accommodate humans of all body types and abilities, employ resistance equipment to build sleek, toned muscles and increase flexibility, coordination, and the endurance necessary to mambo backward in roller skates. Intimate three-person classes allow vigilant instructors to ensure trainees stay in proper form and don't cheat on mandatory astrophysics exams, and an emphasis on proper breathing de-stresses frazzled pupils.
Sundance Yoga Studio's staff of certified instructors helps students create strong, pliable physiques by working through challenging sessions of Vinyasa classes.Yoga classes emphasize proper spinal alignment while connecting the mind, body, and fitness-fanatic alter egos. Each studio location hosts a six-day schedule with advanced and beginner-friendly classes to accommodate students of all experience levels. During classes, mat mavens follow instructors through calming deep-breathing, meditation, and relaxation techniques in addition to a series of healing postures and animal impressions. A noncompetitive atmosphere encourages each practitioner to practice to his or her skill level as instructors lead with demonstration, verbal cues, and hands-on instruction, helping students hone ample amounts of muscle strength, flexibility, and balance along the way.
It seems there's something for everyone beneath the high ceilings of the Friendswood Fitness facility. Different sections of the floor are painted with track markings, yard lines, and basketball-court delineations. Weight machines challenge muscles, as do stationary bikes when people try to carry them onto the treadmills. Workout gear such as free weights and fitness ropes abounds. Varied class options include yoga, Zumba, and interval training, and personal trainers customize one-on-one workouts.