For Claire Diab, director of The American Yoga Academy & Studio, yoga isn’t just a matter of stretching, balancing, and breathing. It’s a way of being that promotes peace and transforms lives. In addition to teaching backbends and sun salutations, Claire and her team of instructors show students how to extend their practice beyond the mat. In her more than 25 years as an instructor, she has led yoga and meditation classes with Deepak Chopra and the popular Zen and Yoga course at Seton Hall University, where she’s a professor of Asian Studies. Hatha poses and Eastern philosophies guide the studio's teaching during classes such as yoga basics and power flow, which help yogis build enough strength, balance, and focus to rescue a bobcat from a sky-high redwood tree. Known as Modern Day Yoga, this system also informs her teacher trainings, in which students of all levels can become Yoga Alliance–certified yoga teachers or convincing Sting impersonators. Between classes at her studio in the Wilshire Grand Hotel, pupils can pose with Claire via several instructional DVDs and mp3s.
Equipment: Free weights, Smith machines, tires, battle ropes, Jacobs ladder, etc.
Students should bring: Bottle of water, towel, ENERGY.
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: No
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Nobody will judge you. Clean and a friendly staff.
Headbanger Fitness founder Jermaine Terry became a personal trainer in 2009, but it wasn't until he worked with one specific client that he realized his true mission as a fitness and nutritional professional. Terry helped a cancer survivor regain her strength and confidence, and through doing so, discovered a passion for using fitness to motivate and inspire. Today, he teaches a broad range of classes in disciplines such as weightlifting, boxing, and aerobic and fitness classes, all with the goal of helping clients change their lives for the better.