Nimble sages with plenteous stockpiles of chi guide students of all skill levels down the path of mindfulness in classes that seek to promote inner health and self-actualization. The experienced clan of instructors combines forces to lead a schedule of calming, focused classes designed to accommodate all skill levels. Beginners can cut their tensile teeth in Chill classes that prop chakras up on sturdy tripods and review basic postures at an approachable pace. The Activate classes further develop strength and flexibility, while one- or two-hour Yoga Heat sessions spark a purgative inferno with athletic explorations of deep asanas and breathing techniques. A serene, communal studio space helps reduce the effects of stress and assists in cleansing the impurities garnered in spiritual mud-wrestling matches.
With one foot planted in traditional martial-arts pedagogy and the other roundhouse-kicking modern sports science, Tiger Rock Taekwondo Academy schools limbs with fast-paced, total-body fitness classes. The health-and-fitness program consists of YogaFit and Kisado, which blends martial arts, yoga, and nutritional counseling to build up the whole body and tone each strand of hair on the head. Martial arts classes for adults and kids cover counter aggressive forms such as taekwondo and hanmudo, a style based on grappling and takedowns.
At Riviera Fitness Center, a team of personal trainers helps guests achieve fitness goals via the facility’s huge selection of workout equipment. The gym boasts a variety of free weights and more than 50 cardio machines, as well as separate studios for spinning, Zumba dance fitness, and boxing classes.
There’s more to yoga than just asanas (poses) and pranayama (breathing)—at Navarre Living Yoga, the instructors encourage students to live their whole lives consciously. Their philosophy blends yoga, meditation, and contemplation, with one class specifically designed to prepare the client for 10 minutes of meditation. They welcome students of all ages and body types, unlike studios that only accept the body of a Model T. Many of the teachers bring more than 500 hours of practice to the table, which lends them the skills to teach beginners’ yoga, Yin yoga, and hot yoga, among other types.
Self-empowerment takes many forms at Fairhope Yoga & Wellness. The instructors help students learn to live better, more balanced lives through both physical and mental practice. This is most apparent in the studio?s schedule of yoga classes, which includes asana-focused Hatha and heated Vinyasa styles, as well as gentler Yin and restorative sessions that emphasize deep stretches, reinforced mind-body connections, and learning how to breathe through your pores. Beyond yoga, the staff also leads specialized workshops that explore everything from women?s self-defense to ayurvedic lifestyle practices.
Under the banner of the Greek word pneuma, which means "breath of God," the instructors at Pneuma Yoga/Movement Studio put a Christian spin on the ancient Hindu practice. Through muslin drapes, gauzy sunlight diffuses throughout the homey studio, alighting on beginners as they meditate through gentle flow yoga's relaxed poses and breath work or advanced practitioners as they scrimmage with their limitations in power yoga's muscle-building exercises. Guests can pop in during their lunch hour for Lunch Bunch sessions, and younger patrons aged 12–18 acquaint themselves with the benefits of the limb-limbering art during Prakasha yoga. Instructors keep class sizes intimate, giving each aspiring yogi enough room to move through mountain poses, sun salutations, and lindy-hop routines.