The pressure was starting to get to Karoun Charkoudian, much like a teakettle when an entire family stares at it impatiently. She had completed grad school and was looking for a corporate gig, and this new phase in life was causing her a lot of confusion. But all of that went away when a friend brought her to a Bikram yoga class in 2003. There, she discovered newfound peace and clarity. In the years that followed, Karoun completed teacher training for several types of yoga, including Vinyasa flow and Iyengar, and became heavily influenced by the meditative movements of Chinese qi gong.
Now she shares her expertise within the bright green walls at Karoun Yoga. The intimate, modern studio is also home to other experienced instructors who approach yoga from the realms of fitness, rehabilitation, dance, and spirituality.
At X-Scape Fitness, Maria Pereira McCullah uses her Zumba license to teach fun, energetic classes that combine dance and fitness. She teaches basic Zumba, which uses upbeat Latin-themed music to inspire clients as they perform dance routines designed to help them burn calories. She also leads yoga sessions, kids' fitness ZumbAtomic classes, Zumba Toning classes that use toning sticks to help boost strength and tone the body, and Zumba Sentao classes that use chairs to help improve strength and muscle definition.
In the comfort of her private studio, massage therapist Karen Provost calms aching muscles with one-on one massage sessions. She utilizes Swedish strokes or sports bodywork to improve range of motion, and applies deep-tissue pressure to chronic sore spots. Those with muscle sensitivity, however, can opt for a reiki session, which strives to decongest the body's energy pathways and stimulate immunity. Whatever the modality, treatments are always tailored to the needs of the individual, and not to requests from radio callers.