"Our bodies and minds are closely interconnected. Our state of mind is expressed in physical phenomena, and, conversely, physical phenomena reflect our state of mind," says Dahn Yoga founder Ilchi Lee, "Nothing is impossible. Keep working on it until it's possible. There is no failure, just the gradual process of success." 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.
The inspiring trainers at each MetaBody location lead troops of workouteers in results-oriented workouts several times weekly. Sweat sessions utilize a variety of exercises and disciplines to produce full-body results in a supportive environment, ideal for beginners and hard-core core-hardeners alike. During any class, motivational instructors will use the instinctual distrust of routine to their advantage. Begin a day of litigating with a refreshing early-morning boot-camp session, or wind down by burning evidence and pounds with a late-evening yoga class. Muscles are kept guessing with new and challenging moves during each session, so participants never fall into a boring, ineffective routine, such as regular teeth brushing. In addition to the fitness classes, students receive a success guide to help prepare for imminent pound loss, a nutrition guide, and a $100 gift certificate for individual coaching. Because the pass sets a 10-class cap for each company, roving fitness mavens can further shake up their workout regimens by vetting a series of classes or instructors that work best for them.
CenteredBeing founder Suzie Carmack just wants to get people moving at her family-friendly studio, whether that means teaching adults slow-motion restorative yoga poses or tornado-speed tap dance for children. With a master's degree in theater, a PhD in health communication, and certifications in kinesiology, yoga, and Pilates, she has proven to be very passionate about physical movement, helping teach people how to minimize stress with physical activity. She is also keenly aware of how dangerous it is to stay sedentary, not only when there's a rolling boulder approaching, but in everyday life. To educate others, she's given keynote speeches on the subject to the Pan American Health Organization and delivers lunchtime workshops at offices, where she explains why it's important to regularly get up from a desk chair. But most CenteredBeing students come for the body-moving group fitness sessions. There are even separate classes for kids. With offerings that include yoga for all ages, Pilates, and barre classes, the studio offers a diverse schedule with four to nine group fitness classes each day. CenteredBeing also offers teacher training.
The certified instructors at YourCore Pilates cultivate leaner torsos and stronger muscles with a range of Pilates and yoga classes. During the semiprivate Pilates Basics class, founder Susan Aarhus focuses on safety as she guides neophytes through fundamental movements, alignment, and breathing. Using this approach to teaching, Susan believes that students will be hooked if their first Pilates experience is fun, educational, and enjoyable. The method's controlled maneuvers tone core muscles to improve posture, coordination, and scores in games of Whac-A-Mole. Other classes, such as Pilates Fusion, blend Pilates with various workout techniques, incorporating yoga and stretching exercises. In Power Pilates, students use traditional weights for full-body resistance training.
Pure Om Fairfax, formerly known as Bikram Yoga Fairfax, sports an earthly orange palette, state of the art yoga studio, and bright, natural lighting that provide a cool counterpoint to the heated intensity of its Bikram yoga classes. Though rigorous with its balmy heat and strict 26-posture series, the 90-minute classes are open to students of all experience levels and are taught by a team of Bikram?certified instructors. The 4,700-square-foot facility boasts not just an expansive practice space outfitted with medical-grade linoleum flooring and a natural-gas-fired heating system but also shower and locker-room amenities that make changing back into street clothes comfortable and efficient.
As an expert Pilates instructor and certified holistic-health coach, Freda Nunn has more than a few tricks up her sleeve to help clients achieve whole-body wellness. She also has more than a few helpers. As the owner of Esenyl's Pilates, LLC, she leads a team of adept instructors. Together, they've honed their craft through more than 2,000 hours of training apiece. Wielding this expertise and a drive for physical fitness, they lead private, small-group, and group classes for adults as well as children aged 8?17. These low-impact sessions accommodate almost any body type, from pear shapes to banana shapes, while building core strength and long, lean muscles on the mat and various pieces of Pilates equipment such as the Reformer. Yoga classes round out the program offerings.