Sweat removes toxins from the body. Fevers burn away unwelcome invaders. Heat allows muscles to extend and contract further. Heat can be healthy, a lesson Bikram Choudhury embraced when he moved his yogic practice into a 105-degree room, 2 degrees hotter than the average temperature inside a yak. The idea caught on, spreading around the world and eventually coming to Bikram Yoga Westfield in the form of Bikram-certified teachers. They lead Bikram's classic series of 26 asanas and two breathing exercises, a 90-minute session of stretching in which each pose builds upon the benefits of the last. In addition to their signature heated yoga, the staff members also facilitate wellness with massage services, holistic nutritional counseling, and even CrossFit coaching through their sister organization, CrossFit Westfield.
At My Om Town Yoga, we believe in creating a sanctuary-like setting that is comfortable and nurturing; a place that truly allows you to be yourself. There are a multitude of classes and integrative therapies offered that encourage body awareness, harmony and promote overall well-being.
At Gold Medal Fitness, positive energy does as much work as anyone's muscles to propel group classes. These courses cover the grounded poses of Power Yoga, the barbell lifts of BodyPump, and the festive spins of Zumba with more than 50 sessions per week. Cyclists can even choose between 45-minute spin classes and the more vigorous rides of super spin, which increase the challenge by adding an extra 15 minutes and asking your parents to stop putting a stabilizing hand on your back. Regardless of the discipline, however, instructors motivate their students by carefully balancing the room's camaraderie with a honed focus on every individual.
This personal approach typifies the gym as a whole, where the staff strive to memorize each member's name as they arrange workouts for all fitness levels. A nationally accredited team of personal trainers draws on specialties from boxing to Pilates to back rehabilitation, pushing their clients toward coveted milestones. On the gym floor, an assortment of machinery and free weights, as well as a designated stretching area, bespeaks the same regard for diverse goals—visitors can complete a round of resistance work on the FreeMotion circuit equipment, toss a medicine ball to a partner, or step onto a StairMaster. Other amenities include a childcare station, athletic speed school, HydroMassage, and a juice bar.
Whether coaching students as individuals or in a group setting, the certified instructors at the Westfield School of Dance draw from years of teaching and performance experience in their chosen styles. All are specialized in one to three disciplines of dance, and pass on their knowledge through a progressive syllabus in a range of classes. They organize students by skill level, coaching them in tap, jazz, modern dance, Russian ballet, and musical-theatre performance. For more experienced dancers and aspiring professionals, they also conduct work-study programs and student-teacher training. These experiences allow students to work alongside their teachers as well as guest artists to learn new choreography, develop teaching techniques, and uncover the mystery of what really happened that fateful night at Swan Lake.
Throughout the year, students are given the chance to showcase what they've learned in two venues. In the more minimalistic setting of the Black Box, beginner-level students perform original choreographed dance concerts. The annual spring Main Stage show folds novice through advanced dancers into a full-scale production, complete with live musicians, costumes, scenery, and props.
Sometimes, conquering a physical challenge requires more than just strength, it demands complete mental focus?especially when that challenge is learning how to throw MMA punches or muay thai strikes like a pro. The trainers at BrawlHouse know this well, which is why they've worked hard to create a supportive, distraction-free community where clients of all genders and ages can work to achieve their goals. The gym's fighting and fitness programs are designed to challenge minds and bodies at the same time, like a game of chess played in quicksand. Examples include Brazilian jiu-jitsu, which teaches the basics of submission grappling, SSF Elite, which fuses Pilates and yoga into one core-strengthening workout, and plyo-boot camp, which invokes high-intensity jump-training exercises.
The team of certified yoga instructors at Aquarian Yoga Center don't just teach their students; they also establish a community. Yogis immerse visitors of all ages and ability levels in the lifestyle, chiefly by following the tenets of yoga lifestyle. In many of the 25 classes each week, they guide students through breathing exercises and the yoga poses, pairing these exercises with meditation, and/or the beat of a gong. Major yoga styles, such as hatha yoga, and vinyasa flow, and kundalini yoga round out the offerings. Meanwhile, a packed calendar of events such as concerts, kirtan, and dance classes allow guests to explore other cultural pursuits. An on-site retail shop helps students continue their practice with goods ranging from organic healthcare products and oils to yoga clothing and books.