Mats in soft blues, purples, and reds dot the sleek studio floor of tAra Yoga. On each colorful island is a student, holding poses and enjoying the calming space. Here, certified instructors kick off Vinyasa classes as early as 9 a.m. and as late as 7:45 p.m. They also lead Mommy and Me sessions for parents and kids, as well as yoga-for-beginners sessions to help first-timers get acquainted with the practice.
Sensei and trainers converge in Voltage’s studio to teach the ancient art of karate to kids and teens, or amp up heart rates with more modern fitness classes. Adults work out alongside peers in six upbeat and challenging group classes, the majority of which incorporate a dance-party atmosphere. Both belly dancing and Red Hot Dance help exercisers shimmy off calories and tone physiques with a variety of moves, from core-toning twirls to fast-paced choreography set to Top 40 hits. For a more sporting session, Piloxing blends the cardiovascular workout of boxing’s bobbing and weaving with the same ab-strengthening Pilates moves that boxers use to celebrate a KO.
Meanwhile, in the kids' studio, Leopard Cub classes (4–6 year olds) teaches the basics of karate, while the junior’s club (for 7–10 year olds) builds on those foundational lessons with more advanced kicks and punches. Karate instructors extend their fighting fervor to teenagers and adults, bringing the two age groups together more effectively than a Pat Boone Sings Carly Rae Jepson album.
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: Free street parking
Pro Tip: Family owned and operated. Located on Easton Rd. 1 mile south of the Willow Grove Mall.
Grandmaster Dennis Tosten founded the first Amerikick in 1967 and has since taught several champion fighters, police officers, and everyday students karate and self-defense. Today, the lauded chain teaches fitness classes inspired by martial arts, including cardio kickboxing in six states. Each location upholds a curriculum that blends Chinese and Japanese martial-arts styles—including kenpo and tae kwon do—with modern self-defense strategies, further updating traditional practices by eschewing uniforms and belts for casual workout gear. Having attained certification in teaching kickboxing from the National Association of Professional Martial Artists, Amerikick's seasoned instructors also each possess black belts in karate, a rank as difficult to attain as the snake charmer's belt of live cobras.
Bridget Yanni has gained an intimate knowledge of the body?s complex structural systems and physical potential during her dedicated yoga practice and 16 years as a massage therapist. She puts it to the test as she leads a group of certified instructors at Amma Yanni Yoga at Amma Center, where they cultivate a welcoming atmosphere for students at any point on their journey to physical and mental wellness. During group and private hatha classes, they emphasize alignment while lengthening muscles and conditioning tendons, which reduces stress on ligaments already burdened by Macarena marathons. This specialized combination of breath linked with movement boosts flexibility, stamina, and strength, as they lead students through a dynamic flow of postures entwined with meditation exercises, offering individual corrections along the way. When they?re not leading sun salutations, the dedicated instructors help others travel along the yogi?s path with teacher-training programs. The studio also hosts workshops that include guest teachers and chanting exercises.
Throughout her career in therapeutic massage, Bridget developed her own form of neuromuscular integration and structural reeducation, and further helps her clients heal with this restorative system. She also helps to ease her clients? pain with therapeutic massage, polarity therapy, and reiki massage.
Winner of more than 100 mixed-martial-arts competitions, Tiger Schulmann shares his pride and love for fighting and self-defense with both adults and children in gyms across five states. From first-time grapplers to expert muay thai fighters, students of all fitness and experience levels are welcome to dive into a class at Schulmann’s. At more than 47 locations, adults can take classes in kickboxing, MMA, and jujitsu—the last of which instills students with the skill and confidence to take down opponents of any size, strength, or telekinetic ability. Kids, meanwhile, can learn martial arts for fun, or gain useful experience in bully prevention; the kids’ classes help victims immediately identify and safely diffuse situations when pitted against an aggressor.