Established by the peace purveyors at Chi Spa, Chi Yoga Center's instructors motivate students of all ages and skill levels to seek inner serenity while building strong and limber bodies. At their new 26th St. location the studio is outfitted in pale green tones and a mirrored wall that reflects the Buddha art displayed on the opposite side. Here, instructors guide pupils through various yoga styles such as Hatha, Vinyasa, and Sivananda. They also teach Iron yoga, which helps guests improve their flexibility with yoga and build lean muscle mass with weight training drills, such as bench-pressing other yogis.
Demonstrating a commitment to preserving the environment and a sense of community, the instructors offer incentives for traveling by bicycle or foot or contributing a charitable donation such as toys, household items, and nonperishable foods.
At Acupuncture & Holistic Medicine Inc, acupuncturist Evelyn Lopez takes a whole-person approach to wellness. When she assesses patients, she factors in sleep patterns, diet, and emotional health, for example, and that attention to detail shines through in her acupuncture too. As she distributes hairlike, stainless steel single-use sterile needles along meridian points, she uses techniques that are geared towards balancing the body. This applies equally to sessions for physical ailments, such as back pain and PMS, and more psychological maladies, like anxiety. However, Evelyn isn't restricted to acupuncture treatments alone?when appropriate, she can also prescribe Chinese herbal medicine, or tend to energy fields with touch-free reiki work.
The founder of Body Manors and an AFAA-certified trainer, Andrew LaRochelle packed his metaphorical suitcase with New England enthusiasm and kinesthetic authority when he moved to South Florida to lead group fitness classes at Body Manors. He specializes in teaching core-toning yoga for beginners and advanced practitioners, and also promotes the roasting of calories during cardio kickboxing and dance aerobics based on moves from salsa, hip hop, and “there’s a bat in this room.” Before opening Body Manors, Andrew trained his brain at the University of North Florida and UMass Boston, where he earned a master’s degree in public affairs. The minimalist studio in which Andrew plies his trade showcases a white interior bathed in natural light, which shines through picture windows onto hardwood floors.
The staff at Island City Health & Fitness empowers clients mentally and physically with opportunities for self-guided workouts, trainer-led sessions, and group fitness classes. Guests can hop on the center's cardio equipment to jump-start heart rates, or test out an arsenal of Cybex and Hammer & Strength weightlifting machines to help keep muscles as defined as a black hole's silhouette. For clients seeking guidance, certified trainers with extensive knowledge of human physiology support guests in their fitness endeavors by leading individualized workouts. Camaraderie fuels workers-out during small group classes, available in a variety of styles including yoga, strength, and cardio interval-based sessions.
At Zumba W/ Obey 1, certified instructor Ramon Pardo gets toes tapping and bodies moving during fun Zumba workouts. Motivational music acts as a soundtrack to each session, fueling clients to perform dance combinations that help burn calories, tone muscles, and sculpt the body. Ramon is also certified to teach Zumbatomic classes, which are specially designed for kids and incorporate dance fitness, games, and high-energy music.
Inside Bodytek Fitness, students of all skill levels use their own body weight to tone and firm muscles on TRX-suspension machines and Bosu balance balls. During Bodytek Fitness’s total-body fitness program, trainers spur clients along as they work with resistance bands, free weights, kettlebells, and rowers to improve cardiovascular systems and develop muscle definition. The one-hour workouts include 20–30 minutes of interval cardio to get hearts pumping and burn away the fat stores that cover up muscle tone. The rest of the 60 minutes is spent moving from station to station for new exercises that push through fitness plateaus by shocking the body much more efficiently than wearing your samurai armor to a Tesla-coil expo. Bodytek's other class offerings include yoga, spinning, and mat Pilates.