Nimble sages with plenteous stockpiles of chi guide students of all skill levels down the path of mindfulness in classes that seek to promote inner health and self-actualization. The experienced clan of instructors combines forces to lead a schedule of calming, focused classes designed to accommodate all skill levels. Beginners can cut their tensile teeth in Chill classes that prop chakras up on sturdy tripods and review basic postures at an approachable pace. The Activate classes further develop strength and flexibility, while one- or two-hour Yoga Heat sessions spark a purgative inferno with athletic explorations of deep asanas and breathing techniques. A serene, communal studio space helps reduce the effects of stress and assists in cleansing the impurities garnered in spiritual mud-wrestling matches.
The instructors at Destin Pilates Center incorporate both Pilates and yoga principles into their workouts. In addition to offering reformer classes, the instructors also lead aerial silks classes where students learn how to climb and pose with two pieces of fabric hanging from the ceiling. Destin Pilates Center is a Pilates Method Alliance certification studio in the area for Balanced Body University, which is one of the largest manufacturers of Pilates equipment.
Dr. Steven F. Weiner, a Johns Hopkins–trained, board-certified head, neck, and facial plastic surgeon, established The Aesthetic Clinique as a non-surgical and minimally invasive practice performing cosmetic procedures with the help of four full-time aestheticians and a registered nurse. Patients consult with the doctor, who draws on 17 years of Botox experience and his status as a Platinum Provider of Botox, to target pesky wrinkles in areas such as foreheads, upper necks, brows, lips, and cotton dress shirts. The entire procedure usually takes only 5–10 minutes, but effects do not become apparent for up to five days. Results of the treatment may last three–six months, allowing patients to pose as intrepid teenage sleuths for an unprecedented amount of time.
Inside Destin Hot Yoga's 100-degree practice studio, certified instructors lead students of all fitness levels through 75 and 90-minute, stress-relieving Barkan method yoga classes seven days a week. With the thermostat cranked to a warm, humid, and detoxifying temperature, students narrow their focus to sweat out their toxins and forge new, flexible frontiers while maintaining rhythmic, deep relaxation breathing. Aside from empowering the mind and circulatory system, Barkan classes provide proven benefits, such as assisting in tight joint relief, mood improvement, organ function, and the tackling of rabid elephants of discontentedness. The Barkan method of yoga integrates poses from other disciplines, varying the practice from class to class to keep minds, muscles, and disenchanted sticky mats engaged.
The seasoned trainers at Studio E conduct classes on both land and sea. They lead high-intensity kickboxing, energetic cardio dance, and challenging ballet barre classes in their bright fitness studio, where tall mirrors soar up over hardwood floors and functional equipment. The trainers stay on land when guiding students in innovative SurfSET classes, which fuse yoga and core exercises with surfing movements. They hold their SUP classes, however, out on the sunny sea. During these sessions, the trainers lead students through yoga and pilates movements while they balance on standup paddleboards.
Instructor Brittany Lee can attest to Joseph Pilates’ claim that “after 10 sessions, you will feel better”—she felt the same way after discovering Pilates herself despite an extremely active lifestyle of running, hiking, biking, and surfing. She imparts this same sense of well-being in classes at SoWal Pilates, where students perform the core-chiseling, muscle-lengthening moves on mats, with props, or on reformers. The class curriculum also includes Booty Barre, a blend of Pilates, dance, yoga, and sculpting that tones the body and torches calories.