Lauded by reporters from Tropolism as "the coolest yoga studio of all time," and available for rental for private events, Yoga Deva was designed by Phoenix-based architects Blank Studio to serve as a calming sanctuary from the zooming cars and bustling sidewalks of the outside world. Long, walnut benches and a radiant-blue wall greet visitors in the front lobby, drawing them toward a sunlit yoga room with towering mirrors and white, wavy ceilings.
Serenity and balance in the studio is a must for owner, Davis, who aims to deepen the mind-body awareness of all who enter. At the studio, she uses all natural modern technology to promote pain relief and anti-aging benefits. After sustaining numerous injuries during her two-decade career as a professional ballet dancer, Davis found relief through inner reflection, which she harnessed during her time as a body-centered psychotherapist, and movement. Today, she channels her love of meditation and physical action into yoga, helming a team of certified instructors who lead classes in a variety of styles ranging from Vinyasa flow to Yin yoga. Sessions cater to students of all levels and can be modified to personally cater to clients. During each session, they guide students through poses and stretches designed to soothe the mind, heal the body, and enhance flexibility. The instructors strive to create a sanctuary of silence in the yoga room, requesting that guests leave all cellphones, pagers, and singing animatronic trout in the dressing room. In addition to yoga, Yoga Deva also offers therapeutic massage therapy to ease minds and sore muscles.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
As a new customer we put you through our fundamentals program to receive the care and attention you deserve, with individualized attention that will yield greater results. We learn each and every one of your strengths and weakness and plan accordingly to maximize your results from the start.
Exercise is challenging. How do you keep clients motivated and engaged?
GET RESULTS! Results provide enough motivation to keep you going for the long term and we have learned over the years that giving a person the results they desire, provided they show up and follow the plan, is all that's needed to keep you motivated.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
As fitness professionals CrossFit and the method in which it's used to get people in shape and change their lives it just clicked. After years of working in the fitness industry and learning about strength and conditioning, body mechanics, human movement, and nutrition opening up was the next step.
What do you love most about your job?
Seeing people get results, hearing them tell us they feel better, have more energy, thanking us for changing their lives, seeing them grow internally. We've had the opportunity to see people change not only their body composition but many other things as well. It changes their life.
After earning reputations as elite trainers throughout the East Valley, NASM-certified personal trainers Luis Galindo and Jeremy Jones pooled 30 years of combined fitness experience to cofound Funktional Fitness. At their custom-designed studio in downtown Gilbert, they waive the monotony of gym machines and treadmill stacking for workouts based on functional movements—actions relevant to everyday living. Their regimens and nutrition programs encourage guests to embody the studio's core values, which include strength, endurance, mobility, and nutrition.
Funktional Fitness also prioritizes results and the customer experience during all sessions. One-on-one and semiprivate sessions stress individual feedback, whereas GroupFit classes combine the intimate instruction of private lessons with the camaraderie of book clubs that meet to tear dictionaries in half. Voted Best Place to Workout in Gilbert, Arizona, patrons have the option to battle their own body weight with TRX suspension cords, swing kettlebells, or flow through yoga poses during their visits, building strength in a welcoming environment infused with competitive drive.
As a 23-year-old junior, Tom Hatten didn’t spend his evenings at the raucous parties or ice-cream socials associated with college life. Instead, he’d spend the waning hours of his evenings waiting by the dryer for the last batch of towels before collapsing into bed. In the morning, he would lug them to Mountainside Fitness, the gym he opened as a student that he has thrown all his energy into maintaining ever since.
Today, the humble 4,800-square-foot space has bloomed into nine gyms that average a sweeping 41,000 square feet. Tom’s vision of creating a friendly neighborhood gym that greets each guest with a warm towel underscores every decision he makes for the different locations, from the colorful kid-care spaces to the entertaining group fitness classes. Personal trainers plan regimens tailored to each client, helping them lose weight, build muscle, or target the muscles that will help build a better golf game. Clients can create their own routines with the help of cardio and weight machines, or explore the different amenities at each location, such as saunas, rock-climbing walls, and indoor basketball courts.
When Alison first discovered yoga, she knew she would never give it up. Still, she wasn't quite sure she wanted to teach it. That all changed when she attended a teacher-training course to expand her personal practice. She was fortunate enough to hook up with Esme', who was practicing Bikram yoga to stay fit after transitioning from an active college lifestyle to a corporate desk job. The two eventually joined forces to found Bikram Yoga East Valley, where they have been teaching yoga ever since.
Their style of choice, Bikram yoga, challenges the body with a series of 26 postures and two breathing exercises. The instructors move though this demanding sequence inside a heated studio that keeps muscles warm to avert injuries and flush out toxins. Despite Bikram yoga's difficult nature, students of all skill levels can take the same classes concurrently. Many students see evidence of their workouts in stronger muscles, greater mental clarity, and strange droplets of water-like stuff coming from their pores.
The instructors at Living Stone Yoga are dedicated to assist students in their yoga experience. During a variety of yoga classes including ashtanga, hatha flow, vinyasa, and yin, groups move between poses, linking their breaths with the flow of movement, but they also hold postures for three to five minutes to gain strength and open connective tissues. They so believe in the power of precise alignment, that they even offer a unique wall yoga class, during which, students use an innovative piece of equipment that is based on an iyengar system. Great for all types of yogis, this class helps students to build strength, flexibility, and body awareness by practicing inversions while attached to the wall with a harness and belt, allowing them to hold poses not possible on the mat. And, to really help students understand the benefits of a peaceful time-out, they also offer restorative yoga classes where students relax into poses that promote active relaxation. For those students who are interested in furthering their relaxation, Living Stone yoga offers monthly meditation events as well.