Inside Real Life Yoga Studio, the passionate instructors lead students through yoga and meditation geared toward awakening the senses while boosting strength, flexibility, and balance. The calming, nurturing space hosts a recently expanded roster of classes, from gentle beginner yoga to challenging Power/Tone yoga, as well as tai chi and a variety of monthly workshops.
Safety-trained staff man all aspects of Atlantis's clubs, whether stationed near the free weights and resistance machines or leading group classes in practices such as yoga and Pilates. Treadmills, stationary bikes, and stairmasters set pulses racing without the need to keep convincing oneself that the oven's still on at home. As high windows set indoor pools sparkling at the Braintree, Danvers, and Hyannis locations, tykes reclaim their amphibious heritage in swim classes and adults aggressively burn calories as they cradle tender joints in aqua fitness classes. Afterward, guests can put in an intensive lounging session in the steam room or sauna.
At Good Energy Holistic Studio, an oasis tucked away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, clients are invited to unwind and indulge in its many healing treatments. Licensed massage therapist and Reiki master Theresa Ciarfella slows down cerebral clocks and undoes gridlocked muscles with treatments such as the deep-relief massage, Pain Away massage, and a bodywork treatment catering exclusively to expectant mothers. Through energy work such as reiki and aromatherapy balancing, healers help guests attain clarity and balance.
If you had asked Brian Culkin years ago what he planned to do after an injury brought his professional basketball career to an end, he probably wouldn't have mentioned yoga. Culkin had graduated as the all-time leading scorer in the history of the Skidmore College basketball program, and he went on to play in the European circuit before returning to his native Boston to heal and recover his American accent. But despite success as the founder and CEO of a commercial and residential mortgage firm, Culkin felt unfulfilled. He abandoned his career in finance and moved to the renowned Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California, where he studied meditation, yoga, and gestalt therapy from 2008–2009.
Inspired by what he had learned, Culkin then worked as a consultant and trainer leading workshops at the OpenMind Training Institute. He traveled the globe to speak on topics such as peak performance, creativity, and human potential, and opened Jai Yoga to share his vast knowledge with others.
In addition to relaxing Hatha sessions and heated power Vinyasa flow classes, Culkin and his team offer age-appropriate yoga classes designed specifically for kids and teens. They also lead strength and conditioning classes, fusion-style barre classes that combine ballet and yoga, and meditation sessions that promote self-awareness better than an afternoon spent trapped in a house of mirrors.
Hot Yoga Tacoma, which is celebrating its 11th year of serving the Tacoma yoga community, features certified instructors leading students with all levels of experience. Hot yoga takes place in the warm confines of a heated room, as movements stimulate the endocrine, nervous, immune, and cardiovascular systems and eliminate toxins by means of sweating. Participants can nurture calm inner spirits while detoxifying as atmospheric warmth soothes joints and muscles and helps to prevent injury and relieve chronic pain. Their studio space offers cooler, more comfortable parts of the room for beginners who prefer to start off slowly, and hosts a variety of time-slots for classes seven days a week. Students gain a sense of camaraderie as they stretch together and sweat together. After classes, guests may freshen up in the studio's large private showers.
Crossfit 93 is tucked inside Blue Hills Fitness, so the crew of coaches includes runners, basketball players, and other athletes, all certified to lead the ever-changing CrossFit workouts. Because it includes such a wide range of exercises, the classes are rarely the same, and there's no simple secret to the workouts. Instead, patrons run, jump, lift, pull, and perform other natural motions. They often benefit from improved strength, flexibility, cardio health, and ability to blend in at action-movie premieres.