Inside Bikram Yoga’s two practice spaces, instructors crank up the thermostat to sultry temperatures to loosen up students’ muscles during 90-minute yoga sessions, helping increase flexibility and range of motion while building muscle tone. Instructors pay special attention to coaching newbies during each class, teaching Bikram’s 26 postures and two breathing exercises to help students of all fitness levels stretch out joints or baby injuries and appendages put out of commission due to hostile negotiations during teamwork-building human knots. Each instructor trained directly under Bikram Choudhury—the creator of Bikram Yoga—to ensure that pupils receive safe, easy-to-follow instruction that bolsters health and clears minds.
In Boylston, 132 acres rest untouched by modern society, where warm breezes send flower petals dancing and sidewalks give way to winding trails. Tower Hill Botanic Garden envelops visitors in fields of green grass, tall trees, and colorful flowers across both outdoor areas and indoor garden spaces. Staff members educate guests on the gardens’ various flora and fauna in classes and programs calibrated for students of every age. Special events, such as the 54th Annual Lily Show, shine the spotlight on even more species of flowers, much like the wildflower-identification portion of standard driving tests.
With over 15 million students trained since their founding in 1968, Villari's Martial Arts Centers continue to train pugnacious pugilists young and old using techniques crafted by Grandmaster Fred Villari. Developed as a fusion of classic Eastern fighting styles, Villari's exclusive Shaolin Kempo Karate combines the graceful energy of Shaolin, the quick, explosive blows of kempo and karate, and the grappling of Chin Na to provide combatants with a varied, effective self-defense system. Children gain strength and discipline in youth classes, while adult classes leave grown-ups ready to handle anything from dojo defense to tense lunchroom stand-offs over the day's last apple bran muffin.
PGA-certified teaching professional Todd Dugan custom tailors private lessons to the needs of each student, relying on more than 10 years of teaching experience and the latest technology to help to improve swing mechanics. Growing up playing at Pleasant Valley Country Club in Sutton, Todd has crisscrossed the country instructing and competing professionally, most recently completing a three-year term as a golf pro and a veteran tee-whittler at Hyannisport Club on Cape Cod. Todd helps students to tune up golf games from the comfort of heated outdoor hitting bays.
Comprising 90,000 square feet of community shape-up shape, the Westboro Tennis & Swim Club has been intensifying heart rates with swimming, fitness, group exercise, and tennis programs for more than 35 years. The full-service fitness and recreation facility boasts no fewer than 11 tennis courts, featuring both indoor and outdoor clay courts and indoor hard courts, all with clearly marked court boundaries to discourage unrequited advances from a love-struck ball cannon. The club's skilled tennis instructors—many of whom are USPTA and USPTR certified—assist pupils of all ages, starting with a full evaluation of existing skills before launching into a comprehensive tutelage that can cover everything from court rules and basic swings to refining preexisting technique. Snag a private lesson for one-on-one attention, or grab two or three friends who share your interest in this refined sport and its old-fashioned disdain for anything round and yellow.
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