In 1977, Maritza Detz ventured into the health-care industry. As a licensed practical nurse, she ameliorated injuries, softened the effects of trauma, and cemented her desire to help others live fuller lives. This career laid the groundwork for her next occupation as a certified Bikram-yoga instructor. Since 1988, she's been practicing Bikram Choudhury's 26-posture practice, helping students of all athletic abilities and fitness levels recovery from injuries, strengthen their bodies, and expel harmful toxins accumulated during family reunions.
Owner Rosa Santana had the privilege of learning directly from BKS Iyengar,
living yoga master who continues to practice even at the age of 95. She was so inspired by his unique approach to yoga—which combines poses with props such as blankets, bolsters, blocks, and straps to develop proper musculoskeletal alignment—that she began to devote her life to the healing practice, becoming an instructor in 1995. Today, she shares her passion with students and teachers in her studio, which serves to sooth nerves and rabid spirit animals alike. She and a team of equally fervent yoga teachers work with students of all abilities during the 60- and 90-minute sessions, shepherding students through a tapestry of postures, some prop-assisted. With enough practice, Santana believes that students may see an increase in strength and flexibility, as well as a decrease in stress and tension.
Jenny Sanchez believes that yoga really can heal, and she’s pretty persuasive. Originally a personal trainer, Sanchez suffered from bad knees that couldn’t be made right by her standard gym regimen. When a friend recommended hot yoga, she jumped in and unwittingly started the ball rolling for an eventual career change. “She told me I had to do four classes a week and break my butt every time I went in there for a month. The more you do it, the better it becomes.” And it worked—Sanchez’ knees don’t bother her anymore, and on top of that, she found she had gained the upper-body definition she had always wanted, but hadn't achieved in the gym. She was so “all about” hot yoga that she opened her own studio.
But Sanchez isn’t the only one that has noticed the restorative benefits of hot yoga. “People who come to yoga want the total mind-body experience. And they work through stuff. You feel like you’re enhancing someone’s life just by giving them space to do this.” During her classes at Bikram Yoga, practitioners endure 105-degree temps as they run through a series of 26 postures, holding them long enough to promote flexibility, strength, and appreciation for the Statue of Liberty’s discipline. And though the routine doesn’t change, the results keeps coming Sanchez says, “because your body keeps changing, it challenges you every single day.”
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
Pilates N Harmony is a new kind of studio that divides health from fitness. We see health as overall balance, and fitness as personal accomplishment. Unlike other studios in the business, we personalize our programs to accommodate each client and their unique needs.
Exercise is challenging. How do you keep clients motivated and engaged?
We offer a wide rage of classes from Pilates and Yoga to Physical Care and Meditation. Our instructors cue their clients with unique visuals for each lesson in order to optimize the benefit of the exercise.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
Established in 2009 by Noevia Lopez: a professional dancer and certified fitness instructor. Noevia turned to Pilates as a form of rehabilitation after a hip surgery which stunted her dance career. Inspired by her rehabilitation through Pilates, Noevia chose to dedicate her life to enriching others.
What do you love most about your job?
What we love most about our job is working with you! We are inspired everyday by the progress we see in our clients. Don't believe us? Checkout our testimonial page. We enrich lives every single day.
Lifelong dancer Carmen Garson chose the goddess as the symbol of her fitness studio and boutique because it represents a loving, feminine energy. She aims to channel that energy throughout each of her belly-dancing, flamenco, Bollywood, African-dance, and yoga classes, helping earn her establishment the Hollywood Gazette’s Best Place for Yoga award. Within the wood-floored studio decked out with creations by local artists, she and her team host 33 dance and fitness classes a week.
Garson also opens her space for monthly art and poetry events where women come to share their creativity and boast about how many arms their inner goddesses have. She stocks the on-site boutique with exotic clothing and jewelry, as well as with spiritual books, essential oils candles, and incense.