After a life-changing car accident, Steps Dance and Fitness Studio owner Melissa Watkins thought she had lost her ability to dance for good. Through gradual exercise and her discovery of Zumba, Melissa gained a passion and appreciation for motion, which she shares with all who step onto the studio's wheat-hued hardwood floors. Instructors lead a multitude of classes that include weightlifting sessions to tone muscles and slow-paced workouts that forge the core strength needed to carry boulders to see the ocean for the first time. From beneath the raspberry walls, strains of music hint at the cumbia, merengue, and salsa tunes that fuel up-tempo dance sessions.
Equipment: PreCOR, Manduka, Prana
Students should bring: Yoga mats. Props are provided or you can bring your own
Registration required: No
Good for beginners: Yes
Average class length: 60 minutes
Class location: Indoors only
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: if it is your first visit, complete our waiver form online beforehand.
HeartStone Studio's second-story space serves as a refuge for mind and body, where visitors can practice calming meditation, energizing yoga, or strength-building Pilates. Yogis teach
both morning and evening sessions, providing plenty of foundational classes aimed at beginners, as well as classes designed specifically for kids. The studio also hosts events and workshops outside the regular class schedule. Such sessions typically focus on a particular topic, such as improving posture, deepening meditation, or determining which type of spirit animal is the cuddliest.
Tim Howell and Stefanie Keefe of Joyful Hearts Yoga
take an egalitarian approach to filling up their six-day-a-week schedule of yoga classes, in that they provide a class for everybody. To wit, they teach various series of asana geared toward kids, seniors, and expectant mothers. They also provides more standard classes, dividing them into beginner, intermediate, and advanced sessions so that burgeoning yogis can build their practice over time. These sessions take place inside spacious, naturally lit rooms, as well as in the great outdoors during organized retreats.
After extensive study of Bikram yoga, Sumit Banerjee decided to bring the heat to his own class style—an amalgam of Bikram- and Ashtanga-inspired postures. The Sumits Yoga signature class steers students through deep stretches performed in a toasty studio. Aided by the heat, these movements help students hone both balance and strength.
Though Sumit champions the physical benefits of the practice—muscle toning, detoxification, and the ability to someday fry an egg on one's forehead—the true object of his style is “the simple pleasure and self-reward that comes from quieting our minds." To honor this, he emphasizes introspection and spiritual awareness over perfect technique, allowing guests of any experience level to participate.
The instructors at Red Monkey Studio train the bodies and minds to function at their peak performance levels. The community-based fitness center welcomes guests to its supportive, energetic environment that features group classes such as Pilates, yoga, Dance for Fitness, and core training. TRX Suspension Training helps clients sculpt arms with svelte precision while Barre classes teach them to build strength from within. Bevies of fitness fans swivel their hips during Zumba classes or amp up endurance during cross conditioning. Those looking for goal-orientated, customized training programs can enlist a member of the personal training team who can custom a workout plan that fits any lifestyle.
Sunlight streams in through the floor-to-ceiling windows that frame Mindful Yoga Studio’s cozy lobby. The double sliding doors open and admit students into the tranquil practice space. Inside, instructors draw on their varied backgrounds as dancers, massage therapists, and holistic experts to lead a variety of yoga classes ranging from beginner-friendly yoga basics to more rigorous routines, such as mixed-level classes. In addition to daily classes, the instructors also lead workshops that explore specific areas of practice, such as women’s health issues or mood-boosting breathing exercises.