"Our brain is designed to realize what we wish, without any minor errors," says Dahn Yoga founder Ilchi Lee, "If you want success, it will create success. If you want happiness or health, it will create them. Anything is possible, as long as negative thoughts and emotions don't interfere." To make this challenging, yet hopeful philosophy accessible to all, Lee combined the Eastern concept of chi energy with his own brain-management system, developing a distinctive program that unlocks inner peace and sweeps up brain clutter caused by the daily stress of always having to find Waldo. Warm-up yoga maneuvers awaken muscles before 30–40 minutes of breathing, stretching, core practice, and meditation—including a signature brain-wave vibration technique that aims to calibrate mental and physical energies. Cool-down exercises ease the body back into quotidian functionality before a 10-minute teatime invites socialization among participants while bolstering pinkie endurance. Dahn Yoga is also taught at independently owned and operated franchises called Body & Brain Yoga.
Knitting101.org operates as a nonprofit organization with the noble mission of advancing knitting as a vehicle for the greater good. The shop supports local yarn and fiber spinners, as well as local suppliers of yarn materials and tie-dyed sheep. The outfit also works with wounded soldiers, knits for military families, and promotes knitting as a therapeutic method of lowering blood pressure and coping with life-altering illnesses. During classes, needlers of all knitting levels gain the skills needed to create their own wearable art. Specialty sessions, such as Knitting for Lefties, Parent and Child Knitting, and Knitting Flowers, add a twist to the basics, while travel knitting opportunities whisk students to knit-friendly destinations such as New York City, Iceland, and France where they delve into local customs such as knitting sweaters for the Eiffel Tower.
Whether in small groups or one-on-one, the trainers at Crossfit Metro Center manufacture new muscles using its namesake workout, CrossFit. The fitness craze exploded in gyms thanks to its reputation of sculpting the physique of a competitive athlete in the average Joe. Though each unique workout can be modified to meet any fitness level, its blend of functional movements and high-intensity exercises are designed to work up a sweat and trigger rapid change.
Mint Club Spa Retreat's expert Pilates instructors lead core-fortifying, muscle-lengthening workouts in a small group atmosphere. Reformer Pilates fuses the foundational characteristics of mat exercises with the resistance benefits of the reformer apparatus, enabling a more dynamic workout and an increased number of potential exercises. In an intimate group atmosphere, exercisers will employ the resistance powers of the reformer's pulleys, springs, and bratty children for a full-body workout that helps to enhance the body’s control over its own movements. Building long, lean muscles and strengthening the core, Pilates also helps to boost the meat suit's posture, balance, flexibility, and coordination. Check online for updated class schedules; reformer classes are new at Mint's Downtown location and classes will be added in late March and early April.
When you did fitness alone, you couldn’t figure out the machines, did a wimpy walk on the treadmill, went home, and ate Funyuns. Today’s Groupon brings back the buddy system with $75 for three 45-minute personal training sessions at Fitness Together, a $225 value. With 13 participating locations in the DC metro area, you're bound to pass one on your way to the grocery store and four on your way to the grocery store that carries your favorite brand of Yoo-Hoo.Follow @Groupon_Says on Twitter.
Exercisers spread throughout spacious workout areas at Results Gym, whose downtown location is as well known for their architecture as their athletic amenities, including choice of a dry or steam sauna, access to the latest in technologically advanced exercise equipment. A Hydrowork training pool with user-controlled current and an underwater treadmill let patrons practice outrunning sharks at cross-species track meets. In addition, massage-therapy, personal-training, and nutrition-counseling services are available. The 65,000 square-foot Capitol Hill location houses four international-sized squash courts, a full basketball and volleyball court, and a 38-foot climbing wall.