My friend, Emily Mariani, fitness guru, personal trainer, unrelenting boot camp drill sergeant, and on top of all the she’s even a yoga instructor, recently turned me on to the wonderful world of yoga and the improvements in my mind, body, and entire outlook have been dramatic. Since she began teaching me yoga I have hardly missed a class, and have found the practice to be a perfect compliment to my fitness routine.
The yoga studio Emily teaches at is Windhorse which is located on 9th St. behind Steinmart. It is the quintessential yoga studio, complete with zen, soothing colors, flowing curtains, statues of figurines in yoga poses I will likely never achieve, and yoga mood lighting including recessed, track, candles, and a few cute, quirky lamps.
Windhorse offers a full schedule of classes for all different levels, from beginners to hard core yogis. I attend the sunrise yoga which I have found to be the perfect way to start my day. However there are afternoon, evening, and weekend classes available. The full schedule is available on their website at www.windhorseyogastudio.com. Anyone considering getting into yoga or any experienced yogis out there looking for a new class or change of venue, I urge you too try out Windhorse. You will not regret it!
Windhorse Yoga Studio
208 West 9th Street
Tyler, TX 75701-4100
The kickboxing classes at LA Boxing are awesome. I can hardly type today because my arms and shoulders are so sore, but that’s a good thing, right? The class last night, taught by the best instructor EVER, Kris Hobbs, is easily one of the best classes I have ever taken. It’s tough, oh is it ever, but just a few hours later I have already forgotten about the pain, and I am ready for more.
The class last night started at 6:30, so we arrived a few minutes early as instructed so we would have time to grab some gloves and find an empty bag. There was an occupant at nearly every single bag which I took as a good sign… Obviously this is a popular class. Kris walked around to introduce himself to all the new faces before class began and took the time to learn everyone’s names. Did I mention I like Kris? He had us pumped up, laughing and having a good time almost the entire class. When he mentions the term ‘muscle failure’ he is not playing around. Major ouch.
Our kickboxing class lasted 45 minutes and combined cardio with boxing moves and lots of push-ups and some pretty intense ab work at the end. The different styles of push-ups were especially hard, but I actually managed to do one or two clap push-ups. My favorite part was taking out all my pent up frustration on that bag. It’s highly therapeutic. I think I especially mastered the knee jab maneuver.
I am definitely going to take more classes at LA Boxing. In addition to the kickboxing classes, they also offer real boxing, MMA, wrestling, Judo, and Jui Jitsu classes. There is also some standard exercise equipment like a wall of free weights, a couple of treadmills, and weight benches. I think I will stick to the kickboxing for now, but maybe I’ll come back on Thursday when the kickboxing class focuses on legs instead of arms… Mine are going to be sore for awhile.
7924 S Broadway Ave # 700
Tyler, TX 75703-5243