Pump Body, Charge Spirit
Drawing newcomers eager to break a sweat while staying true to their mind/body and spiritual roots is the aim of yoga, Pilates and tribal dance instructors that are busy introducing innovations. Here’s a quick look at just some of them.
Buti: Teachers of this 90-minute, high-intensity workout that fuses yoga, tribal dance and plyometrics aim to unlock the shakti spiral and release the hips to help energy flow freely in the first and second chakras.
Offered by: Allison McBride, Philadelphia. PhillyButi@gmail.com.
Capoeira (kap-oo-air-uh): A fusion of martial arts, dance, music and tradition, the ancient AfroBrazilian art form of Capoeira is not only a workout but a cultural experience. Two people engage in self-expression during jogo de capoeira, a flowing physical exchange of offensive and defensive moves while simultaneously acknowledging the philosophy behind the art form.
Offered by: Leigh Robertson, aka Gata Brava, Capoeira Morro Verde, New Hope. 858-688-0316.
CoreBar: Strategically planned, total body system that includes aerobic conditioning, strength, balance and agility, CoreBar is built on principles from both physiotherapy and rehabilitation training with a particular focus on activating and developing the core musculature, using a bar.
Offered at: Wholistic Fitness, North Wales. 267-613-8246.
JourneyDance™: It is a conscious dance practice. “An invitation for authentic movement to evocative, soul-thumping world music, it embodies love, empowerment, sensuality, celebration and prayer.”
Offered by: Kelly Thompke, various locations. 215-534-4989.
Piloxing: Created by Swedish dancer and celebrity trainer Viveca Jensen, Piloxing blends Pilates and boxing with powerful principles of femininity.
Offered at: Annie Maxwell: Powerhouse Pilates, Doylestown. 215 348 2871.
Brittany con Emmerik, Body Corp Fitness, Sellersville. 267-210-0090.
Theresa Harple, Lady of America Gym, Royersford. 610-948-8929.
Newtown Athletic Club, Newtown. 215-968-0600.