If you’re having trouble saying so long to summer after the Labor Day holiday, don’t miss the last few Stand Up Paddle Board Yoga classes from Mind Your Body Oasis. Instructor Amanda has been leading these popular classes all summer, and there are two more in September to enjoy the warm summer air and calm water.
Don’t worry if you aren’t a paddle board expert; each class includes all the basics you need to get familiar with standing and balancing on the board, as well as basic paddle strokes. The yoga portion of the class is very informal, with a majority of it just focusing on the yogi breath and simple poses. Sign up for the 90-minute class, and you’ll receive the location to meet up the day before the session. Mind Your Body Oasis includes the paddle board rental in their $50 class fee, or your can supply your own for $10 off. Classes begin at 6 p.m., just in time to enjoy the setting sun.
Crafthouse in Arlington is a locally focused pub and eatery offering craft beer, wine, and spirits as well as a selection of snacks, flatbreads, burgers, and sandwiches. The motto is, “Eat local, drink local, support local,” and the restaurant has 50 craft beers on tap and over 250 craft beers and ciders in the cooler.
Stop by for one of their daily specials, such as $5 Burger Monday or Fiesta Friday with discounted Coronas, margaritas, and nachos. Crafthouse also hosts a popular weekday Happy Hour from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. with a variety of drink specials and tasty appetizers, such as the Crafthouse Tots smothered with beer cheese, jalapenos, bacon, scallions, and sour cream.
The 130-seat eatery has a classic pub atmosphere with exposed brick walls, polished wood, dim lighting, and sports playing on multiple televisions. Dine and drink alfresco on the comfortable outdoor patio, which seats about 125. Crafthouse is located a half mile from The Maxwell and is open daily for lunch, dinner, and drinks.
Next Phase Arlington is a yoga studio that prides itself on the fact that every single class it offers is unique, employing various combinations of Bosu balls, battle ropes, TRX, HIIT techniques, and body weight exercises to give you a workout that’s both fun and effective.
First timers should know that it’s a good idea to arrive a few minutes early so that the staff can give you a quick tour of the facility before your class starts. Next Phase even offers on-site daycare services so that you never need to find a babysitter in order to work out — just bring your young ones to the studio where they’ll receive professional care while you get your sweat on. Class payment options are flexible, ranging from drop-in rates, to 15-class packs, to monthly unlimited passes, so you should be able to find something that fits your lifestyle.
Gallery Clarendon is a pop-up art gallery and venue for art classes, but its exact length of stay at Regency Centers remains unseen. You see, the art gallery is temporarily occupying a space left empty when a local Mexican restaurant closed more than a year ago. Until Regency Centers can find a new tenant, this Arlington Artists Alliance project will fill the space—probably for at least a year.
Still, your time to enjoy the gallery is limited, so don’t hesitate. Head straight to the newly debuted art space (it opened on June 20th) and check out its multi-level display of locally crafted artwork. Admission is free, but all of the pieces are available for purchase, so you might just leave with a new accent for your home. The studio isn’t offering art classes yet, but intends to create a schedule of public workshops in the coming months, so keep an eye out.
At Pilates Body Home, the instructors enlist every tool available to them to help you get in shape. This includes everything from a simple mat and foam supports to the Pilates Reformer, Tower, and Chair. These pieces of equipment support you as you work toward a healthier and leaner body.
The classical Pilates classes focus on the core, starting by strengthening your abdominal muscles and then working on other parts of the body. You don’t have to already be ripped to come to a small-group class or private session—the teachers can work with folks at all different points on their fitness journey. What’s more, Pilates Body Home also offers other exercise modalities to help you reach your goals. Its staff boasts training in TRX, Bosu, and the Bellicon Rebounder, to name just a few. They’re also equipped to offer therapeutic forms of Pilates aimed at specific issues like weak bones and back pain.
The best way to describe the yoga practice at Unity Woods Yoga Center is tried and true. You won’t find trendy classes or the latest exercise fad, but rather Iyengar yoga, a traditional style based on the teachings of yoga master B.K.S. Iyengar. This style focuses on alignment of the body, breath, and mind, and puts extra emphasis on the transformative nature of the practice.
Unity Woods Yoga Center has a variety of class times and levels to choose from, but if you can get into one of founder and owner John Schumacher’s classes, it’s well worth a try. Schumacher has over 40 years of yoga experience and studied in India with B.K.S. Iyengar for 33 years. In addition to their classes, Unity Woods Yoga Center also offers a variety of workshops. They are a stimulating way to keep your practice fresh or possibly find a new area of study.
Karen Garcia, the founder and current owner of Studio Body Logic, is only one degree removed from the legendary Joseph Pilates. The Pilates namesake and inventor trained Romana Kryzanowska, a master teacher, who in turn taught Karen Garcia. So you can trust that, when it comes to Pilates, Karen is a knowledgeable resource. Her team boasts other skilled instructors with backgrounds in Pilates, barre, and other fitness approaches.
Register for a Pilates mat course to learn the fundamentals of the practice. Courses typically last 9 to 16 weeks and start anew at the beginning of each season. You’ll learn the postures and breathing techniques that Pilates uses to build strength in the core and oust stress. The Pilates apparatus courses deepen the basic practice with the incorporation of equipment such as the Reformer, the Tower, and the Wunda Chair. Barre and stretching classes round out the schedule at Studio Body Logic.
Solidcore takes the basic principles of Pilates and tweaks them to create a new, contemporary workout. It’s performed atop Solidcore’s own version of the Pilates Reformer, affectionately referred to as Sweatlana. Sweatlana accommodates two main classes: the beginner class and the all-levels session. At the beginner class, newbies will learn the basic resistance moves of the Solidcore workout, which are all adaptations of planks, lunges, and squats. The all-levels class kicks things up a notch for a more challenging workout. Both move at a slow pace, however, to reshape your body and strengthen it from head to toe.
If there’s a certain area of your body that you’d like to work on, Solidcore also hosts muscle-specific classes. Come to Arms+Abs if it’s your upper body that could use a little extra attention, or check out Buns+Guns if you’d like to avoid any abdominal work (i.e., if you’re pregnant or have suffered an abdominal injury). Core30 takes the traditional all-levels class and shrinks it into an intense 30-minute workout so that everyone is able to squeeze in a sweat session.