Wake up and stretch out at these fitness studios and wellness centers.
"The body is capable of so many incredible things if we just give it the respect, grace, and room to do it," says Missoni Lanza, owner of the fitness studio MOVEMENT BOTTEGA, which opened on El Paseo in October 2021.
The longtime instructor integrates techniques from Pilates, yoga, martial arts, and the Madeline Black Method in her classes. In addition to her regular studio programming, she hosts open-air flow sessions at THE GARDENS ON EL PASEO every Saturday morning from January through March. "I personally cannot think of anything more enjoyable than doing a Pilatesinspired flow underneath the swaying palms; it's absolutely breathtaking and so peaceful," Lanza says. Not to mention, she points out: "Studies have shown that being in nature and moving your body daily have benefits including improved concentration, more energy, and reduced stress."
Wellness options abound on El Paseo. A few blocks away at BIKRAM YOGA, owner Ann Marie Palma and her team of certified instructors teach the hot yoga style that was developed by Bikram Choudhury in the 1970s. Each class features the same sequence of 26 asanas and two breathing exercises, and it all happens in a room heated to 105 degrees at 40 percent humidity.
Pump up the intensity levels with HIIT training at ORANGETHEORY FITNESS or cleanse the mind with a sound bath at BLISS CHAKRA SPA. Then head to the HOTEL PASEO pool, which opens early — resort day passes are available for adults providing access to swimming, a fitness center, the putting green, and lawn games.
"We are gifted with one life and one body," Lanza says. "It is our responsibility to nurture our body as it carries us through our journey."
Movement Bottega is El Paseo's newest wellness studio.
Photo courtesy Movement Bottega.
Where to buy fitness apparel, running shoes, and wellness gear.
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