The 2012 Mind & Body Guide

By Advertisers – September 5, 2012

There’s so much information bombarding us each day, and that makes it hard to stay focused and yet find a way to relax our minds. AFM has opened up this Mind & Body Guide for a few select local yoga, dance, barre, and Pilates studios to provide information and help you find your way to an integrated, fit body. Open up your mind, flex your body, and try a few classes—you’ll thank yourself!

Dance Austin Studio

Dance Austin Studio 9012 Research Blvd. Suite C-5 (Corner of Burnet Rd & Hwy 183 inside Furniture Row Shopping Center) | Austin, TX 78758 | 512.323.9760 |

At first glance, Dance Austin seems exactly what you’d expect from a quality dance studio: fun décor, big mirrored studios, beautiful dance floor, and lots of classes. Take a closer look, and you’ll see much more than the average studio. With over 40 different classes which offer something for everyone, whether you’re a seasoned dancer working on technique, an athlete looking for a fun supplemental workout, or an Austinite looking to learn a brand new skill.

Owner and instructor Chi Chi Randolph had a vision to create an uplifting place for everyone—not just dancers. “Dance Austin Studio is a place where people can come and feel good about themselves while receiving quality dance and fitness training,” says Randolph. “I wanted to bring a taste of my dance experiences from Atlanta and New York to the people of Austin in a welcoming, non-judgmental, yet challenging atmosphere.”

For Dance Austin, that meant gathering the highest quality instructors from all different aspects of dance and fitness, and these instructors and classes at Dance Austin are as eclectic as it gets. All of the instructors bring their own professional experiences to their classes in a fun and exciting way. Their collective list of accomplishments is nothing short of exceptional: The Black Eyed Peas, Nelly, LMFAO, Trey Songz, Grammy Pre-Show, Soul Train Music Awards, BET Hip Hop Awards, Royal Caribbean Cruises, Blue Lapis Light, American College Dance Festival, and many more. Several of Dance Austin’s instructors have a BA and master’s degrees in dance and kinesiology, AFFA certifications, and choreograph professionally. To top all of that off, Randolph is constantly bringing in top dancers from across the country to teach master classes and workshops.

Because of the wide range of experience, each class has its own unique quality. Before long every student finds the perfect combination of classes for their own goals and needs. Dance Austin offers plenty of non-intimidating classes if you are brand new to dancing, and also offers lots of classes for dancers training for a professional career. Traditional classes include beginning and intermediate ballet, jazz, and modern. Dance Austin is most known, however, for their signature classes such as Go-Go Cardio Mix, Sexy Stiletto Fit, Dance AusTONE, and of course their multiple styles of hip hop. There’s also belly dance, hot hula, yoga, and 25 minute express fitness classes for the mom on-the-go or busy college student. There’s even something for the kiddos: creative dance, pre-ballet, pre-hop, jazz, break dance, and hip hop.

Try just one class and Dance Austin’s fun atmosphere will have you hooked. No matter your experience, age, or background, you will feel at home with the Dance Austin family and leave with a bounce in your step and confidence in your smile!

Sunstone Yoga

10710 Research Blvd. Suite 326 | Austin, TX 78759 | 512.287.7047 ex. 114 | 

At Sunstone Yoga we teach fitness styles of yoga performed in a heated environment, including traditional hot yoga, power, vinyasa, and core classes. Our most popular series is called FIRE, in which the postures are practiced in a specific synergistic and cumulative order. The warmth of the room allows you to work deep into your muscles, tendons and ligaments, changing your body from the inside out. Through regular practice you will reduce stress, increase strength and flexibility, balance the weight of your body, and improve the quality of your life.

We have a diverse group of students and a strong core of regular practitioners who will share their passion for yoga with you. Our students come from all exercise backgrounds. All of our students are focused on developing a personal yoga practice, and regardless of your starting point you will be comfortable developing your own practice at Sunstone Yoga.

Whether you’re looking to improve your strength, flexibility and conditioning, or simply trying to find a way to reduce stress, Sunstone Yoga is the perfect activity for you. You will realize the most benefit from regular practice, but even those who can only attend an occasional class will enjoy yoga’s calming effects and health benefits. Many regular students are actually able to reduce the symptoms of chronic diseases (e.g. arthritis, diabetes and thyroid disorders). If you have an open mind, positive attitude, and dedication, the positive effects of yoga are unlimited.

Our 4000+ sq. foot state of the art facility had two yoga rooms and shower facilities. We offer 9 classes a day beginning at 6 AM and ending at 8 PM. Additionally, we supply mats and towels to every customer free of charge. We hope to see you soon!

Total Wellness Austin

4220 West William Cannon, Suite 130 | Austin, TX 78749
512.892.3434 |

Lori owns Total Wellness Austin, a clinic in Southwest Austin that provides clients with a wide range of healthcare services. Lori graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University with a BS in Interdisciplinary Studies.

She received her Hatha yoga teacher certification from Yoga Yoga and is a registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance. Lori has advanced training in yoga practices benefitting people who suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Lori’s primary focus in her yoga teaching is to develop individualized programs to fit the needs of each client. Total Wellness Austin is one of the only clinics to offer yoga classes in sign language targeted towards hearing impaired clients. They keep the class sizes small in order to focus on the needs of each client and focus on healing various injuries in private yoga sessions. They work hand-in-hand with the chiropractor in office to ensure the safety and health of the client. Recently, they have been picked as a certified physical education alternative for Austin Independent School District for individuals to receive their PE credits with Total Wellness Austin doing yoga instead of the typical PE class at school. As well as yoga, Total Wellness Austin includes many other services including acupuncture, therapeutic massage, personal training, fitness boot camps, life coaching, nutritional counseling, chiropractic, Doga, pre & post-natal yoga and kid’s yoga. Doga is a class that uses massage, deep breathing, and yoga poses to relax both dog and owner. Lori volunteers her time Sundays to provide free Doga at the Austin Humane Society to the shelter dogs. They offer free and discounted services to active and retired military, law enforcement, fire and EMS. They are also committed to helping the community of Austin and recently formed a non-profit organization called Keep Austin Well.

barre 3 Austin

barre3 Austin Hill Country Galleria 12800 Hill Country Boulevard Suite G100 | Bee Cave, Texas 78738
barre3 Austin Downtown 115 Sandra Muraida Way | Austin, TX 78703
Downtown 512.391.6200 | Hill Country Galleria 512.243.5233 |

barre3 Austin is a highly effective 60-minute workout combining the grace of ballet, the wisdom of yoga, and the strength of Pilates. The ballet barre is designed to support the body in both static and dynamic movement which leads to long, lean muscles. Classes are designed to transform the body to one of equal balance, strength and flexibility. Each class follows a thoughtful sequence for fast body shaping results and long-term postural benefits.

With lots of variety and an ever-evolving routine, barre3 strives to break each individual’s personal plateau in every class. All ages, fitness levels, and both genders are welcome. Plus children can chill in the “Play Lounge” while parents can find balance- mind, body, spirit.

barre3 Austin opened two convenient locations in 2012. barre3 Austin Downtown debuted May 1st and barre3 Austin Hill Country Galleria opened late July. Both studios are locally owned by sisters, Kimberly Miller Goldberg and Tara Miller Heavner. Together they have a genuine love for family, fitness, and adventure. Over the years, both have devoted endless hours to their yoga and Pilates practice. Kim co-owned an Austin based outdoor boot camp since 2004. Back in 2006, she discovered the benefits of the barre-based workouts and began incorporating barre movements and postures into her daily workouts and boot camps. Tara, a seasoned runner has completed 9 marathons. After a hip injury sidelined her running, she diverted her attention to the barre-based workouts. Within in a month, Tara gained much needed strength and flexibility, and was on the road to recovery. In the summer of 2010, the sisters did extensive research on which barre- based philosophy honored their fitness interests and backgrounds. They fell in love with barre’s focus on balance, proper alignment, intense core work, and strong yoga influence.

Currently the “barre3 Austin family” consists of nine fully-certified barre3 instructors, and nine Play Lounge attendants who share a passion for barre3 and zest for life. The inviting barre3 staff warmly welcomes everyone to experience barre3. New clients can take advantage of two specials: 3 classes for $30 and the $99 Unlimited Month. Schedules and reservations are available at

Both studios boast natural light, modern decor, and huge picture windows creating an energizing and zen like space for the 60-minute concise workout.

Each location includes a spa inspired locker room with shower, free garage parking just steps from the front door, and a cozy on-site ‘Play Lounge’ for children of all ages. Kim and Tara, both mothers of young children, find it
imperative to offer a safe place for children to play so parents have an opportunity to enjoy a challenging, incredibly effective workout, no matter the fitness level.

Kim and Tara are excited to introduce barre3 to Texas residents. “We are on a mission to ‘Keep Austin Balanced… Mind, Body, Spirit’. We strive to be a ‘3rd place’ after work and home, so leading a healthy lifestyle becomes an integrated way of life.” The 3 in barre3 symbolizes balance, a core value of barre’s business, practice and life.

The bar method

1611 W. 5th St. #125 | Austin, TX 78703
512.391.0921 |

Continuing to set the standard for bar fitness in Austin, The Bar Method workout combines dance, interval, and isometric training to create a uniquely lean and sculpted body.

The Bar Method instructors quickly learn everyone’s names and give encouraging feedback during class (which makes being a newbie easy). Each one-hour session is set to fun music as it works through exercises that sculpt targeted areas to quickly reshape your muscles.
Yes, you will be sore. The resulting bod is worth it.

After a brief warm-up, you’ll tackle the upper body with handweights and the workout flows into a challenging set of lower-body positions at the barre. From there, you will move to the floor for a series of exercises that are designed to pleasantly torture your abs and glutes.

Twirl your way to a total body makeover at 5th Street Commons with free and easy parking, a locker room with full amenities, multiple showers, and two full-size studio rooms so you can choose from over 35 classes per week.

Stop by, email, or tweet so you can learn about our Austin Fit Special for new clients. Your 30-day trial is incentive to dive into the practice and watch your body change dramatically.
It’ll be hard, but after a month, your butt, abs, and thighs will be, too.

Fitness 360

4601 N. Lamar Blvd. Suite 508 | Austin, TX 78751
512.233.0100 |

Fitness 360, a locally owned, independently operated gym, is an innovative concept in the health club industry, offering:

• 24-hour keycard access to all members
• Premium equipment
• Tailored personal training
• Group classes which include: Barre, Yoga, Body and Core

Barre 360 is a workout combining ballet and pilates-style movements and is a low-impact, full-body workout that delivers maximum results in record time. Individuals at all levels can achieve the coveted dancer’s body–long, lean, lifted, and toned.

In Yoga 360 we focus on breath control while steadily increasing the heart rate and strengthening muscles along the entire centerline of the body. We end class by steadily decreasing the heart rate and moving into stretching postures. This class promotes physical strength and emotional wellbeing.

A strong core is the groundwork for every athlete. Core 360 will challenge the entire circumference of your core, from the lower back all the way around to the front abdominals.
In Body 360 drills are multi-dimensional and movements are multi-directional in order to build on the fundamentals of strength, core and cardio training. Get ready to be motivated and physically challenged.

Whether you prefer free weights,resistance training, or cardio, Fitness 360 features top-of-the-line equipment Precor, LifeFitness, and Technogym.

At Fitness 360, we’re committed to the best member experience possible. You’ll never wait for a machine. Parking is convenient. Cleanliness is paramount and, we have the friendliest staff in Austin!

Pure Barre

3267 Bee Caves Road | Austin, TX 78746 | 512.574.8644 | 10710 Research Blvd. Suite 316 | Austin, TX 78759 | 512.574.2344 |

Elegence meets Strength…LIFT . TONE . BURN is the motto by which pure barre is known and for a very good reason as it has created the best seats in town! Pure barre has swept the nation with the best barre technique out there and has taken Austin by storm with three locations. This technique delivers a lifted seat, toned thighs and a burn that hurts so good, focusing on the areas women want to work. Pure barre fuses elements of dance, pilates and yoga but takes a very athletic approach to these techniques, in turn creating a workout that everyone can relate to. It also lends the fastest results by working to maximum fatigue with clients seeing changes in 10 classes or less. You do not need years of dance experience to attend classes. There is a fit whether you run marathons or haven’t worked out in a few years. Classes are friendly, fun, upbeat and fast pace while still allowing you to work your personal zone.

This 55minute full- body workout is your personal time to escape both mentally and physically. We utilize small isometric movements to work your muscles to fatigue and then we stretch to lengthen them. The workout is challenging and includes both elements of repetition and inventiveness. This allows you to monitor your progress while experiencing new challenges simultaneously. The class requires a strong mental focus training the mental aspects of personal growth along with the physical aspects.

At pure barre our mission is to inspire and motivate our clients to be their best self. This mission has created the business from top to bottom and you can feel the sense of community at our studios. Our owner, Rashanna Moss-Lowry created this mission out of her own personal desire to help others. She was completely inspired by the technique when she first attended the studio in Nashville, TN where she lived at the time. Pure barre truly is an environment where everyone knows your name. Our teachers are thoroughly trained in the technique itself, while creatively encouraging clients to put their best efforts forward.

Upon your first visit, come open-minded and expect to be challenged as the technique requires a strong mind/body connection in order to perform isolated movements of certain muscle groups. Arrive a little early so that we can walk you through the process and of course…do not forget a pair of socks. We encourage you contact us with any questions and we look forward to having you join our movement to keep Austin tucked!


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