A sampling of studios, fitness centers and individual instructors offering "active relaxation" pursuits such as Pilates, yoga, tai chi and Nia.

* Orchid Pagoda, Fairfax -- Pilates (mat and equipment), Pilates for Golf, yoga, Nia. 703-207-9120. www.orchidpagoda.com.

* Health Advantage Yoga Center, Herndon -- Yoga, children's yoga, teen yoga. 703-435-1571. www.healthadvantageyoga.com.

* Fairfax County Park Authority -- Yoga, Pilates (mat and equipment), tai chi, Nia. 703-324-8700. www.fairfaxcounty.gov/


* Reston Community Center -- Yoga, tai chi, Nia. 703-476-4500. www.restonweb.com/rcc/index.htm

* Reston YMCA -- Yoga, tai chi, mat Pilates, 703-742-8800. www.restonymca.org.

* Balanced Bodies, Herndon -- Yoga, children's Yoga. 703-408-8136.

* Yoga for Healthy Living, Herndon -- Local instructor Tricia Piszker. 703-758-0231. www.yogaforhealthyliving.com.

* Pure Joe Studios, Reston -- Pilates (mat and equipment). 703-737-7776. www.purejoe.com.

* Sun and Moon Yoga, Fairfax City -- Hatha yoga. 703-934-9480. www.sunandmoonstudio.com.

* Washington Sports Club at Fairfax -- Pilates (mat and equipment), Yoga. 703-934-4424. www.nysc.com.

* Life Time Fitness, Fairfax City -- Yoga, mat Pilates, tai chi. 703-323-8700.www.lifetimefitness.com.

* Gail Eskew -- Nia instructor who teaches at various locations in the county, as well as through the Park Authority. niavisions.com. For more information about Nia, call 800-762-5762.

-- Jacqueline L. Salmon