Nicole Tzen, Inner Balance’s owner and a certified holistic practitioner, wants to do more than treat illness; she strives to empower clients to take control of their own health. That’s why, in addition to offering integrative-healing services such as massage therapy, acupressure, and reiki healing, she hosts a range of yoga classes to bolster clients’ fitness. This balance between mind, body, and spirit is also seen in the wellness center’s Peaceful Minds program, in which licensed holistic practitioner Amy Mahoney provides free massage therapy, reiki healing, and yoga and meditation instruction for combat veterans.
Director Patrick Hanratty chose to study under hot-yoga master Bikram Choudhury after becoming captivated by the technique. He has since taught yoga for seven years, and derives the most happiness from witnessing his clients finding themselves surprised by the Bikram style's visible benefits. Patrick welcomes students of all experience levels to Hot Yoga Massapequa, where he cultivates an encouraging setting in which classes run seven days a week. During each session, guests transition from one Bikram pose to the next, following a specific sequence that utilizes every major muscle group. While the heat draws out toxins through sweat, the technique's therapeutic element inspires patrons to let go of stress and chronic aches sustained from sleeping in a giant pretzel mold.
At Embrace Yoga Center, the instructors focus first on helping folks find self-acceptance. Rather than forcing people into traditional molds, yogis help everyone find their comfort level. That means offering classes that range from calm meditation to intensive vinyasa, or leading holistic counseling sessions. Along with yoga classes, the center offers massage therapy and hypnotherapy that helps participants overcome everything from nicotine addiction to a deep-rooted fear of swinging watches.
Name any style of yoga, and you'll most likely find that Harmony Yoga and Dance owner Mariko Fusillo has studied it. Over the course of more than three decades and 7,000 hours of teaching, she has taught classes ranging from heart-centered Anusara and slow, meditative yin yoga to kid-centric yoga and advanced pranayama. Leading classes that serve students of all ages and ability levels, Mariko and her instructors aim to create a haven of spiritual growth and physical well-being. And her passion for helping students enrich their lives doesn't stop at yoga?she's also a reiki and shiatsu master, meditation guide, and personal trainer. Furthermore, the studio extends its menu to include various types of massage, as well as classes in Pilates, Zumba, and tai chi, a traditional Chinese practice of energy movement that's thought to boost the immune system and ease arthritic pain.