Though they come from very different backgrounds, the instructors at Joyful Yoga Studio all share one common link: they genuinely love what they do. Inside the 3,000-square-foot studio, they share that collective passion as they lead more than 50 classes per week. Many of those classes are branches of yoga, but the schedule also features Pilates, Zumba, TRX, and an indoor fit camp. With such diversity, newcomers might not know which class suits their needs. But, luckily, exercisers can confide in the studio's staff to help them identify which classes are best for losing weight, which are ideal for gaining strength, and which look most impressive on an online dating profile.
No two people share the same fitness needs and goals. The trainers at Active Bodies understand this and help visitors perform workouts designed to tone muscles, burn calories, or simply help people live healthier lifestyles. The team also offers personal-training sessions, which incorporate everything from cardiovascular conditioning and resistance training to exercises with dynamic body movements. Active Bodies also hosts group programs for clients seeking the support of a class environment. Zumba, Pilates, kickboxing, yoga, and boot camp sessions are all intended to complement everyday fitness routines while providing variety and a chance to purge coup-plotting sweat.
Healthy living doesn't always have to involve training though. The gym supports its clients' quests toward greater wellness by offering stretch therapy and rejuvenating massages. Nutritional guidance complements workout regimens by suggesting step-by-step dietary changes. Active Bodies even caters to visitors' needs by featuring a special play area where children safely play, lounge on bean bags, or practice their differential equations.
Floating Lotus Yoga Studio & Natural Healing Center rests atop 1,500 square feet of maple flooring. On this foundation, its instructors help students loosen limbs and center their thoughts with classes that include yin, flow, prenatal, mixed-level, and other routines. Kids’ yoga welcomes students aged 4–10, combining yogic practice with games and breathing exercises to improve motor skills, self-esteem, and recess grades.
But yoga and complimentary mats aren't all Floating Lotus has to offer. The studio's roof also shelters acupuncture and chiropractic chambers, and that maple-wood floor transforms into a Zumba dance floor in the evenings. There's a massage therapist, too, and she can shoot various kinds of therapy out of her fingers—deep tissue, lymphatic, reflexology, and Thai, among others.
Villari's Family Centers aim to bring families together. To do this, the martial-arts studio offers classes for children and adults that take a modern approach to self-defense and fitness. Little ones and parents are also encouraged to bond as they explore and imagine amidst an indoor playground, or refuel at the WiFi-friendly café, which serves up healthy eats, such as rice bowls, skewers, and gourmet soups, seven days a week. The center also offers a variety of classes for both children and adults, including self-defense fitness, arts and crafts, and music.
Working as a builder, Todd Russo recognized that every component of a home—not just the air conditioner or furnace—needs to work in perfect harmony for effective heating and cooling. That's why he founded REEis and its innovative “whole-house” approach, which leaves no stone, trap door, or insulation panel unturned when it comes to energy efficiency. The company holds multiple contractors’ licenses and reputable accreditations and memberships, and its staff undergoes continual training in the areas of building science and heating and air-conditioning principles. All of this in an effort to go above and beyond the standard Building Performance Institute (BPI) energy-analyst certification for energy auditors.
As part of its holistic home philosophy, the crew specializes in carrying out comprehensive energy audits—to the tune of more than 3,000 Energy Star Home Performance retrofits in 2010 and 2011 alone. It also offers services such as maintaining and replacing temperature-control systems, sealing ducts, and cleaning out dryer vents.