Bikram Yoga New Haven's 90-minute classes keep tendons lean and taut by taking participants through 26 poses of muscle-melting concentration and two breathing exercises, all performed in room set at 105 degrees Fahrenheit. With the thermostat cranked to a warm, humid, and detoxifying temperature, students narrow their focus to sweat out their toxins and forge new, flexible frontiers while maintaining rhythmic, deep relaxation breathing. Aside from empowering the mind, muscles, and soul, Bikram classes provide proven benefits, such as assisting in injury recovery, speeding tissue regeneration, and granting the power of wingless flight. First timers will benefit from coming with an empty stomach, plenty of water, and two towels, but yoga-mat rentals at every session mean clients don’t have to worry about forgetting theirs at home or weaving one out of packing peanuts (free for first class; additional fee for mat rental applies for following classes). Over 25 classes on the weekly schedule allow for flexibility that goes beyond bendy thigh muscles.
PHIT Pilates Studio’s experienced instructors help students strengthen abdomens, backs, and resolve with training that focuses on individual goals and abilities. Owner and certified Pilates teacher Susannah Israel-Marchese and her team lead pupils through the discipline’s series of low-impact movements Monday–Friday. Using joint-friendly techniques, students augment strength in the abdomen, back, shoulders, and hip joints to achieve the goal of subbing for the vacationing Bulkeley Bridge. PHIT’s boutique-style studio maintains a noncompetitive atmosphere and a cheerful, personalized approach to working out. Proximity to the Real Art Ways theater allows newly straightened postures to pull off previously unattainable pranks, such as blocking views of people sitting behind them at art exhibits and independent films and sticking a flippant Post-it note to the top of Shaquille O'Neal's helicopter.
At Fox Nails Day Spa, beauticians greet clients with complimentary teas and other beverages designed to ease the mind prior to the start of services. Nail technicians spruce up digits before embellishing them with OPI, Minx, or vegan polishes. Aestheticians add beauty to the skin with Arbonne products during facials, advanced galvanic treatments, and lactic acid skin peels that leave exteriors shining like a gold medalist on a podium surrounded by strobe lights. The staff harnesses the gentle exfoliating properties of botanicals during aromatic body treatments and vegan-friendly body scrubs.
At The Clayroom, an evening spent decorating bisque pottery pieces can spark conversation and unleash each guest's inner artist. Inside the cozy white abode embellished with green shutters, visitors settle in with their selected pottery pieces—such as a coffee mug, a piggy bank, or a cereal bathtub—then brush on various paints to create their own inimitable pieces of art. In addition to date night and ladies’ night, the DIY studio plays host to birthday parties, bridal showers, and corporate events.
At Fleur de Lis Academy, instructors don't just nurture the inner dancer in students as young as 2; they also emphasize the importance of how one carries oneself in the world—with good posture and great manners. In addition to ballet, yoga, and dance classes, they also educate students on contemporary etiquette, accomplishing this through fun sessions such as Princess Tea Time. Led by a mother of four, Fleur de Lis Academy's lessons offer a nurturing, supportive environment for its students. The curriculum also branches out to include adult yoga and fitness classes.
Across the two floor facility, European-styled studios are equipped with high-tech sound systems, and an on-site dance boutique equips students with accessories and dancing attire.
At Over The Moon Studios, one-year-olds can celebrate their birthday in a sweet way—with a cake-smash photo shoot. The brightly colored and often icing-laden shoot represents the photographers' forte: family portraits. Whether their subjects are lively infants, expectant mothers, or full families, Over The Moon has proven their ability to churn out portraits that are both creative and eye catching.