Ojas Center welcomes pupils of all skill levels and experiences to study in its courses of spiritual, centering yoga, heal with its therapeutic treatments and massages, and share in the community of fellow students with workshops. The team of instructors draw from a well-spring of diverse backgrounds and experiences, such as Varsha Bakshani’s E-RYT200 certification, Jason Morris’s past as a dancer and martial artist, and Dr. Indrani Maity’s training as a naturopath and clinical nutritionist.
Amid glowing wall sconces and goldenrod walls, visitors achieve deeper stretches and flush out toxins in hot-yoga lessons, or balance their breathing in Hatha sessions. In addition to building muscle tone and well-being with therapeutic reiki, massage, and yoga instruction, Ojas connects students with other like-minded individuals with yoga retreats, and encourages creativity and hosts flying carpet races in youth summer camps.
At ProSmiles Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Lena Andriescu and Dr. Mircea Andriescu keep teeth healthy with preventative care, fillings, and root canals—but that’s just the beginning. Their general dentistry lays the foundation for cosmetic treatments, which beautify smiles more effectively than mustache perms. Invisalign treatments, for example, unobtrusively straighten teeth with transparent aligners and Zoom! whitening treatments, meanwhile, lift persistent stains. During any treatment, optional conscious sedation is available to relax nervous clients. Furthermore, both doctors pride themselves on their gentle, friendly demeanors and comforting bedside manner, and Dr. Mircea Andriescu has even been known to incorporate his DJ talents into his sessions to entertain and relax his clients.
The early morning sun cascades off the Hudson River, sending beams of dawn dancing across the wooden dock where students flow through Vinyasa-style poses in tandem with the rhythmic sound of waves. Against this scenic backdrop accented by the silhouettes of distant skyscrapers, certified instructors demonstrate postures as the class makes its way through the tapestry of asanas. This is how most mornings begin at Casa Vinyasa Yoga, setting the tone of calm and serenity that carries throughout the day. The studio, which boasts panoramic views of New York City in the colder months and dock-top classes in the spring and summer, houses a collection of passionate instructors who collectively put their 200–500 hours of training to use leading classes for students of all fitness levels. Each of these teachers found yoga in their own way, some turning to it in the midst of a lonely marriage, others using it to find sanctuary from unfulfilling corporate jobs or lackluster games of Twister. They channel their distinctive passion for the practice in each of invigorating classes, which range from yoga fundamentals to more rigorous sessions such as Forrest Yoga that aims to build core strength.
Dr. Gregory R. Zaccone has seen?and treated?his share of injuries. He got his fair share of that practice as an intern athletic trainer for the New York Giants mini camp, and also worked as an athletic trainer for college basketball and lacrosse teams. But in 2004, the board-certified physical trainer gave up his spot on the sidelines to establish Spectrum Physical Therapy & Athletic Training, where he and his staff now help clients recover through personalized therapy treatments.
Today athletes are just one kind of patients he treats. He also facilitates physical therapy sessions for people suffering from back pain, carpal tunnel, and arthritis. What's more, Dr. Zaccone devised the Zaccone Injury Prevention Program, a sport-specific treatment plan for athletes recovering from all manner of pain. The sport-specific treatments help athletes return to top form, whether their goal is to sprint down the field during a game again or fold themselves into their gym bags after the final whistle. And yet, you don't need to be hurt to get the doc's help: Spectrum's medical fitness regimens also pair clients with personal trainers who create fitness plans designed to improve endurance, muscle strength, and flexibility.
Though the Fitness Factory’s classes, weight-loss center, and personal trainers embody the efficiency that the gym’s name suggests, its commitment to personalizing the gym-going experience diverges from the idea of a factory. Each of the three upscale locations—outfitted with unique amenities—is designed specifically for different types of exercisers. In Palisades Park, the building’s three floors embody various disciplines: the first floor teaches endurance, the second floor's concentration is sports performance, and the third floor focuses on strength training. The Rockaway spot blends exercise and entertainment with a cinema room that projects the latest blockbusters on a true silver screen as members hit the treadmills. Edgewater builds communities and core strength with Pilates reformer classes, hot-yoga studios, and rooftop yoga sessions where guests can salute the sun and shame lazy clouds. No matter the location, each gym pampers members with saunas, babysitting services in a toy-filled playroom, and a smoothie bar stocked with healthy postworkout snacks designed to help build muscle.
A visit to the dentist. For years, it's been a go-to cliche for anyone grasping to describe a supposedly unpleasant experience. At Mint Dental, things are different. Here, clients rest easy as Dr. Young Kim and his staff of experienced technicians keep smiles healthy with advanced dental equipment and treatments. After a warm welcome, clients settle into cushioned dental chairs, where the dentist examines teeth with digital x-rays and intra-oral cameras and hygienists deliver preventative care services such as cleanings. In addition to run-of-the-mill tooth-saving procedures, the team is also trained in more complicated treatments, from restoring teeth with crowns and Invisalign braces to carefully untying knotted tongues.