In one way or another, Janine Friedman has always been involved in fitness?practicing Pilates, training clients, and serving as a fitness coordinator for local Girl Scouts. "Movement has always been a part of my life," says Janine. "It gives me purpose, focus, and happiness all at once, allowing me to share the positive and healthful benefits with others.? Pulling from her passion and years of experience, Janine opened her own private training studio?Esteem Wellness & Fitness?where she continues to teach classes alongside a team of certified instructors.
Reflected in the studio's mirror-lined walls and cushioned by its carpeted floors, coaches guide students through the poses of Vinyasa yoga and Pilates and the high-intensity cardio and strength-training exercises of conditioning classes. The studio even offers a Jedi Training program for kids?in which instructors guide youngsters in meditation and peaceful problem solving?along with youth and teen yoga classes, in which students learn techniques that enable them to avoid geometry class by neatly tucking themselves into their lockers?an ironic use of geometry.
Inside a purple studio strewn with mats and padded blocks, experienced Hot-Yoga certified instructors Karen and Dana lead students through a stretching workout regime that centers the mind and body. Karen, Dana, and their staff of highly-trained and certified teachers each have their own distinct approach to yoga, however all teachers are supportive and hands-on, allowing students to individualize their practice while gently pushing them to to achieve their goals. The staff specializes in teaching Barkan hot yoga, a Calcutta-derived practice, and classic hot yoga, which can promote detoxification with its 26 poses.
Inner Spirit Yoga Center's team of certified instructors foster a diverse community of yogis dedicated to wellness and kinship with a curriculum that accommodates all ages, skill levels, and abilities. A four-week beginner's yoga series imparts the foundational postures, breathing techniques, and tricks for housebreaking stubborn spirit animals. In addition to yoga, the center also hosts belly dance classes, tai chi, and peaceful meditation sessions. A packed calendar of events maintains community vibes through potluck dinners, movie nights, and inspirational book club meetings.
At Intelligent Fitness, the personal trainers and exercise instructors take their clients' success seriously. Instead of barking at them to exercise more, they teach their clients to maximize their workouts' effectiveness, taking a personalized approach to instruction that helps clients achieve their goals?from losing weight to tearing a phonebook in half with one hand tied behind their backs. Phil Sottile, the company?s founder, guides the company?s mission to coach, mentor, and motivate clients during personal-training sessions. Also helming group sweat sessions, the certified instructors lead classes such as Intell-Barre and indoor biking, which help melt away calories and stress.
Equipment: Yoga mats, blocks, straps, blankets, pillows, and eye pillows
Students should bring: Water, towel, comfortable clothing
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: No
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Metered street parking
Pro Tip: We will answer any questions about yoga after class to help with your practice.
Yael Turkiewicz's studies in movement followed a staircase of disciplines, taking her from dance to aerobics to Pilates and eventually to yoga. She now holds certifications to teach the latter three fields, though she hardly considers her learning process complete—she attends continuing-education workshops to further explore the physics of the body. At her studio, she and her teaching staff blend the deep stretches of Pilates with yoga poses and light weight training. They add heat to many of their lessons, such as Hot Core and Hot Power Yoga, to loosen up limbs more safely than taping them to a strongman's pickle jar. By modifying postures to suit each student's skill range, they ensure that guests exercise within their comfort zones.