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.
Margaret E. Kabacinski treats patients like family, hosting each personal appointment inside Northport Skin Fitness's cozy bungalow. A licensed aesthetician, certified laser technician, and holistic health expert, Kabacinski oversees a team of technicians who specialize in using lasers to decimate unwanted hair or keep faces glowing as warmly as a recently microwaved sun.
At Encore Dance Academy, tiny feet pirouette and leap across a safety-sprung wood floor during a classic ballet class. That’s just one of the ways the instructors get bodies moving in dance classes for wee ones as young as 6 months to adults. The roster includes jazz, tap, hip-hop, and musical-theater dance forms, led by experienced instructors certified in CPR and first aid. They create an energetic and friendly atmosphere in which dancers of all ages can feel free to express themselves through movement. To carve out toned physiques, adults can groove to the Latin beats of Zumba, which includes free babysitting so parents can bust a move without duct-taping their child to their chest.
The dance center also hosts birthday parties and camps, come summertime, that encourage kids up to age 8 to step into the rolls of divas and rock stars while learning a dance step or two.
Dr. Dean Telano, co-owner and director of True Living Yoga and Rahini School of Yoga, also holds the auspicious title of president of Bön Buddhism of Long Island. During his meditation lessons, he draws on more than 20 years of teaching yoga, wellness, and meditation—all of which inform his teaching style. With the help of co-owners Heidi Johnsen, Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-500), and Naomi Miller, who has a background as a psychotherapist, the studio is a welcoming place for practitioners of many forms of yoga and holistic wellness. The staff of certified and Yoga Alliance–registered instructors combine their talents to teach students varied yoga styles such as Rahini, Hatha, Vinyasa, and Yoga-Pilates. They also offer teacher training in Rahini yoga, which is Sanskrit for "true living" and blends Hatha techniques with Buddhist meditation. When they’re not leading yoga classes, the staffers welcome guest teachers from India and offer Reiki sessions and meditation classes.
Simplicity Yoga Studio’s gleaming wood floors see a lot of things in an average day. The morning starts with a studio full of students arriving for Vinyasa flow. During class experienced instructors lead them through invigorating postures to challenge and wake them up.
Throughout the day, the cozy studio bustles with students of all skill levels ready for classes that range from intense Cardio Sculpt to gentle stretch sessions that move at a slower pace. On any given day, the studio might also fill with clients eager to learn during a variety of workshops, including four-week introductory sessions where first-timers can learn the basics, kids’ classes where little ones can stretch and play, and teacher training where advanced students can turn their passion into a career. No matter how busy and energetic the day was, it ends with a relaxing candlelight or meditation session to allow students and over-stimulated floors the opportunity to unwind.
For more than 25 years, Kings Park Dance Center has taught hip-hop, ballet, tap, jazz, modern, and musical-theater classes to dancers of all ages. In addition to dance instruction, the studio offers voice lessons, drama classes, Zumba, and acrobatics classes that emphasize gymnastics floor skills. On occasion, dancers can attend studio-hosted masters classes taught by professional dancers and choreographers including Tyce Diorio, Stephen “Twitch” Boss, and Wade Robson.
Sportime's expert instructors impart athletes of all skill sets with ball-swatting knowhow at a full-service tennis facility replete with a lounge area, pro shop, locker rooms for showering, and seasonal indoor and outdoor tennis courts. One-hour private tennis lessons––valid for either adults or juniors––assimilate swingers to the ways of the racquet in a friendly, individualized setting. A senior or staff pro instructor certified in tennis tutelage will guide students through tennis kinetics, Sportime's own accelerated tennis-teaching method that focuses on nurturing and refining forehands, honing backhands, and safely rescuing trapped dolphins from the net.