Dr. Dean Telano, co-owner and director of True Living Yoga Healing Center 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 to heal. 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, meditation classes, and medical qigong classes.
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.
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.
Using hypnosis, energy therapies, and meditation, Janine Thomson helps clients overcome personal hurdles. Janine is a board-certified hypnotist that conducts private and group sessions that tap into the power of the subconscious mind. Many clients come to them hoping to drop a few pounds and leave with the tools to take on this challenge.
While working together at a personal training facility, professional MMA fighter Jimmy Boudourakis and Chris Oddsen—a trainer with 10 years of experience—dreamed about one day opening their own business. After the establishment they worked for closed down, they brought Vincent DeRiso—a mixed-martial-arts student of Jimmy's—on board to realize their dream, eventually opening the doors to Northport’s MMA Fitness Center.
The trio of owners empathizes with the members who know they need a lifestyle change. This rings especially true for DeRiso, who—after being active all of his life and playing football—went through what he describes as “a rough patch,” hitting 290 pounds. With hard work and the right training, he dropped to 225 pounds and eventually became an MMA fighter. This mixture of empathy and diligence is the bedrock of their business model, which even extends to how they greet their patrons at the door. “The first thing we ask them is, ‘How has your day been?'” said DeRiso. And although the MMA workouts may be difficult, he says that they welcome people and video-game bosses of all fitness levels to attend, work hard, and challenge themselves.
One of the perks of the job for DeRiso is that they get to help kids develop good habits early on, including an overweight 15-year-old who dropped 20 pounds in his first month and impressed his coaches on his most recent football evaluation. The trainers offer classes to teenagers and kids to not only introduce them to mixed martial arts, but to also help them learn discipline in other areas of life. “We feel that kids should definitely learn discipline, because it's not just for the sport,” DeRiso said. “They also bring it back to home and school.”
Pagoda Acupuncture’s licensed practitioners employ ancient Chinese medical techniques to restore youthful looks to clients’ faces without chemicals or surgery. The session commences with a one-on-one consultation with Pagoda owner and founder Heather L. Romano, whose interview swiftly unearths patients’ concerns and desires, much like a bulldozer driven by Sigmund Freud. Practitioners then lightly prick facial skin with thin needles, unleashing a face-soothing free-for-all designed to stimulate collagen production, tighten pores, and boost local blood flow. Virtually painless for most patients, the treatment can help to firm, tone, and lift skin without the use of harsh chemicals, invasive surgery, or tiring face workouts led by Richard Simmons’ eyebrows.