Though she took her first yoga class when she was a teenager in 1992, it wasn't until Piera Chodorow Meil discovered Baron Baptiste's style of power Vinyasa yoga in 2006 that she began to seriously pursue her practice. After training under notable yogis such as Bill Raup and Bikram Choudhury—the founder of Bikram yoga—Piera opened her own studio, Yogi Power Yoga, to share her passion with students of all experience levels. Performed in a heated space to foster detoxification and help muscles to sink into deep stretches, the dynamic style of power yoga challenges practitioners to link a series of flowing postures with deep, mindful breaths. This idea of mindfulness extends to Yogi Power Yoga's physical practice space—environmentally friendly practices are used whenever possible, and much of the interior, including flooring, furnishings, and paint, consists of reclaimed or sustainable materials. Committed to helping its community, the studio offers donation-based classes and often partners with charity organizations, with initiatives that have included raising funds for the Farm Sanctuary, a rescue and refuge network for North American farm animals
After earning her medical degree and completing her residency in otolaryngology and facial plastics, Dr. Danielle Brenza continued her study of aesthetic medicine on the West Coast. She returned with the perfume of the Pacific Ocean in her hair and the knowledge of anti-aging secrets in her mind.
At Ageless Skin & Laser Center, she offers complimentary consultations to each patient. Depending on the results of the skin analysis, Dr. Brenza might recommend IPL photofacials and chemical peels or Botox and bioidentical hormone supplementation. She also wields lasers to remove unwanted hair and spider veins or play the digital music encoded in everyone's cheeks.
The friendly team at the office of Jeannette M. Morris, DDS, and Marko Jeftić, DMD, brighten teeth with in-office Zoom2 Whitening sessions that take just over an hour. Fang furbishers protect gums' soft tissue with a protective gel before applying a bleaching agent to the teeth. A special light activates the whitening solution while also illuminating glow-in-the-dark uvula tattoos. After treatment, mouth pearls gleam up to eight shades whiter, and clients return home with bleaching trays that can help touch up teeth or heighten their shine. Staff polishes all tools at a state-of-the-art sterilization center to get implements as sanitary as Mr. Clean's knock-knock jokes, and throughout treatment, DVD players pipe entertainment to patients’ eyes and ears.
A trayful of slowly hardening goo presses against the farthest recesses of your mouth, making drool run down your chin. For anyone who's ever endured dental impressions, this is a common (and unpleasant) experience—one which the team at Village Dental Arts helps patients avoid. Instead, the team uses a high-tech intraoral scanner to take impressions, waving a wand-like camera over the teeth and rendering the image into a 3D digital file. Such technology is just one of the many patient-friendly, advanced treatments the practice offers, along with Invisalign and Zoom! teeth whitening.
Even before patients encounter the high-tech instruments, Dr. Sweeney and her team make them feel comfortable at Village Dental Arts. Located inside a converted Victorian house, the office reflects the comforts of home with couches in the waiting room, televisions within the exam rooms, and shiny hardwood floors for viewing your reflection after each appointment. Though the staff's focus on regular dental care aims to reduce the time they spend treating disease, they can handle everything from cosmetic treatments to restorations such as root canals, crowns, and composite fillings.
Active Fitness prides itself on its friendly, welcoming atmosphere, and for the last 20 years, patrons have noticed. A team of certified personal trainers stands at the ready throughout the spacious fitness center, helping guests buff up on the weight-training equipment or burn calories on the rows of more than 50 cardio machines. Their goal is to make each guest feel like they’re part of a team, rather than just another membership number, which they stress in their small-group classes. Their classes include VastForce, an intense circuit-training class that combines elements of rock climbing, suspension training, and rowing, in which they coach each exerciser to complete the routines at their individual fitness levels. They also helm personal-training sessions, in which they push patrons toward their fitness goals—from running a marathon to losing a few pounds to flying 2 feet—with tailored routines and nutrition counseling.
Taking a road bike in a spinning studio may seem like a recipe for pedaling into a wall, but at Cycle On Studio, it's a recipe for a more realistic workout. During the studio’s Kinetic Rock and Roll training sessions, cyclists work out on their own bikes, which they lock into indoor-appropriate frames that provide lifelike side-to-side rocking to challenge the same muscles engaged on the biking trail. This is just one of the studio's many classes that cast off one-size-fits-all workouts. Even during traditional spinning sessions on NXT stationary bikes, students can opt to wear a MYZONE belt that monitors and tracks all of their exercise activity in order to make the classes more efficient. With or without the belts, instructors infuse these workouts with high-energy climbs, interval training, saddle work, and virtual rickshaw rides.