Before she discovered yoga, Rachel Wilson felt like she was sprinting toward a goal she couldn’t see. Instead of pushing through the fatigue that grew with each day she spent in law school, she stopped to consider her path forward. Among all the components of her day-to-day life, fitness stood out as a singular source of inspiration and fulfillment. She decided to build her world around what made her happiest, and before long she had transformed from a weary law student to an ACE-certified personal trainer and a spirited teacher of Pilates and Zumba. However, Rachel’s yoga mat would prove to be the location of her greatest breakthroughs. Here, she learned to look inside herself for guidance; as a certified yoga teacher and YogaFit master trainer, she now helps others do the same. At Om My Yoga, Rachel and her team of experienced instructors welcome students of all skill levels, helping them ease into poses that loosen muscle knots and car keys lodged between shoulders. Classes range from Vinyasa yoga—a dance-like fusion of ancient poses, breathing exercises, and meditation—to mat Pilates, a workout that engages the core with focused movements. In addition to melting stress during Om My Yoga’s classes, students can build home-based relaxation sanctuaries with the studio’s selection of yoga mats and DoTerra essential oils.
Founded in 1914, the original New York City location of Sterling Optical doled out frames amid the Ford Model Ts and paperboys that swarmed the city's financial district. The original band of eyesight experts weathered years of economic depression by impressing customers with speedy, full-service vision care, later launching a second store near Washington, DC. Today, a century of steady franchise expansion has given rise to almost 200 store locations in 23 states. Most locations continue the tradition of offering one-stop optical services, giving customers access to exams and onsite labs that manufacture glasses in one hour. The spectacle provider has been named one of the nation's leading franchises by Entrepreneur magazine.
Bettering your golf game is what's at the center of the fun at Bumble Bee Hollow— and it all comes back to director of golf Lorraine Klippel, an LPGA Master and Hall of Famer. Starting with the facility's driving range, golfers come to launch practice shots from more than 50 upper and lower hitting stalls. That's a lot of space dedicated to the long game, yet Lorraine still made sure to carve out areas where players can work on their softer swings. You can encounter that action in Bumble Bee's pitching and putting areas, or on the 18-hole mini-golf course, where the putting tracts were designed to mimic the gentle contours of real greens.
Just Plain Yoga wants its visitors to find the perfect fit when it comes to yoga technique. They offer a questionnaire to identify the right class for each student, based on how rapidly or slowly they want to move, as well as whether they want to achieve relaxation, increase flexibility, or build strength in your third eyelash. The studio offers 11 different styles for intrepid yogis, including gentle hatha sessions that link breath to body, and morning vinyasa flow to jump-start the day. Hesitant first-timers are especially invited to the “yoga for any body” class, a gentle, welcoming class for anyone who thinks they are too inflexible or overweight to do yoga.
As the morning begins, a row of toddlers takes turns tumbling feet over head while their parents guide them into the correct movement. Later, school-age kids sit in a circle, legs stretched before them as they try to touch their toes. The trained staff of My Gym Children's Fitness Center imbue kids with life skills through music, physical activities, and games. Many classes incorporate physical exercises with social and developmental skills, while summer camps are also available seasonally. All classes take place in a well-padded room, led by staff trained in child development and fluent in Muppet.
Total Health's owner, Cheryl Hawkins—a holistic health consultant—coaches her clients on the intake of nutritional supplements and alternative treatments to springboard toward improved states of mental and physical health. A certified natural-health consultant, Cheryl sits down with each patient to help chart a course of therapeutic action per client request. Some opt to purge toxins and melt stress in a sweat-inducing session in the infrared sauna; others reach toward the healthier digestion and improved intake of nutrients that follow on the heels of colon-hydrotherapy treatments, which Cheryl has administered for more than 15 years.