A licensed chiropractor and experienced martial artist, Dr. John Surie started practicing hot yoga when he met his future wife, Natalie. Charmed by her Australian accent and passion for the practice, he soon became an avid Bikram student himself, and in 2002, the husband-and-wife duo opened their first studio with Natalie helming her own curriculum of Bikram-inspired classes. Today, their hot-yoga empire has expanded to five studios sprinkled across the United States and Australia, each teeming with certified instructors who lead students through 13 different class styles. Designed to make hot yoga accessible to everyone, classes range from the studio’s signature Ignite series, which introduces newcomers to the foundations of hot yoga, to intense Shape classes that see stretchers melding hot-yoga and Pilates moves while solving Pythagorean equations.
Each studio comes equipped with special flooring tailored to the humid environment of hot yoga, as well as air-circulation and advanced heating systems to keep fresh, hot air blowing.
Dr. Jonathan Abenaim knows that visiting the dentist's office can be stressful. That's why he outfits his Jonathan Dental Spa waiting room with soothing touches such as aromatherapy, health-conscious soft drinks, and leather massage chairs. He and his team even let patients select a DVD to watch on virtual reality glasses during their procedures.
Dr. Abenaim was the recipient of the E. Howell Smith Award in Prosthetic Dentistry upon graduating from the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Dental Medicine. He is also a diplomate of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists and a professor at the NYU dental implant clinic. His services range from fillings and fitting mouths with porcelain veneers to Zoom! teeth whitening, 45-minute pain-free sessions that brighten smiles by an average of eight shades.
Before she ran Dancing Westchester, Desirée Smith owned another studio in her home of South Africa. There, she was a professional ballroom champion in her province. She practiced her footwork and tutored others for more than 10 years before making the move to America, where her passion for movement hardly waned. She now teaches students of all ages and ambitions—be they competitive or strictly casual—how to cut across the floor with poise.
Desirée is versed in multiple styles, including international ballroom and Latin American dance, from Argentine tango to salsa. During private lessons, she schools singles and couples on their form with personalized notes. These focused sessions allow her to hone in on areas of improvement, whether it's timing, twirls, or difficulty differentiating your partner from your shadow. For spouses-to-be and even entire wedding parties, the Dancing Westchester team can choreograph crowd-pleasing routines for receptions. Alternatively, group lessons take a more social approach, as pupils are encouraged to switch partners often to rehearse their leading and following skills, and to socialize with their fellow classmates.
Realistic conditions. Realistic goals. These two statements bookend Mayer's Karate & Fitness's principles. The instructors teach skills such as self-defense, jujitsu, and judo as they would be used and needed in the real world, with nary a crouching tiger nor a hidden dragon in sight. Both adults and kids can take karate classes, which build self-esteem as well as muscle; there are also sessions for kids with special needs that emphasize coordination and social skills as much as physical activity. Fitness options include Latin dance–inspired Zumba classes and personal training, in which American Council on Exercise–certified coaches help clients make and meet goals.
Doctors Joseph and Deborah Lozito created The Institute for Medical Weight Loss and Nutrition in an effort to curtail the nation's growing obesity epidemic. The two pool their 45 years of combined medical experience with the expertise of CBS 2 News–featured nutritionist Jennifer Burns Katafigiotis to develop customized weight-loss programs. The institute's weight-loss plans include a combination of meticulous medical analysis, hours-long tickle-fights, and meal replacements. The meal replacements have been shown to help participants adjust to healthier portion sizes and shed pounds.
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