"It's hot in here." When that's all you can think about, you tend to forget about the intense physical exertion involved with a series Bikram moves. But the work does pay off, as practitioners are kicking up their core strengthen while sweating away heaps of calories. Garnering the attention of New Jersey Monthly Magazine and New Jersey Health and Beauty, Surya Yoga Academy's three welcoming studios are a great place for men and women of all skill levels to practice hot yoga and other yoga genres, including Vinyasa or Jivamukti poses. Alongside traditional sessions, the studio's specialized workshops train athletes and runners to maximize their exercise potential, and focused mom-and-baby yoga classes build mother-child bonds and telepathy skills.
At Lucas Dental, chompers are carefully nurtured with up-to-date teeth technology. After an initial consultation, a qualified dental doctor will make impressions of your munchers; during a second visit one week later, clients will receive their custom-fit trays and whitening kits, as well as instructions for putting their tooth-improvement gear to effective use. Groupon holders also receive 20% off all future touch-up whitening gel refills, and those seeking to straighten up disorganized dentition can consult with doctors to test their Invisalign candidacy and get 20% off the regular rate for the service, which typically costs $3,500–$5,000.
"Using the medicine of the past to heal the problems of today," Caroline Strassberg carries on techniques of classical acupuncture developed during the Han Dynasty of China. She uses her needles, her yoga training, and her work in child and family counseling to inspire a deep sense of bodily and mental awareness in her patients-the word bodhi means "to awaken." Strassberg also practices moxibustion, therapeutic body work, and diet and exercise counseling, with a focus on women's health.
Having earned accolades from Patch.com, Work It Out's friendly fitness wizards transform bodies into svelte, healthier shapes in more than a dozen weekly fitness classes. Instead of staging Swan Lake atop a moving treadmill belt, students of all fitness levels can sculpt long, lean muscles in Barre Work's ballet-inspired workouts. In 60-minute adult gymnastics sessions, retired cheerleaders, aspiring human cannonballs, and other tumbling buffs can practice stunts on 900 square feet of bouncy spring floors. An ideal counterpoint to I <3 Zumba's dance-fueled cardio, Pilates bolsters muscles in the abdomen, hips, and lower back. Clients can invoke cyclical fitness in Spin Re-Mix, which teams 25 minutes of stationary cycling with 25 minutes of core craft in an attempt to whittle firm figures and heavily muscled apples. Classes take place nearly every hour from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.; consult Work It Out's schedule for details or to register.
Sunlight has barely begun to creep up the sidewalk when Coach David throws open the doors to his 2,500-square-foot facility, surveying the kettlebells, sand bags, and stretch bands arrayed within. He conducts 35-minute boot camps in this energetic atmosphere, drawing inspiration from the many success stories told by his students. For six years, David has worked as a certified personal trainer, and in that time, he’s learned to customize his fitness routines on the spot, tailoring moves to each guest’s fitness level and goals. He sends students racing through calisthenics and cardio endurance exercises, changing the routine for every class to keep minds and bodies active and the ever-watching kettlebell deities appeased. To complement the intense boot camps, he also invites students to 50-minute Vinyasa yoga classes that link breathing and movements in workouts that improve flexibility.
CKO Kickboxing’s battery of experienced instructors burns calories and tones bodies via one-hour kickboxing workouts. During each session, fighters strap on boxing gloves and strike punching-bag opponents with uppercuts, jabs, and kicks, burning up to 1,200 calories and instilling fear in inanimate objects. As bags slowly bruise, dedicated coaches unleash a bevy of simple fighting techniques sprinkled with seedlings of encouragement to keep exercisers focused on body betterment. Classes are tailored to all age and experience levels, and are offered several times throughout the week. Peruse the online schedule for class times.
After Lisa Usherovich had her first baby, she discovered yoga as a way to get back in shape and relieve stress. She eventually founded MiMi Yoga for Everyone, a welcoming studio where prenatal classes help keep expectant women comfortable, as well as post-natal classes that let mothers and babies practice yoga together. A full schedule includes other types of yoga, from a fundamentals class to an iyengar session that uses props to help bodies stretch to new limits and practice new stand-up routines. In all classes, Lisa and her team invite more experienced yogis to set up in the front row so new students can hang behind and follow their lead.
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