The team of eye experts at Maz Optical has brought the world back into focus for more than two decades. Skilled opticians zero in on any sign of eye disease and calibrate fresh prescriptions for patients no longer able to see properly. Patients then take their new recipe for eyewear to experienced technicians, who help them order contacts or select frames from designers such as Prada, Coach, and Bebe. The professionals can answer questions about progressive lenses, give advice on protective coatings, and weigh in on which lenses are most likely to crack if worn to the opera.
The trainers at Limitless Athletics have one goal: improvement. That means always aiming to be better than yesterday. They achieve this lofty goal with fitness classes such as High Intensity Training, which blends elements of TRX, CrossFit, weightlifting, speedwork, and athletic regimens to create one serious megaworkout. Theirs is an eclectic schedule that also includes MMA classes, lacrosse clinics, and yoga. Many of the same programs are available for kids, too, ensuring children develop discipline and healthy habits early.
Self-improvement. It starts from within, but a little help from the outside is often necessary. That's what physicist, certified hypnotist, and reiki master Lily Lale Yilmaz does every day. She employs hypnosis, allowing her clients to dive deep into their subconscious to discover the obstacles blocking their path to self-improvement, whether that means quitting smoking, losing wait, or overcoming phobias. Lily also helps clients overcome grief and loss, learn new job skills, and even find relief from physical pain.
"The meaning of yoga is simply union," shares Lila Yoga Shala's founder, Raquel Vamos. Thus it's apt that Vamos's goal is to help each of Lila Yoga Shala's members unite his or her body, mind, and spirit. Members can achieve this unity during classes in which they match their breaths with asanas, or poses. The deliberate pairing of breathing with the movements helps to instill calm and relaxation, while strengthening core muscles and limbs. At the studio, which is located inside Vamos Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, they can also combine this trio of elements during meditation classes, yoga workshops, and charity events.
TryKickboxingNow.com's self-defense classes are more than just kickboxing sessions. Their courses blend traditional kickboxing, muay thai, boxing, karate, and interval training to burn fat and build muscle. In order to make it easy for exercisers to learn the kicks and punches of the sport, sessions take place at affiliate gyms across the country.
Brick Fit House is a place to focus. There's no loud music, and owner Keith describes the gym as "no-frills." What exercisers do find there, however, are experienced personal trainers and lots of equipment—rarely with any wait, says Keith—that beckon gym members to work independently.