After performing traditional Greek folk dance for celebrities, politicians, and even Greek royalty, Rozalia Aravantinos Xidias opened Asana Yoga + Dance. There, she helms a staff of instructors who perform Greek folk dance at weddings, christenings, and building demolitions. They also teach yoga, dance, and fitness classes to both adults and children, ensuring all classes are capped at a small number so each student receives personal attention. Inside the state-of-the-art facility, kids learn hip-hop and jazz moves and grown-ups glide peacefully through Hatha and Vinyasa poses or trim their waistlines during energetic Zumba classes. Girl Scouts can also visit the studio for a one-hour folk-dance lesson, which culminates in a folk-dance merit badge.
Open 24/7, the 35,000-sqaure-foot facility at 365 Premier Fitness & Wellness is set up to eradicate workout excuses. Here, clients can find everything they need to burn fat and build lean muscle, from an indoor lap pool to strength and cardio machines to a separate spinning studio. Certified instructors teach a host of group fitness classes, including Zumba, yoga, and interval training, and martial-arts classes are supplemented by speed and heavy bags for those looking to punch and kick their way to fitness. The spacious gym also offers complimentary towel service and childcare, making working out hassle-free and putting an end to diaper-bag bench-press competitions.
With decades of martial-arts experience between them, sensei Mike Mackintosh and master John Ralph Shihan have mastered combat techniques from all over the world. In their own classes, they teach a form that makes use of a variety of styles. Known as Kojukai, the eclectic technique borrows from a variety of training styles: judo, muay thai, karate, and the Israeli system of Haganah. The instructors introduce children and adults to techniques from each of these disciplines, leading pupils through striking, throwing, and defensive maneuvers while practicing real-world scenarios.
Edward Cordiano wears myriad hats: author, business owner, Lululemon ambassador, and father of four. Attributing his multifaceted success to focus and preparation, Edward, along with his team, works to help clients push their own limits. Specializing in power yoga for all skill levels, Power Yoga Center's instructors focus on strengthening the core, aligning the body, and achieving proper breathing technique. They also lead classes in other disciplines, such as hot power yoga, Zumba, and body sculpting.
Helmed by women who share a passion for encouraging others to improve their daily lives, Gaia Fit draws its strength from personal training, nutrition counseling, and fitness classes. Through these efforts, the owners emphasize the importance of building a sense of support and camaraderie that they call Sisters in Sweat—bonding through pushing your own body to its limits while motivating others to work harder. Classes cater to myriad needs and abilities, and nutrition counseling spurs patrons toward weight loss and energy gain with plans tailored to their lifestyles, working to eliminate detrimental habits.
National Yoga Alliance–certified instructor Ginna Turnamian began her lifelong love of fitness under the mentorship of her aunt, a certified personal trainer. She experienced the positive effects of yoga and fitness first hand, and as a result Ginna dedicated herself to sharing her experience with others.
At Hot & Soul Yoga, located within Cirius Fitness, Ginna leads a team of experienced and caring instructors who help students of all ages and skill levels, from advanced to novice, improve their bodies and relax their minds. In studios saturated in a careful balance of heat and humidity, instructors lead noncompetitive hot yoga classes to boost balance, strength, and flexibility while aiming to flush toxins from the body, helping clients safely go deeper into their asanas. The studios also host traditional yoga classes, and each room is outfitted with antibacterial, antiskid Zebra Mat flooring to keep students from falling mid sun salutation and incurring the wrath of that notoriously short-fused star. Hot & Soul Yoga also offers kids’ yoga classes and childcare services in a play area outfitted with toys and games.
Northeast Mountain Guiding's adventures take place everywhere from the lofty peaks of the Himalayas to the canyons of Arizona and the waters of upstate New York. Guided by outdoors experts that are trained by organizations such as the Professional Climbing Guides Institute, students and expedition groups tackle rocky inclines, mountainous trails, and swiftly flowing waters. Whether Northeast Mountain Guiding is organizing an overnight jaunt through the Adirondacks or a daylong introduction to ice climbing, the company ensures that every detail is considered, drawing on the local familiarity that each of its regional offices possesses to prepare for any possibility. In keeping with this meticulous approach, the professionals either provide any necessary gear for the journey or remind adventurers what they should bring, such as sunscreen or a pint-sized sleeping bag for their teddy bear.