Few yoga studios can say that they've created their own styles of yoga, but at Highland Yoga, Anelyn and Stephen Tortorello did just that. With the help of their instructors, these yogis developed Yogacarya, which marries Western yoga postures with the introspection, meditation, and self-realization encouraged by the Yoga Sutras. The open, clean studio hosts a rotating gallery of local artists' paintings and photography to inspire reflection.
Their 32 weekly classes—available in beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels—also embrace the widely popular Vinyasa and Hatha methods along with the lesser-known Kripalu and Kundalini yogas. To further foster mind-body connections, the studio's licensed massage therapists ease muscular stress, taut muscles, and uptight grizzly bears with myofascial, Swedish, and Thai yoga bodywork.
At CKO Kickboxing, combatants wage one-hour battles against an army of heavy bags. The weighted punching bags dangle in long rows as participants unleash flurries of kicks, punches, knees, and elbows upon them until they agree to personally train them. CKO's instructors emphasize the fitness aspects of kickboxing over a traditional martial-arts education, peppering sessions of punches and kicks with plyometrics and cross training to sculpt and strengthen the entire body. Students of all skill levels are welcome in each class, and beginners are encouraged to progress at their own pace.
Inside a pink-painted studio, instructors invite ladies of all builds and backgrounds to forget their inhibitions during group fitness classes, which range from Zumba to yoga. They combine muscle-sculpting routines and festive energy by hosting several music-based lessons, including the nightclub-like Zumba in the Dark. Additionally, Fuze Wellness Studio's massage therapists and life coaches balance out fast-paced routines by cultivating relaxation and mental calm. Through all this, the staff aims to help students tap into inner and outer strength, as well as empower them to feel secure in their bodies, a goal that is far easier than empowering them to feel secure in their lederhosen.
Boasting a resume that lists AFAA fitness certification and more than 25 years of experience teaching in the workout world, Maryann King invites students of all ages and sizes to abandon their preconceived notions of exercise and shimmy their way to wellness in fun, party-like Zumba classes set to Latin-inspired beats. In addition to offering traditional Zumba Fitness, she leads Zumba Toning sessions, which throws in light free weights and strength-training routines.
As the mother of three children, Tara started taking Zumba classes as a way to get back in shape. Not only did she quickly see results, she also had fun moving her body to the Latin-inspired beats. Now a certified Zumba instructor, Tara introduces others to this upbeat fitness craze during one-hour classes.
Even after 10 years in business, a spot on Golf Magazine’s “40 Under 40” list, and multiple features in Entrepreneur magazine, CEO Joshua Jacobs maintains a laserlike focus on what’s important to the health of America’s youngsters. His youth-enrichment program, taught at all TGA franchises, uses the games of golf and tennis as means for communicating positive life values and building confidence in pre-K through 8th-grade students, all while keeping kids active to combat obesity. Born from a team of golf, tennis, and education professionals, the five-level TGA curriculum teaches etiquette, sportsmanship, and the value of physical activity alongside lessons in math, science, history, and English. The trained staff outfits each student with modified equipment for their lesson, including shorter golf clubs, lighter tennis racquets, and reduced-flight golf balls that have had their wings clipped for indoor use. Students also receive a handbook filled with lessons, activities, and challenges to encourage further development.
Licensed Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Uchenna Egwuonwu helms Wholehealth, where she puts more than 10 years of experience to use in treating conditions with a blend of Eastern and Western medicine, aided by a nursing degree. Aiming to treat a variety of maladies and symptoms such as coughs, addiction, arthritis, or back pains, she uses miniscule, sterile needles during acupuncture to target specific points on the back where there might be blockages along internal meridians of energy, or qi, to restore flow and balance to bodies. She also utilizes techniques such as moxibustion, burning mugwort to mitigate dampness in the body, or herbal prescriptions, tailoring herbs for individual conditions and cases.