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.
Spa 23 Fitness and Lifestyle welcomes guests with a lobby caf? and juice bar where they can fuel up and debate their workout options. Some will decide to step out into multi-leveled workout rooms to exercise with weight- and core-training machines, free weights, cardio equipment, and stationary bikes. Others will run around the winding indoor running track or compete on one of two racquetball courts. Aquatic exercise takes place in a 25-yard Olympic-style swimming pool, which is also the best place to practice one?s Marco Polo skills. Alternately, visitors can retreat to multiple studios, where instructors lead classes in hot yoga and Pilates or step inside private rooms, where therapists ease tension with massages, mud packs, aromatherapy, and Pure Spa wraps.
Before opening Mindful Body, Maria Ortega-Murphy spent more than 20 years as a technical trainer in the software industry. Immersed in this intense, often stressful environment, she carved out a fortress of solitude in her decades-long love of yoga and began intensifying her studies of mind and body health. Convinced that she could help people improve their holistic health, she trained for her yoga teaching certification from the Yoga-Vedanta Forest Academy, an internationally recognized organization.
Along with a team of yogis, each of whom holds a 200-hour certification, Maria guides group and private yoga classes through calming asanas inside a soothing, welcoming studio space. Building on traditional yoga, the trifecta of instructors helps students sweat out stress and toxins in hot yoga, rehab injured frames in restorative yoga, or build agility and strength in more strenuous Hatha, Pilates, and yoga sculpt sessions. Most of the classes, including guided meditation, aim to balance the mind and body as well as increase body awareness, which can improve posture, control over physical stress, and the ability to tell which mouth to feed during hectic dinner parties.
One can look behind every stationary bike or beneath each treadmill, and never come across a man at American Woman Fitness Center. They will, however, find a swimming pool, rows of cardio machines, and a studio that hosts more than 50 fitness classes. Because the health club only admits women at its two locations, gals can feel more comfortable and confident as they break a sweat on elliptical machines and weight-training equipment.
The all-female staff leads a slew of group fitness classes, including CrossFit, Corebar training, Zumba, and yoga classes, some of which take place in the swimming pool and can result in highly desirable dolphin abs. In addition to classes, they offer personal-training sessions along with weight-loss and nutritional counseling tailored to female physiques. Clients can also monitor their children in the childcare area via TV screens while they work out in cardio or group fitness areas.
Licensed podiatrist Dr. Raymond M. Maimone has helped heal a lot of feet over the course of three decades in private practice. Dr. Maimone has always worked to stay at the forefront of podiatric care, arming his team with advanced lasers. The units often reduce a patient’s need for surgery, unlike a decision to put a trampoline under a basketball goal. Aided by these lasers or traditional podiatry, Dr. Maimone can treat sprained ankles, fractures, and many other foot disorders.
Yoga Haven is exactly what the name implies: a place where yoga enthusiasts of all levels can stretch, bend, and pose in a remarkably welcoming environment. Small group classes take place in the sunny studio, where natural light bounces off the sleek hardwood floors. The experienced instructors lead a variety of classes?from vinyasa to gentle yoga?all of which are designed to heighten energy and promote a sense of emotional wellbeing.