At Green Lotus Yoga & Healing Center, instructors facilitate spiritual growth from the inside out. Yoga and mat Pilates classes can improve your strength and balance, while meditation sessions foster relaxation via breathing exercises. Inside intimate treatment rooms, practitioners administer a wide range of holistic healing services, including acupuncture, massage, and reiki. Founders Marcia Appel and Merry Beth Hovey also lead retreats, such as a recent trip to India, where students were able to deepen their studies and sharpen their agility by striking a tree pose atop the spires of the Taj Mahal.
With more than 30 years of kid-entertaining experience, The Little Gym provides a safe and fun locale where kids can stay active in a nurturing and noncompetitive environment. Summer vacation, the time-honored seasonal celebration of the sun's epic victory over marauding snowflake hordes, gives children an abundance of time and energy, though adults are often stuck at work. Little Gym's summer-camp classes enable children to expel their no-school enthusiasm in a safe, fun atmosphere.
More than three decades ago, educator Larry Martinek set out on a mission to develop a curriculum that would radically change the traditional approach to teaching math. Noting a "disconnect between students' basic skills training and the curriculum they [must] master in the years to come," Larry created an original teaching method designed to turn students into miniature mathematicians capable of thinking critically to solve problems. His approach, which he describes as the cultivation of number sense, strives to sharpen students’ math instincts, rather than drill them with repetitive, memory-based exercises or force them to blackmail accountants to crunch the numbers. Soon after students began using Larry's method, their test scores began to rise. In the spring of 2002, Larry's dream came true. Peter Markovitz and David Ullendorff, leaders in the education industry, made Larry and his curriculum the driving force of Mathnasium. Larry introduced his curriculum as the Mathnasium Method.
Today, Mathnasium centers can be found throughout the world. Informed by Larry's visionary innovations, the program's tutors give personalized coaching that focuses on bolstering critical thinking through written materials and mental math, forsaking many of the teaching tools found in a traditional classroom. In addition, the tutors also focus on boosting students' enthusiasm for the subject, helping them overcome a lack of confidence in the classroom or their innate fear of prime numbers.
For more than 20 years, Dustin Phillips of Dustin Phillips Music has made music his life, whether teaching the rockers of tomorrow in his studio or lighting up the stage with his band, All The Right Moves. While Dustin has been performing and teaching, he has also assumed the role of the student, graduating from McNally Smith College of Music with a degree in music business. All of his experience makes him a one-man band of sorts, as he not only plays and produces music but also gives lessons in instruments including drums, guitar, and bass guitar.
Anytime Fitness, which boasts 1,689 clubs in North America, makes it easier for average folks to etch out time for exercise by doing one simple thing: staying open 24 hours a day for 365 days a year. As fitness seekers challenge themselves on cardio and Hammer Strength machines and hoist Iron Grip free weights in clean, well-stocked facilities, security monitoring ensures they’re safe and producing enough sweat to meet official government standards. Members can also ramp up their exercise regimens with the help of Anytime Fitness’s staff of personal trainers, who demonstrate moves and sling motivating tips. After workouts, guests can shower in the private restrooms or hop into one of the tanning booths available 24 hours a day.
The YogaSoul Center's team of attentive instructors strives to foster a community of holistic wellness through a diverse roster of fitness classes. The robust schedule includes 11 different yoga styles, Pilates sessions, and dance-based classes to help students slim, tone, and center bodies and minds. During Vinyasa flow yoga, students of all abilities connect movement with mindful ujjayi-breathing techniques, strengthening muscles with balance-building stances, standing sequences, and seated poses, while yin yoga stretches the connective tissues in the hips, pelvis, and lower back with poses that held for up to five minutes. Pilates mat classes utilize floor exercises to strengthen the core, and rug-cutters looking to get fit can opt for exhilarating Zumba sweat sessions, which keep feet moving with easy-to-follow dance steps performed to upbeat Latin tunes. Students manage weight, increase flexibility, and hone dancing skills needed to impress dashing, masked outlaws.