Bikram Yoga @ the Palisades' experienced instructors usher bodies through a challenging form of yoga using a sequence of 26 postures and two breathing exercises in a heated studio. With a four-class punch card, yogites can choose any 90-minute class from the schedule to melt tension from muscles and minds and increase strength, flexibility, balance, and shininess. The high temperature is ideal to sweat out toxins or feral animal spirits still circulating in systems and softening muscle tissue to reduce the risk of injury and maximize workouts.
A silk shirt huddles at the back of a closet, afraid to show its wine-stained face. An overcoat sits alone on a rack, marked by the shame of once being used as a napkin. At Prospect Cleaners, these and other blemished clothes are given the confidence to step out into the light, as skilled technicians expel offending splotches with sustainable practices and advanced dry-cleaning technology. Their EPA-approved organic cleaning methods gently cleanse fabrics, prevent fading, and avoid toxic chemicals linked to cancer, nervous-system ailments, and mutant sweaters with heat vision. Prospect’s other services include wedding-gown preservation, alterations, and boxed laundry service for traveling customers who need their clothes washed, pressed, and gift-wrapped. They also offer free pickup-and-delivery service to homes, dorms, and offices in the Bergen County area.
The green technology is a relatively new alternative to the older chemical-based dry-cleaning systems, some of which contained carcinogenic compounds and others of which contained baby drool. Protect yourself from these hazardous chemicals while simultaneously protecting clothing as the CO2 cleaning takes place at room temperature so it won't shrink or fade clothing, or heat-infuse stains into the fabric. The process also captures all of its own carbon emissions to be reused elsewhere.
VIttorio's Pizza Bistro's staff embraces tradition, from its brick-oven-fired pizzas with crusts prepared fresh daily to the gingham tablecloths reminiscent of classic pizzerias. In the kitchen, cooks decorate the pies with traditional sausage and pepperoni, and can also add more inventive ingredients such as buffalo chicken or taco-style toppings. Each pizza can be ordered sans sauce or cheese, and gluten-free or whole-wheat crusts are available as well. And though pizza is in the name, it's not the restaurant's only specialty. Celebrating several regions of Italy, the dishes on the chicken, veal, and seafood menu include such staples as veal marsala, chicken cacciatore, and shrimp scampi.
Stylists and aestheticians at The Face & Body Spa cultivate coiffures and nourish skin using products with an organic, vegan focus. That means that body scrubs exfoliate with organic sugarcane, nails glimmer with SpaRitual vegan polish, and hair color is ammonia-free, an eco-friendly approach that makes pampering sessions feel simultaneously as virtuous and enjoyable as volunteering at Willy Wonka's soup kitchen.
The spa's Eastern influence shows up in both the services—body workers use acupuncture and Reiki energy therapy—and the decor. Stone buddha heads broadcast calm throughout lounge areas, and live bamboo and potted trees add a minimalistic reminder of the staff's natural inspirations.
Local Green Maid purifies homes and protects the environment with detailed cleaning services using nontoxic cleaning solutions and HEPA-filter vacuums. During green cleaning, a squad of uniformed polishing pros takes over dirty domiciles, using their training from the Green Clean Institute to expel dirt and grime. All of their eco-friendly products are both nontoxic and biodegradable, and are free of harsh chemicals, fumes, temperamental parsnips, and other volatile organic compounds. Two hours of cleaning will usually cover a kitchen and bathroom, three hours typically exhilarate an entire one-bedroom apartment with one bathroom, and four hours can cover a two-bedroom apartment with two bathrooms, provided they aren't super chatty.