Bikram Yoga on the Island's founders, Suzanne and Joe Elliott, draw inspiration from their students' physical progress and development each week, ensuring that each session addresses the needs of first-day students, casual practitioners, and lifelong yogis. Ten years of experience fuel Suzanne and Joe's work as instructors, with each tapping his or her encyclopedic knowledge to guide pupils through two breathing exercises and 26 poses. Along with a staff of instructors, the two founders demonstrate and describe the proper execution of each posture with the authority of an Olympic Twister medalist.
As students fold and unfold limbs, each movement helps promote healthy organ function by pushing freshly oxygenated blood throughout their entire bodies. Meanwhile, the studio's heating system helps them safely sink into each stretch and sweat out toxins by raising the temperature to 105 degrees with 40% humidity. After class, attendees can freshen up with the studio's indoor and outdoor shower facilities.
Owner Mary Myers believes in sharing the gift of movement with everyone. She offers dance and music instruction to students of all abilities and helms sessions specifically catered to autistic and hearing-impaired students. At her family-run studio, students sample different flavors of the diverse class offerings, from the peppy steps of merengue to the honky-tonk struts of line dancing. She also leads a variety of dance-fitness classes to help students carve off calories with sessions such as belly dance and Flamenco Fit. Further fostering patrons' passion for beats, the instructors teach introductory violin lessons and music theory to help students unravel the complexities of “Mary Had a Little Lamb.”
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Although the board-certified optometrists and ophthalmologists at Eye Clinic and Laser Institute have been sharpening patients' vision for more than 30 years, their technology is up-to-the-minute. Their advanced techniques include NearVision CK, a procedure that reshapes the cornea with radiofrequency, and ReZoom intraocular lens implants to correct cataracts. LASIK laser eye surgery corrects a range of vision difficulties while requiring less recovery time than after using a Thighmaster.
But the real centerpiece of the office isn't technological. It's the individual care they give to each of their patients. Before performing any of their signature vision-enhancing services, they sit down with patients for a consultation and thorough exam to ensure their candidacy for any procedure, or to make further recommendations based on their findings.
After yoga assuaged her chronic neck and back pain, Kim Bolinger was hooked. She decided to pay homage to the practice by opening a studio of her own. At Merritt Island Yoga, she introduces novices to yoga’s basic poses by breaking them down into simple steps while emphasizing proper breathing and alignment. The studio’s advanced classes move more quickly through Vinyasa sequences, focusing on flexibility, endurance, and fighting off killer mats disguised as regular mats. Despite the studio’s name, yoga is not its only offering—the diverse classes also cover belly dancing, tai chi, and chi gong, a 5,000-year-old practice focused on self-healing and meditative movements.