Bodily alignment can help create order in the mind and heart as well, according to Omni Kitts Ferrara, the professional dancer who owns Yoga Montclair and sister studio Yoga Morristown. At the Yoga Alliance approved 200 RYS and 500 RYS studios, she and her team of Yoga Alliance–certified teachers shepherd students toward the peace and goodness that lie within using flowing movements and moments of meditation. They welcome students of all experience levels and walks of life, inviting them to stay "as long as the conversation intrigues [them]." To cultivate physical and metaphysical strength, classes pair inspirational words with poses as playful as a puppy fetching a red clown nose. Instructors begin each session with a mind-centering exercise before launching into stretches, balances, and breath work that melt stress and bolster flexibility. Basic and Gentle routines teem with beginner-friendly poses and alignment guidance, and Level I/II classes ready students for intermediate-level backbends, headstands, and handstands.
The team of certified yoga instructors at Aquarian Yoga Center don't just teach their students; they also establish a community. Yogis immerse visitors of all ages and ability levels in the lifestyle, chiefly by following the tenets of yoga lifestyle. In many of the 25 classes each week, they guide students through breathing exercises and the yoga poses, pairing these exercises with meditation, and/or the beat of a gong. Major yoga styles, such as hatha yoga, and vinyasa flow, and kundalini yoga round out the offerings. Meanwhile, a packed calendar of events such as concerts, kirtan, and dance classes allow guests to explore other cultural pursuits. An on-site retail shop helps students continue their practice with goods ranging from organic healthcare products and oils to yoga clothing and books.
Real Body Boot Camp founder Bernadette Silva has always made time to work out. Even when while running her private psychology practice and raising three energetic kids, she developed her own high-octane workout regimen. With a blend of boxing, yoga, Pilates, and sports drills, participants burn fat and build lean, powerful muscles through fun exercises that fully engage the mind and body, unlike boring runs on the treadmill or the confusing twists and turns on stationary bikes. In addition to strengthening bodies with TRX, boot camps, yoga, and barre classes, clients build valuable self-defense skills through krav maga training under martial arts expert David Ordini.
Headbanger Fitness founder Jermaine Terry became a personal trainer in 2009, but it wasn't until he worked with one specific client that he realized his true mission as a fitness and nutritional professional. Terry helped a cancer survivor regain her strength and confidence, and through doing so, discovered a passion for using fitness to motivate and inspire. Today, he teaches a broad range of classes in disciplines such as weightlifting, boxing, and aerobic and fitness classes, all with the goal of helping clients change their lives for the better.
For the past 25 years, Starseed Yoga & Wellness has provided a space for guests to get in shape and relieve anxiety through yoga and meditation. The staff understands that starting yoga can be overwhelming, so they offer more than 25 classes each week to suit students with different levels of experience or rebellious students who refuse to salute the sun. Students can participate in vigorous Vinyasa sessions or gentle restorative yoga, or head to mind-body workshops held at different times throughout the year.
Sharron Miller has devoted her life to dance. She attended the Juilliard School and worked with the director of the Garden State Ballet. After completing her training, she danced as a soloist for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and appeared in seven Broadway shows. Sharron also taught at Renaissance Middle School for 13 years, where her dance and drama program for youth was praised by the State of New Jersey. Today, as the founder of Sharron Miller's Academy for the Performing Arts, she shares the skills she acquired throughout a lifetime in the arts with students from all walks of life.
SMAPA is a not-for-profit organization that provides classes in jazz, ballet, tap, and modern dancing for students of all ages. SMAPA's skilled faculty members teach hundreds of students every year and conduct outreach to the community, engaging youth in the arts through school programs and impromptu performances in the daydreams of teenagers.