Dominique Ponko sits at the head of the class, leading yogis through muscle-lengthening postures with the steady flow of her deep, rhythmic inhales and exhales. It’s been a long journey for Dominique. She first sought out yoga at the age of 26 to help her cope with life-threatening seizures and a slow-growing brain tumor. Yoga comforted her through three difficult years, welcoming her into a space for healing spiritually before she was able to find the proper medicine to help her heal physically. Though still a little shaky, Dominique has triumphed and opened four yoga studios—voted Best of the ‘Burgh in 2010—to inspire her students to ease their ailments, build strength, and find inner peace.
During her studio's heated Vinyasa-flow classes, an enthusiastic and supportive instructor guides students through a series of strengthening postures that work to increase flexibility and build muscles. Warm, balmy air courses through the studio, pricking beads of sweat on brows to help detox bodies and loosen stiff muscles into deep, soothing stretches.
Started in 1961 by Dr. Stanley Pearle, the nationally recognized and trusted franchise now operates in nearly 800 company and franchise locations nationwide. The master visionaries at Pearle are well trained in assisting all bespectacled beings, from casual librarians to picky, temperamental Cyclopes. Equip a corrective pair of Essentials frames starting at $99.95, or slip on a pair of designer eye enhancers, such as those by Anne Klein and DKNY ($149.95+) or Versace ($205+). Single-vision lenses adjust a singular field of vision and start at $80 (basic uncoated plastic) and $120 (scratch-resistant plastic) for PearleTHIN, whereas specialty PearleTHIN complete lenses ($175) are lightweight heavyweights.
After working at eyewear centers for three years, a 21-year-old Norman Childs took a tremendous leap of faith when he opened his own in 1979. In the inaugural years, Norman developed close relationships with his customers and began building Eyetique’s reputation for carrying high-fashion frames by the likes of Oliver Peoples, Prada, and Chanel––brand names that were hard to find in the area. Norman’s brainchild grew even larger with the help of a massive ad campaign showing more than 600 actors, musicians, and local celebrities donning the shop’s eyewear. With an entrepreneurial spirit that never yields, Norman also developed his own brand of eyeglasses, the Norman Childs line, which features frames made in the USA.
Today, Eyetique has since expanded to eight locations and continues to outfit visitors in sunglasses and prescription eyeglasses, which empower wearers with 20/20 vision and the ability to always spot Waldo in games of hide-and-seek. Staff members work one-on-one with customers to ensure that frames reflect the their personality, helping guests choose from a variety of designer brands including Coach, Gucci, Ray-Ban, and Silhouette.
Iron City Elite Strength and Conditioning helps clients and athletes achieve elite results by integrating the most current methods of strength training science utilizing kettlebells, suspension training, Olympic lifting and other movement based training methodology in a 6,000-sq.-ft. facility. The knowledgeable and supportive staff both possess graduate degrees in exercise science and also hold a variety of specialty certifications that provide them the tools and resources necessary to help clients torch body fat and sculpt muscles. For guests who wish to stomp calories with other like-minded individuals, group classes range from introductory cycling to Zumba dance-inspired workouts.
Dr. Carl Medgaus boasts more than 30 years of dental diligence using state-of-the-art technology and advanced dental techniques to care for teeth alongside his talented team. A thorough exam and x-rays analyze mashers to help identify dental flaws before a systematic scrub washes away grill grime and leaves teeth squeaky clean. After exams, a specialist takes upper and lower impressions to create a personalized take-home teeth-whitening kit. Clients fill the kit's trays with an enamel-bleaching substance, then wear the splint for 30–60 minutes once or twice a day while relaxing or catching up on household chores. Available only from dentists' offices, this at-home ritual can conjure up pearlescent teeth up to seven shades whiter. The whole process will leave you with the shining grin of an open-mouthed walk through an automated car wash, but with less exposure on the local news.
Trainer and Fuse Fitness Studio founder Jason Zawodniak strives to help his patrons overcome their mental and physical obstacles to looking and feeling awesome. His high-intensity express workouts motivate beginners to sculpt lean physiques and fuel fitness diehards with the fire to blast past their fitness plateaus. Although they offer co-ed programs, Zawodniak and his team of nationally certified trainers specialize in women's fitness. Their programs help gals burn fat and build muscle in intensive group fitness classes paired with one-on-one training sessions, which are customized to each individual's goals and needs. In addition to exercise sessions, Jason and his staff keep students on the path to chiseled physiques with ongoing nutritional support, regular fitness seminars, and at-home motivation through emails, phone calls, and telepathy.
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