When Brandy Hill opened her own studio, she named it after the banyan tree. This massive plant supports itself by perpetually extending new branches and roots?a quality that symbolizes eternal life in Hindu mythology. At Banyan Tree Yoga, she and her team of seasoned instructors hope to give students a sanctuary where they can put down roots and find balance through yoga, during a range of classes that range from therapeutic yin and restorative classes to strength building Vinyasa sessions.
Inside a spacious studio equipped with yoga blocks, a children's play area, and cubby holes for hermit-crab poses, yogis and their progeny can bond during Mommy and Me yoga, and moms-to-be can offload some of the muscular tension that comes from carrying an littlun in Prenatal classes.
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 $99.99) 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 while prices and availability may vary by location, they usually start at around $120 (for plastic scratch-resistant), while specialty PearleTHIN complete lenses ($205) are lightweight heavyweights.
Though there are 130 For Eyes Optical stores around the United States, the company still has the heart of a small start-up. Owned and operated since 1972, when a small group of friends started it in Philadelphia, aiming for quality eyewear manufacturing as well as customer service. These same friends, aided by a few family members, still lead the franchise today. They ensure that each location adheres to their original principles and mandates for mustard-colored shag carpets.
In each store, expert independent doctors test clients' visual acuity and general eye health with comprehensive exams. Then, a store associate helps each person outfit their eyes with designer frames by brands such as Ray-Ban, Prada, D&G, and Versace. For Eyes Optical has its own advanced 40,000-square foot optical lab in in Hialeah, Florida, where technicians shape, surface, and coat the lenses to fit each person's exact prescription. After creating the lenses?whether plastic, polycarbonate, or trivex Toughlites?they inspect and fit each into its corresponding frame by hand, a process that ensures quality control and guards against the robots, whose first objective is to hinder our eyesight.
Nashua ARP Clinic helps clients combat pain with a technological treatment that goes beneath the skin to soothe. A strained calf muscle or a sore shoulder can cause pain because the muscles are shortened and unable to absorb impacts well. The clinic attempts to remedy these situations with a ARPwave soft-tissue system that emits a patented bio-electrical current. This current, in conjuction with range of motion exercises, aims to loosen tight, shortened muscles, which can reduce pain and prevent further injury. Additionally, ARPwave treatments can help muscles and joints recover more quickly after surgery.
Dena Carbone has spent 16 years practicing yoga, and in that time she has earned a Hatha certification from the AFAA, rigorously studied the Kripalu style of yoga, and even opened her own studio. At the appropriately named Yoga…Redefined, Carbone draws on her knowledge to blend the Hatha and Kripalu styles in an innovative class available to students of all levels. She has also developed a signature arsenal of modifications, some of which are designed specifically for breast cancer survivors and sufferers of many autoimmune conditions.
Carbone’s thoughtful twists on traditional poses make yoga accessible to anyone. She has even been known to get playful from time to time, as is the case in a Yoga Funk session set to an upbeat soundtrack. Other classes focus on teaching moms to practice yoga with their newborns or helping teens deal with the awkward tails they grew in puberty.
Equipment: Lifetime Fitness equipment, TRX, kettlebells, ellipticals, treadmills, etc.
Average class length: 55-60 minutes
Number of Staff: 5?10 people
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: No
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Come ready for a transformation