The instructors at Premier Martial Arts are not only passionate about teaching martial arts and fitness, they're also graduates of a rigorous training process. Premier Martial Arts requires all of its teachers to not only complete their own basic training, but to receive 40 hours of continuing martial-arts and instructor-education classes yearly. This ensures that all classes are of the highest quality, whether they be krav maga, kickboxing, or jujitsu. They also extend their learning to students of all ages, starting with classes for kids aged 5–12 and continuing through adults.
Embarking on a mission to enhance the quality of life for each student, the instructors at Premier Pilates & Yoga lead a full schedule of fitness classes that launch participants toward their fitness goals. Instructors with more than ten years of experience, lead groups of up to six students stretch their limbs and synchronize their breathing while practicing either Ashtanga, Restorative, Gentle, Kripalu, Hatha or Vinyasa yoga techniques, which improve strength, balance, flexibility, and the ability to limbo under a closing garage door. 55-minute Pilates mat and circuit classes focus on toning muscles and strengthening the core through a series of controlled elongated movements that work on stretching various joints. For more intense muscle building and a healthy dose of variety, the studio also hosts Get F.I.T. boot-camp classes, kettle-bell, and TRX training. Workout sessions run seven days a week during the day and the evening.
Although yoga practice and the business world seem like two entirely separate spheres, Wendy Vigroux has been living at their intersection for years. While studying business in Europe, she stumbled upon yoga and fell into the practice. Within a year she snatched up her instructors certification, levitated to New York, and started her own yoga studio, symbolizing the duality in a mural on the studio’s wall illustrating a water spirit dancing alongside a fire spirit.
The studio fosters unity with an all-inclusive environment that welcomes practitioners of all abilities to meditate along to gentle beginner classes, or push their boundaries during advanced Vinyasa sessions with aerobic elements. Monthly workshops, such as Sanskrit and Uncovering the Power of Your Voice, take a closer look at particular points of yoga, blending the academic exploration of Sanskrit vowels and the Vedas with focused asanas.
The Yoga Room is all about inclusivity. The studio hosts classes for beginners, intermediates, experts, and even expectant mothers. This fits nicely into the studio’s stated philosophy that "yoga is a personal practice, not a competitive or comparative one." Although they may not discriminate, the highly trained teachers sometimes show tough love as they push muscles to channel their inner origami. Aside from the full schedule of yoga, fitness, and dance classes, special events such as an Ayurveda workshop encourage students to stretch their minds as well as their bodies.
After their own transformative journeys, Lindsay Malejko and Mayuri Gonzalez decided they wanted to help others strengthen the mind-body connection through yoga and meditation. At Prasanthi Studio, Mayuri teaches children's yoga, adult yoga, dance yoga, and meditation, while Lindsay leads adult yoga and dietary wellness programs. Working to help each client develop healthy habits, the women educate visitors on everything from sun salutations to vegan dinners to giving dying plants CPR. The full schedule offers a wide variety of classes, including soothing candlelight yoga, beginner's Vinyasa yoga, meditation, and core-toning Pilates.
RITE stands for Resistant Interval Training Exercise⎯a fitness regimen based on the teachings of professional dancer Lotte Berk that is designed to tone and stretch muscles by fusing resistance exercises, yoga, and ballet-barre workouts. Students of all ages and abilities can build more powerful cores and limbs as well as boost stamina and reduce the stress on their joints. As pupils progress through standing techniques, floor workouts, and yoga poses, they can work at their own pace even while merging into a hive mind with their fellow classmates.
Inside The Transform Fitness and Training, a strip of artificial turf runs a six-legged metal frame, hung with punching bags, suspensions harnesses, and ropes. Around this construction stand racks of free weights, medicine balls, and kettlebells. It's the equipment of a gym where the specialty is not specializing. The trainers offer a variety of classes using their brand new space, from pure bodywork such as yoga and Pilates to advanced, equipment-heavy circuit training in boot and glute camps.