Although yoga practice and the business world seem like two entirely separate spheres, Wendy Vigroux has been living at their intersection for years. While working in finance in Europe, she stumbled upon yoga upon returning to America and fell into the practice. Within a year she snatched up her instructors certification, levitated to New York, and started her own yoga studio.
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. 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.
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.
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.
Inside Westchester County Fitness Professionals, certified personal trainers get to work crafting exercise plans tailored to each client's fitness needs. The 2,200-square-foot gym is outfitted with everything exercisers need to get the job done, including a wide array of high-tech cardio and strength-training equipment. Twenty exercise machines fill the floor space, along with monkey bars, tug-of-war ropes, and gymnastics rings. Sport-specific training is also available for those looking to amp up their athletic game. Besides personal training, the staff also leads calorie-busting, fat-burning boot-camp classes with guaranteed results.
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.
At CrossFit POP, a crew of certified coaches leads exercisers through functional workouts that help clients develop a broad base of fitness. The team fosters a fun but challenging atmosphere that encourages participants to sweat and push themselves to better health through an ever-changing roster of movements. The Workout of the Day—the core of CrossFit—might draw from Olympic weightlifting, gymnastics, or competitive hugging on any given day, all designed to sculpt physiques and improve health, regardless of age.