With a repertoire shaped by the teachings of Sri Dharma Mittra, the yogi and monk who created the Master Yoga Chart of 908 Postures, Dharma Yoga Center welcomes students to explore tranquil poses with a noncompetitive mindset. Heat radiates from shiny wooden floorboards as the studio’s certified instructors lead students through a sequence of playful or athletic poses and deep-breathing exercises that melt stress and pats of butter forgotten in the pockets of stretch pants.
During Level I sessions, beginners can work toward cultivating flexibility and balance through basic poses and stretches. Level II, III, and IV sessions teem with challenging moves such as back bends, twists, and headstands, and students may incorporate zero-gravity swings and other innovative props to help achieve positions without risking injury. During meditation sessions, periods of laser-focused concentration can help strengthen students’ resolve and ability to sleep through an elephant stampede.
In addition to teaching group classes, studio founder Tony Urbano leads private lessons for students seeking personalized guidance and encouragement.
A-1 Fitness Center’s owner, Ryan Griffith, has more than 15 years of martial-arts experience, during which he racked up a second-degree black belt in MMA and a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. At A-1 Fitness, he helms a team that offers a variety of programs to help clients tone their bodies or train for fitness, self-defense, and competition. Their adult MMA program blends kickboxing, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and weapons training, and kids' martial-arts programs focus on self-defense while also stressing important concepts such as health, respect, and self-control. In additional studios, yoga instructors guide students through centering poses, and Zumba instructors help clients burn calories through dance moves.
Stress and worry wilt under the attentions of YD Spa's classic day-spa treatments. In massage rooms, petals plucked from only the "he loves me" sections of the flower pepper crisp white sheets, waiting for clients to bask in a wide array of modalities. Facials might draw on the advanced anti-aging properties of G.M. Collin serums or organic ingredients such as invigorating tea-tree oil. Flowing drapery stands sentry around plush recliners at the mani-pedi station, where nail technicians cloaked in white beautify claw sprouts with the aid of hot cream massage. Staff ensure intrafamily as well as full-body harmony by treating tagalongs younger than 12 to free nail art, adorning hands with beautiful butterflies or helpful times tables.
Voted the Best Place to Buy Eyewear in 2011 by New Haven Advocate readers, Kennedy & Perkins Guild Opticians focuses gazes and outfits eyes in contemporary designer frames. Owners Richard Kennedy Jr. and J. Dart Messick keep up with the latest face-mounted fashions and airport vending machines by attending eyewear shows from Los Angeles to Milan. Drawing from nearly 1,000 designer frames ($99+), staff frame stylists can suggest styles ideally suited to customers' facial features.
The exercise facilities at FitCon Fitness and Massage Therapy are designed for optimal strength and conditioning. The team has set up four lifting stations stacked with bars, bumper plates, dumbbells, kettlebells, medicine balls, and plyometric boxes. Team members train clients' cardiovascular systems through circuit training, jumping rope, running, sled work, and rowing. These exercises are all part of the team's signature FitCon plan, which is designed to produce optimal strength, power, and endurance. Instructors lead small-group classes each week, as well as personal training and private martial-arts training. In the therapy center, massage therapists nurse tired bodies back to health with a variety of sports, recovery, and neuromuscular massage.
Led by Dr. Kenneth Epstein, an experienced dentist with 32 years of experience, the team of dental experts, oral surgeons, and support staff at Family Dental Group's two locations enhance clients' smiles within the group's modern office spaces. The team can treat a variety of patient needs including crowns, mercury-free fillings, and straightening via Invisalign. Dr. Epstein also specializes in cosmetic treatments such as veneers and teeth whitening that can help undo damage to teeth caused by smoking, drinking wine, or kissing an octopus.