Dragonfly Wellness Yoga Studio draws inspiration from the dragonfly, a creature revered as a symbol of self-realization and deep inner change, as well as for its ability to move in all six directions with elegance and grace. With these principles in mind, Dragonfly’s instructors lead yoga classes in styles such as Vinyasa, teen yoga, and Kripalu. They also lead YERTS classes, which fuse elements of yoga, exercise, reiki, tai chi, and synergy. To further foster a sense of wellness, every third Friday of the month, Dragonfly’s yogis invite the community to join in a donation-based reiki circle.
Barry Coleman studied the sciences of kinesis and indoor cycling separately, before deciding to combine the two into a single full-body form of exercise at Spinsational Fitness Studio. Beyond the gym's green awnings stand rooms packed from wall to wall with stationary bikes, ready to bear riders on a journey to better fitness. Some rooms remain conspicuously empty of the equipment, more frequently used for Bokwa and jump rope classes. Barry fuels each form of exercise with complimentary waters and fresh pieces of fruit for all his students.
Barry's classes don't just lead to better health for his clients, though. He gives back to the community by hosting events like the Briarcliff Cancer Spinathon, organized by 13-year-old Jordana Cohen to replace the Pediatric Cancer Club's cancelled annual bike-a-thon to raise money for cancer research.
Sal Gaglio, known for training celebrities such as Vanessa Williams, opened Sal's Pro Sport & Fitness Academy to help regular people achieve a healthy lifestyle. In addition to offering personal training, the gym also features one-on-one Pilates and boxing classes, weight-training equipment, and even kids' programs.
New York Sports Clubs, part of Towns Sports International's network of fitness loci, welcomes exercisers to a number of equipment-stocked facilities to help attain perspiration-soaked fitness goals at a convenient location. Strength-training gear such as circuit machines, free weights, and medicine balls filled with black holes mold muscles into chiseled depictions of physical might. Calories simmer and move to cooler climates after sessions on cardio machines ranging from treadmills and ellipticals to upright and recumbent stationary bicycles. Each club offers a schedule of group classes that draw from more than 100 fitness styles, including Pilates, yoga, and boxing, to keep members from jazzercising without a spotter. Each location thanks exercisers for sweating in its vicinity with special features, such as babysitting, though Passport memberships do not include pool access.
Inside Ladimax Sports and Fitness’ 6,500-square-foot facility, women can burn calories, build muscle, and decrease body fat on the basketball court, on a military-style obstacle course, or during group fitness classes such as kickboxing and spin. As a women’s only gym, Ladimax Sports and Fitness strives to provide a nonthreatening and comfortable environment for their members, while offering a variety of programs and services catered to women of all ages and fitness levels.
In a spacious studio with wood floors and abundant natural light, Nyack Yoga @ 42 Main's experienced instructors guide groups through the poses of hatha, Vinyasa, Anusara, and Kundalini yoga. They welcome students of all experience levels, and also teach modern dance, chi gung, teen yoga, and capoeira classes for children.
A licensed chiropractor and experienced martial artist, Dr. John Surie started practicing hot yoga when he met his future wife, Natalie. Charmed by her Australian accent and passion for the practice, he soon became an avid Bikram student himself, and in 2002, the husband-and-wife duo opened their first studio with Natalie helming her own curriculum of Bikram-inspired classes. Today, their hot-yoga empire has expanded to five studios sprinkled across the United States and Australia, each teeming with certified instructors who lead students through 13 different class styles. Designed to make hot yoga accessible to everyone, classes range from the studio’s signature Ignite series, which introduces newcomers to the foundations of hot yoga, to intense Shape classes that see stretchers melding hot-yoga and Pilates moves while solving Pythagorean equations.
Each studio comes equipped with special flooring tailored to the humid environment of hot yoga, as well as air-circulation and advanced heating systems to keep fresh, hot air blowing. Studios also boast children’s classes that take place concurrently with adult sessions, allowing kids and parents to work out simultaneously.