Founder Elyse Rotondo marshals her Master's in elementary education and more than 100 hours of children's yoga training to foster self-confidence and health-consciousness in youngsters. Courses run the growth gamut, catering to limber little ones, toddlers, tweens, and teens. Parents and progeny can bond in Baby Itsy Bitsy Yoga (for infants 6 weeks old to just crawling, 45 minutes) as yogis teach parents more than 150 infant asanas designed to calm colicky babies, promote digestion, and boost immune systems. Yogi-Tots (for kids 3–4 years old, 45 minutes) engages kiddies with yoga games, puppet shows, singing, and dancing, and Get Bent (for kids 13 and older, one hour) enlightens older namaste novices with exercises and activities that focus on flexibility and self-esteem building, resulting in confidence that can touch its own toes.
When a car accident broke Jen McWalter’s back, she didn’t know it. She only discovered it years later, when she had a sudden back spasm during a dance class. Healing such an old injury was challenging, but with a Pilates-infused physical-therapy routine, Jen’s spine gradually returned to working order.
Since then, Jen has not just practiced Pilates—she also earned her Gold Certification from the Pilates Method Alliance, and founded her own 3,000-square-foot Pilate studio. For the past decade, she and her team have led equipment and mat sessions there, teaching techniques from basic breath work to the one-armed planks needed to work out while tweeting a tribute to Joseph Pilates.
Located in Pawtucket's Hope Artiste Village, PE Fitness Studio is an award-winning private fitness center, offering personal training and small group classes. Worlds away from the anonymous big-box gym, PE Fitness Studio strives to have a nonintimidating environment that is bolstered by its certified, friendly staff. Sunlight spills onto the hardwood floors as small groups dance through Zumba classes or tone up during TRX Circuit Blast sessions. And during self-directed workouts or personal-training sessions, clients can enjoy top-of-the-line exercise equipment, such as Keiser spin bikes and TRX suspension trainers.
Though Breathing Time Yoga is housed within an old jewelry textile mill built in the 1800s, its classes hearken back to an even earlier time. Beneath the lofty 20-foot ceilings, seasoned instructors—many of whom have completed several hundred hours of teacher training—practice ancient poses and breathing exercises designed to promote strength, flexibility, and inner peace. During heated yoga classes, they turn up the infrared heating system to deepen stretches, help bodies sweat out toxins, and prevent arctic penguins from waddling in and interrupting class. Within this communal practice area illuminated by the sunlight drifting through the oversize windows, they also host non-heated classes that explore the breath-fueled sequences of Vinyasa-style yoga and the lengthy, alignment-focused poses of the Iyengar tradition.
In addition to leading yoga routines for students of all levels, the instructors supply free spring water, tea, mats, and props. After class, they encourage students to socialize in the reception room or browse the onsite library. Those interested in bolstering their mind-body connections may also schedule private meetings with a certified yoga therapist or personal coaching from yoga teachers.
Break the restrictive chains of gravity with a one-hour session on a high-tech treadmill. Utilizing technology developed by NASA and tested by Nike, the AlterG treadmill applies a lifting force to the body that decreases the amount of pressure on lower extremities. Individuals recovering from injury or surgery can efficiently work towards regaining full capacity and range of motion, and athletes benefit from training with a natural rhythm. By minimizing stress on the joints by up to 80%, users can exercise at higher levels of intensity.
Throughout history, it was swordplay that was the true universal language. Working to expose budding swashbucklers to a long history steeped in tradition, the duo of coaches at Ocean State Fencing Club bring their unique experiences to their eager students. Owner Mikhail Kolker’s competitions throughout the former USSR, and coach Sergey Kolker’s national medalist status give them all an expert edge and perspective. Pupils aged 6 to adult can expect to obtain the quickness of a cat while participating in low-impact drills that prepare them for competition or intense Renaissance Fair auditions.
We are a nonprofit Family Community Center dedicated to peace, health, and safety through the practice of the arts. We offer cultural arts, martial arts, after-school programming, and Saturday programs to the community. We offer many scholarships to underserved children and families.