The teachers at Mind Body Yoga have exciting experiences on their resumes: one led yoga retreats in Costa Rica, another trained to be a yoga instructor for more than 500 hours, and yet another trained to become a postpartum doula. Though they've taken different paths, all the instructors now guide students at the same studio. They each uphold the philosophy of Mind Body Yoga, which opened with the goal of making yoga accessible to everyone in the community. The studio was designed to be a space where beginners and experienced yogis alike could experience the many benefits of yoga. To ensure the variety and accessibility of classes needed to meet this goal, these instructors helm of more than 30 classes a week. The schedule offers a taste of many different types of yoga, including prenatal, chakra, yoga fusion, restorative, power, vinyasa, and gentle basics.
Debra Manning, RN LAc, helms Rejuvenate Center, where she combines her experience in Western and Eastern medicine—including 30 years as a registered nurse and a master’s degree in oriental medicine—to take a proactive, preventive approach to helping her clients achieve healthy, balanced lives. Inside her soothing center, patrons can sink into cozy chairs in the sun-soaked, plant-filled waiting area before heading back to private treatment rooms. Within these calming spaces, Manning boosts her clients’ health and relaxation with services such as acupuncture, foot detox, and clinical hypnotherapy, the last of which taps into a client’s subconscious mind to find their Hello Kitty brain diary, allowing them to address phobias, sleep problems, and harmful behavioral patterns.
Jackie Marshall uses her calming voice, behavior modification, neuro-linguistic programming, and desensitization to help clients overcome obstacles in life. During her hypnotherapy sessions, she helps people tap into their subconscious to help themselves stop bad habits such as biting their nails, or biting their partner’s nails. Jackie has additional certifications to help clients manage with ADHD, sports performance and enhancement needs, smoking cessation, EFT, and pain management issues— helping individuals build self-confidence and overcome their phobias.
More than 25 years ago, the performer known as Zohar first experienced belly dancing on a cruise ship in the Caribbean. She told the staff that she would become one of those performers—nine months later, she was back on board, complete with jangling coins on her hips. Since then, she's performed for Meryl Streep, members of the Saudi royal family, audiences at New York's Lincoln Center and Radio City Music Hall. Today, she prefers teaching the art to others over performing live, and many of her students have become professional dancers themselves.
At Big Joe's Little Gym, it's not uncommon to see clients swinging sledgehammers, hoisting barrels, and upending tires. It's all part of the gym's intensive roster of classes, which range from sweat-inducing boot camp and strength conditioning sessions to one-on-one personal training. To ensure folks get the most out of their visits, personal trainers give free consultations that help formulate a fitness plan tailored to personal goals, experience, and astrological sign. For solo endeavors, the 6,500 square foot gym packs the floor with dumbbells, treadmills, foam rollers, and resistance bands.