Though she's been expanding viewers' knowledge and awareness as a news anchor for WPXI Channel 11 for close to 20 years, Darieth Chisolm works to enlighten members of her community in a different way off-camera. Chisolm is an avid runner, a certified group fitness instructor, and the owner of Fullbody Fitness Club, where she encourages exercisers to think outside the plyometric box. Her classes and equipment are anything but conventional—guests experience the sensation of being airborne during Jukari Fit to Fly aerial acrobatics classes—the creation of Reebok and the Cirque du Soleil entertainment group. Patrons hang upside down in fabric hammocks during aerial yoga and whirl around 45mm poles during pole-dance fitness sessions. The rooms are outfitted with thick, padded flooring to protect joints and acoustically muffle the squeals of unbridled, endorphin-driven glee.
To lead students safely through her fitness wonderland, Chisolm has gathered a team of certified instructors to teach proper technique and guide people toward their goals. Her studio has been featured in numerous media, including a 2011 story on her own WPXI and the designation of Best Place to Soar to New Heights from Pittsburgh Magazine in 2012. Chisolm also offers patrons several ways to give back to their favorite nonprofit organizations.
A former dancer and medical saleswoman, Urban Prana Yoga’s owner, Ashley Dalzell, shifted directions when she found that yoga left her life better balanced physically, mentally, and emotionally. This led her to open Urban Prana Yoga, an intimate studio where she and her team of instructors draw on their diverse backgrounds to lead yoga classes for students of all shapes, sizes, and ages.
The body is a complex system—with slight imbalances in one area often setting off discomfort in another. Dr. Anthony DiCesaro at Whitehall Health Centre works to make cures simpler and address a wide range of maladies. He explains to potential patients how a spinal realignment can reduce pain or how wrist supports can prevent future injury for competitive rock-paper-scissors players. To this list of traditional treatment methods, Dr. DiCesaro adds cold-laser therapy. The laser’s gentle glow doesn’t heat tissue, yet it inspires cellular activity that can expedite the healing process, prevent the formation of scar tissue, and boost the collagen production. Different methods are also used inside Whitehall Health Centre’s cosmetic division, where technicians use the SlenderRay Lipo treatment to flatten unwanted curves and a blue LED light to aid in teeth-whitening treatments.
Dr. Benjamin Chun claims a passion for healthcare that was ingrained in his mentality since childhood. As the current leader of the ReJeneSys Med Spa, Dr. Chun oversees a staff that includes a fellow ophthalmologist and a team of aesthetic technicians who provide medical as well as cosmetic care that ranges from basic examinations to surgery. The center also provides noninvasive aesthetic treatments, including a Palomar StarLux intense pulsed light platform that can remove hair and reduce the appearance of unseemly blemishes such as acne scars, and stretch marks.
Hot Dog Yoga's name makes sense if you think about it. For one, the studio is heated up to bolster students' flexibility and promote detoxification. And with classes that combine Hatha, Power Flow, and Vinyasa yoga styles, there are plenty of opportunities to perfect your downward-facing dog. The studio's instructors emphasize inclusiveness and can work at various speeds to accommodate students young and old, athletic and otherwise.