Over the years, George and Amy Corso have racked up their fair share of fitness certifications. While some of those credentials overlap—such as the ones that designate them as personal trainers—others do not. George is authorized as a strength-and-conditioning specialist; Amy holds rank as a level-three Spinning instructor. At CORSO, the duo fuses these areas of expertise into a comprehensive collection of fitness opportunities. They conduct TRX training sessions, intense cardio-circuit workouts, and rounds of indo-row—a fast-paced class that captures the elements of on-water rowing, just without all the pirates blowing past on stolen jet skis. Joining the Corsos, yoga instructor Dana Lucas helps exercisers heal with accessible and fun yoga classes.
New Windsor Music Academy shakes, rattles, and rolls with lessons for aspiring musicians as young as 3 years old, depending on the instrument of choice. Backed by a master's degree in music performance from Yale, owner Mike Benninger has built a team of equally polished instructors. The canopy of their collective knowledge stretches over several instruments, including guitar, drums and voice, and genres that include rock, blues, and classical. With all that education and experience, Mike and his staff recognize that not every method of teaching works for every student, so they bend and mold every session according to each student's goals.
The experienced and helpful staff at Imagine That Ceramics equips aspiring artists with the knowledge and tools to hand paint personalized pottery masterpieces, such as mugs, plates, or serving platters. Patrons first browse the store’s selection of ceramics to find the perfect customizable gift to bequeath upon the World’s Greatest Grandpa or the City’s Most Mediocre Brother. Armed with paints, brushes, stencils, and stamps, painters unleash pent-up creativity on unsuspecting plates ($12), teapots ($22–$25), or garden figurines ($22–$50). After artists complete their works, the staff glazes and fires them to imbue the newly adorned surfaces with a glossy, finished look. Pieces are generally ready for pickup within a week, eager to perch atop mantels and come to life to torment the family dog when no one is home.
Peace can spring from the roughest, toughest places, according to Zosha, the former ER nurse who founded Primal Power Yoga. Instead of lining her studio with bamboo and lotus flowers, she’s stationed it between exposed-brick walls and sturdy wooden pillars that signify power and perseverance. Here, students mine their inner depths as they practice flowing Vinyasa sequences and athletic Ashtanga routines.
Poses and deep breaths flow together, centering minds and strengthening bodies to promote long-term wellness. During warm and hot Vinyasa classes, temperatures rise to 80–105 degrees to limber muscles and oust toxins. Beginners learn to synchronize poses and breathwork during Vinyasa Basics classes. In these sessions, an experienced instructor imparts meditation techniques and the Sanskrit names for concepts such as standing, stretching, and catching popcorn in one’s mouth.
To keep participants engaged during physical challenges, many classes also incorporate music and pose modifications. After class, students can linger to socialize and sip herbal iced tea, which Zosha brews fresh each day.