"Our brain is designed to realize what we wish, without any minor errors," says Tao Yoga & Tai-Chi founder Ilchi Lee. "If you want success, it will create success. If you want happiness or health, it will create them. Anything is possible, as long as negative thoughts and emotions don't interfere." To make this challenging, yet hopeful, philosophy accessible to all, Lee combined the Eastern concept of chi energy with his own brain-management system, developing a distinctive program that unlocks inner peace and sweeps up brain clutter caused by the daily stress of always having to find Waldo. Warm-up yoga maneuvers awaken muscles before 30–40 minutes of breathing, stretching, core practice, and meditation—including a signature brain-wave vibration technique that aims to calibrate mental and physical energies. Cool-down exercises ease the body back into quotidian functionality before a 10-minute teatime invites socialization among participants while bolstering pinkie endurance.
Dr. Richard Donelli and his team of dental devotees tackle the stains and plaque that keep teeth from fulfilling their pearly potential. The Zoom! process anoints incisors with a whitening gel that interacts with a special light and breaks down discoloring pigments deposited by coffee, nicotine, or running smile first into an ink storm, leaving teeth up to eight shades whiter. Patients can while away the one-hour procedure with the help of provided iPods and noise-cancelling headphones or personal televisions.
For many, trips to the dentist awaken old childhood worries—fears of having cavities, getting fillings, or being admonished for not flossing enough. Dr. Ahmad Sedehi and his staff understand these concerns; that’s why they strive to assuage any such fear during every visit. Their helpful attitudes and open dialogue make the office feel a bit cozier and the treatments feel a bit less daunting. The multilingual staff of English, Armenian, Farsi, and Spanish speakers can also ease minds from around the world. Their gentle chairside manner, combined with Dr. Sedehi’s proficient blend of preventive care, surgical prowess, and cosmetic expertise, helps patients keep teeth in tiptop shape and reduce the number of future visits needed down the road.
Dr. Ahmad Sedehi began his career in dentistry 27 years ago, and ever since, he has continuously honed his skills with continuing-education courses. At Cliffside Park Dental Group, he keeps teeth and gums in mint condition with preventive cleanings as well as restorative treatments such as fillings and root canals. Dr. Sedehi values open communication with patients and doesn't allow language to bar that communication: he speaks English, Spanish, Armenian, Farsi, and Turkish, and his assistant speaks Korean.
Bikram yoga isn’t supposed to be easy, but it is intended for students of virtually any skill and fitness level at Bikram Yoga Scarsdale. Over the course of 90 minutes, the studio's instructors lead students through 26 deep bends, twists, and stretches, each of which strengthens specific muscle groups throughout the body, boosts circulation, and promotes healthy organ function. Aside from the established sequence of asanas, the defining characteristic of Bikram yoga is the intense heat of the room, which bolsters flexibility by loosening taut muscles while encouraging cleansing perspiration. The studio’s air-flow system ensures that the room remains clean, as do the nonabsorbent, bacteria-free floors.
Pilates, Therapy & Wellness Center's exercise and wellness specialists help clients stay in shape through fitness sessions, nutritional guidance, and lifestyle lectures. The center offers mat and reformer Pilates lessons that boost core strength, and reflexology treatments that encourage relaxation. On-staff physical therapists help rehabilitate clients from injuries, whether sports-related or otherwise.