Yoga Vita seems to be made of sunshine. Glowing paper lanterns and golden-yellow walls greet all who enter, awakening the senses while melting the day’s stresses. Amid lush, green plants, new and seasoned yogis cultivate strength and focus with lengthy poses, controlled-breathing exercises, and guided meditation. To help students to align their bodies properly, instructors such as studio director Debra Lauren incorporate straps, blocks, and other supportive props. Debra has amassed a deep understanding of Iyengar yoga during repeated trips to India, which have refined her teaching skills and earned her enough frequent-flier miles to book passage to Jupiter.
BambooMoves yoga studios have sprouted up in towns in New Jersey and New York, each serving as a tranquil retreat from the stress of office jobs and futile hunts for the remote control. Though focal point of the studios is their yoga classes, the seasoned and certified teachers also lead tai chi, capoeira, and meditation sessions. They offer a comprehensive yoga teacher training program too, guiding aspiring teachers in everything from yoga philosophy to nutrition.
The expert staff can also treat clients to soothing massages in styles such as reflexology, Swedish, and shiatsu shin tai. Nutrition specialist are available to guide clients through juice cleanses, which aim to purify bodies of harmful toxins and excess fat.
The Gym of Armonk’s body-sculpting bastion boasts more than 100 scheduled classes per week and a refined range of gym equipment. A one-month membership (a $140 value) includes unlimited access to group gatherings of cross-training and strength-building sessions that bolster biological burning capabilities while lessening guilt stemming from recent Hot Fries binges. Sage yoga gatherings strengthen cores to steel, and spinning classes challenge participants to maintain a target heart rate while grinding their gears on stationary bikes. Sweat stars looking to explore more solitary fitness regimes have full rein over a range of gym equipment, including elliptical machines, treadmills, weights, and basketball courts for schooling retired astronauts during games of moon ball.
While Pilates is corrective, The Bar Method is transformative—much like those cars that transform into miniature weasels. You’ll burn fat, sculpt muscles, refine your figure, and improve your strength and endurance. After a brief warm-up, you’ll tackle the upper body with weights and bar exercises. The workout continues with challenging lower-body positions and floor exercises designed to firm up abs and glutes. This diverse and challenging workout gives you the long, lean muscles and elegant posture of a ballet dancer without the discomfort and inconvenience of being heckled by ballet hooligans.
After years spent developing her personal exercise routines, Lisa Fox opened her own boutique fitness studio in 1999. There, she has forged an environment in which women of all makes and models can improve their image, specifically through Lisa’s self-created Fox Method of exercise. Fusing principles of Barre, yoga, Pilates, core conditioning, and cardio training, Lisa’s approach offers a challenging, full-body workout—and one that packs myriad potential benefits. Lisa and her fellow instructors lead classes every day of the week, with both morning and evening sessions anchoring the studio’s flexible schedule.
At Flow Pilates Centre, Gina Santangelo and her staff have three roomfuls of Stott Pilates equipment at their disposal, including reformers, stability chairs, and vertical frames. It's this ample space and massive equipment arsenal that allow them to offer up to five equipment-based Pilates classes per day, where small groups of eight students focus on strengthening their cores and building lean muscle on the fitness contraptions. For those new to Pilates, mat classes instill the technique's core principles without a reformer's resistance or a pulley's physics equations. But the studio's offerings extend far beyond Pilates, with classes ranging from yoga and Zumba to Xtend Barre and TRX suspension training. Santangelo, who is also a certified health and wellness coach, can also help students replenish and detoxify with her anti-inflammatory nutrition program.