Christine Donahue started her yogic practice at age 8, learning at the knee of her first mentor, her mother. She has since journeyed to India, been certified to teach by swamis, and been granted the honorary name Girija, which means daughter of the Himalayas. Throughout all her journeys, the main pillar of her yogic practice has always been community. Now, at her own Higher Power Yoga, she strives to tailor her teachings to suit the community that surrounds her. Christine invites both longtime and new practitioners to sample her variations on classic Vinyasa yoga, such as hot and spicy yoga and urban yoga, in which students reach for the skies in the skyscraper pose and just-reelected mayor pose.
At VIVA Ballroom Dance Studio beginners with no prior experience can learn the basics while more advanced dancers hone their skills in a variety of dance styles from ballroom to break dancing. A talented team of instructors teaches private and group lessons in ballet, Latin, hip-hop, tap, jazz, ballroom, and lyrical dance styles. In addition, the studio offers fitness classes such as Zumba and yoga as an alternative way to achieve cardio fitness.
Cardio and strength-training equipment clangs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at Urge Fitness. Within training studios, fitness instructors lead energetic circuit-training workouts, lively hip-hop classes, and revitalizing yoga sessions. Guests can unwind after workouts at the onsite smoothie bar, sipping specialty shakes and coffee while enjoying free Wi-Fi.
One Yoga & Wellness Center's pliable instructors lead yogis of all skill levels through relaxing and modifiable asanas. During gentle-yoga sessions, students practice light stretching and engage in guided meditation at a pace that allows beginners to become familiar with fundamental relaxation techniques. Hatha yoga classes find body twisters holding poses for longer periods so as not to ruin the work of the in-studio daguerreotype portraitist. A style of yoga that emphasizes flow from one pose to another, Vinyasa teaches breathing techniques and asanas that can be combined endlessly to create adaptable routines. Instructors teach three levels of Vinyasa classes, from a slower-paced, beginner-friendly session to a fast-moving flow taught in a heated room. Prenatal yoga ensures even expectant mothers find serenity and provides babies an early leg up on preschool limbo contests.
Laureen Mikos was barely walking before she started tapping, stepping, and swinging. At age five, she discovered a love of dance, studying jazz, ballet, tap, and modern dance styles before most people grow out of their baby feet. Over the years, her repertoire expanded to include hiphop and bellydancing, as well as Zumba dance fitness.
At Shakin' It Up Dance and Fitness Center, she leads a team of personal trainers, dancers, and fitness instructors to impart choreographed wisdom in dance and exercise classes. The center's curriculum introduces guests to ballroom and jazz dance as well as more upbeat options, such as Zumba fitness classes set to a soundtrack of Latin tunes.
Spa treatments are sometimes considered luxuries, but Necessities Day Spa & Salon treats them as essential services that provide much-needed relaxation. Nestled in The Shoppes at Hamilton, the spa hosts a team of experts in haircare, aesthetics, massage, and waxing. For people who return to enjoy the spa’s services over multiple trips, Necessities provides membership packages that include access to a VIP lounge, use of robes and slippers, and the ability to hear a host of trumpets playing whenever they walk into a room.