"Our brain is designed to realize what we wish, without any minor errors," says Dahn Yoga 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. Dahn Yoga is also taught at independently owned and operated franchises called Body & Brain Yoga.
Dance classes at Born 2 Dance Studio cater to the nightclub and the ballroom alike, with more than 60 weekly lessons for adults and more than 40 for kids as young as 3 years old. Adult lessons are broken into three categories—dance fitness, performance, and technique and choreography—so students can better choose a class that fits their interests. Within those categories, styles covered range from belly dancing to hip-hop to ballroom to jazz. Kids also have myriad classes to choose from, including break dancing, Zumba, and bollywood. In addition to regular lessons, children can participate in recitals, enroll in dance-centic summer camps, or celebrate birthdays with a hip-hop dance session and party.
Ego Music shares the gift of music with students in an intimate studio environment or through comfortable at-home lessons. Students can stop in to one of three area locations to start down path toward violin, voice, or guitar mastery or learn in the home with one of the school’s knowledgeable instructors. Covering a variety of available instruments, music lessons have been known to help boost test scores, build discipline, and increase their likelihood of head-butting a bust of Handel in excitement.
Esthetic Laser Clinic’s certified laser specialists and licensed master aestheticians bolster clients’ outer beauty with laser skin systems, soothing spa treatments, and techniques gleaned over a combined 25 years of skincare experience. Four different laser systems from Candela and Lumenis help tailor treatments to individual bodies, dispersing light beams at custom wavelengths to help tighten skin and banish fuzz from most skin types. In photofacials, the clinic's IPL machine uses quick pulses from a flashbulb to help enhance elasticity and soften wrinkles better than sleeping on a pillow of dryer sheets. More than 10 laser-free facial treatments also elevate façades of all ages with serums that cleanse, hydrate, and oxygenate the skin.
At East Meets West Yoga Center, a group of trained instructors guide both adults and kids on a path toward personal self-discovery. Working under the philosophy that all individuals are unique and yoga is not a one-size fits all activity, teachers aim to honor their students’ differences and cater classes to their needs. Sessions draw on Hatha, Vinyasa, and Kundalini techniques and the schedule includes specialized sessions for seniors, moms-to-be, and children.
CEO Peter Harvey believes that a quality gym staff must demonstrate more than technical expertise. "Service doesn't only mean showing someone how to do an arm curl," he says. Certified personal trainers develop workouts that zero in on each person’s specific goals, giving clients the skills to pole-vault over impassable plateaus. By steadfastly refusing to hand out fish in favor of putting on master classes in fishing, they help clients become self-sufficient, educating them on fundamentals.
During these one-on-one sessions, and in solo workouts, guests set calories ablaze atop rows of continually updated equipment. Treadmills, recumbent bikes, and strength-training tools line the walls.
Members can also drop in for as many group classes as they can muster. Inside a separate studio, stationary cycles whir in time with galvanizing music, kickboxing strikes arc through the air, and barbells rise with each BodyPump rep. For more meditative practices, Pilates sessions and several types of yoga enhance flexibility and focus.
CEO Eva Swersey founded Body Elements to help clients achieve their fitness goals "easily, naturally and non-invasively." Along with a skilled staff, Swersey crafted a three-pronged approach—lipomassage by Endermologie, nutritional coaching, and group personal training—to guide clients toward health. Protein-rich Isagenix nutritional systems aid in weight loss, detoxification, or enhancing athletic prowess, and Endermologie treatments help to reduce cellulite and sculpt the body.