Rasa Yoga Shala’s brand of Vinyasa-style yoga differs from most; the studio’s creative approach encourages students to go beyond physical and personal awareness and tune in to the “pure feeling” that pulses through the body when the mind grows quiet. Experienced instructors work with students to help them achieve this level of enlightenment, leading classes that require them to twist, bend, and stretch through a continual series of poses. With a variety of class levels, the studio invites everyone to enjoy the workout, whether they are first-timers, regular yoga practitioners, or Gumbys grown stiff from being left out in the sun. Before each class begins, instructors set the studio’s thermostat to a moderate temperature so students can comfortably warm themselves as poses progress. In addition to their flagship classes, the studio offers workshops in innovative styles such as hip-hop yoga and mom-and-baby yoga, a relaxing session that soothes the nerves of women and babies frustrated with their inability to chew anything.
Many cultures and belief systems converge at Sacred Movement Yoga, drawn together by a diverse teaching team. Julie Miller contributes expertise in Anusara yoga, Julie Erasmus adds mastery of teaching yoga to people of all ages, and Rebecca Totti brings intimate knowledge of Restorative yoga. Though Miller, Erasmus, and Totti represent only three of more than twenty teachers, they embody the studio's mission to help students realize their potential. Instructors offer restorative and rigorous yoga classes in both ancient and modern styles, and also host guided meditation and third-eye exams in the studio's ZenRoom.
Jill Kleiber strives to give patients back that spring in their step using techniques culled from traditional Chinese medicine. She expertly works hair-thin needles into patients’ skin during acupuncture sessions that aim to restore natural bodily harmony. With precision placement, the needles help alleviate pain and rejuvenate faces by smoothing fine lines and increasing circulation to the skin. She also prescribes herbs to combat a variety of ailments and offers advice on diet and exercise to benefit overall wellness.
Atop the blue padded floors of Master Hwang's Martial Arts, adults and kids as young as four years old learn to focus their energies to execute challenging maneuvers. Leading the pack, expert instructors impart the secrets of judo, Hapkido, and tae kwon do disciplines to boost focus and tone fly-swatting muscles. The karate haven also hosts summer camps and birthday parties that strengthen juvenile bonds.
Equipment: Top Ten, Macho, Century, Top Pro
Students should bring: Uniform, sparring gear, water bottle, and a towel
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Though he performs acupuncture treatments with a steady hand, Steve Paine OMD is a mover and a shaker in the world of alternative health care. The published author earned his Doctor of Oriental Medicine degree in Hong Kong, and became a diplomat of both the National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncturists and the National Board of Acupuncture Orthopedics. Paine is committed to Connecticut health-care reform, and, as president of the National Guild of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine, advocates for affordable, drug-free natural health care and getting accident victims back to work. His Simsbury location operates in conjunction with a sister practice in Hong Kong, where he acts as director of an office of the Kendall Institute, promoting the Western physiological basis of needling therapy.
Paine uses both acupuncture and herbal medicine to address issues specific to men, women, and children, along with complementary therapies such as massage, cupping, or electromagnetic heat. Patients can nap or listen to music during treatments, or choose from hundreds of guided meditations that enhance inner calm and the ability to astrally project oneself into a courtside seat at a Huskies game.