The experienced fitness instructors at Center Street Yoga aim to promote healthier lifestyles through exercise, meditation, and controlled breathing. Their group yoga classes—with sessions available for beginner, intermediate, and advanced practitioners—can help students reduce stress and joint pain while toning their muscles and shedding fat.
Four different types of classes are offered, including a slower-paced beginner class that focuses on learning the postures and nursing newborn spirit animals. The Vinyasa class is more intensive, with instructors assuming students will be familiar with yoga fundamentals. But if you really want to get a vigorous workout in, head to one of the hot Vinyasa classes, where the room is heated between 85 and 95 degrees to allow for deep stretches.
Founded in 1914, the original New York City location of Sterling Optical doled out frames amid the Ford Model Ts and paperboys that swarmed the city's financial district. The original band of eyesight experts weathered years of economic depression by impressing customers with speedy, full-service vision care, later launching a second store near Washington, DC. Today, a century of steady franchise expansion has given rise to almost 200 store locations in 23 states. Most locations continue the tradition of offering one-stop optical services, giving customers access to exams and onsite labs that manufacture glasses in one hour. The spectacle provider has been named one of the nation's leading franchises by Entrepreneur magazine.
Though she became a hypnotherapist to beat smoking, Katie Evans soon realized that her goal was a half-measure. She recognized a potential for weight loss in hypnosis that she hadn't seen in her several dieting attempts, which had all petered out due to lack of motivation. By harnessing the power of suggestion, she established a program that works by treating clients from within the subconscious, rather than by trying to dictate their actions from the outside.
The Living Lite weight-loss program in the Baltimore area is now run by nurse practitioner Sue Ouellette, a successful user of the program who uses her 35 years of experience and a humorous style to help other students. In doing so, the program strives to adjust how participants view and plan their meals. The soothing hypnosis sessions combat resigned attitudes and familiar cravings, aiming to replace them with confidence and an intuitive preference for wholesome foods. The seminars also serve to debunk popular myths about hypnotherapy, including that it causes amnesia or that it was invented by the first grandfather clock. The center's catalog of stress-reducing CDs endeavors to help smokers, expectant mothers, and those suffering from insomnia as well.
In addition to treating a slew of foot and ankle ailments, board-certified podiatrists Dr. Annette Joyce and Dr. Justin Lewis rejuvenate weary paws with medical-grade pedicures. A toenail trim keeps clients from missing meetings because they were caught in shag carpets, and a comprehensive buffing softens and sloughs off toughened calluses. Leg tips then soak up an application of moisturizer before a tailored massage saps tension from heels and arches. Feet can shimmy out of the office with softer skin, reduced soreness, and the ability to run up water slides.
Nestled in the rolling hills of Maryland's countryside, the Wakefield Valley Golf Club showcases three different nine-hole courses. Each course presents a unique set of challenges, with the green course showcasing lengthy par 5s and the white course challenging golfers with hilly terrain and water holes that lure errant shots and experimental scuba-tank golf bags. The gold course, meanwhile, sets up demanding tee shots into narrow fairways, as seen on its signature eighth hole, where water guards the green on all sides.
Golfers can warm up for rounds at the driving range and practice green or employ the swing-honing advice of PGA Professional Scott Magee, who teaches enough students to believe that he will find one who can pull a putter from a stone. Guests can also refuel rumbling stomachs with casual food and drinks at Fenby’s Restaurant.
Because Thrive! Group Fitness and Wellness focuses exclusively on personal instruction and group fitness classes, its instructors can focus on designing the most effective and engaging workouts possible. Atop bamboo flooring that's fortified with a cork-and-gel layer for a safer impact, instructors lead more than 15 classes, including barre, Zumba, and TRX suspension-training, which is designed to strengthen cores with a series of resistance-band exercises. They keep classes fun by incorporating a mix of yoga, tai chi, Pilates, and upbeat music during Cynergy. They believe, however, that working out is just one factor in the equation of overall wellness, offering nutritional workshops, massage therapy, and wellness coaching to maintain focus on the complete picture.