Owner Richard Lanza began Open Doors as a metaphysical healing center and store in 1992, and he carried that healing spirit into the yoga studio he opened in 2003. At Open Doors Yoga Studios, Richard's goal is to create a space where people feel empowered to explore their personal beliefs on a path toward self-healing. Thus, yoga instructors at the studio's numerous locations help practitioners achieve their personal goals through accessible classes, each designed to build core strength while quieting the mind and increasing body awareness. From slow-flow heated classes to unheated Hatha sessions, students can participate in a variety of yoga styles geared toward beginners, more experienced participants, and those who only feel comfortable in a 98-degree room.
Youngsters master karate chops, take on fencing opponents, and perfect balletic pliés under the same roof at New England Sports Academy. As you walk through the facility, you might hear the sounds of guitars as kids learn to strum chords. And of course, the academy also offers competitive team sports—from basketball and soccer to cheerleading.
Through every program, the upbeat instructors foster a fun and supportive atmosphere in which students learn to cooperate with their peers and challenge themselves, whether it's in a class or during a summer camp session. Parents and guardians can also rent out the space to celebrate a child's birthday or recent ascension to the royal throne.
The Kingsbury Club, a multi-purpose health facility with a restaurant and multiple fitness/athletics options, ups the net worth of humankind with tennis programs for both raw and rehearsed racketeers. With the one-hour private tennis lesson ($78), taught by a certified senior tennis professional, and a one-day guest admittance ($15) to the Kingsbury Club, guests will refine backhands, polish up volleys, and learn how to properly grunt in spite of headband-wrought cranial pressure. The instructor will offer tips and suggestions on techniques and skills, helping students polish giant-scale ping-pong ability in time for summer's street-corner tennis showdowns.
To help women achieve their fitness goals, the certified personal trainers at Get In Shape For Women focus on four areas: weight training, cardio training, nutrition, and accountability. In small group sessions, trainers modify exercises to suit up to four ladies' fitness levels, beginning by calibrating strength-training sessions—such as free weights, lunges, and squats—to each client's abilities while still ensuring they are challenging themselves. Then comes high-intensity cardio interval-training sessions in which trainers encourage exercisers to achieve optimal results on the treadmill or elliptical.
The trainers supplement the group workouts with nutritional planning centered around the concept of eating six small, balanced meals six days a week. They set aside the seventh day as a "free day" for a bit of indulgence, be it eating a favorite sweet or lusting openly after bacon. To hold their women accountable, trainers talk nutrition on the floor during scheduled appointments, and the ladies' progress toward reaching their goals is measured by trainers each week.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: Fused dichroic glass class
Pro Tip: We walk you step by step through each process, and everyone's outcome is a successful piece of art
What makes your business stand out?
We offer fun and informative step by step instructional classes so that everyone has a successful outcome for their project.
What inspired you to start or run this business?
We both love to teach and especially love to teach glass and mosaics.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
For the fused glass classes it is important for customers to know that it takes 8 hours for the glass to fuse so we have to mail their jewelry back to them which they will get within 12 days. We also offer ladie's nights out, birthday, corporate parties and private lessons. Children are welcome over the age of 12, however we will do mosaic classes and birthday parties for children 8 and over.
What is the best reaction you’ve ever gotten from a customer?
"Wow, I had no idea I was this creative and could make something like this!"
What’s your favorite part about your job?
Watching people come into our studio who claim they have no creative abilities and then walk out of our studio amazed at what they just created. You can see their confidence rise immediately.
The YMCA keeps residents healthy and engaged in more than 10,000 neighborhoods across the country, but it traces its American origins to the streets of 19th-century Boston. Here, Thomas Valentine Sullivan carried on the mission started in London by George Williams: providing affordable recreation and residence to young men from cities and country towns alike. Over the last century and change, the organization's mission changed to keep pace with the evolving times; today, the YMCA of Greater Boston welcomes anyone interested in furthering the causes of "youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility."
This modern mission combines the Y's signature programming with new initiatives designed to keep citizens one step ahead of an ever-changing world. Members stay fit and active with everything from organized sports and fitness classes to lifeguard, CPR, and first aid lessons. But the Y's developmental programs go far beyond bodily strength; their enrichment and leadership courses equip youths with the confidence needed to take charge in their everyday lives, and ESL classes help newcomers to English embark on the next step of their linguistic lives.