Winter Garden Yoga’s homey studio welcomes small groups of yogis into the cozy, carpeted space for classes of all fitness levels. Beginner’s yoga introduces newcomers to yoga’s foundational postures as they develop the strength necessary to graduate to more advanced classes such as power yoga or Yoga Flow, which students perform in a rapidly rushing river. Expert instructors lead the classes, drawing from their immense experience with the life-changing power of yoga.
Brian Friedman runs, cycles, and lifts weights to complement his yoga, and his appreciation for other forms of fitness activity informs his ability to tailor yoga to a variety of individual students. Karen Repassy has studied yoga for more than a decade, and emphasizes helping her students incorporate the meditative aspects of the ancient art into their daily lives. Taylor Nelms, the third pillar of Winter Garden Yoga, specializes in flow yoga, and she makes it her task to help all her clients smile, like the stockbroker who tells a knock-knock joke with each trade.
Quiet is the first stop on the road to inner peace, according to Ramona Crabtree-Falkner, owner of Ananda Center for Yoga and Massage, LLC. At her tranquil studio, clients engage in active modes of relaxation such as yoga and passive forms such as massage therapy and reiki. During private and group yoga instruction, students venture inward by pairing deep breathing and meditation with ancient poses that stretch and strengthen the body. One-on-one sessions propel yogis toward specific goals such as weight loss and injury recovery, and group classes build community while releasing recently acquired stress and eye rolls stored up since high school. Bodywork services spotlight therapies from around the world, including the long, gliding strokes of Swedish massage and the stretches and acupressure of Thai foot reflexology.
While most people’s biggest water-related fear might be sharks, Phil Pektas's was children. Not the kids themselves, of course, but the prospect of teaching them. This terror first surfaced when he was tapped to fill in for the Pre-K instructor at the swim school where he taught. Fortunately, he conquered that fear during the very first lesson and 20 years later is still introducing young people to the necessary skills for ensuring safe, aquatic fun. Pektas and his staff of American Red Cross–, CPR-, and First-Aid- certified instructors use activities, toys, and analogies to improve performance in the pool. With games such as Bird Catcher, kids will learn how to control their breathing and hunt for sub-aquatic fowl indigenous to chlorinated pools.
Just a few steps from more than 22 miles of scenic trail-ways, West Orange Trail Bikes and Blades Co. provides tourists and locals with rentable bikes to explore the surrounding splendor. Stretching along Lake Apopka and through downtown Winter Garden, the path passes by boutiques, ice-cream shops, and historic destinations to jump off and explore by foot. Hourly and full-day rentals are available, and bikes can be delivered directly to any of the surrounding hotels. Those craving a more curated experience can sign up for guided tours, which traverse local trails, through populated downtown areas, and alleys filled with One Man's Treasure. Thanks to the range of bicycles offered, West Orange allows renters to get the right bike for hitting the trails or harmonizing to a rendition of "Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head."
Roberto Gil, DMD, and Lissette Bernal, DDS, have laid down their swords in the ongoing battle to determine who possesses the most legitimate acronym and joined forces to fight a common enemy: the fear of smiling. They channel their experience into helping patients maintain or reach a point of brandishing pearly whites without shame, drawing from a menu of cosmetic and preventive treatments for children and adults. Using a combination of digital imaging technology and echolocation, the doctors and their staff of technicians can thoroughly scan each patient’s teeth and pinpoint problem areas before they become unmanageable. In addition, they offer porcelain veneers and teeth-whitening procedures to ensure that teeth remain unblemished.
Meet Nannette. She's a former professional ballroom competitor with a slew of competition wins under her belt, but that's not as important as what she'll do for you. Alongside her staff of similarly talented dancers, Nannette cultivates a fun, inclusive, and laid back atmosphere while helping students perfect their ballroom footwork with classes in popular styles such as swing, waltz, tango, and cha-cha. Men, women, and even children learn how to twist and spin at all of Nannette's six locations, where guests can get exercise, relieve stress, and meet new dance-savvy people while having fun. The studio also offers private lessons in clients' homes or in their favorite supermarket aisles.