Soothing music and soft lights reveal The Yoga Sanctuary as just that—a safe and peaceful place where guests can cast stress aside. The studio's nationally registered instructors weave their global teaching experience into each asana as they strive for—and teach the importance of—inner peace and tranquility. They work individually with guests of all ages and fitness levels, unlike the NFL and most quilting circles. With this inclusive approach, the instructors help clients unite mind, body, and spirit in a wide selection of classes, strengthen cores with Pilates exercises, and also teach postures for beginner, intermediate, and experienced students. To further the restorative effects of yoga, the studio also hosts yoga therapy sessions to help alleviate such health issues as back pain and insomnia.
The Yoga Sanctuary's onsite massage therapist intuitively customizes her kneads and strokes to reduce stress and fatigue. This can also improve joint flexibility so that guests may easily slip into complex postures or cast-iron wetsuits.
The dental facility that is home to Dr. Robert Howard and Dr. Renee Levine can defeat nearly any problem that dares to cross the gumline. Practicing in Mamaroneck, OKU graduate Howard and Tufts graduate Levine head a staff that regards patients as family and tooth decay as a sworn enemy. Howard is a 30-year veteran clinician who has won a reputation as a conscientious cavity crusader who was named Westchester Magazine's Top Dentist four years in a row. Dr. Howard compliments his own wide-ranging treatments—including Invisalign and teeth whitening—by enlisting the talents of Dr. Renee Levine, who practices general dentistry and excels in the area of cosmetic dental transformations. A strong proponent of ongoing edudation, Levine is the founder of Western Massachusetts Young Professional Dental Study Group which promotes interdisciplinary case studies.
Raymond A. Kolkmann founded Raymond Opticians in 1959, prior to the advent of advanced lens technology, and consequently perfected his ability to pair patients with their optimal prescriptions. He later passed this skill to his three sons, who, in turn, imparted the art of optometry to their own sons through careful instruction and basic osmosis. Today, Raymond Opticians' third generation of ocular outfitters benefits from not only the techniques and standards developed by Raymond Sr., but also from modern lens technology, such as Varilux lenses that help correct vision problems and Transitions, which darken when outside. After examining and diagnosing each patient's eye issues, the doctors help them select from a vast array of designer frames and sunglasses by Oakley, Prada, and Versace.
Ayurveda is a holistic medical system designed to balance the body and promote physical, spiritual, and emotional well-being. Sound Shore Ayurveda & Wellness center’s practitioner, Manjula Paul, comes from a family of vaidyas, or doctors, for the royal family of South India, and she began studying the family trade at the age of 17. Her ayurvedic treatments include chakra balancing and nasya, a natural reliever for congestion, allergies, and sore sinuses. To complement her traditional practice, Paul also offers facials, microdermabrasion, and massage therapy.
After earning her degree in dentistry at New York University and completing her residency, Dr. Michele Leone-Renne spent a year using her skills to treat underprivileged children in the South Bronx. These days, she continues to care for patients' teeth at her practice. Dr. Leone-Renne also helps patients to look their best with treatments such as porcelain veneers or injections of Botox.
At Healthy Fit for Women, an all-female studio, patrons team up with coaches to establish fitness- and nutrition-based programs. Supported by one-on-one feedback, group classes, and fitness equipment specifically tailored to the feminine physique, guests learn to effectively build muscle and lose fat. Their personal coaches draft meal and fitness plans based upon their food preferences and lifestyle habits to help them reach their fitness goals. The gym stocks equipment sized for the female frame, and classes such as Zumba and Spinning tone bodies with Latin-dance moves and cycling-based aerobics. For an extra boost of encouragement and a chance to gossip about the treadmills behind their backs, patrons can attend complimentary group support meetings.
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