YogaVie owner Dana Yeminy wants each of her students to have a supportive and comfortable space in which to grow their individual yoga practice. Inside her serene studio in Port Chester, Dana and her staff of experienced instructors teach intimate Vinyasa-style yoga classes for all levels, encouraging students to take each class at their own pace, using variations and modifications if necessary. In open level Vinyasa classes, students work to link breath with flowing postures, while foundations of yoga sessions help them deepen their understanding of basic yoga poses and ideals.
Big believers in karma, YogaVie donates ten percent of their profits to local charities.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
Aside from winning 5 straight "Best Of Greenwich" awards, we use an athletic approach with customized programming based on each individual athlete.
Exercise is challenging. How do you keep clients motivated and engaged?
As former athletes, we've experienced many coaching styles and motivational techniques. We understand that you have to coach the individual and try different ways to motivate. We also have really fun programming that is designed for athletes and makes the workouts more interesting.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
Fitness for athletes can be a little dangerous when the athletes are on their own. The amount of injuries from improper technique or knowledge astonished me. I wanted to create a place that could educate and instruct athletes to prevent those kinds of mishaps in a fun environment.
What do you love most about your job?
Watching people evolve is really enjoyable and it's my personal motivation. More than just setting and reaching goals, it's really fun to watch people grow in confidence and do something they really didn't think they could achieve.
Studio director Simona Cipriani, like all the instructors at The Art of Control, trained under Romana Kryzanowska, who studied directly under Joseph Pilates himself. The studio, therefore, prides itself on being not only certified, but a direct ideological descendant of Pilates' very inventor.
Many clients come to The Art of Control to take part in group or private lessons, and particularly advanced students can get specialized independent instruction. More than one type of Pilates is practiced at the studio. In mat Pilates, participants work through routines atop their own colorful rectangles, and in reformer Pilates, the Pilates-proprietary workout machines provides resistance to counter participants’ movements, creating an additional strength-training element to build strength and muscle definition. Other classes may incorporate props, such as bands, wedges, and rubber chickens wearing novelty-size sunglasses. Feldenkrais and Zumba classes also speckle the calendar, and teacher-training programs prepare students to teach. Personalized nutrition programs and massage therapy further spoil bodies and increase health. The Art of Control also hosts and participates in events and workshops.
Anyone who has been through a CrossFit workout knows that it's not for the faint of heart. The instructors push students to the very brink of their abilities, running them through a gauntlet of functional exercises that use ropes, kettlebells, and even full-size tires. It's not something that young kids would seem partial to.
CrossFit Kids Port Chester begs to differ. The revolutionary program takes the best qualities of CrossFit—fun workouts, constantly changing routines—and tailors them to kids aged 3–17. The result is an effective workout that lets kids of all skill levels burn off steam without ripping their homework to shreds. The trainers make every effort to ensure that kids stay engaged and, most importantly, safe; instructors are certified by the American Red Cross in first aid and CPR.
Fit Body Boot Camp's instructors all over the world share a common goal: to help clients hit their fitness and weight-loss goals with regimented training programs. Trainers lead group workouts that combine cardio with resistance exercises, strength training, and light alligator wrestling. They design the workouts to be as time-effective as possible and vary the routines constantly to avoid workout plateaus that can leave clients feeling uninspired. Trainers empower their students with healthy eating guidelines to keep motivation high outside of class.
During one-on-one sessions, certified personal trainers plan out tailored fitness programs, which clients can take with them to Fit Body Boot Camp’s gyms to continue shaping up on their own.
At CrossFit Port Chester, trainers lead classes that enhance cardio, stamina, strength, speed, and agility. In their gym replete with gymnastics rings, TRX ropes, barbells, and more, they put participants through an intense workout of the day, which consists of full-body, functional exercises that work all muscle groups. To ease newcomers into the method, they first train them on CrossFit’s nine movements with a three-session fundamentals course, ensuring safety while removing any intimidation factors.