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Providence Health and Fitness offers a number of workshops and events throughout the year.




Upcoming Workshops:

Barre Intensity® Instructor Training & Certification

Providence Health and Fitness is proud to announce that we are now an official training center for the Barre Intensity® Program!

 

For further details, please email Kathy McCready

or call the front desk at 908-898-0008.

Nutrition

Questions about nutrition? Trying to improve your diet in a healthy, guided way? Looking for a sensible way to lose weight? Come meet with Larry Heisler, Providence's master nutrition educator. During a personalized 90-minute session, Larry will answer all of your questions about natural, mindful eating and help you with everything from meal planning to food shopping and even meal preparation. Heisler will work with you to look at nutritional deficiencies, inflammatory conditions, supplementing, dining out, and more.

Meditation

The Sacred Heart Healing Meditation Circle is proudly hosted at Providence Health and Fitness. Join Larry Heisler for a free evening of spiritual fire in his 41st year of leading the Sacred Heart Meditation Circle.

 

When thine eye be single, thy body shall be filled with light. Matthew 6:22

Life is totally about growth, your growth, my growth. The first part of the Prime Directive on this planet is to grow in every way you can (mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually). The second part of the Prime Directive is to uplift, inspire or serve wherever you may go. People who do this passionately with their hearts and souls have a tendency to fulfill their destiny and complete their training down here. This dynamic workshop will teach a powerful meditation with a variety of Ki exercises including the rare I Chuan energy exercise Larry calls Smiling Buddha. Traditionally, this technique is used by martial artists to develop their inner power, open their heart, and cure their illnesses. In addition, Larry will share a Chi Lel exercise called wall squatting which is used as part of the treatment protocol at the world's largest medicine-less hospital in China, the Huaxia Zhineng Qigong Center. A comprehensive guide to meditation utilizing visualization and breathing exercises will conclude the workshop.

Please join us on the first and third Thursday of each month from 8pm - 9:45pm.

 

Registration is suggested but not required. Call 908-898-0008 for further information.

Fitness and Exercise Classes offered at Providence Health and Fitness

Our fitness and exercise classes allow you to choose from body sculpting to cardio to stretching and lengthening.

Barre Intensity®

The Barre Intensity® program combines attributes of Pilates, dance, and functional fitness training. This class features small, isolated movements to fatigue the muscles, large range of motion to elevate the heart rate, and sequencing that incorporates upper and lower body to make every minute count. This results in a total body workout that leaves you mentally strong and feeling physically accomplished.

Pilates Stick

Pilates Stick features a Pilates Stick with spring resistance which adds increased abdominal core work to each isolated exercise. It may look like an arm workout, but every move is controlled by the abdominal core area. The exercises in this unique class uses small isolated movements to fatigue the muscles, large range of motion to elevate the heart rate, and sequencing that incorporates upper and lower body to make every minute count.

Bolly DaZz®

Bolly DaZz® is a Bollywood-inspired dance-fitness program that combines dynamic choreography with the hottest music from around the world. Designed for all fitness levels, Bolly DaZz® features fun, exciting choreography that sets you into the rhythm of all things Bollywood. The cardio workout cycles between higher and lower-intensity dance sequences to get you moving, sweating, and motivated all at the same time

Pilates Reformer Class

Pilates Reformer Class (Pilates Reformer/Springboard Machines) Joseph Pilates originally developed a series of mat exercises designed to build abdominal strength and body control. In his words, The Pilates Method "develops the body uniformly, corrects wrong postures, restores physical vitality, invigorates the mind, and elevates the spirit.' He was way ahead of his time, viewing the body holistically and emphasizing its capacity to work as a whole unit.

 

Pilates eventually built various pieces of equipment to enhance the results and to replace himself as a spotter for his clients. One of these machines is called the Pilates Reformer. Here at Providence Health and Fitness we have three Pilates Reformers and one Cadillac machine. The Reformer is complemented by the Springboard that is attached to the wall (the tower on the machine).

 

This class is taught as an open level class with modifications for the beginner and variations for the advanced. The class is a semi-private group lesson limited to three individuals.

 

The fee for this class is $45.00 as a drop-in or $35.00 if you purchase a series of 10 to be used at anytime. You can register online to secure your spot. As Joseph Pilates used to say: "After 10 sessions you'll notice a difference, after 20 sessions other people will notice a difference, after 30 sessions you'll have a whole new body."

Zumba®

Zumba® is a Latin-inspired dance-fitness class that blends Latin and International music and dance movements to create a dynamic, exciting, and effective fitness system. This class combines fast and slow rhythms that tone and sculpt the body in an aerobic/fitness fashion that balances cardio and muscle-toning benefits. Zumba® integrates aerobic, interval, and resistance training to maximize caloric output, cardiovascular benefits, and total body toning. Zumba's® fun and easy-to-follow routines target areas such as gluteals, legs, arms, core, and the most important muscle in the body, the heart.

Sneakers are required for this class.

Integrative Mat Pilates

Integrative Mat Pilates is a form of exercise that has a wide range of positive effects on your body. With regular practice, you will strengthen, lengthen, and sculpt your body, increase your flexibility, and improve your posture.

 

Integrative Mat Pilates is based on the Pilates exercise system and uses a series of controlled movements engaging your body and mind to improve flexibility and strength without building bulk. Each exercise stretches and strengthens your muscles while opening your joints and releasing tension. Your mental and physical well-being is enhanced leaving you feeling balanced, refreshed, strong, and alert. Additionally, Integrative Mat Pilates synchronizes breath with movement, which promotes relaxation while enhancing mental clarity. Whether you are a beginner, seasoned athlete, recovering from an injury or simply want to improve your level of fitness, Integrative Mat Pilates will improve the way you look and feel in an environment that is non-competitive and fun!

 

Lean Technique

Lean Technique uses a variety of fitness techniques (light hand held weights, resistance bands, body bars, fitness circles, and one's own body resistance) and body movement to strengthen and sculpt your body, increase your metabolism, and improve range of motion. Set to soul-stirring pop and funk music, this class will inspire you to get fit and stay fit.  Lean Technique will give you a cardiovascular workout, improve body alignment and posture, and enhance awareness of your mind/body connection. This is an open level class. Sneakers or soft-sole shoes are recommended. Get fit the fun way! 

Tai Chi Chuan

Tai Chi Chuan can be literally translated as 'Grand Ultimate Boxing.' Tai Chi is typified by slow movements that help circulate energy around the body and accentuate the mind-body connection. Many health practitioners feel Tai Chi promotes wellness and longevity. Tai Chi originated around the 14th century in China, and most agree that it was developed by a Shaolin monk who wanted to have a martial art based on softness and yielding, rather than on hardness and force that characterized the other martial arts of the time.

 

How Can Tai Chi Chuan Help You?

Tai Chi is mostly practiced slowly, accentuating balance and gentle movement that circulates energy throughout the vital organs. The National Institute of Health reports that  'People practice Tai Chi for various health-related purposes, such as: For benefits associated with low-impact, weight-bearing, aerobic exercise; To improve physical condition, muscle strength, coordination, and flexibility; To improve balance and decrease the risk of falls, especially in elderly people; To ease pain and stiffness'for example, from osteoarthritis; To improve sleep; For overall wellness.' Many scientific studies have documented the profound benefits that Tai Chi students experience over short periods of study, such as stemming the progress of Parkinson's Disease, reducing the incidence of fractures in adults, and improving quality of life/pain management for those battling cancer and HIV.

 

Providence Health and Fitness has partnered with Traditional Tai Chi Chuan Associates of America (TTCCAA) to provide high quality instruction for our students in New Providence. All classes are conducted by one of TTCCAA's founders, Stephen Matthaey. Stephen has extensive experience with Tai Chi Chuan and Chi Kung (energy cultivation), and has studied a number of traditional martial arts styles including Goju Ryu, Tae Kwon Do, Wing Chun, and White Ape.

Yoga is the union of the Body, Mind, and Spirit

Although yoga has been practiced for thousands of years, it has never been more popular than it is today. It allows the individual's mind to zero into one's breath and focus on creating a flow through the different asanas, building strength, agility, balance, and flexibility. All the attributes of a body aging well.

Restorative Yoga

Restorative Yoga offers the time to restore, replenish, and rejuvenate your body, mind, and spirit. Restorative Yoga is a therapeutic style using props to support the body in Yoga poses and encouraging deep relaxation. The class consists of gentle warm ups, passive poses held for a longer duration, Yoga nidra (yogic sleep), and meditation. Music and aromatherapy is used to enhance the experience, provoking a total sense of letting go. During this practice, our nervous system shifts to relieve the effects of negative stress encountered during daily life. Appropriate for all levels.

Aroma Flow Yoga

Aroma Flow Like Yoga, essential oils are thousands of years old. Early yogis prized these oils 'Attars' for their ability to calm the mind and enhance meditation. When paired with Yoga, pure-grade essential oils can enhance and deepen your practice.

 

Class will begin with a short centering exercise. From there, you will be lead through a sequence of asanas with gentle pauses for essential oil applications, concluding the session with blissful relaxation and meditation.

Vinyasa Flow Yoga

Vinyasa Yoga A Vinyasa - meaning to move - Yoga class is a traditional class that links the Yoga postures (asanas) to breath, and breath to motion. The Yoga postures are designed to enhance flexibility and improve cardiovascular endurance while strengthening and toning one's body. This class will be invigorating as well as a greatly relaxing experience.

Teen/Tween Yoga

Teen/Tween Yoga is Providence Health and Fitness' amazing new program aimed to introduce teens (ages 13-16) and tweens (ages 9-13) to the powerful benefits of practicing Yoga. This 5,000 year old tradition is advantageous to both the body and mind and can help young people improve many facets of their lives. With regular practice, Yoga will help the young teen or tween improve concentration, reduce stress, increase overall body strength and tone, improve body image, self awareness, and self confidence, and is great for the young athlete.

 

Teen and Tween Yoga sessions are offered in six-week blocks throughout the year. Please contact us to see when our next session is beginning.

Yoga 101

Yoga 101 Learn the basics of Yoga or come as an advanced practitioner. Nadia leads this Vinyasa Yoga class with a gradual progression or step-by-step approach that systematically and appropriately takes a student from one point and safely lands them at the next. She incorporates breathing techniques or the union of breath and movement in the flow of sequence. This class is appropriate for all levels.

Hatha Yoga Flow

Hatha Yoga Flow is a traditional Yoga class focusing on holding the poses (asanas). The poses are held anywhere from five to ten breaths. Holding the poses for this length of time greatly increases flexibility and strength while enhancing overall posture. This class is taught in a non-competitive environment and is designed to encourage each student to know and appreciate their own body through Yoga. Using breathwork and Yoga postures (with modifications as needed), the goal of each class is to gently strengthen and increase flexibility in the body while exploring the connections between mind, body, and spirit. Each class will include reclining, seated, standing, and kneeling poses. You will walk away from this class with a relaxed, healthy body and a sense of well being. Learn yoga in class, take it off the mat, and bring it into all aspects of your life.

Power Core Yoga

Power Core This highly-strengthening Yoga class combines the use of light weights, ab and core work, and balance while holding the asanas with added breathwork. Once the asanas are held, the challenge is released and a flow of movement is added to enhance the benefits of strengthening the poses. This class can be modified and varied to meet all levels of yoga practices. Come and allow the mind to focus and accept the challenges as you see your body adapt to the challenges.

It feels good to get a Massage!

Massage helps to soothe achy muscles, reduces inflammation in the body's circulatory system, is an important ingredient in the recipe for active aging, breaks up the hardness in your body and opens it up to improve your range of motion helping to prevent injury. We are honored to partner with the dynamic, premier massage therapy team of New Jersey Massage, under the supervision of Larry Heisler, M.A., LMT.

Medical Massage

Medical Massage addresses very specific soft tissue complaints and pain syndromes by utilizing specialized techniques like trigger point therapy and deep muscle stripping. Areas of soft tissue complaints include neck, shoulders, back, hips, knees and feet as well as whiplash, inter-scapula entrapment, rotator cuff complaints, low back pain including piriformis syndrome and sciatica pain, and plantar fasciitis. Our massage therapists that offer medical massage have all completed a great deal of additional training.

Deep Tissue Therapeutic Massage

Deep Tissue Therapeutic Massage (with Hot Steam Packs) incorporates deeply therapeutic techniques, this sophisticated style of massage therapy addresses specific soft tissue complaints, painful holding patterns, chronic muscular pain, injuries, and degenerative conditions. Our master practitioners combine the latest cutting-edge technology, integrating medical massage and neuromuscular trigger point therapy with deep tissue, sports massage, and myofascial therapy.

Manual Lymph Drainage

Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) is the rage all over Europe right now for all of its amazing health and anti-aging benefits. MLD is a highly specialized form of massage, which uses light, rhythmical, and very precise hand movements. The lymph system of the body is our human waste disposal system. This treatment helps our immune system stay healthy and viable.

 

There are over 60 different ailments and conditions for which MLD is recommended. These include migraine and chronic headaches, sinus congestion, common acne and rosacea, eczema,  constipation, tinnitus, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid and osteoarthritis, tendonitis, repetitive strain injury, whiplash, and other traumas, to name just a few. MLD also speeds up the healing time after major surgery, especially reconstructive surgery. It can be used to improve scar tissue and to reduce bruising after surgery or injury. It is an excellent therapy for rejuvenation as a beauty treatment and can reduce puffiness, fine lines, and wrinkles.

 

MLD therapies offered are:

Full Body Hollywood Med-Spa Style

Lymphlift of the Head, Neck, and Face

Pre- and Post-Natal

Lymphosize for Sports, Surgery, and Scars

Pain Management

 

Palliative Care (hospice).

Reflexology

Reflexology applies deep pressure to both the hands and feet, but it's much more than just a foot massage. According to reflexologists, pressure on the reflex points also helps to balance the nervous system and stimulates the release of endorphins that help to reduce pain and stress. Spend a heavenly hour in the clouds enjoying the deeply relaxing, thoroughly therapeutic effects of a professional reflexology session at Providence.

Prenatal Massage/Pregnancy Massage

Prenatal Massage / Pregnancy Massage therapy during pregnancy greatly contributes to the health and well-being of all mothers-to-be. Our therapists have received specialty training in prenatal massage, and our facilities support a pregnant body with uniquely-designed cushion systems that address expectant mothers' special needs. We require that all mothers-to-be coming to Providence Health and Fitness for a massage be past their first trimester.

Swedish Relaxation Massage

Swedish Relaxation Massage is based on classic European massage techniques, this deeply relaxing experience addresses tired, aching muscles, gently increases circulation, and leaves you refreshed and enlivened.

Barefoot Shiatsu

Barefoot Shiatsu For centuries, the Orient has been home to the secrets of deep acupressure massage. Based on 5,000 years of Asian medical understanding and wisdom, shiatsu uses the principles of Ki (energy) movement that make acupuncture and martial arts so effective. This ancient art is performed traditionally on a special futon, we can, however adapt it to a massage table if you wish.

Hot Stone Therapy

Hot Stone Therapy is a combination of Swedish massage with specially heated stones applied to specific key body points results in an extraordinary, deep relaxation experience. A hot stone massage at Providence Health and Fitness is a wonderful strategy for battling the stresses of our complex and demanding lives.

Reiki Healing Session

Reiki is the art and science of healing and balancing the body, mind, and spirit. Reiki is not a religion, but a simple method of natural healing utilizing universal life force energy. Reiki treats the whole person, resulting in many beneficial effects that include relaxation, peace, and a sense of inner well-being.

Massage Therapy Facial

Massage Therapy Facial combines hands-on bodywork to the back, neck, hands and feet with hot steam packs, hot facial towels, and a unique line of natural aromatherapy and skin care products. Our facial masks are infused with vitamins, herbs, and powerful antioxidants to cleanse, nourish, and moisturize sun-damaged and aging skin, as well as replenish your natural youthful complexion. Our massage therapy facial differs from a salon facial only in that massage therapists do not perform extractions.

Personal Training and Specialized Services

We offer one on one personal training.

GYROTONIC® Expansion System

GYROTONIC® Expansion System increases spinal flexibility and releases joints or muscular constriction while strengthening the core and ligaments of the body.

 

This is very different from any type of machine or free weight movement typically seen in a gym. Gentle stretching, twisting, spiraling, and bending are combined with the rhythmic flow of the breath. Working out leaves you feeling taller, leaner, and more flexible, with a wider range of motion and ease of movement in your body. Not only does GYROTONIC® Expansion System help to strengthen your body and protect it from injury, it can also help with your performance in sports such as golf and tennis.

 

Learn more about the GYROTONIC® Expansion System...

One-on-One Yoga

One-on-One Yoga is available with many of our yoga instructors at Providence Health and Fitness in a private studio setting. This is a great way to improve your technique or just get started with the practice of Yoga.

Ballroom Dancing

Ballroom Dancing Are you getting ready for a special occasion, such as the first dance at your wedding? Do you dream about recreating a performance you saw on a television dancing show? Are you looking for a fun and unique way to reconnect with your significant other? Why not learn Ballroom Dancing from an expert! Providence's beloved Zumba® instructor, Miguel Aviles, is available for private Ballroom Dancing lessons. Miguel will have you doing turns and dips with your feet light as air in no time! Not only will you learn to move gracefully as you learn the art of Ballroom dance, but you will experience a great workout in the process!

Pilates Personal Training

Pilates Personal Training

 

The Pilates Reformer offers all the Mat Pilates core-building benefits and more by adding pulley and spring system resistance

 

The team of Pilates teachers and educators at Providence Health and Fitness have their certifications with Kelly Kane School now called Kinected Pilates Center, Physcial Mind Institute and Pilates Institute of America.

 

Learn more about the Pilates System...

Personalized, One-on-One Health and/or Fitness Sessions

Personalized, One-on-One Health and/or Fitness Sessions Many of our fitness instructors at Providence Health and Fitness are available for personal, one-on-one fitness or health sessions in a private setting.

What to Expect at Our Classes

When you first arrive - Please check in at the front desk upon arrival. We encourage new clients to arrive 10 minutes early to meet your instructor and be shown around the studio.

 

Our classes are suitable for all fitness levels and everyone is welcome.

 

Our instructors will give low and higher impact versions meaning everyone gets a great workout, and you will challenge your entire body, strengthening and lengthening your muscles.

 

Our exercises are always changing and challenging. We use balls, weights, bands, circles, and more to make your workout fun, and diverse, so you will leave our classes knowing that you have had a great work out and feel straighter and more aligned.

 

Our members are a mix of all ages and fitness levels and our clients love our studio because of its small class sizes and intimate feel.

What to Wear

We suggest Yoga-like attire, socks are optional, if you choose to wear socks please wear non-slip socks.

What to Bring

We have water for you but you are welcome to bring your own water bottle. We supply all the props that are needed in the classes including mats, however you are welcome to bring your own mat if you prefer.

Our Amenities

The studio has Lockers, Cold Towels, Restrooms, Water, and Hot Tea!

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Kathy McCready

GYROTONIC® Expansion System

My mission is to allow people to age actively; that is - to be healthy, peaceful, and to prevent injury no matter what your age is. I enjoy working with clients to educate them about their health and to show them how they can incorporate activity, flexibility, and calm into their day-to-day living. I have certifications in numerous fitness programs, including Pilates, GYROTONIC®, Integral Hatha Yoga, and Barre Intensity®. As a former ballet dancer, I am able to use my formal training and respect of the human body to improve the quality of my clients' lives. I have created, managed, and directed exclusive wellness and fitness centers throughout the country and have taught over 12,000 fitness classes. My love of health, fitness, and wellness is at the core of Providence Health and Fitness, and I hope you will join me and my staff to begin your journey to your healthiest life!

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Larry Heisler, M.A., LMT

Massage Therapist

As well as being the founder of the New Jersey School of Massage, which is the oldest massage school in New Jersey, I’m also the director of massage therapy services for four elite massage therapy facilities. I have been a massage practitioner since 1975 and have treated more than 50,000 people! With advanced degrees and training in massage therapy, nutrition, counseling, education, interfaith ministry, meditation and music, I have touched and inspired the lives of many. I love to share my experience, expertise, and guidance with the clients at Providence Health and Fitness, as they work toward physical, mental, and spiritual health and balance. In addition to my massage and nutrition offerings at Providence Health and Fitness, I also lead a bi-monthly meditation and healing circle. (link to meditation page)

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Joan Stefan

Barre Intensity®, Pilates

I am a certified personal trainer through the American Council on Exercise (ACE) which stresses the balance of strength, endurance, and flexibility. I am also certified in Pilates for the Reformer,  beginner, and advanced mat Pilates. I am part of the master trainer program for Barre Intensity® and I teach this class here at Providence Barre Intensity® combines attributes of Pilates, dance, and functional fitness training. I am also available for Personal Training Sessions by request.

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Meredith Johnson

Pilates Personal Trainer

I am a Power Pilates certified Pilates Instructor, and an American Council on Fitness, Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer. I have been in the fitness industry for over 25 years teaching and training at the JCC in West Orange, The Spa at Short Hills and my own business "The Fitness Loft" in Maplewood for 13 years. I am available for Pilates personal training here at Providence Health and fitness on Tuesdays. 

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Miguel Aviles

Zumba®

I have been a professional dancer for nearly 30 years, beginning my career teaching ballroom dancing at Fred Astaire and Arthur Murray studios. I expanded my career into theatrical dance, performing on Broadway and with several companies including the world-famous Joffrey Ballet. I am thrilled to be sharing my passion for dance, teaching both Zumba® and Ballroom Dancing right here in New Providence.

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Paola Villamil

Zumba®, BollyDaZz®

As a child, I studied Classical Ballet at the Academy of Fine Arts in Pereira, Colombia. I am now a fitness instructor in different disciplines such as Zumba® and BollyDaZz®, which mix dance, aerobics, corporal expression, and toning in a fun and exciting workout. I love to choreograph dance styles including Hip-Hop, Soca, Salsa, Merengue, Mambo, Martial Arts, and Bollywood into my classes, and share my international experience and flair with you!

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Lauren Freeman

Barre Intensity®, Yoga

I am a graduate of the Juilliard School for Dance and have been practicing Yoga since 1999, and teaching since 2006 after earning my Yoga teacher training certification from the American Yoga Academy. I teach several Yoga and Fitness classes here at Providence Health and Fitness, including a Yoga Power Core Class on Wednesday evenings which mixes weights and core work into the Vinyasa Flow. My Friday morning Vinyasa combines breath work with flow under my magical, spiritual guidance. This class will reinvigorate the connection between your mind and body - what Yoga is all about.

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Brendan Gibbons

Yoga

I have been practicing Yoga since 2001. In 2007 I spent six months studying Yoga intensely while traveling through India, Nepal, and Thailand and then completed my certification in 2008 with YogaWorks in New York City. Since then I’ve taught at studios in New York City, Hoboken, and Los Angeles, and I’ve now returned to my hometown to join the Providence team. I teach a Vinyasa class with careful attention to the breath and proper alignment. While the class can be challenging, it is open to all levels, and I will guide you through seamless sequences and leave you feeling refreshed, invigorated, and centered in your mind and body.

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Denise Licari

Barre Intensity®, Yoga

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Laura O'Brien Donath

Yoga

I am a certified RYT, and have been practicing Yoga for over 20 years, after finding the gift of Yoga as an avid runner seeking an alternative to pounding the pavement. I’m certified through Integral Yoga Institute 200-hour Hatha Yoga program in New York City. I knew I wanted to teach and share the amazing experience of Yoga with children, so I trained with Jodi Komitor and received certification to teach Kids Yoga through Next Generation Yoga. I also have received certification in Post Natal through Jyothi Larson at Karma Kids in NYC plus Prenatal through Integral Yoga Institute of New York. I strongly believe in the power of Yoga's stress reduction and studied and became certified in Restorative through Yoga Works/Jillian Pransky and studied with Brenda Strong Yoga 4 Fertility. I believe that anyone at any age and any ability should enjoy the many benefits of Yoga and hope to inspire and teach that in my classes. I teach the Teen Yoga workshops here at Providence Health and Fitness, and also oversee the special classes for Girl Scouts to earn their Fitness badges. I am also a coach with the New Providence chapter of Girls on the Run.

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Alison Bernasco

Yoga

Since childhood, I have been fascinated by art. I graduated from Ithaca College with dual BAs in Art History and Fine Arts with a concentration on Figure Drawing. Through an artist's eye I fell in love with the intricacy and beauty of the human form - Yoga was the next logical step. I have recently completed my 500-hours studying under my teacher and friend Tiffany Cruikshank. I consider my education ongoing, and so my practice and teaching are constantly evolving. I offer a challenging but accessible, sweet and sweaty practice suitable for all levels. I apply my knowledge to give you a balanced flow of body movement and release.

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Nadia Ratycz

Yoga

I am a certified Yoga Teacher RYT 500, Reiki Master, Certified Health Coach ' and have trained in many Energy Healing Modalities. I have been practicing Yoga and Reiki for over 18 years and teaching Yoga for nearly 10 years, embracing the Yoga lifestyle in every aspect of life. I have a Masters of Science in Yoga Therapy which gives me a better understanding of how the body and mind work in sync with one another as well as understanding the theories of health and disease relevant to the practice of Yoga and wellness. I presently teach Yoga 101 on Tuesday evenings at 7:00 pm. This class is an open-level class but geared for beginners and intermediate practices. However, my expertise allows me to create a class suitable for all levels. I am also available for private instruction and therapeutic Yoga sessions here at Providence Health and Fitness.

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Karen Frisch

Yoga

I’m an E-RYT 200, and a Jersey Girl with decades of Yoga experience. I began practicing Yoga to release tension and increase flexibility. As a competitive natural bodybuilder in the '90s, I was in desperate need of lengthening and nurturing my musculature. Amazed at how Yoga created balance in my body and mind, I immersed myself in a variety of styles. I received my 200-hour teaching certification in the Hatha Vinyasa style from the Vibhuti Yoga School in New Jersey. My passion for everything Yoga guided me to learn other styles and to expand my practice. I now teach a variety of classes including Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Restorative, and Yoga Nidra meditation. I’m known for my authentic style of teaching and my ability to adapt to my students' needs at any level or stage of life. My extensive understanding of anatomy and body mechanics has provided me with the unique ability to link science with the yoga-body connection. My continued education in philosophical, spiritual, and alignment-based instruction encourages my students' growth of their own physical and spiritual self.

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Lisa Bruno

Yoga

I completed my 200 hour Yoga training in 2013 and my Prenatal Yoga training in January of 2015. I love teaching both Vinyasa Flow and Prenatal Yoga. My teaching style emphasizes the connection between breath and movement and finding strength, balance, and clarity. I encourage people to listen to their bodies, to breathe in what they are seeking in their practice and/or lives, and breathe out any obstacles that may get in the way of those intentions. Yoga, for me, is an active way to open up and and let go all while building strength and having fun! I teach the Aroma Flow Vinyasa with essential oils on Monday mornings. Come and start off your week by invigorating all of your senses!

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Khaled Hamdy

Yoga

I began practicing Yoga in 2008 to help regain muscle flexibility and functionality after injuries from contact sports and tight muscles from years of cycling and weightlifting. Initially, I was drawn to the physical aspects of Vinyasa Yoga but quickly began to appreciate the mental benefits. As my Yoga practice became more refined and I began to understand my body more, I realized that I didn't need to push my body to the max with every workout or Yoga practice. I earned my 200-hour certification in Integrative Yoga Therapy (IYT) from Yama Studio based in Baltimore in 2011. Later I earned my certification in Restorative Yoga from Laughing Lotus in New York City. I use my experience as an engineer and the understanding of anatomy to focus on proper alignment within each unique body. I draw upon experiences from my own Yoga journey to help guide students through my classes to make them challenging, safe, and fun.

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Stephen Matthey

Tai Chi and Chi Kung

I studied internal and external martial arts with several masters, focusing on the application of Tai Chi and Chi Kung to improve health for the last 15 years. I have taught many students over the years, including conducting classes at Saint Clare's Center for Alternative Medicine in conjunction with Dr. John Brent Forward. I am the co-founder of Traditional Tai Chi Chuan Associates of America (TTCCAA) and teach Tai Chi Chuan on Sunday mornings at Providence Health and Fitness. (please link to Tai Chi page.)

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Lisa Purple Bezak

Yoga

I have a lifelong passion for dance, receiving two college degrees - an AFA in performance and a BA in a concentration in studio operations, which led me to perform and choreograph shows all over the Tri-State area. I have taught dance for fifteen years, and aerobics and Zumba® classes for the last ten years. I reinvented my life to be kinder to my body and fell in love with Yoga, and became an instructor. I have trained in many styles of Yoga, and teach all styles from chair and restorative, to power Yoga classes. I integrate modifications into my teachings, as I understand every human body is unique. All ages are welcome to my class! As a Reiki Master, I will bring some of the healing energy into class as you are guided and transformed. Namaste

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  • Fitness Membership
  • Unlimited Group Fitness Classes - $130/Month
    4 month commitment or more.
  • Wellness Membership
  • Unlimited Group Fitness Classes & 1 Deep Tissue or Swedish Massage per Month - $195/Month
    4 month commitment or more. Excludes Pilates Reformer Class. Note: Massage portion is taxable at 6.875%.
  • Group Class Packages
  • Group Class Drop In - $2210-Pack Fitness Classes - $18520-Pack Fitness Classes - $340
  • Simi-Private Fitness Sessions
  • Pilates Reformer - Drop In - $45Pilates Reformer - 10-Pack - $350
  • Private Fitness Sessions
  • Private Yoga - $100Private Pilates Reformer/GYROTONIC® - $90Private Pilates Reformer/GYROTONIC® - 10-Pack - $800