Providence Health and Fitness offers a number of workshops and events throughout the year.
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.
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.
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.
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 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® 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® 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 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 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 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 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 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
Palliative Care (hospice).
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
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.
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.
Personalized, One-on-One Health and/or Fitness Sessions
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.
The studio has Lockers, Cold Towels, Restrooms, Water, and Hot Tea!
Kathy McCreadyGYROTONIC® 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!
Larry Heisler, M.A., LMTMassage 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)
Joan StefanBarre 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.
Meredith JohnsonPilates 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.
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.
Paola VillamilZumba®, 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!
Lauren FreemanBarre 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.
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.
Stephen MattheyTai 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.)
Laura O'Brien DonathYoga
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Lisa Purple BezakYoga
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
BollyDaZz & Zumba with Paola Villamil
Paola is a ball of energy, you can’t help yourself, and you just have to move. No matter what your level of fitness, Paola takes special care that each and everyone is watched out for and makes you feel a part of the class! Continuous instruction about the proper way of doing things is also a huge part of her class. The awesome choice of music makes it fun and before you know it, the hour is over and you are left wanting more. Her energy is infectious!!! Love her!
Power Yoga with Lauren
I'm sure you already know how special Lauren Freeman is. Not only is she a talented instructor who makes Power Yoga fun, but respects and listens to her students. Last evening I was debating attending class due to "back issues acting up". I thought I would just modify my practice. However, Lauren helped me stretch and guided me in strenghtening areas where needed. I truly appreciate her attentiveness and love of what she does. She is a special lady.
Lean Technique with Kathy McCready
Kathy is a power house, her energy is boundless. A true total body workout is achieved with a combination of cardio, weights and resistance training. Kathy seems to find muscles I did not know I had and gives them a good work out. This class is also done to music and it truly helps to pump you up!!
Vinyasa Flow with Brendan Gibbons
I had the honor of attending several of Brendan’s classes until my work obligations circumvented me from continuing to enjoy this awesome class. It teaches you to breath with every motion, improves your flexibility, strength and endurance, while improving body tone and your cardiovascular system. Brendan has the ability to quiet the mind, so that you have a total presence within yourself during class.
Zumba with Miguel Aviles
What can I say about Miquel! A ball of energy plus plus! Miquel’s infectious smile and welcoming demeanor help to make any newcomer welcome. He has the ability to make everyone in the class feel special, which in turn gives all of us a level of confidence we never knew we had and in turn everyone enjoys every minute of his class while getting a complete dance-fitness workout. His choice of music is also infectious and he also takes special care to make sure we do the moves properly. Miquel also pays close attention to those who are new or who have been away for awhile, to ensure they are not left in the dust. He carefully helps them through the routines and within minutes they are feeling comfortable!! To know Miguel is to Love Miguel!
GYROTONIC(R) Training session with Kathy
I began working with Kathy a little over a year ago. My goal was simple. I want to maintain an actice lifestyle that includes tennis, golf, swimming, bike riding and other activities. Before working with kathy I found myself crawling out of bed many mornings feeling like the aging process was winning the battle. One year later I can say that my work with Kathy has made a tremendous difference. The individualized approach using her unique GYROTONIC(R) equipment seemed to find my weakest areas with remarkable precision. Today I am stronger and more flexible. I am active 5-6 days a week and the ever present aches and pains have been reduced dramatically. I would highly recommend kathy to anyone looking for a knowledgeable, effective and joyable trainer.
Power Core Yoga with Lauren Freeman
I had an opportunity to attend one of Lauren’s Power Core Yoga classes. When I say Lauren gets to the core of the matter, she really does! One feels empowered after they leave her class, with a sense of calm all over.
Hatha Yoga Flow with Alison Bernasco
Alison is one of my favorites when it comes to yoga. Egos are checked at the door and Alison takes us through a special journey of our body, paying close attention to any issues one is having with their bodies, e.g., knee, neck, back, etc… I suffered from severe anxiety and Alison is one person that was able to help me get out of my own way and get in tune with my body and let my mind release the outside world, while I enjoyed the benefits of her class; connecting breath to motion, increasing my flexibility, improving my endurance, but most importantly giving me the feeling of inner peace. I also suffer from back and hip pain and Alison is able to help melt the pain away during her class. As if I am not already feeling relaxed during this journey, she always ends the class with a head and neck message with lavender oil, it’s a moment I carry with me throughout the day and her constant affirmations during class are a bonus!
Yoga 101 with Nadia Ratycz
Nadia is one of my original yoga teachers, I initially followed her to Providence from another location. What a gentle and kind soul! Much like Brendan’s class, work circumvented and I am unable to attend her yoga classes at this time. Nadia has a gentle approach to yoga and often will include essential oils in her practice. I leave feeling calm, yet energized.
Meditation Class with Larry
Not knowing if I could sit through a 1 1/2 hour class, I was reluctant to go. BUT, so glad I did!!! The group conversations and guidance from Larry allowed me to forget about my busy day. By the time we began the last 1/2 hour meditation I was relaxed and my mind was clear. Before I knew the half hour was up and class was over. The best part of the evening was waking up the next day after having the first sleep filled night in about a year!!! Can't wait to get to the next class.
Barre Intensity with Joan Stefans
By “pleasant” default twice, I got to experience Joan’s Barre intensity. She filled in for Kathy McCready’s Lean Technique and gave me the option of trying her Barre Intensity or she would do the Lean Technique. I opted to try the Barre Intensity since the times available did not fit my work schedule. I loved it, I loved Joan. I wish my schedule allowed me to attend more of her classes. She is a stickler for doing the exercises properly, what a difference it makes when things are done right!! As tough as Joan is, she is a gentle and kind soul who I had never met and I felt comfortable within minutes of being around her!!
New Jersey Massage with Leslie
After all my comments about the classes I have taken, I would be remiss if I did not mention the massage I got from Leslie. I was actually suffering from severe back pain, could barely walk one day before a class. I was unable to take the class that day and it was suggested that I try a massage. Well, I booked a 60 minute deep tissue massage that left me feeling relaxed and free of pain. I was also taught some valuable stretching exercises I could do for my specific issues each day. I need to schedule another one soon. If I had the time, I would do this at least once a week! I can’t say enough about what this experience did for my body. Thank you Leslie!!
- Unlimited Group Fitness Classes - $130/Month
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- Unlimited Group Fitness Classes & 1 Deep Tissue or Swedish Massage per Month - $195/Month
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- Private Yoga - $100Private Pilates Reformer/GYROTONIC® - $90Private Pilates Reformer/GYROTONIC® - 10-Pack - $800
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