Next-gen social media apps continue to push the boundaries for how we interact with strangers. While we are increasingly willing to open up to stranger in cyber-space, how well do we really know the real-live people right next door? We found one company that is trying to change that by using to fitness to turn a group of apartment complexes into a community: Stonehenge NYC, an NYC apartment management company, launched Stonehenge Lifestyle, a unit dedicated to building community through events.  They introduced us to some of the trainers that teach yoga classes, bootcamps, self-defense workshops.  Is the Yogi Next Door one of the next trends in fitness?

Sylvia Nasser: CEO of The Fit Fem, Personal Trainer & Group Fitness Instructor.

Fitness Personality: work hard/play hard, class junkie, do-gooder, gym rat, boot camper.

Find Me Burning At: My own cardio kickboxing and Tabata classes and Cross Fit.

In My Gym Bag:  Jump Rope, iPod and lots of water bottles.

Favorite Local Post-Burn Treat:  Green Smoothies all the way!

My Everyday Mantra: Always keep the fun in fitness!


Denise Posnak: Pilates Instructor and founder, MyBOD Wellness

Find Me Burning At: SoulCycle, The treadmill in my gym on the East River, A Google+ Pilates Hangout.

In My Gym Bag: Lorna Jane hot pink workout tank, Orbit Spearmint gum, Lavender Essential Oil, Black Balega running socks.

Favorite Local Post-Burn Treat:  Juice Press Doctor Green juice

My Everyday Mantra: #lessismore


Avital Zeisler: Self-Defense Instructor and Founder of The Soteria Method.

Find Me Burning At: Teaching The Soteria Method privates, classes, and workshops at The Olivia & other locations.

In My Gym Bag: Extra Shirt, Hand Wraps (a-must), Water with mint.

Favorite Local Post-Burn Treat:  Green Smoothie

My Everyday Mantra: Create your life & happiness.

My Defining Fitness Moment: When I combined all my athletic disciplines into my own workout routine.

Amanda Winkler: Yoga Teacher at Om Factory.

Find Me Burning At: Om Factory NYC & my living room. Self practice is key to creativity!  I also teach at The Olivia Saturday mornings from 10:30-11:30am.

In My Gym Bag: Water, snacks, my ipad (for doing work and connecting on the go), whatever book I’m engrossed in at the moment & my notebook (I’m in the middle of developing a teacher training, so when inspiration strikes I need to have it!)

Favorite Local Post-Burn Treat:  Organic Avenue Green Juice & Stumptown Lattes!

My Everyday Mantra: Be honest, be real, and live with integrity.

Rachel Glick: Yoga Teacher and founder of Rachel Glick Yoga & Wellness.

Find Me Burning At: Rachel Glick Yoga & Wellness, Yoga MayaJivamukti Yoga Center, 24 Hour Fitness, Stonehenge NYC.

In My Gym Bag: Harmless Harvest Coconut Water, Headphones, Yogitoes Towel & My Spiritual Gangster Sweatshirt 🙂

Favorite Local Post-Burn Treat: Anything from Hu Kitchen!

My Everyday Mantra: Smile. Hug. Breathe.

Is Your Next Door Neighbor A Closet Yogi?