Boutique fitness studio offers holistic health experience

There are many fitness and exercise classes around New York City, but few of them take a holistic approach of healing the mind, body and soul.

At the downtown Manhattan-based BellaVita: Fitness & Wellness you will find the usual group fitness classes (yoga, pilates, Zumba, etc.), but you will also find things like life coaching, restorative meditation, and personal training. The business also offers a number of events, seminars, workshops, and certifications for its members.

BellaVita is built upon the belief that a healthy lifestyle and being physically fit should be two things that are fun for everyone, and don’t feel like extra work. The concept and mission for the studio is all the brainchild of former model and Miss Universe Canada competitor Izabella Steele. During her career before fitness, Steele says she saw too many women in the business “struggling to reach the stereotypical industry standard ‘model body,’ in all the wrong ways.” She instead resorted to exercise and a healthy diet and with her business, now hopes to share that with other women.

“Wellness goes beyond working out and looking good; rather, it emerges from the inside, out,” she said. “BellaVita provides a haven for New Yorkers and tourists to relax and enjoy staying active in a judgment-free, welcoming, and uplifting environment.”

That uplifting and positive environment can provide as a good motivator to get to the gym. Their goal is to provide all the tools you need, so when you participate, you leave with more knowledge and experience along with a healthy lifestyle. Whether you’ve been exercising for years and want to try a new place, or you are not sure how or where to start your journey to creating a healthy lifestyle, BellaVita can help you.

A yoga class is held at BellaVita (Photo: Stephanie Hurtado)

“We believe that everyone is different and there is no ‘one size fits all,’ Steele said. “There is something for everyone and all levels.”

Her staff of fitness experts all have personal stories of how their own lives have been positively changed by living a healthy and fit lifestyle.

They are all so dedicated to spreading the BellaVita lifestyle and message, that they offer a variety of classes and programs, even venturing outside of the studio. Classes are offered in yoga, Zumba, pilates, strength conditioning, and more. One-on-one sessions are also offered; these classes focusing on meditation, life, physical training, health and nutrition. Because it’s not like your average gym or fitness studio, workshops and events are held, featuring with a goal to “educate and motivate their members.”

BellaVita also travels to special events, parties and corporate functions. If you’re a business owner and would like to reward your employees and help to create a stress-free environment, BellaVita instructors will go to the office to teach yoga classes. According to their website, workplace wellness programs increase employee morale by 56%. They say it also helps to improve your employees’ overall health, while reducing healthcare costs. Not to mention, it offers a nice break from the daily grind.

If you are interested in giving the BellaVita experience a shot, you can participate in one class of your choice for $20. A five class pack will cost you $85 and a 10 class pack costs $150. If you really get hooked, they also offer a three month class pack (for $240) as well as a monthly, unlimited membership for $99.

If you have little ones, they also have a special BellaVita Kids program that makes family time a healthy time. You can take a group family yoga class or sign up for a private class for your group. Their Get Movin’ BellaVita Kids program is “designed especially to help children with development and prepare them for a healthy future.” While these classes are held at the BellaVita studio, they also hold them at schools and daycares.

Through business partnerships around the city, they also provide a program for members to receive special discounts from the business partners.

The company strives to provide a welcoming and supportive environment and they are dedicated to what they do.You can find them open everyday except for Saturdays, offering classes at all times of the day and evening, so you will have a lot of options to pick from when signing up.

To learn more about the BellaVita Fitness & Wellness method and mission, you can keep up with them on their blog. For routine updates and news, they send a newsletter, which just requires a quick email signup on their site. They have an extensive website, which is quite fitting considering how many services they provide, where you can learn everything you need to know to start your healthy and fit lifestyle.

So, let this be your motivation to get off the couch and get out there to start a new, healthier lifestyle.