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Pole Positions

Jessica Gaus, PoleFly Aerial Fitness

There’s a stigma surrounding pole dancing—as though it’s an inherently indecent act, performed only in dark, seedy rooms by clothes-shedding performers for the benefit of watchers waving bills. …

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Touch Base

Amanda Anatra of Experience Ananda

In the 1960s, psychologist Sidney Jourard did a little anecdotal research. Sitting in various cafes at various times in various parts of the world, he counted the number of times two people sharing coffee would touch one another during the …

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Cough Medicine

New Haven Hospital circa 1905

“Consumption.”

If you wanted to strike fear into the heart of the average New Havener circa 1870, you need only have uttered the word. The disease took the lives of at least 190 citizens that year—mostly …

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Friends in Knead

Henna covering her hands like gloves, Marissa Gandelman had just returned from Kurukshetra, India. Recovering from the 10.5-hour time difference, her jet lag lingered, but talking with me about her massage therapy …

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Working Out

Spinning isn’t a ride in the park. You pedal a weighted flywheel, grunting, sweating, gasping. Blasts of high-energy music pump up your adrenaline. You push as hard as you can, moving nowhere, while someone at the front …

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Shaping Up

Christina Yaworowski and Drew Lewis outside Active Wellness Boutique Fitness

It’s a new year and perhaps, as they say, a ‘new you.’ Across the city, resolutions focused on maintaining regular workouts and better diets are about to be met by one of two things: abandonment, or action.…

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Air Show

A young woman in black and grey, with long brown locks tied back into a braid, is rising stepwise into the air. Torso muscles rippling, she hoists herself up sheets of chartreuse nylon fastened to a…

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Game Changer

Julie Greenwood, Squash Haven

Squash is a lot like tennis, only… squashed. The court is less than a third the size, and instead of having separate sides, opponents have to share every inch of the playing surface. The time between shots is condensed,…

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Beat It

Kelly Turner Cole of The C.H.A.I.N. Fund

Kelly Turner Cole spent two decades serving the public as a New Haven police officer. Eventually becoming a trainer of new recruits, before that she spent years policing the Beaver Hills area.…

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Bottom Line

Janet Stolfi Alfano of The Diaper Bank

You’ve heard of food banks to help those in need. How about The Diaper Bank?

Originally founded in New Haven by Joanne Goldblum and now operating mostly out of a modest, no-frills warehouse…

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