Owner Cassandra Lidin oversees Spirit Path Yoga and Wellness's staff of instructors and therapists as they dole out doses of holistic well-being through educational workshops, body treatments, and assorted yoga classes. Smooth exhalations drift from poised students in the studio’s two yoga practice areas: a central studio, whose playfully green-hued walls and forgiving cork flooring span 1,000 square feet of space, and a more intimate sister studio, where groups of students gather for smaller classes and workshops. After sessions, students change, shower, or reapply makeup to smudged faces drawn on yoga mats in clean, simple changing rooms. Certified practitioners bustle past, moving to reach deep-seated tension and reduce physical discomfort in acupuncture sessions and massages.
Wielding extensive treatment knowhow for auto accident and whiplash after-effects, doctor of chiropractic Robert Wheeler deftly pushes backbones into equilibrium with noninvasive services. Before recommending treatment, an initial exam scouts over spines to find the source of aches and disruptive creaking sounds that can’t be helped by a squeeze from an oiling can. Dr. Wheeler then consults with clients to chart a course of preventative and pain-ousting treatments, which can involve ultrasound, electrical stimulation, and massage or laser therapy. Finally, chiropractic adjustments ease cheeky vertebrae back into line, potentially reducing soreness and future pain.
Hillside Music's savvy instructors fill inquiring noggins with the know-how to channel rock, classical, pop, and folk styles while shredding on one of more than 12 different instruments, including piano, guitar, and violin. One-on-one lessons, offered for students ages 4 and up, eliminate tensions that may arise between multiple students who want to name their guitar Steve. Musical mavens tailor lessons to the appropriate pace and musical interests of each pupil, focusing on student-selected songs as opposed to the curriculum proposed in Beethoven's instructional DVDs.
Ron Niebrugge was 12 years old when his family relocated from San Diego to Alaska, where they settled in what is now Wrangell–St. Elias National Park. The move had a profound effect on the young boy. He fell in love with the scenery and the wildlife around him, and he soon took an interest in photographing it. In the subsequent decades, Niebrugge has become an accomplished nature photographer with a glowing client list. National Geographic's glossy pages have showcased his shots, the National Park Service assigned him to shoot Kenai Fjords National Park, and Runner's World once sent him scuttling up a 3,000-foot mountain. Even Walt Disney World® Theme Parks have commissioned his work, as have the Smithsonian, airlines, and luxury resorts.
Like a kid who just found out he's going to space camp, Niebrugge likes to share his knowledge with others. During his one-day and multiday photo trips, which he sometimes supplements with seminars, he leads photographers into close proximity of whales and grizzly bears. One trip even went all the way to the Antarctic peninsula.
The consortium of professional instructors at Fred Astaire Dance Studio, which was cofounded by the legendary toe tapper himself, shepherds students of all ages and skill levels through lessons that span the style spectrum. Low-pressure private sessions allow enthusiastic teachers to fine-tune individual students' techniques and form, using their expert eyes and mechanical dancing shoes preprogrammed to do the Charleston. Patrons can learn how to cavort through classic waltz and fox-trot romps or swivel through the modern steps of salsa, swing, or samba. For dancers hoping to hoof it up in a social setting, the group practice parties provide a one-night extravaganza of instruction, demonstrations, and amateur firewalking.