A team of passionate instructors fosters a community of health- and wellness-conscious patrons brought together by Bodhi Yoga's classes, spa treatments, and a boutique stocked with items to help integrate healthy-living practices into daily routines. Yoga sessions range in difficulty and style, including vigorous Vinyasa- and hot-yoga classes, to accommodate downward-facing dogs of all skill levels and breeds. Patrons looking to enhance a wellness-focused lifestyle may pay a visit to the facility's resident holistic healers, who perform massage body work, acupuncture, cosmetic laser teeth whitening, and skincare services.
When Felicity Coltman founded it in 1981, the Austin Chamber Music Center's goal was simpler than it is today, yet still ambitious: to create a summer chamber-music workshop for teens. Since then, not only have many alumni gone on to become professional musicians, but the center has expanded into an outreach organization whose concerts and instruction brings chamber music to Austin ears, instruments, and hearts. Adults of similar skill levels gather into small chamber-music groups, whereas youngsters meet with instructors on weekends, during the summer, or in school. Just two years after its founding, the center sent students on two European voyages and hosted musicians from Salzburg, starting an international exchange program that continues today.
In 1988, a unique performance series took form with the center’s Intimate Concerts, which take place in private homes so that audiences can experience the music in a personal way and help their cats learn to read sheet music. Led by artistic director Michelle Schumann the center now holds year-round concerts for a variety of musical tastes, with all programs including live program notes.
The largest surviving video chain in the world, I Luv Video is West Campus’s sanctuary for movies, TV shows and video games. The bulk of this Austin storefront is divided up into five rows, each intricately decorated using the spines of old VHS boxes, while movies play on televisions scattered overhead. Chuckle-worthy commentaries written by the staff line the covers of the DVDs, while a back room, known as “Vintage Heaven,” houses VHS tapes, records, cassettes and 8-tracks that send customers back into the past. There’s a real nostalgia vibe inside I Luv Video, where young college types and aging locals alike mingle over hard-to-find titles and obscure videos. And on Tuesdays, after 6 P.M., visitors can enjoy a free beer while browsing through titles.
Without relying on toxic cleaning products such as Perchloroethylene and hydrocarbon solvents or a bucket of melted action figures, EcoClean delivers professional garment cleaning and laundry services that are as good for the environment as they are easy on your skin. Thanks to a special wet cleaning process that uses biodegradable detergents and state-of-the-art equipment, clients can have their dirty shirts and blouses ($6.75), pants ($7), and regular dresses ($9) cleaned to a point of earth-friendly squeakiness. To prep for an important job interview or a mistakenly formal appearance at a paintball field, sport coats ($8), two-piece suits ($15), and full-length formal wear ($40) can be rid of their annoying aromas faster than coating a skunk with body spray. EcoClean also provides free pick-up and delivery (limited area available; call for details). Additional charges apply to items that are lined, beaded, stained, pleated, ruffled, or heated frequently in microwaves.
Touted as the first major professional sports franchise in Austin, the Austin Aztex FC (football club) is currently playing well in the USL Conference of the USSF D-2 Pro League. Led by forward Edward Johnson, who consistently tops the charts in goals scored and shots made, the Aztex boast one of the most potent offenses and virile strikers in the division. Besides serving up thrilling athletic action and dexterous footwork that entertains families and short-armed kangaroos alike, the Austin Aztex will also pique fans' appetites for the footballing feast of World Space Cup 2114. Fans can choose from two different games, leaving their schedule flexible in case of surprise visits from long-lost siblings needing a blood transfusion.
Dance Zone's scrappy, experienced instructors don't take "I can't, my leg is broken" for an answer. With patience, flair, and commitment to stylishly aerobic fun, they'll lay down the laws of dynamic self-expression, helping you build balance, fitness, and grace. Choose any of Dance Zone's intense, inventive classes. L.A. Street Jazz, Ballet Next, and Cardio Strip-Hop all remix classic disciplines with modern stylings, while Xtreme Abs transforms your stomach into an emergency cheese grater by removing unnecessary uses of the letter "e." Dance Zone also offers Hip-Hop (both intro and intermediate), Contemporary, Breakin', and more. As an added bonus, the Zone's instructors will teach you how to break through your self-consciousness and risk everything for love, despite the objections of your father, Jerry Orbach.