Since 1996, fitness guru Chanelle Neilson has shaped bodies into acrobatic lawn ornaments, and on March 1 of this year, she opened Balanced Life Yoga to cater to the pose-deprived denizens of Beaumont. Connect body and mind without the use of kite string with a 10-class punch card, which grants access to relaxation and family yoga sessions taught in the flowing Vinyasa method. Up to 45 human paperclips twist and turn in dizzying synchronization during classes that last between 30 and 60 minutes, with three morning workout opportunities offered per week and additional classes forthcoming. Balanced Life Yoga’s padded floors comfortably support downward-facing dogs and sideways-rolling armadillos, and yoga mats may be brought from home or borrowed from the studio.
Named after the colorful bracelets that jangle on the wrists of many Indian women, Ruby’s Bangles gives its patrons an opportunity to partake in ancient Eastern beauty rituals. In the spa, aestheticians use eyebrow threading techniques inspired by Egyptian beauty rituals to remove unwanted hair. Skilled henna artists can transform hands and feet with dramatic plant-ink designs. The store's boutique boasts a wide selection of Indian-inspired jewelry, including bindis, necklaces, bangles, and hip chains for belly dancing or keeping prank-prone jeans from running away.
Anytime Fitness, which boasts more than 1,800 clubs in North America, makes it easier for average folks to etch out time for exercise by doing one simple thing: staying open 24 hours a day for 365 days a year. As fitness seekers challenge themselves on cardio and Hammer Strength machines and hoist Iron Grip free weights in clean, well-stocked facilities, security monitoring ensures they?re safe and producing enough sweat to meet official government standards. Members can also ramp up their exercise regimens with the help of Anytime Fitness?s staff of personal trainers, who demonstrate moves and sling motivating tips. After workouts, guests can shower in the private restrooms or hop into one of the tanning booths available 24 hours a day.
Melanie Ramiro's work isn't all about airbrushed Hollywood glamour. "I probably find more beauty in the primal nature of things than in an artificially created façade," she explained to Steve Robles, a former coworker. This devotion to realness is evident in the work she's done with women from all walks of life—including single moms, married women, and breast cancer survivors. No matter the clientele, Melanie caters her shoot to individual visions, be they sweet—filled with softly lit, high angle shots of women in classic pinup poses or tangled in sheets—or sultry, featuring darker lighting, higher contrast, and a larger dose of femme fatale. "I like my work to tease and tempt but never give it all away," she says, and her work achieves this through the use of plain backdrops, minimal props, keeping the focus solely on her subjects. As a former dancer and acrobat, Melanie's eye is naturally drawn to interesting lines and flattering poses, a skill that helps women of all shapes and sizes feel comfortable in front of the camera. "I want my images to be show-stoppers," she exclaims, "I want people to be breathless for a moment when they first see them. I want a strong reaction."
The ASE master-certified automotive technicians at Bud’s Automotive keep cars and trucks cruising smoothly with fix-it services for every part of the vehicle. The team employs computer diagnostic equipment before performing maintenance and repairs on car parts such as the engine, brakes, and transmission, thereby reducing the possibility of human error or a cyborg uprising. As a courtesy to customers, the gang doles out free light and brake inspections every Wednesday.