Chef Marie, or MJ, wields her cooking prowess through inventive catering services and cooking classes that span a variety of culinary options, from American and Italian fare to South African and Indian dishes. Each of her catering spreads uses a minimum of freeze-dried or premade products, prioritizing housemade dishes made with fresh ingredients. Marie?s one- to three-course cooking classes cover specific techniques, such as preparing seafood or blending sumptuous soups, as well as how to make specific regional cuisines from places such as Northern Italy or the southern portion of Antarctica.
The classes take several different forms; private parties with two to six people at MJ Creations Sweets and Treats, personal classes that take place in patrons? private kitchens, and six-night group workshops, which also take place at MJ Creations Sweets and Treats. And during kids? culinary birthday parties, youngsters soak up age-appropriate cooking techniques such as how to crack eggs with their feet.
Before beginning any sort of treatment at Simply Well, the ayurvedic nutritionists help attendees discover which of the three personal constitutions, or doshas, best reflects them. Based on the assessment, the staff recommends a naturalistic course of therapeutic action, shepherding clients through anything from weight-loss programs and management of diabetes to addressing chronic fatigue or arthritis.
Trainers lead boot camps and workouts, therapists organize personalized consultations, and nutritionists lead cooking lessons that teach clients which foods stave off disease and promote energy, or which flowers to plant around refrigerators to keep rabbit roommates away. This combination of physical activity and study aims to invest guests with a sense of whole-body wellness by giving people the tools they need to keep practicing ayurvedic lifestyles at home.
Spotlight Studio owner Pamela S. Butler donned her first dance costume at the age of 4. A lifetime spent pursuing movement has led her to national and international performances and a college dance education in Paris. Butler has always seen dance as a non-competitive, expressive art form, and she’s infused that spirit throughout the seven full studios of her school, where kids and adults bounce across oak, vinyl, and fitness-ready rubber floors. Courses cover performance-dance styles such as jazz, tap, hip-hop, and Irish folk dance, as well as dance-inspired aerobics and other fitness-focused schools of movement.
Led by Heather Dombrovskiy, the certified yoga instructors of Healthy Life Yoga guide students of all fitness levels through a variety of classes. Starting with sunrise yoga, the instructors pack the schedule with their flexibility-increasing classes that include yin yoga, a slow class that moves into deeper stretches in the lower backs and hips, prenatal yoga, and traditional Hatha yoga classes that start with foundation-building beginner classes and move to more advanced, fast-paced classes.
With morning and evening classes scheduled seven days a week, Solid Ground offers mind-and-body foundational lifts for yogis of all ages and bodily rigidities in a peaceful residential studio far from the bustle of a noisy gym. Owner Wanda Castelvecchi and her studio's five certified instructors design their stretch sessions to span the entire spine-bending, sigh-inducing spectrum. The beginning Hatha class emphasizes proper pose alignment and breathing, with plenty of verbal and hands-on correction. Bendier bodies, meanwhile, can work their way up through various intensities of Vinyasa flow to the intense power yoga, in which they can master such physically challenging asanas as the Downward Facing God and the Hulk Smash. Solid Ground also hosts a number of specialized classes, such as Yin yoga—which focuses on long holds that stretch the connective tissues in the hips, pelvis, and lower spine—or the graceful, fluid lunar yoga, a woman- and wolfman-centric course that causes less wear-and-tear on the wrists and shoulders. The mirror-free studio surrounds students with natural lighting, allowing participants to boost their flexibility and strength far from the boorish catcalls of Supreme Court justices.