Eco Fitness and Blue Turtle Yoga’s fleet of trainers and instructors believe that the best way to lead people to a sustainable, healthy lifestyle, is to point them toward as many routes as possible. To that end, they keep an impressive schedule of classes that includes yoga, cycling, barre, group fitness, and personal training. To give parents peace of mind during workouts, and to let youngsters blow off steam, Eco Fitness invites kids to romp through the 4,400 square-foot kids towne. There, children ages 8–12 shake off calories, excess energy, and clingy imaginary friends in bounce castles, play tag, and work on arts and crafts.
Seeking Indigo's staff curates a collection of progressive and holistic healing treatments aimed at rejuvenating its clientele. The Migun thermal massage beds—which host a mash-up of several relaxation therapies, including acupuncture, heat therapy, throwing a cell phone into a waterfall, and chiropractics—infuse aching anatomies with toasty stress alleviation. A one-hour introductory time-out in the hyperbaric chamber sends oxygen to the body's cellular systems, efficaciously renewing cells. Guests can cap off the spa day with an hour on the amethyst bio mat, made up of crushed amethyst crystals that simultaneously vibrate and heat the body during a salutary massage that can increase your metabolism and detoxify cells.
Though built only in 2011, the nonprofit Redux Contemporary Art Center’s new 12,000-square-foot facility stays bustling all year, hosting six to eight free exhibitions in two galleries. After taking in the artwork, visitors can attend numerous free events, such as artist talks, film screenings, panels, and concerts. More than 100 classes foster artistic inclinations throughout the year as local qualified instructors help students master disciplines such as painting, drawing, and printmaking.
Redux's galleries stay full thanks in part to its 22 private artist studios, which accommodate emerging and mid-career artists with up to 240 square feet of creative space. Twenty-four-hour studio passes grant access to Redux’s darkroom, print studio, and woodshop. To encourage a sense of community, artists can participate in quarterly critiques, attend visiting-artist lectures, and debate their studio neighbors on artistic controversies such as whether Michelangelo’s David is as good as the earlier one he sculpted from Play-Doh.
Divers clad in tanks and fins plunge beneath the water's surface. As their eyes adjust to the submerged world, they start to recognize the telltale outline of a sunken subway car, but its once-metallic exterior is almost unrecognizable as it's now covered with colorful coral. A school of spadefish scatters as scuba divers move in closer and begin to uncover the mystery of the Atlantic's depths. The team at Charleston Scuba's PADI five-star instructor development center helps moments like these unfold. Experienced divers lead classes for ages 8 and up, introducing essential scuba skills and the safety techniques needed to shoe a seahorse. During advanced courses, instructors hone in on specialties such as deep-river diving. The staff also facilitates underwater breathing with an in-house repair department and retail store.For chartered voyages, a Coast Guard–certified captain ushers divers into the Trinity—an Island Hopper custom-built for diving and equipped with showers and first aid amenities. The ship's crew navigates the vessel toward reefs and submerged wreckage. They also help passengers snag above-water sights such as flocks of wild rubber duckies during custom harbor cruises.
Jeffrey Cohen and Andrea Boyd know that yoga's lessons stretch far beyond the reach of the studio mat. By applying Jivamukti tenets to all aspects of their lives, these advanced certified teachers endorse continual compassion, self-awareness, and Satsang—the practice of gathering with those who inspire you. Beneath their physical teachings lie lessons on character, which promote behaviors such as humility and compassion. They also demonstrate the power of generosity by holding annual "Help Send a Student to Teacher Training" fundraisers. As they strive to extend yoga's core values into their everyday lives, they and their students hope to become "agents of change in the world," an underlying goal highlighted in their 2008 Yoga Journal feature.
This holistic approach to yoga is evident in their classes, in which they blend breath work, meditation, chanting, and philosophy into innovative formats. They fuel posing sessions with soundtracks that range from Led Zeppelin riffs to spoken-word stanzas and use hands-on assists to support guests who suddenly decide to crowd-surf.
Growing up in Brooklyn, John Madden cultivated an eclectic set of musical tastes, from rock and blues to jazz and classical. He picked up performance chops at an early age by forming his own bands, which he complemented with formal training by studying jazz and contemporary music in college. Upon moving to Charleston, Madden narrowed his focus on teaching and performing guitar and bass. He estimates that in the 15 years since he held his first strumming lesson, he's taught hundreds of students—many of whom have gone on to perform locally and win scholarships to study music at the college level or with rare tropical songbirds.