As a specialist in Thai massage, yoga instructor Kelly Zimmerman lauds yoga's ability to expunge toxins. During her hot-yoga classes, she cranks up room temperatures to up to 94 degrees, opening pores so students can sweat out heavy metals. She guides students of all skill levels through basic Vinyasa and meditative poses, fostering deep mind-body connections while the body flushes out foreign substances.
Splendora's Gelato Cafe specializes in authentic, artisanal Italian gelato and sorbetto. Each house-made batch of gelato emerges from a combination of simple ingredients including skim-milk powder, sugar, and hormone-free, locally sourced whole milk and heavy cream. Splendora’s feeds fresh, frosty mounds with ground nuts, cocoa powder, pure vanilla, and fruit purées to create the variety of flavor options available each day. Harken back to the treat’s European origins with hazelnut and dulce de leche, or let pistachio and salted caramel press tongues firmly into the winter season. A selection of dairy-free sorbetto such as mango caters to tropical longings and lactose-less needs. Available flavors vary daily.
The team at VIP Customs enhances cars with assorted gadgets, from high-tech speakers to remote-control starters ideal for wintry days. VIP also repairs cosmetic damage, such as dented bumpers and paint scratches. If clients' cars have been bunged by backing through their living room, VIP Customs can also help home interiors, offering a line of custom home-theater services. Techs can mount flat-screen TVs, run cables for home ethernet, and install entire surround-sound systems with iPod integration.
Two-time winner of C-Ville Weekly's Best Yoga Studio and Teacher award, Bikram Yoga Charlottesville seeks to work every muscle, organ, tendon, ligament, gland, and nerve inside the rigid bulk of human mass entering its doors through a series of 26 sweltering poses and vigorous breathing exercises. As stiff muscles begin to elongate and strengthen, the room softly heats up to 105-plus degrees, the temperature at which greeting cards are written. Classes are 90 minutes of sweat-inducing extension designed to rejuvenate the body and improve a multitude of the body's functions.