Raffa Yoga is not a standard yoga studio, which is apparent right away from its wide variety of yoga classes that range from consciousness-raising Prana flow to rockin' hip-hop yoga and trapeze-like, aerial antigravity yoga. During classes, percussionists tap out soothing drumbeats as students find their center. An oversize golden Buddha mural looks over the classroom, prompting students to contemplate spirituality and wonder if the real guy ever wanted to just take a day off work and take a nice long nap.
Raffa Yoga’s active relaxation center includes Urban Sweat, a stress retreat composed of 21 massage and treatment rooms and 6 heat-therapy rooms. The eco-friendly space soothes the senses with ingredients such as eucalyptus and yellow turmeric, which is known for its anti-inflammatory qualities.
After emerging from the studio’s Himalayan-salt grotto, guests can sip a healthy, hydrating beverage at the juice-cleanse bar. They can also browse the selection of accessories in the full-service yoga boutique.
At Mulligan's Island Golf & Entertainment, 60 covered hitting stalls look out onto 11 acres of target areas, a sprawling configuration that helped earn the facility a spot on Golf Range Magazine's 2011 list of top 100 ranges. Golfers can use the driving range's 20 heated stalls to practice during off-season months without worrying about cooler temperatures stiffening their swings, or they can invest in lessons that use digital teaching methods such as computerized swing analysis to lower handicaps. A USGA-rated course tests participants with nine holes of regulation-size golf, while an 18-hole pitch-and-putt short course and two mini-golf courses help golfers calibrate aspects of their short game. The practice mecca also tests swings at 10 batting cages that feed baseballs and softballs at adjustable speeds to suit both little leaguers and professionals fishing for compliments.
Legion Bowl & Billiards preserves retro entertainment with 18 duckpin bowling lanes, eight tournament-sized billiards tables, and ticket-spewing arcade games. The alley’s streamlined design hearkens to the tailfins of a 1957 Chevy Bel-Air or the cover art of a mid-century sci-fi novel. Traditional scoring projectors lend to the classic ambiance at the lanes, which fill with the clatter of scattering pins.
Television screens in the pool hall broadcast live coverage of New England sports teams, and the spitfire rasp of electric guitars occasionally cuts through from live musicians at the adjoining Legion Pub. The kitchen staff fires selections from a menu of burgers and grilled pizzas, which pair with draft beers or cocktails. On the alley’s outdoor deck, guests click together glasses or toss rocks at poets attracted by the breezy summer evenings.
Lively piano bar Powers Pub lubricates sticky throats with tasty mixed-drink specialties and wines so they can sing along with the rotating lineup of nearly nightly live music acts. Bartenders please liquor-likers with delightful cocktails such as the Good Night Kiss, a vanilla-vodka-based concoction with Lazzaroni and Copa de Oro liqueurs and crème de cocoa topped with whipped cream. Imbibers can fill up on the menu's enticing plates of honey-habanero wings ($7) or helpings of Queen's Envy pizza ($11), a walnut-and-basil pesto pie that coats shrimp with marinara purely to spite allergic female monarchs. Frequent Monday trivia nights test useless knowledge capacities, while a program of performers singer-songwrites an agreeable quaffing soundtrack.
Channeling ancient warrior spirits through a blend of physical fitness, character finesse, and Eastern philosophy, owner and 4th dan black belt Sasha Komocar guides students on mentally centered wellness programs in his 3,000-square-foot facility. Superior Tae Kwon Do is the first and only training center in the greater Providence area to host Cage Fitness—a system developed by nine-time UFC Welterweight Champion Matt Hughes that strengthens bodies with a no-contact discipline entrenched in the techniques of mixed martial arts. Each 30-minute class pulses on the energy of five five-minute rounds that build endurance, strength, power, core, and fruit-eating etiquette. Those looking for a more defensive brand of fitness can sharpen their skills at Systema training, a Russian martial art technique that develops practical self-defense skills with a fast learning curve. Elements of breathing, relaxation, posture, flexibility, and constant movement form the necessary foundation for engaging in hand-to-hand combat or deflecting dark-alley muggings from gangs of living statues. If you'd rather stick to Superior's namesake art of Korean kicking, a family membership grants the whole clan access to Superior Tae Kwon Do Academy's entire list of classes.
GolfTEC has two convenient locations in Charlotte, both staffed by experienced golfing professionals and computers who’ve sworn allegiance to the Three Laws of golfing robotics. Motion sensors and high-speed cameras monitor your swing and break down your form on a high-definition video display. GolfTEC’s PGA specialists point out your flaws, strengths, and coach you on how to permanently improve your game, from tee to green. Sensors chirp with approval when you’ve executed a perfect stroke or cracked an especially witty golfing joke.