The stylists at Shear Heaven Salon don't view their dos as occasional indulgences but as an essential part of long-term haircare. Therefore, they concern themselves with both in-salon services and the time between them, supplying clients with a wealth of merchandise and aftercare tips. These guidelines help preserve the meticulous cuts and colors that occur at their stations. The staff members readily take on texturizing challenges—they're certified to smooth away frizz with Brazilian Blowout formulas, and their beach-wave perms capture a tousled look that doesn't involve a full day of somersaulting. Brands such as Aloxxi, Global Keratin, Macadamia, and Surface assist in crafting updated looks, and Babe extensions elongate natural locks.
Shear Heaven's new location inside Karizma Threading Salon also showcases a barbershop menu. On Monday and Wednesday, licensed barber Miguel Gomez trims hair, thwarts stubble with a straight razor, and soothes cheeks with hot towels.
As the sun sets over The Mat Yoga Studio, practitioners can step inside to the new, spacious studio where they can enjoy the renowned Karma Yoga Happy Hour, a free quarterly event open to the entire community features a live DJ spinning a yoga-friendly playlist on his mixing board. Each happy hour brings newcomers and seasoned vets together, with a local teacher leading lessons and a donated spread of food and wine building community camaraderie.
Outside the happy hours, the studio continues the good vibrations with classes held seven days a week, a dedication to tranquility which earned it a mention from The Richardson Award Program’s Best of Richardson in 2012. Typically open to all skill levels, some sessions focus on the graceful sequences of Vinyasa Flow; others center on deep stretching or meditation, which clears the mind more safely than holding a vacuum cleaner up to your ear. Dedicated practitioners can further hone their craft in Advanced Yoga Studies sessions, which together comprise a full, 200-hour yoga teacher training course.
No matter the fitness level or experience of their charges, the coaches of North Dallas CrossFit ask only that they give their all. Some of that comes from owner Darrell Taylor, an active triathelete, marathoner, and CrossFit coach. The crew of seven trainers have a combined 18 years of experience in CrossFit. With the CrossFit system, workouts scale to individual abilities, ensuring everyone completes their routines and stays the course. Through a varied cross-training regimen, the instructors employ functional-movement exercises that ready classes for all physical activities and work all muscles for complete fitness. To promote ideal health, they also recommend a diet of greens, lean meat, nuts, and seeds while leaving out starch as much as possible and eliminating sugar. North Dallas CrossFit's corporate wellness and yoga program also helps incorporate physical fitness into the office, where many people spend a large portion of their week, and bolster morale as well.
No one is born into yoga, not even yoga instructors. Having entered into their practice gradually is something many of The Yoga Factory’s instructors have in common, and something they bring to their classes: an empathy that everyone starts at the beginning. They’re serious about welcoming people of all experience levels, and to meet that goal, they cultivate a friendly, supportive atmosphere throughout their 60-, 75-, and 90-minute classes. Weekly basics classes also help get beginners up to speed and address fundamentals, such as alignment and yoga-mat origami. Throughout the year, the center also hosts workshops that blend knowledge about meditation and nutrition within a support group-style structure.
Students should bring: Bottled water, body, breath and stress that we leave on the trail
Average class length: 60-90 minutes
Number of Staff: 1–5 people
Class location: Outdoors only
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Pro Tip: Exercise, physical balance, breathing deeply and living deeply come together during these classes,
Certified trainer, AJ Tucker, acquired myriad methods of staying fit while playing college football, training for jui jitsu, and during his four-year service with the U.S. Army. Today, he molds all that experience into a three-day-a-week boot camp that incorporates strength straining, a specialty class such as boxing, and a session designed for fun where participants buddy-up and complete a more light-hearted session of exercises. He also offers private boot camps that can be held at the office, school, or front yard.