In 1947, a Bedouin goat herder near Israel's Dead Sea stumbled upon several caves filled with ancient parchment hidden in clay jars. These deceptively simple containers contained an earth-shattering treasure: 1,350 separate records of biblical texts, hymns, and prayers that represent nearly every book in the Hebrew scriptures. Not long after their miraculous discovery, these records would gain the name they're known by today: the Dead Sea Scrolls. Located within the Southwestern Seminary campus, the Dead Sea Scrolls & the Bible exhibition showcases 21 fragments of the original scrolls, at least 12 of which have only been seen privately until now. Curators supplement the scrolls with items such as a 20-foot-long facsimile of the book of Isaiah—one of only 12 in existence—and original tools used during the scrolls' excavation in the 1950s. At the Qumran Simulated Dig Site, Ph.D. students help visitors put such tools to work as they excavate 2,000-year-old potsherds.
Inside Brandt Fitness's facility, skilled trainers and yogis offer neglected bodies upgrades to better shapes. Bend and stretch during basic Hatha or Vinyasa flow yoga to achieve nimble nirvana or practice knot mimicry for victorious rounds of sailor charades. Alternatively, introduce youngsters to the limb-limbering world of karate with kid-focused martial-arts classes that guide students through a sweat-inducing tapestry of kicks, punches, and grappling techniques. Although self-defense is an aspect of the classes, the main focus is self-discipline and confidence, which children will need to navigate upcoming years of academics, self-discovery, and offers to join supervillain guilds.
Under the watchful guidance of founder and yogi Brynn Byrne, the dedicated instructors at Elemental Yoga: North Texas Yoga Therapy help students boost core strength and detoxify bodily systems with their schedule of yoga classes. Classes vary based on skill level and intensity, with meditative flow easing practitioners into centering poses and advanced posture sessions helping seasoned students progress on their yogic journeys. No matter the class, instructors embrace the tenets of holistic healing, crafting sessions that can improve respiration, sharpen mental faculties, and restore energy lost during attempts to power the television with a stationary bike.
At Soulflame Pottery, artists and devoted clay enthusiasts Roy Odom and Cindi Wills impart their passions for the craft by way of pottery classes and creations of their own. Open to anyone aged 10 and older, the facility keeps its classes small and intimate. That scaled-down design allows for plenty of one-on-one instruction, and enables students to explore both hand-building and wheel-throwing methods while working on custom projects. Roy and Cindi's own pieces include carved porcelain, sculptures, and functional items, such as serving bowls and a time-out chair for unruly students.
Functioning as both a school and a gallery, SiNaCa Studios not only showcases the work of glass artists, but introduces the centuries-old art form to students of all ages. Founded by local artisans, the non-profit works with the community to add a new facet to a burgeoning art scene, teaming up with other non-profits and teaching classes—including youth programs—at various facilities. Interested parties can enroll in a variety of glass classes. These include glass-blowing and kiln forming, the most achievement-minded uses of hot air since Neil Armstrong lied about having lunar citizenship.
Urban Yoga's team of attentive instructors guide students through more than 40 yoga, barre, Nia, and meditation classes in a welcoming environment. The studio's robust schedule encourages seasoned yogis, newbies, and energetic sloths to find their footing. In Nia, barefoot practitioners adapt 52 movements to their own fitness level, taking cues from an instructor and ethereal music as they glide through the movements culled from various martial arts, healing, and dance traditions and sequenced to tightly tether body and mind. Therapeutic flow classes that encourage body awareness through carefully paced Vinyasa flows and a relaxing final wind down to help students build a safe and fulfilling practice. In Yin & Restorative Yoga, students hold poses for three to five minutes to stretch the connective tissues in the hips, pelvis, and spine, which can help lubricate tight joints. For a more dynamic workout, barre classes challenge muscles with a combination of Pilates core conditioning with ballet barre work to help pupils sculpt toned abdominals and lithe limbs, whereas Roots & Beyond sessions include informative discussions about yoga and 30 minutes of guided meditation.