Nine teachers. Twelve styles of classes. Seven days of class per week. Whether they’re expectant mothers, 7-year-old children, or lifelong power-yoga practitioners, yogis come to Om Yoga’s studio to practice their chosen ancient body-bending art. In each class, the instructors adhere to the eight-limbed philosophy of Ashtanga yoga, modifying the poses and stretches for students of all experience levels.
Many studios focus solely on two principles of yoga: asanas (poses) and pranayama (breath control). However, Om Yoga’s teachers focus on a practice that involves all eight aspects of this traditional art, which include such intangibles as morality, self-observation, and even the ability to control the senses, a helpful trick when staring into the sun while standing next to an angry skunk.
Carolina Pilates' dedicated fitness squad cultivates limb litheness with three exercise methods. Classes have a five-person maximum, so certified instructors can give personalized attention, foster a supportive atmosphere, and better guess shampoo scents in a wide variety of class settings. The All Levels Pilates Equipment class melds Pilates mat training and equipment to fortify core muscles and increase flexibility. Feel free to enact a balanced bod from head to fifth metatarsal in the one-hour Full-Body Weight Training class, or turn your arms into dependable levers with the Kettlebell Strength and Flexibility Training class. Check out the full schedule or book classes online here.
Instructors at The Painted Parrot take a lighthearted approach to painting. Each strives to empower budding artists with guidance and feedback but emphasize creative expression over technical form. Their studio space reinforces the cheerful, no-pressure vibe: green and blue walls peek out from beneath previous classes’ paintings, and the studio’s resident parrots, JoJo, Petie, and Ralphie, squawk out commands for crackers or deliver lectures on art history over the popping of BYOB bottle corks.
Signature service: Gallery, Gift Shop and Ceramic Studio
Staff Size: 1 person
Average Duration of Services: 2–4 hours
Pro Tip: Be ready to get dirty. and bring your choice of beverage and snacks for creativity breaks.
Sometimes it's all about the little things in life. What supplemental courtesies do you include with your main services to leave clients with a smile on their face?
Olive's makes sure that every piece made is as successfully as possible. The instructor provides individual attention as much as possible, giving the customer the confidence to complete a piece of artwork they will be proud of.
What's one tip for first-time customers that will make them feel like regulars?
Wear comfortable clothing that you do not care about. The products wash out, but black really shows the clay dust. You may be standing while working, so wear comfortable shoes.
When and how did you first develop a passion for your work?
I worked in advertising and graphic arts since the age of 18, soon moving towards the printing industry as a color specialist. Becoming a mom pushed me more in fine arts, first painting, then the past 15 years working in ceramics. It started with a weekly class to unwind from dealing with my wonderful children. It turns out that working with clay is natural for me. I enjoy three dimensional works, but I also enjoy painting from time to time.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
You may think that your are not artistic or creative, but Olive's is here to show you that you are. Everyone has the ability to create in "the puddle" at Olive's.
At Curves, exercisers of all fitness levels move around a circuit of hydraulic-resistance machines that have been designed to work with women's bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage machine-maneuvering and muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks, filling medicine balls with medicine, and losing your momentum, the hydraulic machines account for different body weights and fitness levels to create resistance that matches one's abilities, which thereby decreases the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
Rhythm Fitness pumps up the workout energy with enthusiastic instructors and an internationally inspired variety of cardio dance styles designed to shake shoes and sculpt physiques. One-hour Zumba classes tone bodies to the dynamic rhythms of Latin-inspired dance beats, inspiring students to spiritedly swing their hips and shout Shakespearean poetry in rapid cadence. Funky Fusion modifies traditional belly-dance techniques with a sassy soulfulness, fusing an ab-twisting assortment of maneuvers into fast-paced sessions that melt away the hours and pounds.