At the age of 14, Baltimore Yoga Village founder Anjali Sunita traveled to India, where she discovered the joys of simple living mixed with the sorrows of yearning for a greater purpose. After years of expanding her education and worldview through reading and the guidance of a college mentor, Anjali found peace within the rigid discipline and spiritual focus of a South Indian ashram. Soon setting her mind to sharing the physical and mental benefits of yoga with others, she taught in private homes and underserved schools before opening her own pair of studios known collectively as Baltimore Yoga Village.
There, a team of certified yoga instructors oversees a supportive community dedicated to peace, health, and spiritual growth. Whereas many studios’ teachers spend too much time teaching students to knit their own mats, Baltimore Yoga Village’s programs focus on the ancient practice of Hatha yoga, which includes deep breathing techniques, yoga postures with attention to physical alignment, and guided relaxation. The staff also leads regular workshops in a variety of topics, from Thai-yoga bodywork to meditation through devotional songs.
The guides of Adventures Out West—currently celebrating its 40th year of tours—have created scenic jaunts through Colorado and Arizona that deposit participants directly into the most beautiful parts of the local geography. Whether taking a segway tour or a jeep tour with knowledgeable guides, soaring over snowcapped mountains from the basket of a hot-air balloon or ziplining over lush forested cliffs, patrons get a chance to interact firsthand with all of nature's local sights, sounds, and whoopee-cushion gags.
Like a trip to the all-you-can-dance buffet, Jazzercise incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, and air-busting kickboxing. In 60 minutes of class, participants of all ages and levels will benefit from improving their cardio, strength, and flexibility while burning off up to 500 calories and improving their chances of impressing Kevin Bacon at a celebrity dance-a-thon. Dancing with the Stars two-time champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of Jazzercise’s improvisational workouts, but clients won’t need her encyclopedic knowledge of flashy footwork and spirit-fingered dance moves to get the most out of each class. Those prone to first-class jitters can review the basic moves before their shimmy session.
Over the course of a decorated golf career that stretches back to 1975, Jim McLean has demonstrated a remarkable ability for self-expansion. After a playing career highlighted by two U.S. Open Championship qualifications, he went on to design acclaimed golf courses and even developed trademarked instructional apparatuses that help players develop correct swing mechanics. However, perhaps his greatest accomplishment is founding his eponymous golf school at SunRidge Canyon Golf Course.
The school has become a proving ground for his tried-and-true instructional philosophies, enabling him to help thousands of golfers improve their game and even landing him gigs as the Editor of Instruction at two of the foremost golf media outlets: Golf Digest and The Golf Channel. Lessons—conducted by Jim's hand-picked instructors—help players hone swing components such as setup, grip, and posture, while taking into account the physical attributes of each student. The game is then broken down into four parts: the long game, the short game, the course management game, and the mental/emotional game. Taken together, the approach can help players master every obstacle to on-course success, from difficulties with putting to consoling a bawling playing partner.
"Unity in motion." That's the motto of SYNCD-N owners Howard and Dawn Lindsay, and it's not lip service—it's literal. That's because the husband-and-wife duo deal exclusively in tandem bicycles. "Riding a tandem bicycle requires a team to communicate thoroughly, to trust each other...and to lean on one another when one team member gets tired," they share on their website. This shines through in both their commitment to each other—which has been strengthened since they took up the sport—and to their customers, to whom they offer trial rides. The rides familiarize the customers with the skills necessary for navigating a bicycle together, from peddling in sync to leaning in the same direction in order to dodge puddles full of tears from lonely unicyclists.