At Yoga Shelter, you won't hear esoteric chants echoing through the halls or meditation music reverberating from rock-shaped speakers. That's because founder Eric Paskel wants to make yoga accessible for all students, whether they're searching for inner peace or a more toned bod. Hip hop, dance, soul, chill, contemporary, and classic music accompanies all classes, ranging from Yoga Rocks, which focuses on sequenced postures, to Fusion, a blend of faster- and slower-moving classes. There is no hierarchy of classes; each 60- to 75-minute session is open to all skill levels. As Paskel himself puts it on his about page, “What's different about us is that we admit we have issues, we know we have work to do—if you can relate to that, you'll love this place.”
At Mordent Music, 10-year teaching veteran Stephanie Teller calls upon her experiences as a schoolteacher and professional concert pianist as she shares her passion for tickling keys with aspiring Chopins of all ages and skill levels. During half-hour or longer piano lessons, Teller beckons proteges over to a rich, resonant baby grand to learn how to play contemporary pop, country, or hip-hop songs as well as more traditional classical music. Teller instructs younger pupils through lively games and creative exercises, and challenge older, more serious students with the Royal Conservatory of Music curriculum, which elevates piano proficiency through written study and a regimen of 100 finger pushups a day.
The experienced yogis at Bikram Yoga Grosse Pointe lead students through 26 poses and two breathing exercises in a heated room, a practice designed to prompt a cleansing sweat as pupils center, strengthen, and lengthen muscles. In classes held seven days a week in the morning, afternoon, and evening, students sweat out toxins and test the authenticity of their Hypercolor T-shirts while performing body-bending exercises under the watchful eye of Bikram Yoga Grosse Pointe's skilled instructors. Sessions last 90 minutes, and Bikram Yoga Grosse Pointe welcomes all students in spite of age, skill level, body type, or history of unpaid parking tickets. Students who don't have their own yoga mat can rent, purchase, or weave one at the studio.
At Dylan’s, customers find themselves contemplating a generous spread of entrees and tapas, sushi, and an extensive wine list. For starters, patrons can slurp a bowl of clam chowder ($7) or chomp on single pieces of red-snapper (tai, $3), bluefin-tuna (toro, $8), or squid (ika, $2.75) sushi, then transition to a plate of lobster mac 'n' cheese ($8) or flash-fried coconut shrimp with pepper jelly ($11). After a sweet helping of Japanese– inari tofu-vegetable rolls (6 pieces, $5) or a squid-and-octopus tako salad ($7.50), omnivorous eaters can set their appetites at ease with a serving of beef-tenderloin tips tossed with whole-wheat pasta ($20), a 12-piece sashimi combination plate ($22.50) served with sushi rice, or a platter of frog legs ($15) in hot-pink leotards. Clogged body pipes can then be flushed with a glass of Cartlidge & Browne sauvignon blanc ($9), Latour chardonnay ($7), or Montoya pinot noir ($9).
Under the passionate tutelage of Anne Hunt, students at Creativity! untangle artistic inhibition to craft textural masterpieces during fibre-rich workshops. Interested pupils can reserve a spot among five others in two weaving workshops ($75 each), wherein colourful fabrics and yarn entwine to create a woven piece that's suitable for gifts or hiding leftover pizza under. Popular classes include hand-woven bowls, hand-woven life purse, and hand-woven amulet. Pupils master the basics of pattern design while working with a supply kit included with the course. When the weather is nice, Anne likes to move the small assembly outdoors to the banks of the Belle River, where tranquility seeps into participants’ pores at a rate paralleled only by bathing in paraffin wax.
The buttery smell of freshly popped corn, the waves of excited whispers, and the dimming of the lights blend into a sensory symphony of anticipation before each film at Lakeshore Cinemas. Then the darkness settles and the screen lights up in silver, bathing awestruck audiences in the 2-D and 3-D sights of first-run blockbusters whose actors have just been taken out of their packaging. Yet despite its lengthy roster of recently released flicks, Lakeshore still embraces old favourites. Occasionally the screens pay homage to the history of film by showing classics. The theatre also steps up its celebratory power for birthday bashes that dish up pizza in a party room or entice gamers with Xbox game play on an auditorium’s massive screen.