Rowena Brown wakes with a start, bracing herself for the wave of pain created by severe carpal tunnel and debilitating fibromyalgia that had stolen her sleep for years. But the pain doesn’t come. She shakes her head, amazed, again, at the pain's absence. After years of ineffective treatments, it took only six months of Bikram yoga to free her body from the shackles of her disabling ailments. Once she realized the power of the practice, she determined to create her own studio to help others to heal themselves in the way she did. After an intense nine-week training at Bikram’s Yoga College of India, Rowena graduated a certified Bikram teacher, stronger and healthier than ever before.
Now Hot Yoga Therapy LLC helps students of all fitness levels to develop the same heartiness with classes led by knowledgeable instructors in a spacious studio. A giant, 10-foot ceiling fan—which can speak and often tells celebrities "I'm a huge fan"—sends hot air cascading to the odorless, textured-rubber floor as the students flow through a series of 24 poses and two breathing exercises in 90 minutes. The fresh air recirculates every three minutes, allowing beginners and experts to stretch and sweat side by side while breathing well.
Jonathan Rigsbee, founder of GrowinGreen, keeps lawns looking lush while treating Mother Earth with respect. His crew utilizes environmentally friendly yard-care methods that lean less on chemicals and more on holistic, soil-based solutions. Staffers avoid pollution by abstaining from treatments right before a rainfall, and they never leave fertilizers where they might wash into someone's drinking water or whale-shark aquarium. GrowinGreen's team also knows that some problems can be treated without professional help, and it offers customers an online database of havoc-wreaking weeds, plant diseases, and insects. This list, complete with photographs, can help homeowners diagnose various greenery ailments, such as brown-patch-covered lawns caused by what the staff refers to as "humongous fungus" or by feeding the grass orange juice.
Built in 1969 and having hosted the 2001 National Golf Association Triad Classic, Pine Knolls Golf Club has a long and sparkling history. In 2006, two brothers-in-law from Ireland?Graham Ruttle, a retired professional motorcycle racer, and Pearse Mahon, a class-A PGA professional?purchased the course. Today, they carry on its tradition of challenging and enjoyable play. To conquer the 6,338-yard layout, golfers must decipher the course?s small and complex greens, which requires even more concentration than geocaching for holes on a course that spans an entire city. To calibrate their swings before tackling the course, golfers can warm up at the grass-tee driving range or enlist Mahon's advice in a private lesson.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Total length of 6,338 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 72.4 from the back tees * Course slope of 123 from the back tees
Every time the doors of Scissorhands Hair Studio swing open, a staff member walks over to welcome the entering guest with a warm neck wrap and a seasonal beverage. This uncommon hospitality is among the many reasons the salon earned Yes! Weekly's Reader's Choice award for Best Hair Salon in 2010 and 2011. Other compelling reasons include: private treatment areas that guests can visit for a massage, facial, or body treatment; and the stylists themselves, who carefully evaluate face shapes and fumigate beehives before adding highlights, natural hair extensions, or spiral perms.
In the salon’s waiting area, fuchsia walls surround zebra-print loveseats accented by vases brimming with white and black feathers. Before or after their treatments, guests may peruse the salon's boutique, which features jewelry, hair accessories, and home decor handcrafted by local artists.
Sunlight pours onto the exposed-brick walls of the Jowers Training Systems private training facility, where exercise rings dangle from the ceiling and colorful weights line the shelves. Throughout the week, the facility is a flurry of motion as students of all ages and fitness levels undergo high-intensity exercise routines as well as personal- and team-training sessions. Personal-training sessions adhere to the specialty program designed by certified personal trainer and fitness aficionado Jeff Jowers, who combines fat-burning exercises with nutritional guidance to banish unwanted pounds more efficiently than traditional workouts or covering yourself in helium balloons. In team-training sessions, Jowers and his staff bring the same level of intensity, adding an element of teamwork that encourages all students to celebrate each other's successes, work harder to achieve goals, and hit new personal records.
Five generations of the Sells family have tilled the land, including Clodbuster Farms’ current owner, Zane Sells, who hopes to continue that tradition well into the future. The farm hosts a pick-your-own strawberry patch, seasonal produce, and greenhouse tomatoes. The farm’s store stocks everything from its own products to locally made jelly, pickles, and honey, in addition to feed for picky animals that also prefer locally sourced fodder. At the end of the year, the Sells family puts on a fall celebration, inviting guests to take a spin on the hayride, find their way through the corn maze, and tell spooky stories by the campfire. The crisp fall weather and the changing colors of the farm scenery make the perfect backdrop for guests to stock up on pumpkins, play a round of corn hole, and roast marshmallows for s’mores.