Yoga School's charming Overland Park studio is 3,000 square feet of stretching and strengthening space fitted with custom bamboo floors and a spacious changing room. Classes last 60 to 90 minutes and are offered for all levels, as well as a few special classes such as yoga for golfers, therapeutic yoga, and YogaFun classes for kids and families. Yoga School focuses primarily on therapeutic classes to treat illnesses, offering restorative classes to help those with chronic pain and special focus classes for those with neurological and autoimmune disorders such as Parkinson's, arthritis, fibromyalgia; they also offer standard yoga classes. Because class sizes are small, Yoga School's 17 eagle-eyed, certified and licensed instructors will spot and correct any improper form or foot wobble that might cause you pain or prevent you from getting the most out of each pose, be it downward-facing dog, warrior 1, or Highlander 2: The Quickening. Yoga School of Therapeutics has been in business for 25 years and offers a teacher training program, so seasoned yogis and nervous novices can expect comprehensive, compassionate help from experienced instructors.
For Emily and Sarah Darling, owners of Darling Yoga, helping students experience the present is both an art and a gift. They team up with 16 other seasoned instructors to guide students toward physical wellness and inner peace through the practice of ancient poses and breathing exercises. Emily and other instructors lead classes for all levels, during which stress melts faster than a snowman in a mosh pit. Their sessions range from beginner-friendly Yoga Basics to Vinyasa and Ashtanga routines for intermediate and advanced students. The expert tandem also hosts children's classes during many of the adult sessions, helping young yogis build strength, flexibility, and focus as their parents do the same in the classroom next door.
In one of their studios, natural light flows through large windows, bathing groups in uplifting sunbeams during challenging bends and balances. After class, students can unwind in onsite showers or browse a boutique brimming with yoga mats, props, and apparel.
Burgeoning artists in their junior and senior years of high school spend four days immersed in the topics of their choice, picking from disciplines such as interior design, game arts, and photography. Sketching, filming, and whisking meringue by day, the students work hard before shopping, dining, pool partying, or beret adjusting at night. Pupils who opt for lodging rest up for back-to-back, intensive courses in the local Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites, in between a packed agenda designed to proffer a taste of art school life.
Inside Element Fitness, the lime-green walls of the cardio room energize guests dashing away on treadmills as the yoga studio’s crisp white walls and glowing orb lights soothe yogis. The pool room echoes with splashing as guests stretch during pool aerobics classes; the dry sauna nearby remains quiet, letting guests absorb dry heat without listening to the heavy-metal albums played in traditional saunas. Stationary bikes adorn the spinning studio. Meanwhile, in workout studios lined with free weights, personal trainers make use of their professional weightlifting or triathlon experience during one-on-one personal-training sessions or group fitness classes.
Brooks Institute of Photography attendee Kevin Keith, alongside of his wife Ashley, has chalked up more than seven years of wedding and lifestyle photography experience. With subjects dressed their best in wedding frocks and dapper tuxedos, the husband-and-wife team captures every moment of the momentous occasion, from their first glances at each other before the ceremony to the tail of the limousine as it drives away from the reception.
Candid moments like these are the singnature of Kevin Keith Photography, where Kevin and Ashley work together on wedding and engagement photo shoots, along with portraits and lifestyle photography. In addition to directing poses and snapping photos, Kevin and his wife have been imparting their wisdom to aspiring photographers for more than five years by sharing tips and techniques during private lessons and group photography workshops. And for those who prefer to take photographic matters into their own hands, Kevin Keith Photography also rents out a LIGHTBOX photo booth for events and parties.
HealthRidge Fitness Center is all about options. From more than 80 weekly group exercise classes to sprawling facilities that include a 1/8-mile indoor track, racquetball courts, and cardio machines with personal TVs, both beginning and advanced exercisers can find an activity that moves at their preferred pace. Guests get pumped up in boot-camp sessions taught by instructors who have been certified in a military-instructor training course led by Army National Guard master fitness trainer and staff sergeant Ken Weichert. To calm the mind, a yoga or Pilates class reduces stress while strengthening core muscles. The center also features a workout area and classes designed specifically for kids.
In warm weather, an outdoor pool decorated with a natural-looking rock formation invites swimmers to splash about a tranquil waterfall. Exercisers can unwind after a workout with a pedicure, a massage, or a facial at the Spa at HealthRidge, which has been named one of America?s Top 100 Spas by SpAwards. The caf? and lounge area offers nutritious meals and a cozy fireplace that is ideal for soothing achy muscles or burning cheat-day pages torn from food journals.