At Prestige Dance and Performing Arts Center, two-year-olds and adults alike learn to move to the beat, rather than just a fire alarm drill. The center's classes cover eclectic dance styles, ranging from ballet and pointe to hip hop and drill team prep. And at the studio's regular recitals, students show off their new moves to family and friends. For more advanced students, Prestige also offers a performance team and company, which compete, attend conventions, and train with elite choreographers.
Staffed by friendly massage therapists stuffed with professional expertise, Castle Hills Day Spa coddles customers with an array of tension-terminating treatments. In the 60-minute Swedish massages, Castle Hills therapists employ the same long, gliding strokes that Vikings once used to unknot the warped backs of tense longships after stressful days at sea. Kneading hands appease needy skin, sedating shoulder muscles to silence their constant grumbling. Purple and pale walls adorned with artwork create a stylish, tranquil space, and the staff's close attention to customer requests keeps faces decorated with smiles rather than stained with frowns or tarnished with grimaces.
Castle Hills Yoga is just one of Ricky Tran's many endeavors. When he isn't teaching at his studios or at Loyola Marymount University, he leads workshops and retreats. He also lectures on topics ranging from postures and breath to Sanskrit and the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali. Still, Castle Hills Yoga and his other yoga studios are his central concern. It's here that he and his fellow teachers lead classes that break down neatly into two categories: gentle sessions that help students stretch their bodies and calm their minds, and vigorous sessions for people who want more of a workout.
Husband and wife duo Tabora and Toy Laster, owners of Choice Training Group Fitness, electrify the studio with their characteristic energy. Whether they're dressing up in hokey hula shirts to promote Zumba fitness parties or bringing in guest instructors to host self-defense sessions, the two aim to create a gym that feels like an inclusive club.
Newbies and old hats jump into a diverse set of classes, ranging from group fitness and boot camp, to pole-dancing sessions in the Kandy & Krome room, a mirror-lined, pole-bestrewn sanctuary for flirty fitness. Alongside high-energy cardio classes such as Belly Dance Fusion, Absolute Abs, or Zumba, the studio hosts bachelorette parties, couples massage sessions, and workshops on effective methods for releasing stress.
Lone Star Hot Yoga helps to fine tune bodies with muscle-toning Bikram yoga classes and pain-relieving Melt method classes. Lone Star actually only offers one type of Bikram class?a 90-minute beginners' session. But Bikram's 26 postures are ideal for every level of practitioner, so anyone can participate.
Inside a 105-degree room whose humidity fluctuates between 40% and 50%, certified teachers lead pupils through the poses and two breathing exercises. As the room's heat loosens bodies, students strike poses that expand their lungs, increase their circulation, and strengthen their arms enough that they can lift a car in the parking lot and get a penny that's gotten trapped under the tire.
Melt classes, on the other hand, are performed in a regular-temperature room. These classes attempt to rejuvenate the body's connective tissue and ease chronic pain from hands, feet, and lower backs. The sessions use a specialized roller and hand and foot balls to help achieve this goal.
The live-fire portions of SA FirEarms' training sessions take place at local gun ranges such as Eagle Gun Range's 24-lane facility.
During classes, instructors supply ammunition, safety gear, and firearms rentals, including semi-automatic pistols and revolvers.
There are only two things a person needs to bring to one of SA FirEarms' classes: writing materials and a willingness to learn. The instructors supply the rest. Operating out of both Texas and Connecticut, these NRA-certified experts lead courses in basic handgun use and self-defense. The instructors keep classes as small as possible in order to ensure individual attention.