Julie Keel first fell in love with yoga while practicing poses and overlooking the Pacific Ocean. This fusion of yoga and the outdoors, she felt, deepened her connection between the mindfulness of each breath and her body's movements. Since founding Rivers Edge Yoga, she has helped her clientele seek that same link through both outdoor and indoor yoga classes. With class types from Yin to Hatha, her instructors emphasize combinations of challenging poses, breathing exercises, chanting, and meditation. The studio's Yoga In The Park classes—which start in the fall—give yogis a chance to flirt with trees while in tree pose and heckle begrudged hares while in tortoise pose.
The menu at Life Bar is designed to keep bodies humming at optimal levels?whether increasing energy, shedding a few pounds, or looking for a vitamin boost. Starting with 100% plant-based super-food smoothies, staffers blend a healthful mix of coconut milk, raw honey, and all organic produce such as ginger and organic pineapple. Add on individual boosters for an extra kick of antioxidants, proteins, or vitamins; bee pollen to promote longevity; and hemp-seed protein to promote healthy cholesterol levels. Customers on the go may use the online app to pre-order drinks.
Sometimes, boot camp classes carry a military tone—one that dilutes encouragement in favor of brutish yelling. But that's not the case at Edge Body Boot Camp, where instructors are as supportive as they are informative. Under the direction of Dustin Edge—who has 12 years of industry experience packed into his muscles—Edge Body's trainers combine cardio exercises and resistance training into single, high-energy workouts. To prevent clients from hitting a plateau or becoming tempted to exercise while they sleep, Edge Body mixes up its routine every class. Complementary nutritional guidance, meal planning, and fitness evaluations available to all campers helps to achieve goals.
Beneath the glow of Abeille Salon & Spa's elegant chandeliers, clients can indulge in services for face, hair, and body. On the salon floor, they can have a seat as stylists smooth and strengthen manes with L'Anza haircare products and Coppola keratin treatments. Alternately, patrons can follow the leopard-print carpeted staircase up into the tranquil, chocolate-colored manicure room where technicians carefully shape and trim nails, apply Brisa gel enhancements, and paint on vibrant Shellac polishes. In the spa's private treatment rooms, guests can lie down on comfortable massage tables and let massage therapists purge stress with four modalities, including prenatal massage. Aestheticians can tackle blemishes and signs of aging with four types of facials, including one that features a skin-soothing poetry reading.
Chef Sandy Pike acquired lots of free time when she sold her dessert business, Queen of Tarts, in 2005. Soon afterward, a close family member needed a diet overhaul following some stern words from the doctor. Drawing upon more than 20 years of culinary experience and a love affair with local, seasonal ingredients, Sandy began preparing healthy, flavorful meals ideal for diabetics. Before long, non-diabetic friends and neighbors began clamoring for her creations as well. In response, she launched Home Cuisine, a kitchen where she and fellow chefs create complete, nutritious meals that can be picked up or delivered, then heated and enjoyed at home, as a part of Louisville's only healthy meal delivery service. Now in its tenth year, Home Cuisine employs classically trained chefs to prepare Paleo meals made with local and organic ingredients, providing clients a healthy approach to clean eating.
Filled with fresh produce, eggs, and lean meats?not trans fats or chunks of deep-fried Spam?her dishes showcase healthy eating's tasty side and illustrate the concept of portion control. Her staffers follow the American Heart Association's dietary guidelines and consult dietitians and food scientists from two local universities to ensure that each meal is as balanced as possible. Following the Paleo diet, many have experienced significant weight loss, while other clients have identified food allergies.
Sandy and her daughter Mae, a seasoned event planner, support a variety of area charities, including Boys & Girls Haven, Dare to Care Food Bank, and Blessings in a Backpack. As a family of foodies,
Slim silhouettes are a common sight against City Chic’s contemporary black and white decor, thanks to a team of technicians who aid in weight loss with Medi-Lift contouring treatments and body wraps. Among the studio’s most popular options, CelluSleek treatments invented by Elizabeth Harris for cellulite and loose skin, which massage the body or face, harness the various powers of cupping, vibration, and deep-tissue therapy to encourage collagen and elastin production, thereby helping to firm and smooth out the skin.
When it isn't shrinking waistlines, City Chic’s team promotes youthful appearances with nine facials—each of which relies on Alleia Skin by Elizabeth Harris products blended from botanical extracts and Italian mineral water—and five types of therapeutic massage. Airbrush tans mist skin with a safe, sunless solution that bronzes without the risks of sitting in the sun or lowering oneself in a deep fryer.