On August 15, 1969, Sri Swami Satchidananda spoke at the opening ceremony of the Woodstock music festival, calling music ?the celestial sound that controls the whole universe.? Devoting his life to the pursuit of unity, he founded Satchidananda Ashram - Yogaville, located on the banks of the James River with a distant view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Encompassing more than 600 acres of wooded landscape, the community provides a retreat for practitioners of varied skill levels who join one another to relax and practice the tenets of Integral Yoga, a synthesis of six branches of yoga developed by Sri Swami Satchidananda. At the center, the Satchidananda Ashram houses five sacred sites, including the Light of Truth Universal Shrine, or LOTUS, in which altars for every major religion let visitors of all faiths discover their personal enlightenment. Committed to the harmonious teachings of Sri Swami Satchidananda, the ashram?s instructors carry on the founder?s legacy by leading everything from workshops to multiple-day retreats.
At Wyndhurst Medical Aesthetics, senior medical aesthetician Victoria Lunsford and Dr. Craig Petry combine medical- and pharmaceutical-grade products with their professional know-how to help correct damaged or aging skin. Obagi, SkinMedica, and Latisse are just a few of the top-of-the-line brands incorporated into the company's aesthetic services. Fraxel laser treatments replace damaged skin cells with a fresh new crop, thereby correcting problems such as sun spots, acne scars, and stretch marks; chemical peels and microdermabrasion treatments help rejuvenate fading facial skin; and intense pulsed light eliminates acne, hair, and spider veins by compelling them to disco dance until they fall over dead.
Helmed by three board-certified physicians, Blue Ridge Ear, Nose, Throat & Plastic Surgery restores patients' health and beauty through hearing restoration, anti-allergen, and cosmetic procedures. A well-staffed and educated audiology department treats symptoms such as tinnitus and hearing loss through diagnostic testing and clinical treatment. Laser hair removal or Botox injections keep skin looking smooth and youthful, and visits to the allergy department treat otolaryngological disorders. When not repairing sinuses or soothing skin, the doctors enjoy an eclectic range of hobbies, such as playing bass in rock bands, fly-fishing in local rivers, snow skiing, and playing the drums using ski poles.
Three cyclists cruise the calm banks of the James River; one rides a brand new Gary Fisher, one sits atop a tuned-up fixed gear, and the other tests out a Trek rental bike—all thanks to Bikes Unlimited. The store’s downtown location, housed inside a historical brick building constructed in 1897, is stocked with mountain, road, and BMX bikes along with gear such as cycling computers, trainers, and jerseys. Mechanics at the downtown and Wyndhurst locations are on hand to perform necessary tune-ups and repairs, but the shop’s support for the cycling community doesn’t end there; the staff leads regular group rides, helps to build and maintain local mountain-bike trails, and sends cheetahs in pursuit of racers as a motivational tool.
The doctors at Piedmont Eye Center keep vision sharp with a range of ophthalmology services. From routine checkups and contact-lens fittings to LASIK and cataract surgery, they perform treatments in a 12,500-square-foot medical facility. Pediatric services tend to the needs of children?s eyes, and a fellowship-trained glaucoma specialist protects optic nerves.