"Our bodies and minds are closely interconnected. Our state of mind is expressed in physical phenomena, and, conversely, physical phenomena reflect our state of mind," says Dahn Yoga founder Ilchi Lee, "Nothing is impossible. Keep working on it until it's possible. There is no failure, just the gradual process of success." To make this challenging, yet hopeful philosophy accessible to all, Lee combined the Eastern concept of chi energy with his own brain-management system, developing a distinctive program that unlocks inner peace and sweeps up brain clutter caused by the daily stress of always having to find Waldo. Warm-up yoga maneuvers awaken muscles before 30?40 minutes of breathing, stretching, core practice, and meditation?including a signature brain-wave vibration technique that aims to calibrate mental and physical energies. Cool-down exercises ease the body back into quotidian functionality before a 10-minute teatime invites socialization among participants while bolstering pinkie endurance. Dahn Yoga is also taught at independently owned and operated franchises called Body & Brain Yoga.
Free time and creative vision don't necessarily strike at the same time, which is why the team members at pottery-painting studio Kiln & Co. don't expect everyone who walks in the door to arrive with a fully formed idea. This is why they built Inspire Bar, an area with iPads, books, and magazines to encourage creative ideas. Those ideas are manifested in a number of ways, whether it's a brightly painted figurine for a child's bedroom or a sophisticated table setting with a built-in etch a sketch. In addition to open studio time, Kiln & Co. hosts kids' summer kamps and classes for adults that explore everything from simple pottery painting to nude sculpture.
Ego Music shares the gift of music with students in an intimate studio environment or through comfortable at-home lessons. Students can stop in to one of three area locations to start down path toward violin, voice, or guitar mastery or learn in the home with one of the school’s knowledgeable instructors. Covering a variety of available instruments, music lessons have been known to help boost test scores, build discipline, and increase their likelihood of head-butting a bust of Handel in excitement.
AA Driving Academy was founded in 1994, but its instructors all have experience that dates back to before then and have taught thousands of students. They use this wisdom as the fodder for the academy's various courses, including behind-the wheel training for adults and teens and a Drivers Improvement Program. In that, students can add good points to their driving record. They also learn skills that could make them safer while out on the road or while weaving a go-kart through a crowded grocery store.