Dahn Yoga integrates Korean Taoist philosophies and holistic Korean Oriental medicine into a form of yoga that strives to forge stronger connections between mind and body. The certified instructors at Dahn Yoga adhere to these ancient practices and help students of all ages and fitness levels develop core strength, which, according to Dahn philosophy, is the basis of physical, mental, and spiritual health. Through classes, private lessons, and workshops, students learn to link postures with breath control, ultimately developing greater bodily awareness. Besides improving flexibility, strength, and posture, instructors also emphasize the brain's role in overall well-being. They lead brain exercises that challenge and sharpen the mind to develop more productive habits and levitate pennies out of mall fountains.
Dahn Yoga's founder, Ilchi Lee, also built a comprehensive brain-development program—called Brain Education—from the principles upon which Dahn Yoga is founded. Combining physical, emotional, and cognitive exercises with guided imagery and games, Dahn Yoga's instructors develop emotional control, improve communication between the brain's hemispheres, and inspire guests take decisive action. This program has five progressive steps that can be applied to a dedicated yoga practice as well as everyday life.
Dr. Mike Kesner has always had a knack for working with his hands. As a boy, he constantly built model vehicles. In college, his plans to become a medical doctor shifted to dentistry because it held more opportunity for the hands-on manipulation of small instruments and precision parts. In 1984, he established Made Ya Smile Dental, a place where he carefully extracts wisdom teeth, fills in spaces between teeth, and installs implants into the jawbone to replace a missing tooth. He also specializes in Lumineers, and his practice?s ten locations together make up the number one Lumineers provider in the world.
Although he and his team of dentists work in separate locations, each of their offices share a similar design and set of amenities. Visitors at any of the ten locations marvel at the reception areas? coffeehouse ambiance as they sit at a caf? table, sip coffee, and work on the movie script for Vampires vs. Martians: The Reddest Dawn. In the treatment rooms, patients drift off while listening to music on the provided headphones. Anxious patients relax with nitrous oxide or the sounds of the rainforest simulated by the staff.
Smile Design Studios' Dr. Simone Ellis gravitated toward the field of dentistry after seeing her father lose his teeth while he was still in the prime of his life. After earning her doctorate in dentistry from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and gaining membership to professional organizations including the American Dental Association, she set about saving grins from premature departure at Smile Design Studios. She and her staff tend to teeth with dental services including deep cleanings, ClearCorrect invisible braces, porcelain veneers, and Zoom! in-office whitening treatments. Armed with advanced technology, they can help detect cavities with DiagnoDent, screen for oral cancer with VelScope, and read graffiti carved into molars using digital x-rays and snapshots from intraoral cameras. Massaging dental chairs and TVs populate each room of the spa-like office, where a running waterfall calms nerves and a plush reception area with a leather couch, artwork, and a flat-screen TV engages waiting patients.
After growing up in Indiana, Dr. Jessica Ransom performed oral surgeries at a non-profit dental center in Detroit, took an immersion-style Spanish course in Puebla, Mexico, and eventually settled in Texas. Nowadays, she performs oral surgeries and converses easily with Spanish- and English-speaking patients at her Houston clinic: Rocky Creek Dental Care. She and her team specialize in preventative care, administering cleanings, sealants, and fluoride treatments in order to keep teeth from fleeing to more promising mouths. They also finesse smiles with cosmetic treatments, which range from veneers to whitening. To ensures that each procedure employs the latest techniques and technology, Dr. Ransom regularly attends continuing education seminars.
Combining the personal touch of an optometrist-owned practice with the affordable pricing offered at optical superstores, Today's Vision helps keep customers' eyesight crystal clear. Pooling their resources under the Today's Vision aegis, the independent operators that own each location are able to offer personalized care while taking advantage of large-scale discounts on lenses, LASIK eye surgeries, and novelty eye charts that are printed all fuzzy-like. Those looking for fetching frames can browse through extensive selections from such purveyors as Oakley, De Rigo, and Liz Claiborne.
When Henry Harvey went to the University of Houston in 1975, he realized the dance moves he'd picked up at high school in Fort Worth were more valuable than he thought. In fact, he gave lessons to new people in the area who wanted to fit in on the dance floor. Years later, his wife decided they should start dancing together. "I went to dance class and found out they were doing the same things I was 10 years before," he said. Taking stock of his management abilities and previous dance experience, he realized he had the opportunity to be successful, so he brushed up his skills and founded High Steppers Dance Troupe LLC in 2007.
At locations throughout the area, Harvey and his team of instructors teach the hot urban Houston two-step, as well as swing-out dancing. The dances are set to cool urban R&B tunes and neo-soul grooves and help participants release the seductive strut or smooth swagger they've kept bottled up. Instead of duct taping themselves to a good dancer in the club and letting them do all the work, students can be confident in their ability to finally know what they're doing on the dance floor.
Harvey claims that his students, many of who are aged 40 and older, come not only for the improved skills that come from dancing for two hours, but also for the atmosphere, which he calls "very upbeat and very festive." His dance classes can also act as a stress reliever after a long day at work. "They get into dance class and they're rejuvenated," Harvey says.
In addition to dance lessons, the group takes charter buses on regional trips and hosts two to three showcases per year, where students regale audiences with a synchronized dance routine. At their social dances, a DJ spins tunes as students get the chance to put their lessons into practice and leave behind their days of doing the worm shyly on the dance-floor sidelines.