Casting beams of solar qi on spiritual soils, yogis of all skill levels develop a healthy awareness of their bodies through controlled breathing practices during Sun Ray Yoga's Iyengar or Ayurveda classes. Certified instructor Becky McCune––who has 12 years experience teaching Iyengar classes—leads intrepid students through a flowing and athletic style of yoga that emphasizes proper form and body alignment. She also teaches a slower style of the class for those with specific body soreness or physical ailments. Ayurveda teacher Liz Campbell uses her experiences as a holistic nurse to help guide limbs into poses that relieve pain in the lower back caused by day-long wheel-barrow races. Both instructors teach a five-day schedule geared toward increasing flexibility, preventing injuries, and relieving tension.
Led by certified adventure-fitness trainer Margaret Peeples, the women-focused boot camp guides recruits through a four-week outdoor-training and nutritional-counseling program. From fitness neophytes to workout mavens, participants can kick start their exercise efforts with eight boot-camp sessions. Cater the workouts to your individual needs and crunch, run, and jump your way to a buffer, slimmer body. Prior to camp, each participant’s weight and body fat are measured to keep track of lost bulk and inches gone astray. Participants should bring a set of 5- to 8-pound hand weights, plenty of water, an exercise mat, and a reversible exercise mask to each session.
Led by board-certified Dr. Stuart May, the skilled staff at A.G.A. Skin Care & Laser Center specializes in advanced medical treatments that improve aesthetic and internal health in a complete primary-care center for women. Dr. May’s aesthetic services include treatments for spider veins and acne as well as advanced procedures that employ the versatile Palomar pulsed light and laser system. Among its many uses, this powerful laser can swiftly remove excess body hair and eliminate planets suspected of galactic rebellion. Photofacials similarly harness the power of light to treat sunspots, rosacea, and broken capillaries. To erase evidence of old age, Dr. May injects Botox into various areas on the face and can tear your birth certificate into little pieces for no extra charge.
At Her Moves Dance Fitness Studio, exercisers of all shapes and sizes feel empowered as they break a sweat during a variety of fitness classes that turn up the heat with flirtatious dance moves. As energetic music thumps and colorful lights set the studio aglow, encouraging instructors show participants how to use their own body weight to torch calories in such classes as Booty Pop, Chair Tease, Intro Pole, and Strip Tease 101.
Resolution Fitness's certified group trainers help reconfigure overstuffed couches into perfectly proportioned loveseats with expertly crafted workout routines focusing on toning muscles and empowering cores. Each personal-training session is customized to meet individual needs, whether the goal is to lose weight, muscle up, or become your household’s top shrub wrestler. Or, to get a burst of communal motivation, group-fitness fanciers can opt for the two-week boot-camp training, which meets three days a week for one-hour sessions. Build up endurance, flexibility, and muscles as you amplify self-confidence to roof-raising levels.
Maya's provides feminine fitness fanatics with a fun, engaging way to tone their bodies and stay healthy. By focusing on developing core muscles, Maya's friendly, experienced instructors help students shimmy and undulate their way to trimmer, more shapely soul temples. In addition to the bodily benefits, belly-dancing lessons also improve the mind and spirit with stress relief and confidence upgrades. Beginners' classes are held Thursdays at 6 p.m. and typically contain 15–20 people, so ladies can tap into the motivating group atmosphere while also being able to get attention from the teacher if they need help with a certain move or in the event of a veil fire.
Dr. Nicki Hill enjoys sharing her optometric skills with those in need, whether that entails working with patients at U.S. Veterans Affairs Hospitals or performing free eye exams for tornado victims in Tuscaloosa and Pratt City. Shoppers can find the same level of care inside Bell Road Eyewear's airy emporium. There, staff members guide visitors through a large inventory of designer eyewear and illuminate the distinctions between single-vision plastic and polycarbonate lenses. Frames by Danish brand ProDesign and chic styles from Vogue, DKNY, and Jai Kudo rest atop antique-style wood tables. Shoppers can also peruse selections of children's glasses, sunglasses, and monocles fitted with stained glass. Although Dr. Hill can diagnose visual capabilities in-house, Bell Road Eyewear will also fill lens prescriptions from outside optometrists.