Thinking of the city rarely calls images of fog-ringed mountains and wolf-filled forests to mind, but Discover Outdoors?formerly known as Outdoor Bound?turns these scenes into reality. Owner, avid outdoorsman, and eight-time marathon runner Kirk Reynolds makes sure of it. He and a staff of experts?each a licensed trail guide and Wilderness First Responder or Wilderness EMT?temper the stress of city living with day trips to nearby natural enclaves and weekend camping excursions. The getaways thrill with activities such as hiking, rock climbing, whitewater rafting, kayaking, and horseback riding.
International trips, meanwhile, quench a thirst for life-defining adventures beyond trips to the grocery store during peak Saturday hours. Among them: hikes up famed Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa, treks to Machu Picchu in Peru, and jaunts through the Canadian Rockies. Some of the journeys even grant travelers the opportunity to fundraise for a worthy cause as they explore.
Daralyse Lyons, founder of Emotional Yoga, knows the recovery powers of yoga firsthand. After struggling for years with an eating disorder, anxiety, and OCD, she began practicing yoga to help release some of her emotional pain and trauma. But yoga alone wasn't enough—it helped her recognize the pain, but not release it. So she combined her yogic work with the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), an emotional acupressure method developed by Gary Craig. EFT helps unblock negative energy through talk therapy and pressure-point tapping. With the joint help of yoga and EFT, she had a healing breakthrough. Today, she shares the benefits of what she's experienced with students at Emotional Yoga. Students can opt for private, couples, and group sessions—both for emotional yoga and yoga sessions.
Yoga on the Ridge’s classes specialize in working with back injuries, Parkinson's disease, and excess stress. Yoga for Parkinson’s Disease, for example, is taught by professional therapist Therea Conroy and focuses exclusively on improving posture and gait in PD patients, improving their flexibility, strength, and balance. Newbies, meanwhile, can get up to speed on the fundamentals of alignment, breathing, and basic yogic positions (asanas) such as Downward Facing Dog, Sun Salutation, and Kneel Before Zod in Yoga Basics. The more meditative Vinyasa Yoga links movement, breath, and intention into one continuous flow amidst an atmosphere of readings, music, and movement. The meditative, intense Yin Yoga teaches you to hold asanas for five to ten minutes at a time until you’re covered in pigeons who’ve mistaken you for statuary. Finally, the overstressed can quiet their minds and become more aware of their mind-body-spirit connection, Chinese connection, and rainbow connection during Yoga for Stress Relief.
Named not for the 19th-century novelist who wrote The Portrait of a Lady, but rather its location near the intersection of Henry Avenue and Jamestown Street in Roxborough, the Henry James Saloon is a no-frills neighborhood pub that has been propping up local drinkers for years. Housed in a tiny one-story rectangular building with a sign that suggests you should “Eat, Drink and Don’t Hurry,” the Henry James embodies the same easy-going attitude inside. Red walls, neon beer signs and multiple TVs constitute the majority of the atmosphere, while the pub menu is surprisingly extensive, with a long list of favorites like roast pork sandwiches, patty melts, pizzas and more. The more impressive “mealwiches” are a fitting portmanteau, stuffed sandwiches that eat like a full meal, combining chicken tenders, cheese, bacon, ranch dressing and more all under one outsized bun.
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With its red-and-cream striped awning and mansard roof, the building that houses Bredenbeck’s Bakery is just as quaint and historic as this Chestnut Hill merchant itself. Founded in 1889, Bredenbeck’s sells cookies, cakes and pastries decorated with awe-inspiring care and precision. The shop is small — a line of ten people will reach all the way to the entrance — and mostly unadorned, except for a dozen spools of brightly hued ribbons hanging in a line behind the counter, waiting to tie up sweet packages. This simplicity keeps the peanut-butter mousse tarts, the chocolate cupcakes, the éclairs and the rows of other treats in the spotlight. Elaborate wedding and custom cakes can be ordered in advance, and a tiny separate space selling Bassett’s ice cream is open seasonally.