Social Art Studio is a fun, energetic place to come with your friends, a date, family or alone and have the time of your life while creating a masterpiece painting you can take home and show off. This is not an art class, it is an art party! Great idea for private parties, birthdays, showers, reunions and date night.
As the sun sets over The Mat Yoga Studio, practitioners can step inside to the new, spacious studio where they can enjoy the renowned Karma Yoga Happy Hour, a free quarterly event open to the entire community features a live DJ spinning a yoga-friendly playlist on his mixing board. Each happy hour brings newcomers and seasoned vets together, with a local teacher leading lessons and a donated spread of food and wine building community camaraderie.
Outside the happy hours, the studio continues the good vibrations with classes held seven days a week, a dedication to tranquility which earned it a mention from The Richardson Award Program?s Best of Richardson in 2012. Typically open to all skill levels, some sessions focus on the graceful sequences of Vinyasa Flow; others center on deep stretching or meditation, which clears the mind more safely than holding a vacuum cleaner up to your ear. Dedicated practitioners can further hone their craft in Advanced Yoga Studies sessions, which together comprise a full, 200-hour yoga teacher training course.
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
We form a unique bond between instructor, members, and their children. Clients feel like they are part of a big sweaty family. If you miss a class, your instructor or peers will ask you why. Involving the children in our classes keeps them entertained and becomes a part of their daily routine.
What's the most radical physical transformation you've seen a client make?
We recently did an eight-week challenge and one of the members lost 12% body fat and 8% average inches.
When and how did you first develop a passion for fitness?
It started when I first attended Baby Boot Camp when my first child (now 4.5) was only 8 weeks old. I felt challenged, inspired by the other members, and like a new person. I started attending classes five–six days a week and quickly lost all my baby weight and gained friends. I decided after five months that I wanted to share my experiences with other moms and trained to become an instructor. Four years later, I love Baby Boot Camp just as much as when I first started, and feel passionate about helping other moms develop a love of fitness, too.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
This program is unique to other fitness programs because of the group dynamic we create. The members become friends and turn to one another for parenting advise and support. We also host play dates, Mom's Night Out events, and family events to bring the members together outside of the workout.
Equipment: Slastix resistance tubing, flat bands, mommy muscle balls, Karna bar
Students should bring: Child in stroller, water bottle, towel or mat, and snacks/toys for child
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1–5
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: No
Parking: Parking lot
At Pilates Meditation Center, clients can participate in group lessons or get individual attention from an English- and Spanish-speaking BASI-trained instructor in one-on-one lessons. The instructor helps clients build strength, work through injuries, and tone muscles in the intimate, fully equipped studio using exercise balls, a Reformer, a combo chair, and even a Tower to help lengthen the body and build core strength.
Jeri Kopecky baked her first cake with her mother in the kitchen of her family's home in Ennis, a city south of Dallas. Batter wasn't the only thing transformed by the heat of that oven, and after years of helping her mother decorate cakes for friends and neighbors, Jeri took it upon herself to make her passion her career. In 1998, she bought a cake shop, expanded its size to 4000 square feet, and leapt into business for herself. One short year later, her own daughter Kelli joined her in the baking business, and the pair now whip up multilayer bridal cakes and creative birthday cakes for their ever-growing neighborhood. Cake Carousel's ample kitchens also provide a venue for eager students to come and learn the decorating techniques that have twice been passed from mother to daughter. Basic classes teach everything from leveling batter to simple frosting-piping techniques, and students in advanced sessions sculpt complex sculptures out of fondant or learn the elements of design behind a cookie bouquet. Several instructors aid Jeri and Kelli in keeping their year-round calendar of classes running. Occasional guest and celebrity sugar artists—such as Lauren Kitchens, various Food Network chefs, or a peanut-flavored fondant sculpture of George Washington Carver—supplement the lineup with classes in their particular specialties. The candy and cookie store also offers supplies for cake, candy-making, and cookies such as gelatin, isomalt, fondant, and gum-paste.
The coaches at Sirius Training know the workout is only part of the equation; that's why they heap helpings of inspiration and upbeat attitudes to each of their daily sessions. Besides keeping everyone motivated, they also want to keep students engaged, so they change up workouts daily to prevent muscles from plateauing. Keeping the system accessible to all fitness levels is key, too. Fortunately, the training program is easily scalable, allowing coaches to customize for each individual. While they offer personalized attention in all small-group classes, they also accommodate students with private coaching that zeroes in on specific areas such as mobility because of injury.