Chronic pain in her neck and lower back brought Melanie St. Georges into her first yoga class. She walked in stressed, tired, and afraid to fail. Despite that fear, she dove into her first class, and as she continued to practice daily, not only did she find herself pain-free, but she felt much more relaxed and balanced.
Today, Melanie leads her own team of dedicated instructors in the hopes of making yoga accessible so that others may discover its healing powers. Utilizing the Barkan Method of hot yoga—a variant of Hatha yoga—their classes aim to strengthen and stretch the entire muscular system while relieving mental stress. The Barkan Method is just one of several different styles of yoga Blissful Spirit teaches. Heated air helps the body flush out toxins while deepening stretches and staving off injuries caused by a recent move into Aladdin’s lamp. When they’re not teaching yoga, instructors help clients boost their core strength with Pilates sessions that take place in a moderately heated environment. Blissful Spirits also offers daily donation-based daycare services during select hours.
Inside Mary J Mann Photography's west-side studio, expert photographers snap shots of kids, families, and high school seniors, taking their time to capture playful, natural images without directing subjects into strained poses. After ample time in front of the camera, clients review each shot with photographers on a large screen and sample effects such as sepia tones, cropping, and replacing blinking eyes with gigantic butterflies. From there, the Mary J Mann crew uploads images to a professional lab, which prints them on quality photo paper. In addition to prints, Mary J Mann frames pictures with handcrafted canvas wraps, assembles them into books, and burns them onto CDs.
Since 1996, the skilled technicians at New Mexico Quality Air have cleansed air ducts, area rugs, and carpets using nontoxic, eco-friendly products safe for children and pets. By ridding homes of dust and allergens, they protect homeowners from breathing in polluted air, which can cause uncontrollable sneezing or an inadvertent transformation into Swamp Thing. Eliminating dirt buildup can also prevent the breakdown of air-conditioning, heating, and ventilation systems.
Though 10 years of experience have left the staff at Amazing Jumps both older and wiser, they're still kids at heart. They continuously update their inventory of inflatable amusements to keep up with current character trends while staying true to the classic concept of clean, safe fun. Deploying freshly sanitized bounce houses and water slides to partiers in the Albuquerque area, the staff also fuels friendly competition with inflatable boxing rings, foam sumo-wrestling suits, and challenging obstacle courses. Their snow-cone and cotton-candy machines ensure parties reach the state-required sugar quotient, and their dunk tanks help organizations raise money or simply return fish to their natural habitat.