At NC Yoga, students step outside of their stressful daily routines to find peace and harmony through stretches and careful breathing techniques. The studio presents one-hour classes for children, teens, moms-to-be, and seniors of all levels of fitness, whether they've never touched a yoga mat or spent the last 30 years in a headstand. During Vinyasa sessions, certified teachers show groups how to weave deep breaths and traditional poses together in a flowing, dance-like sequence. In contrast, Iyengar classes focus on lengthy poses that foster strength, balance, and proper alignment. Or you can sweat it out in Power Fusion sessions, which takes place in an 80-degree room to loosen muscles and unfreeze joints covered in ice. Beginners can pose at their own pace in Yoga 101 classes or enroll in private sessions, in which an instructor gives more personalized tips. In addition to leading yoga and dance classes, the studio operates a boutique that sells T-shirts, sticky mats, and instructional DVDs.
"Touch can be healing," says Donna Medley, proprietor of CovRing Day Spa. Indeed, Donna uses the word “heal” often when she talks about the events that inspired her to open the spa. Her son dealt with prolonged medical problems, and the family worked together to nurse him back to health. This, she says, pushed the long-time cosmetologist to pursue the wellness aspect of her training, and soon she'd shuttered both her Maryland salons and focused on opening CovRing Day Spa.
Donna thought in terms of healing potential when designing the spa itself. The space is awash in the restorative colors of the earth, from the grass green in the mani-pedi room to the lounge painted in the same cerulean shades of the sky and naturally occurring groups of blue musicians. The healing power of olive oil infuses all of the spa's Swedish massages, facials, and mani-pedis. To Donna, the olive oil symbolizes an anointing, and because she used it when caring for her son, it recalls his healing, reminding her every day why she chose this path.
Angie Acosta, founder of Queen City DanceOut, has a simple motto for her students: "If you're moving, you're doing it right." This encouraging, low-pressure attitude attracts people of all ages to her dance-inspired fitness classes, which meet at 18 public locations. Angie and her instructors aim to make exercise feel like a celebration and a refreshing break rather than a dreaded routine. To this end, their classes incorporate intuitive dance moves and invigorating music. DanceOut, the signature course, blends genres as diverse as swing, hip-hop, and reggae into a workout, relying on repetition and basic choreography to keep everyone grooving. Other highlights of the curriculum include the Latin rhythms of Zumba; the Dance Impact class, which fuses dance and kickboxing; and JamStrong, a mixture of core-conditioning, dance, and fun.
Community is a central aspect of every DanceOut class. As pupils practice their twirls, they can follow both the teacher and the Jam Crew—a team of regulars who help make the steps easy to follow and can assist fellow dancers. In addition to group workouts, instructors host skill workshops such as Booty Bootcamp, where attendees learn rump-shaking techniques and how to turn any chair into a rocking chair. They also put on performances and lead private classes for special events and parties.
From athletes to expectant mothers and everyone in between, Christine Duffen wants clients to relax. Her massage sessions can be enjoyed with or without hot stones, whose heat sinks into muscles to encourage them to release tension. Her body wraps help flush toxins from the body, and private yoga sessions help clients find their centers.
Rock Hill Bike Shop’s team of cycling enthusiasts helps new and experienced bicyclists adjust to their new modes of wheeled transportation. Inside, you’ll find bicycles by Giant, QuintanaRoo, and other top brands, as well as scooters by MGP and skateboards by Alien Workshop—all more reliable ways to travel than hooking a shopping cart to a passing ice cream truck. Complement your new ride by picking out sunglasses, lights and reflectors, pumps, and other accessories in Rock Hill’s inventory.