With four museums and six monuments, the nonprofit Museum of New Mexico Foundation keeps the state's artistic and cultural heritage alive with enthralling permanent collections, exhibits, and events. Art aficionados can marvel at more than 20,000 works by artists with strong ties to the state in the New Mexico Museum of Art, check out more than 1,300 artifacts in the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, and attempt to tape their “lost cat” flyers to more than 100,000 items culled from 100 countries at the Museum of International Folk Art. Meanwhile, the New Mexico History Museum’s 30,000-square-foot exhibition space covers topics ranging from the Santa Fe Trail to World War II through art, maps, and photographs.
After each museum visit, guests can stop by the Coronado State Monument, which marks the spot where Coronado and his crew entered the Rio Grande Valley in search of the Seven Cities of Gold and their lost car keys. The foundation's sextet of monuments also includes the stone ruins of a 500-year-old Indian village at Jemez and exhibits on frontier and military life at Fort Selden.
Founded in 1974 by three "hippie glassblowers," Bullseye Glass Co produces internationally renowned glass materials in thousands of colors and finishes suitable for artistic endeavors of all kinds, such as mosaics and stained glass. Aside from being beautiful to look at, most of Bullseye's glasses are compatible for fusing and kilnforming—something that's especially important for glass artists to know. Bullseye also passes on the ancient art of glass shaping through artist-guided classes. Graduates of these kilnforming classes can return to craft additional treasures or explore the cyclical nature of art by turning a wineglass back into a sandbox.
Robbi Firestone takes a broad view of achieving spirituality and health; she finds them in her work as a licensed spiritual counselor, as a reiki practitioner, and as an art teacher. So she founded Spirit Capture Portraits to encompass all aspects of her work. She wears many hats, conducting one-on-one appointments with women struggling to find happiness in their lives, and heading to a studio space dubbed The Art Sanctuary to teach a group art class and enjoy a bit of wine with students. And she sets up three- to five-day retreats, during which she blends counseling and art. Though she brands each service individually, she allows her experiences and expertise to cross-pollinate, informing her other offerings.
When Roald Dahl wrote Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, he imagined a much-coveted golden ticket that granted access to myriad wonders and unveiled the inner workings of an entire industry. MetaBody created a real-life version of that ticket with the MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass, though it applies to fitness instead of candy. The pass grants access not to a single gym but to classes at a variety of local studios, specializing in everything from yoga to boot camp. With the freedom to move from location to location, students can sample different regimens, instructors, and styles of exercise to cobble together a program that fits their needs and goals. MetaBody's nutritionists supplement class packages by coaching clients in healthy eating, recipe cooking, and speed-reading nutrition-fact labels.
Opened in 1996, Santa Fe Community Yoga Center is a nonprofit studio that fosters a positive community vibe through daily classes and ongoing programs with local public schools. Surrounded by a flower-strewn, outdoor park, the actual yoga studio receives ample amounts of natural light, which bounces off the polished cork floor to illuminate the belly of any and all downward-facing dogs. Each of the center's 10 yoga instructors brings a unique bouquet of experience and specialty to the studio, resulting in an eclectic schedule of Vinyasa-, hatha-, Yin-, and restorative-yoga styles suitable for all experience and fitness levels. For added convenience, the studio supplies mats, blankets, bolsters, zafus, blocks, and straps free of charge.
Twenty-six poses. 90 minutes. 105 degrees. This is what yogis can expect from a hot—or Bikram—yoga class at Bikram Yoga of Albuquerque, a studio that follows the teachings of the practice’s founder, Bikram Choudhury. They keep the studio to such a high temperature in order to help students sweat out toxins and to further their flexibility. As for yoga itself, it helps practitioners achieve a sense of mental and physical well-being that is said to strengthen determination, self-control, faith, concentration, and patience.