Inside the Synergy Tea Room, students can sip herbal brews amid books and calming music in preparation for a challenging or soothing yoga class. As a session begins, they step into the soundproof studio to unfurl their mats on the carpet. The instructor surveys the class—counting no more than 12 heads at a time—and flexes into the first pose, ensuring that between words and demonstration, everyone in class can follow along.
This soothing and gradual progression into yoga practice is a common sight at Synergy Yoga Studio, a Yoga Alliance–registered school and affiliate of the Himalayan Institute. Here, beginners and advanced yogis alike stretch in an atmosphere that eschews competition as much as it welcomes healing energy. Most of the classes are taught in the Hatha yoga style, blending postures with breath work to relax students. During lessons and workshops, the staff emphasizes the value of yoga tenets for holistic wellness—a goal that also informs the treatments of onsite massage and Healing Touch therapists.
In 1997, Nancy Glenmore Tatum and Kevin Casey founded Glenmore Yoga & Wellness Center in their house's sunroom. Their operation's therapeutic blend of yoga, massage, and consultation services attracted a wide enough student base to necessitate three expansions, and Nancy and Kevin eventually settled in the Glen Eagles Shopping Center. They still uphold a central belief that "yoga is for everyone," and have upheld that philosophy by building a time machine to let the late Ben Franklin participate. Nancy and Kevin have also cultivated a nurturing community with resources such as workshops and teacher training that promote its growth.
The center's impressive roster of yoga classes covers the flowing Vinyasa poses as well as specialty courses for prenatal mothers, older adults, and kids. Every class pays attention to the individual needs of its students, just as the massage services modify their kneads to better treat specific tensions. A calming interior contributes to Glenmore's warm ambiance: two carpeted studios, a massage room, and a lounge accommodate its guests. Students can also borrow the yoga books and videos of the lending library, so long as they turn in their senses of balance as collateral.
Young Chefs Academy of Richmond offers weekly cooking classes, cooking camps, unforgettable birthday parties, educational field trips, fun-filled workshops, and other cooking-themed events. The unique sessions are designed to help children build life-enriching skills and experience the thrill of discovering and creating.
During the day or night, on a holiday or a plain old Tuesday, Anytime Fitness is always open. Once they register, members get a key to the gym’s secured entryway, which means they have 24-hour-a-day, 365-days-a-year access to any of the club’s nearly 1,800 locations all over the globe. Personal trainers staff each location, where they lead customized one-on-one training sessions or provide quick and simple tips for using the gym’s high-quality cardio and strength-training equipment. The roster of group classes includes kickboxing and boot camp to whip bodies into shape in a fun and supportive environment. After a sweat session, members can head to the locker room for a shower or catch up on their stories on one of the treadmills equipped with a personal TV. Exercisers can also accentuate their hard-earned musculature with a tanning session or two, since access to beds is either added onto their membership for an additional fee or billed on a pay-per-use basis.
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