Alison Rubin first discovered yoga when she moved across the world, leaving England behind for sunny Southern California in 1972. She fell, or steadily posed, head over heels for the ancient exercise form, eventually earning her teaching certification in 1984 when she moved to Spokane. Now, with 40 years and myriad certifications under her belt, she leads a dedicated troupe of instructors who teach Hatha-style classes within a cozy studio, winning Best Yoga Studio by The Pacific Northwest Inlander in 2009 and 2010.
They lead a lineup of classes that accommodate a spectrum of skill levels, ranging from newcomers to Twister world champions.
The staff at Pure Salon & Spa treats the skin, face, and eyes, and Janelle M. Frisque deals with muscles and nerves. Inside the calming spa, the massage therapist welcomes clients to her table for relaxing Swedish massages or deep-tissue bodywork. Janelle works beside a trained aesthetician and nail technician and an Aveda-educated skincare specialist.
Licensed massage therapist Galina Korovnik discovered a knack for the trade at age 18, when she got a job giving back rubs at a chiropractic clinic. Since then, she has pursued her talents for massage therapy and opened Belladona?s Massage, soothing clients and mollifying muscular aches with Swedish and deep-tissue treatments.
Zebra-print chairs and chic black-and-white details ensconce guests at Lush, where stylists such as Stephanie Marcyes pamper them with hair and nail services. Stephanie's hair primping begins with hair health; along with precision cuts and styles, she also deep conditions locks and adds partial or full highlights or ombre color for new dimensions.
Near East Yoga Spokane's cozy storefront studio welcomes students of all experience levels to hone their mind-body balance during Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga classes. Studio owner and yoga instructor Charisse Hayes credits the efficient Ashtanga style for enhancing her life physically and otherwise. Having studied in India and the United States, Charisse infuses her personal practice with techniques learned from her overseas mentors as well as experience gained while co-directing a studio in Portland for six years. During classes, Charisse guides students through a sequence of postures that are linked by deep, controlled breaths. The continual movement not only bolsters physical strength and flexibility but also heightens mental focus, self-awareness, and haiku creativity.
Posters for the Broadway musicals Hair and Hairspray hang on the walls at On Broadway Salon & Day Spa, fitting both themes of this chic salon. A red carpet adorns the hallway floors, leading clients to plush chairs in which hair stylists pamper them with professional hair treatments. Practitioners also perform lavish spa treatments such as facials and massages in rooms adorned with more Broadway posters.