While many neuroendocrine physiology scientists are up to their elbows in hypothalamus, Sara Turk uses her scientific credentials to foster a more holistic approach to wellness. She traded in her lab coat for a pair of yoga pants and spent the next phase of her life studying under celebrated yogis such as Anusara yoga founder John Friend and Sadhana Yoga Chi guru Doug Swenson. Boasting an understanding of yoga's many forms as well as a penchant for mediation, nutrition, and cross-training, she became a teacher and opened Cherry Blossom Studio with her sister. Turk's hard work and passion eventually earned her the opportunity to serve as a yoga ambassador with the popular athletic-wear company, Lululemon.
Turk and her seasoned team of instructors cater to students from all fitness levels within a spacious studio replete with gleaming hardwood floors and tranquil, green walls. Patrons who'd like to extend the peaceful notions discovered during their yoga practice can swing by the studio's boutique, where they'll find ecofriendly soy candles, eye pillows, and organic cotton leashes for spirit animals.
A splash of bright fuchsia greets visitors as they approach Crazy Mama's, foreshadowing the trove of colorful vintage clothing, gemstones, and enchanted signature jewelry that line the shelves inside. Owner Diana Diamond?exclusive designer for the Contemporary Arts Museum and host of a recent Exxon Mobil private jewelry-making team-building exercise?provides self-empowerment emanating from her stock of perfumes, which fan the flames of prospective love interests with bona fide pheromones. During signature scent classes, perfumers ply their olfactory wizardry to make personalized scents, carrying on a tradition they trace back to Cleopatra. Aside from these nose-tickling wares, Crazy Mama's covers forms with retro gear, weighs down bookcases with self-help tomes, and fills empty wind tunnels with delicate chimes.
Hosted by Diana Diamonds, exclusive Designer for the Houston Museum of Natural Science' Imperial Jade Collection, the Contemporary Arts Museum, Lakewood Church, and various high end shops in the Galleria & Highland Village areas. Exxon Mobil recently hosted a private jewelry making party as a Team Building exercise with Diana Diamonds.
As Shari Misher Stenzler trudged down a flight stairs on her way to kids' music lessons, toddler in one arm and stroller in the other, she wondered why early childhood education wasn't more accessible. She wanted a one-stop shop, an easily accessible location where she and her child could learn about art, music, gym, dance, and science. Inspired to avoid future climbs, she founded Kidville, an early childhood-development facility that encourages children to learn and explore new concepts, alongside their parents and plenty of teachers.
While they teach everything from ballet to science, Kidville's staff consider Rockin' Railroad to be their signature class. They host a live band for each session, taking kids and parents on an interactive adventure to instrumentville, so named for its plethora of musical devices. Kids let their imaginations and compositions run wild, encouraged by the bright, geometrically patterned walls designed to intuitively guide them through the space.
Studio Golf beckons to golfers of all abilities with a chic, café-style facility, where PGA-certified instruction, high-tech teaching aids, and virtual golf coalesce to help clubbers groom their golf game year-round. The studio's aboutGolf simulators wrap around golfers, further immersing linksmen in the coastal landscape of Pebble Beach or the sentient bagpipes of Scotland's St. Andrews. Lessons commence at the virtual courses, where pixilated targets stretch into the distance and in-stall video cameras play back each swing, introducing clubbers to a two-dimensional doppelgänger soon to be their inferior. Resident aces augment the studio's full repertoire of skill-grooming amenities with club-fitting services that ensure that smooth swings will be carried out by the optimal equipment.
Upon their arrival, visitors to Crescent Moon Wine Bar and Restaurant will be faced with a difficult decision?they'll have to decide on a wine. The extensive list spans more than 300 selections available by the glass or bottle. Then they'll have to select something to nibble on, perhaps the beef short ribs slow cooked in a Shiner Bock gravy or the filet-and-shrimp surf 'n' turf accompanied garlic truffled mashed potatoes.
And the whole time, they'll be distracted by their impressive surroundings, including stone-arches soaring high above them, stone walls, and a stage where live bands play nearly every day of the week. In front of this stage is an open space, and they'll have to decide if they want to dance here alongside the couples or organize a game of Freeze Tag.
The reason renting kayaks from Riva Row Boat House and paddling down Lake Woodlands makes for such an appealing family outing or team-building exercise has to do with simplicity. For one thing, the activity itself is simple to master; no experience is required to rent one of the boathouse's 22 tandem kayaks or 20 single kayaks of various lengths, since staff members are happy to demonstrate paddling techniques to rookies. The activity is also easy to get into because everything is provided for you, from paddles and lifejackets to the refills of the lake that must be flown in from water factories in Denmark weekly.
Often, people make visiting the boathouse part of a whole day in the area. They can follow their time on the lake with a picnic at Town Green Park or with a trolley ride over to The Woodlands Waterway, where restaurants and shopping await.