The pressure was starting to get to Karoun Charkoudian, much like a teakettle when an entire family stares at it impatiently. She had completed grad school and was looking for a corporate gig, and this new phase in life was causing her a lot of confusion. But all of that went away when a friend brought her to a Bikram yoga class in 2003. There, she discovered newfound peace and clarity. In the years that followed, Karoun completed teacher training for several types of yoga, including Vinyasa flow and Iyengar, and became heavily influenced by the meditative movements of Chinese qi gong.
Now she shares her expertise within the bright green walls at Karoun Yoga. The intimate, modern studio is also home to other experienced instructors who approach yoga from the realms of fitness, rehabilitation, dance, and spirituality.
Spark Center lights a flame under fitness routines with challenging yet fun workouts designed to coax out both sweat and smiles. Visitors of all ages, sizes, and abilities can flow with the center's laid-back vibes during various yoga classes; those looking to crank up the pace can bounce to the beats of Zumba, which gets bodies moving with sultry Latin music.
Licensed acupuncturist and herbalist Stan Baker draws from extensive experience in Eastern healing methods to adeptly perform numerous Eastern-medicine modalities. Baker's acupuncture and bodywork sessions help to stimulate the body's vital energy channels, working to alleviate such medical ailments as migraines and musculoskeletal pain. A Sun Do mountain yoga instructor with a black belt in aikido, Baker bolsters his understanding of the East by attending weekly chen-tai-chi classes and boycotting three out of four cardinal directions.
Spa on the Green's beautifiers relax and freshen epidermises within a two-story ranch-style house filled with soft natural light, plush furniture, and the green accents of potted palms. Aestheticians coddle expression makers with a 50- to 60-minute spa facial, which rejuvenates normal, overactive, or acne-prone skin. Deep cleansing removes accumulated dirt and caked-on pie residue, and gentle exfoliation rousts out rooted impurities, leaving faces glowing and soft.
Optical Expressions' friendly staff of frame wranglers and licensed optometrists outfits faces with a stylish array of designer eyewear. Like an eagle landing on the runways of Milan, the boutique’s chic frames merge impeccable vision and high fashion through lenses ($69+) and lens holders from well-known labels such as Versace ($209–$350) and Gucci ($300–$429). Each appointment lasts a brief half hour to an hour, efficiently and accurately fixing customers up with a frame to match individual styles. In addition to equipping eyeballs with transparent eyewear, Optical Expressions’ vast emporium of designer sunglasses from Ray-Ban ($99–$179), John Varvatos ($199–$399), and Prada ($199–$400) fashionably shield corneas from the jealous glances of the sun.