Instructor Linda Summers strives to instill within each of her students the important life lessons that yoga has taught her—to slow down, celebrate each day, and embrace the goodness in every living thing. Linda has been carving out a healthy lifestyle for two decades through her work as a personal trainer, Pilates instructor, and spin instructor, but it's been her decade of yoga practice that has truly shaped her outlook on life. Over the years, Linda has studied under many notable yogis, including Twee Merrigan.
Now she shepherds aspiring yogis of all levels along the path of physical, mental, and spiritual discipline—which leads the traveller toward wisdom and away from the lies crooned by late-night infomercials—through small Vinyasa and Hatha yoga classes. During these classes, Linda teaches her students to marry controlled breath with a flow of athletic and remedial postures as she gently adjusts their forms. Her studio's earthy walls surround students in tranquility as she inspires them to feel the strength and vibrancy that yoga has taught her to realize within herself.
The fitness specialists who created BoostCamp Bootcamps eschew quick fixes, replacing them with motivating exercise classes and complementary tips on healthy eating habits that clients can use to make life-long changes. During their sessions, trainees run, jump, and side-shuffle their way across Chedoke and Battlefield Parks five days per week. A certified fitness instructor, Barry Vincent, helms the camp and encourages clients of all fitness levels to meet their goals with an ever-changing lineup of rigorous routines that may include partner exercises, agility training, and relay races. Members can attend as many classes as they wish each week, and new campers begin their journey with a nutritional consultation. BoostCamp’s on-staff holistic nutritionist, Tamara Dunn, answers diet inquiries and designs meal plans that can foster weight loss while still providing enough energy to perform squats or jump-rope with an elevator cable.
The ocular experts at Vision Clinic assess eyesight and stock their boutique shelves with frames from names including Dolce & Gabbana, Dior, and Alain Mikli. Devoted to creating eyewear that suits the wearer?s lifestyle, the staff consults with each client to ensure lenses withstand prolonged staring at computer screens or prolonged staring matches with younger siblings. Once frames are selected, opticians keep them fitting with complimentary adjustments and onsite repairs.
Vision Clinic?s attentive care stretches beyond its shop doors?the practice provides prescription eyewear and exams for the local community. The company also makes frequent contributions to a number of charitable organizations.
As a singer in Le Trio Parisien, Juliet Dunn uses the power of song to entertain. As a Zumba teacher at J.A.D.E. Zumba Fitness, she uses it to get hearts pumping and waistlines slimming during dance-based exercise parties. African drumbeats and South American melodies converge in her workout soundtrack, which brims with international tunes from Grammy-winning producers. As the sound system blares, Dunn imparts easy-to-follow dance steps inspired by salsa, merengue, cumbia, and reggaeton. Like a trip to the airport in a clown car, Zumba fitness classes are an hour long and accommodate 20–100 people.
Health and Wellness at Citrine Stone Spa takes its name from a rare mineral that transforms and releases negative energy. According to the team of aestheticians, this quality reduces anxiety and stress, increases mental and emotional clarity, and spurs on creativity. With a menu of services, the spa’s staff hopes to do the same for clients. Massage therapists extract tension from muscles with practiced strokes and hot stones, and aestheticians revitalize visages during facials that employ anything from vitamin C to oversize lollipops to help guests look younger.
Yoga Truly owner Claire entered her first yoga studio in 2002, hoping to find relief from chronic neck pain. Not only did she find pain relief, but she also found a deep passion for yoga. Now an instructor herself, Claire helps others suffering from stubborn aches with private yoga therapy sessions. Her group yoga classes help students of all ages and levels, including kids yoga classes that focus on movement and songs to build self-esteem and social skills.