The chefs of Cookology parlay the essentials of planning, budgeting, and cooking quick and healthy meals. With new classes added each month, students can pick an evening from the schedule of Quick & Healthy Week Night Meals classes and stroll into the kitchen for a two-hour course that begins with practical tips on how to plan a meal, how to find the best ingredients on a budget, how to bake dessert from scratch, and how to tell a radish from a battery. Chefs then walk students through the cooking of a full menu from scratch, ranging from a braised chicken with caramelized onions and peppers to fresh-spinach-and-arugula salad, with a sweet finale of macerated berries with chocolate crème. During the culinary clinic, technical skills, such as knife-handling, salad-preparation, and oven-braising methods receive due attention, supplying students with the know-how necessary to feed families, impress friends, and avoid guilty looks from the delivery man.
CraftyStitches Designs first made their mark on the online sewing community with batting made by Virginia vendors and quilted accessories such as jewelry rolls, makeup cases, and iPad sleeves. But since CraftyStitches LLC debuted its other half, CraftyStitches Studio, the 1,500-square-foot crafters' paradise has gained a new following of budding seamstresses. The studio's sewing classes range from quilting and beginner sewing for Girl Scouts to piecing together a little black dress from scratch, rather than piecing one together from scraps of monster truck tires.
From introductions to camera basics to nuanced lessons on outdoor light, courses at Learn Your DSLR teach photographers of all experience levels how to get the most out of their tools. Some classes focus cover compositional tactics, introducing students to the intricacies of portrait, landscape, or sports photography. Others tackle specific camera components, sharing usable facts about flashes, shutter speed, and the little man that engraves each image on the memory card. No matter the subject, a seasoned photographer leads each session, bringing years of picture-taking and teaching experience to the classroom.
Helmed by owner Ursula Cox, the staff at Inner Power Yoga guides yoga disciples through the poses of Vinyasa yoga, drawing on training that earned them Northern Virginia Magazine’s award for Best Yoga Studio 2012. Perched on bamboo floors in a studio with natural light and high ceilings, students stretch, bend, and twist as the 85- to 90-degree temperature assists in purging their bodies of toxins and chronic goosebumps. Ursula and the gang teach students of all skill levels, focusing on helping them link movement and breath. The instructors also hold private sessions for students who need more practice, and training sessions for students who aspire to master the ways of the yogi during teacher training.