Before beginning any sort of treatment at Simply Well, the ayurvedic nutritionists help attendees discover which of the three personal constitutions, or doshas, best reflects them. Based on the assessment, the staff recommends a naturalistic course of therapeutic action, shepherding clients through anything from weight-loss programs and management of diabetes to addressing chronic fatigue or arthritis.
Trainers lead boot camps and workouts, therapists organize personalized consultations, and nutritionists lead cooking lessons that teach clients which foods stave off disease and promote energy, or which flowers to plant around refrigerators to keep rabbit roommates away. This combination of physical activity and study aims to invest guests with a sense of whole-body wellness by giving people the tools they need to keep practicing ayurvedic lifestyles at home.
Udaan Arts & Cooking founder Deepika Atkinson is a woman of many talents. After running an arts business in Mumbai for 15 years, she emigrated to America, where she became a real-estate professional, a property investor, and a licensed private pilot. Atkinson blends her experience with art and the cooking skills she learned from her mother to create a diverse curriculum of hands-on classes. Students untangle the complex spices of Indian food in two-hour cooking classes devoted to dishes that include potato samosas, naan, and butter-chicken curry. Artistic talents flourish in inclusive classes running the gamut from stained glass to embroidery to fabric painting. In mehndi classes, pupils learn to apply traditional body paint to hands and arms in elaborate scrolls, filigree, or full transcriptions of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.:m]]
Makeup artist Kim Nicole doesn't just make over clients. She also teaches people how to brandish pigment brushes of their own. Those who have a special occasion coming up might swing by for a daub of feature-spotlighting color, and those hoping to sharpen their skills can take a class. Kim can travel to teach a session at students' homes, or she can spill the tricks of her trade at her own studio.
With machines set up in rows to encourage competition, many ordinary gyms cater to men's bodies and psychology, right down to the urinals that were "accidentally" installed in the women's locker room. At Curves, you'll move around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with women's bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage your machine maneuvering and your muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing your momentum, the hydraulic machines use your body weight and fitness level to create resistance that matches your abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
Sean Holder of Virginia Photo Safari embarked on his career in photography in 1987, when he made a pinhole camera with his own two hands. Since that auspicious start, the self-motivated shutterbug has enjoyed a successful career working in more than 19 different countries, including the Philippines and Bangladesh. Along with executive director Barry Rowland—himself a three-decade veteran of the business—Holder leads individual and group safaris covering such topics as night photography, F-stops and shutter speeds, and capturing clear, close-up shots of nature.