When owner Jen Chitwood entered her first yoga class in 2002, she was amazed by the mental, physical, and emotional exertion she experienced in just a single hour. The positive benefits of yoga, including stress relief and a positive attitude adjustment, spilled into the rest of her life and relationships almost immediately, leading her to eventually realize that yoga was her life’s passion.This realization led her to study and, in time, come to own her own studio. Now, she leads a team of experienced instructors who dedicate their yogic pedagogy to students of any skill level, leading them through Vinyasa-style yoga and guiding them with individualized adjustments. They also hold prenatal yoga classes, private lessons, workshops with national teachers, and teacher trainings for those wanting to dive deeper on the yogic path. Additionally, the studio’s knowledgeable nutritionist works with individuals or groups to help them exercise good decision making and portion control when they’re lounging at home, working at the office, or vacationing at their timeshares in Candy Land.
Uptown Yoga is dedicated to creating a positive change in the world at large. Jen Chitwood cofounded One Love Dallas, a local branch of the charity Off the Mat, Into the World, which inspires conscious, sustainable activism and grassroots social change within communities around the world.
Property Location When you stay at Residence Inn by Marriott Dallas Plano/The Colony in The Colony, you'll be in the suburbs and close to Hawaiian Falls The Colony and Arbor Hills Nature Preserve. This hotel is within close proximity of Arbor Hills Nature Preserve and Dr Pepper Ballpark. n Rooms Make yourself at home in one of the air-conditioned rooms featuring kitchens with full-sized refrigerators/freezers and stovetops. Wired and wireless Internet access is complimentary, while 32-inch flat-panel televisions with premium TV channels provide entertainment. Conveniences include desks and separate sitting areas, as well as phones with voice mail. n Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities Enjoy recreational amenities such as an outdoor pool and a fitness facility. Additional amenities include complimentary wireless Internet access, a television in the lobby, and barbecue grills. n Dining Grab a bite from a grocery/convenience store serving guests of Residence Inn by Marriott Dallas Plano/The Colony. n Business, Other Amenities Featured amenities include a 24-hour business center, business services, and audiovisual equipment. Planning an event in The Colony? This hotel has facilities measuring 210 square feet (20 square meters), including a meeting/conference room. Free self parking is available onsite.
With more than a decade in the beauty business, Ms. Rae has settled into a trio of specialties, beautifying clients with lash extensions, brow maintenance, and hair services. In the salon, she’s often found undertaking complete hair transformations—in addition to simple cut-and-color services, she can also tame texture with relaxers or volumize manes with invisible-weave extensions. No matter the treatment, clients can often customize their experience, selecting conditioning treatments designed to strengthen dry or damaged locks or calm scalps itchy from wearing a crown of mosquitoes.
As an aesthetician, Ms. Rae shapes brows with the help of three distinct tools: precise tweezers, professional-grade wax, or arch-sculpting razors. When she’s not apprehending excess fuzz, she adds fringe to lids with lash extension services. Flare extensions in five intermixable lengths nestle between natural lashes to thicken overall lash lines, and single lashes with 2-3 extensions per clump add maximum volume.
At Centro Restaurant-Lounge, the only commonality between morning and evening are the orange chandeliers dripping glass filigree toward the floor. "After 10 o'clock we move the tables to the kitchen," says manager Francisco Ibarra. Then, DJs spin furious dance beats for a crowd of partygoers. Well-stocked bars center both the lounge and outdoor patio, which is further augmented with umbrellas and cabanas.
Despite the lounge's dramatic transformation, "before 10 o'clock it's like a normal restaurant," Ibarra says. Its menu is the brainchild of Ibarra and his longtime friend, Marcos Hernandez, who began crying deeply while cutting onions alongside his mother when he was 7 years old. "Now he has a lot of authentic Mexican food talent," Ibarra says. Using Hernandez's culinary gift and Ibarra's flair for business, the two have elevated Centro's cuisine with the addition of flavorful cactus flowers, Mexican corn bread, and a steak marinade with traditional spices.
Husband and wife duo Tabora and Toy Laster, owners of Choice Training Group Fitness, electrify the studio with their characteristic energy. Whether they're dressing up in hokey hula shirts to promote Zumba fitness parties or bringing in guest instructors to host self-defense sessions, the two aim to create a gym that feels like an inclusive club.
Newbies and old hats jump into a diverse set of classes, ranging from group fitness and boot camp, to pole-dancing sessions in the Kandy & Krome room, a mirror-lined, pole-bestrewn sanctuary for flirty fitness. Alongside high-energy cardio classes such as Belly Dance Fusion, Absolute Abs, or Zumba, the studio hosts bachelorette parties, couples massage sessions, and workshops on effective methods for releasing stress.
During a Men’s Fitness photo shoot for the article “One-Off Workout: A Cardio Replacement Routine,” fitness model Tim McComsey lifted a barbell and held a dead-lift pose as the cameras flashed. The article explains five exercises requiring stellar form, and shows pictures of McComsey executing each one accordingly. As a National Academy of Sports Medicine–certified trainer at TRyM Fitness, McComsey demonstrates the same level of expertise while he shows how to perform lifts properly during personal-training sessions, fitness boot camps, and piano-tossing tournaments. Most of his workouts rely on a mix of plyometric, TRX training, and bodyweight exercises. To augment his clients’ results, McComsey draws upon his dietitian training to offer online meal plans.