Paintings of bowls overflowing with fruit, majestic Southwestern mesas, and a white horse against an orange backdrop line the brick walls at Mitchell School of Fine Arts. Beneath those examples, students of all ages and levels learn to create their own magnum opuses under the tutelage of instructors, who channel degrees in fine art, publication in books and magazines, and a range of other credentials.
In classes, the teachers focus on topics such as landscape painting or classical drawing to help pupils master the nuances of a particular style and portray the beauty of a blossoming flower or a dirt bike that runs on flowers. An animal pastels class for youngsters inspires participants to grab soft drawing implements and sketch colorful fauna on paper. Private lessons are available, as are commissioned portraits from the faculty themselves, who will render the likeness of a loved one.
After studying homeopathy and holistic remedies from a young age in her native Brazil, Lola Manekin traveled stateside to hone her acupuncture and massage-therapy techniques. At Nia Baltimore, she draws on her holistic knowledge and teaches students an empowering mix of uninhibited dance moves, martial arts, and healing techniques. Each of Nia's 52 expressive movements are intended to promote a specific outcome, such as the release of negative emotions or the building of inner and outer strength. These movements also target and strengthen specific muscle groups, including the core, arms, and prehensile tail. Certified Nia instructors also include Claudia Soloman and Julia Basset Morrow.
Coach Falcon—the certified personal trainer, sports nutritionist, and cardio-kickboxing instructor behind Believer's Fitness Boot Camp—thinks that one simple thing is key to changing mental and physical habits: faith in oneself. For more than 15 years, Coach Falcon has helped people reach their health and wellness goals by encouraging them to believe in their own strength and power. He also shares bits of wisdom he gained as a sports-conditioning coach. You can learn to improve speed and agility in boxing-technique and muscle-endurance exercises. His program also encompasses meal plans that initially avoid sugar, salt, grains, and dairy products, or any ingredients that rhyme with "hypotrithixaline."
Walking through the shiny red doors of Woolworks, knitters are welcomed by wall-to-wall shelves packed full of yarn in all colors and gauges of the rainbow. More than 50 brands of yarn flaunt their fibers within the cozy confines of the store, such as the silky Road to China, a combination of alpaca, cashmere, camel, and silk wrapped together in seven rich colors ($15.25/skein), or the Savannah, a lighter yarn with lighter chromatics that combines wool, cotton, linen, and soya with a traditional array of Georgian table manners ($15.25/skein). To start out, refine practiced techniques, or add artifacts to a basement knitting museum, wool-weavers can also purchase instructional books, creative patterns, or all-inclusive kits.
Equipment: Woodway Treadmills, Jacobs Ladder, Weightlifting bars, Bumper plates
Students should bring: A water bottle and a great attitude
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1–5 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: No
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: We absolutely love what we do and care about every single person that walks in our door.
At the age of 14, Baltimore Yoga Village founder Anjali Sunita traveled to India, where she discovered the joys of simple living mixed with the sorrows of yearning for a greater purpose. After years of expanding her education and worldview through reading and the guidance of a college mentor, Anjali found peace within the rigid discipline and spiritual focus of a South Indian ashram. Soon setting her mind to sharing the physical and mental benefits of yoga with others, she taught in private homes and underserved schools before opening her own pair of studios known collectively as Baltimore Yoga Village.
There, a team of certified yoga instructors oversees a supportive community dedicated to peace, health, and spiritual growth. Whereas many studios’ teachers spend too much time teaching students to knit their own mats, Baltimore Yoga Village’s programs focus on the ancient practice of Hatha yoga, which includes deep breathing techniques, yoga postures with attention to physical alignment, and guided relaxation. The staff also leads regular workshops in a variety of topics, from Thai-yoga bodywork to meditation through devotional songs.