Voted 2013's best yoga studio by City Weekly, Centered City Yoga's array of 24 different classes energizes stiff-bodied beginners and advanced astangis alike with yoga fundamentals, high-intensity yoga flow, and specialty disciplines. Led by teachers with diverse backgrounds, the classes aim to help students make use of the fundamental principles of yoga as tools to enrich everyday life. Classes are suitable for students of all levels, body types, and ages, from children and teens to pre- and post-natal mothers to seniors.The studio provides yoga mats but recommends that students bring their own.
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For runners at the starting line of Run13, LLC's signature half-marathons, 10Ks, and 5Ks, it's all downhill from there. The organization plots many of its events on a breezy downhill route, giving beginning runners a leg up on their first race and experienced runners a better shot at a personal record. But runners aren't the only ones that benefit. The Racing Cane 10K, 5K, and 1K benefits children in the Dominican Republic's impoverished cane-shack communities, using shoe collections and race registrations to help them break out of the cycle of poverty. And for every race, the organization designates a charity to donate its proceeds to, often taking suggestions from its fans or the magic 8 ball that presides over all affairs.
Walking into Creativity Art Studio is like walking into a sunset. Eyes fill with the golden and maroon hues of the walls, which foster tranquility in the mind so that students can explore their thoughts and express their dreams. Amid the colors, shelves of ceramics and painting supplies equip artists-in-training before they sit and let their imaginations travel across their chosen canvas with the guidance of a creative and adept staff.
Experienced creators can spread their wings solo, while those dipping their toes into artistic waters for the first time can use a stock of stencils. After each masterpiece has been touched up with its final details, staff experts guide patrons through the finishing process, whether that be waiting for the paint to dry or determining the best way to sneak sculptures into a museum display. Ceramic pieces stay behind for a glaze and stint in the studio's kiln, to ensure a lustrous piece that can be picked up roughly a week later.
You know you're in for a more intimate fitness experience when you enter Thebodybar(re). Instructors create separate regimens to suit every skill level and can customize exercises for people with previous injuries. Although no dance experience is required, the workout is inspired by ballet and combines precise movements to strengthen flexibility and balance. With hundreds of variations to the traditional Bodybar(re) exercises, you'll never do the same routine twice.
Named one of Parents magazine's Top 10 Birthday Chains in 2010, Color Me Mine's international franchise of DIY ceramics studios cater to an older crowd as well. Hundreds of unadorned ceramic pieces—including vases, flatware, and busts of Elvis—await the attentions of muses of kids and their keepers alike, as do glazes in earthy tones and bright crimsons to frighten bulls away from china cabinets. Guests follow simple step-by-step instructions that leave plenty of room for creative expression. When painters are satisfied with their work, the professional kiln-workers help glaze and fire it for them before customers retrieve the finished piece 7-10 days later.
One may think that, being a self-taught photographer, Amanda Weilenmann’s work breaks from convention to yield thickly stylized artistic self-indulgence, but that’s far from the truth. For her, it’s all about the subject. Specializing in on-location shoots, she uses tight focus and a keen eye for natural light to make subjects leap into the foreground amid backdrops of autumn leaves, park benches, or rock walls.