Just a few blocks from the rolling waves of the Atlantic Ocean, experienced instructors develop their own flow during classes at the studio’s brand new location. With more than a dozen classes offered, yogis can brush up on the basics or work through the challenging sequences of Ocean Flow Vinyasa—a class designed for intermediate-to-advanced students or beginner porpoises. The studio casts open its doors seven days a week, and invites students for drop-in sessions or membership programs. As a Yoga Alliance certified studio, Oceanfront also readies new legions of instructors with yoga certification courses.
At ESTEEM Fitness, owner Jody Jones helps women build muscle tone and confidence in fitness sessions that have caught the attention of Fox 43. She and her team of talented instructors teach a bevy of fitness classes that include pole dancing, intense cardio Zumba classes, and the weightless core-building class. The studio’s schedule lets guests break a sweat every day of the week on gleaming brass poles in front of full-length mirrors or with the help of Pilates balls.
Julie Fabing Burleson and Suzy Vinson Nettles feel that the kitchen is just another place for kids to flex their creativity. They opened Young Chefs Academy to provide kids aged 3–18 with cooking programs targeted to preschoolers and kindergarteners, elementary schoolers, and older kids ready for trickier techniques and intricate recipes. Regardless of a student’s age, he or she is always taught the pillars of home cooking, including how to be safe in the kitchen, how to properly handle and prepare food, how to bake, and how to talk down an oven that constantly overheats. While participating in the entertaining cooking lessons, kids may not even realize that each class also allows them to practice their math, reading-comprehension, and communication skills.
Jim White, who recently earned the 2011 Community Fitness Award from the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition, and his staff help promote their clients’ wellness with a four-factor approach. This system supplies clients with a dedicated training team, varied workouts that produce results, nutrition plans designed by registered dietitians and dietetic technicians, and tools to help clients maintain fitter bodies.
Every member of the Jim White team operates with the mantra "If we can't do it, we can't expect you to," and they maintain that mindset when recommending realistic training programs to their clients. Workouts are selected from a menu of plyometrics, boot camps, and kickboxing routines, and onsite dietitians help balance exercise with a healthy nutrition plan. As a result, clients can develop healthier eating and exercising habits to get them on their way to long-term success.
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.
Named one of Parents magazine's Top 10 Birthday Chains, 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 whimsical characters—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, fire, and de-genie it for them, and they may retrieve the finished piece 4-6 days later.
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.