Owner Richard Lanza began Open Doors as a metaphysical healing center and store in 1992, and he carried that healing spirit into the yoga studio he opened in 2003. At Open Doors Yoga Studios, Richard's goal is to create a space where people feel empowered to explore their personal beliefs on a path toward self-healing. Thus, yoga instructors at the studio's numerous locations help practitioners achieve their personal goals through accessible classes, each designed to build core strength while quieting the mind and increasing body awareness. From slow-flow heated classes to unheated Hatha sessions, students can participate in a variety of yoga styles geared toward beginners, more experienced participants, and those who only feel comfortable in a 98-degree room.
American Kempo Karate Academy founder Mark DiNino is an eighth-degree black belt?and a father. In fact, three of his own children train at the academy, meaning the South Shore native shares many of the same hopes and concerns as other parents of AKKA students. But he also understands the benefits children can reap from the academy's program, which since 1995 has improved fitness and increased self-confidence, discipline, and concentration. Of course, kids aren't the only one's who can benefit from a boost in self-esteem, which is why AKKA also offers an adult program, where grownups can achieve similar gains and release stress brought on by their job or lack of homework.
South Shore Conservatory is the largest community school for the arts in Massachusetts, offering classes in music, dance and drama, as well as an arts-based preschool and kindergarten. Concerts are open to the public, and its Evenings Under the Stars summer concert series attracts concertgoers throughout Greater Boston.
On the quaint corner of Spring Lane and Summer Street, The Jenney Museum sits as a historic bastion of tradition and treasures. Built in 1749, the house invites guests to wander through its two exhibit rooms and gift shop. Today, The Jenney Museum remains dedicated to preserving Plymouth's Pilgrim history and integrating it into the present day. Its location near the picturesque Town Brook beckons spring-time visitors to watch thousands of river herring migrate up the waters–a must-see stop before venturing on The Jenney Museum's historic walking tour led by historian and guide, Leo Martin. During each trek, Martin cants tales including the relationship between the Pilgrims and natives, recalling their struggles, survivals, and faith that laid the foundation of our country and created future memories of Thanksgiving dinners.
The weather in Boston doesn’t always provide for ideal golfing conditions. In 2003, a record storm buried the city under nearly 28 inches of snow. Other years have simply been cold. In either case, On The Tee Indoor Golf Club lets players work on their swings year-round with an advanced golf simulator that re-creates some of the world's finest courses. Standing in front of a high-definition 14'x9' screen, golfers shoot actual balls as 3-D Doppler tracking radar—not unlike the radar used to track stray caddies—accurately follows the shots and relays the results within the simulated course. Computers also help visitors take their games to the next level during lessons with professional golfer Russell Quigg, who uses video-analysis software to diagnose and fix problems in players’ swings.
Self-expression, fitness, competition, or just plain old fun. Dance can be for all four of those reasons, or just one. At South Shore Dance Academy, instructors teach ballet, jazz, tap, and contemporary, allowing each student to get exactly what they want out of the art form. They maintain the importance of accessibility, too, offering classes to everyone aged 3 and older, including classes for those with special needs. To further ensure that accessibility, they even reach out to under-served populations with scholarships funded by contributions and fundraisers.