On any given day at Branford Academy of Hair & Cosmetology, you may find student hair stylists bent over mannequin heads during cosmetology courses or makeup-artists-in-training transforming models into skeletons and wood nymphs as part of their makeup artistry certification. At the school's spa, visitors can receive relaxing facials, expert haircuts, and other beauty services from students who work under the watchful eye of a certified aesthetician and instructor.
For more than a century, Ring's End has put quality home improvement products in the hands of homeowners and contractors. A Stanley FatMax level ($30.99) ensures all paintings and ouija boards are hung correctly, and a gallon of Benjamin Moore Regal Classic paint ($40.19) creates a vibrant new hue on staid interior walls. Fiberon composite decking ($2.95+/ft.) helps to craft sturdy, colorful backyard-grilling platforms and arrives backed by a 20-year limited warranty. Handymen and women can keep tools easily accessible, organized, and ready to travel with a Veto Pro Pac tool bag ($144.99), which holds more than 100 hand tools and includes six zippered pockets to hide worksite snacks from Bob Vila.
Bikram Yoga New Haven's 90-minute classes keep tendons lean and taut by taking participants through 26 poses of muscle-melting concentration and two breathing exercises, all performed in room set at 105 degrees Fahrenheit. With the thermostat cranked to a warm, humid, and detoxifying temperature, students narrow their focus to sweat out their toxins and forge new, flexible frontiers while maintaining rhythmic, deep relaxation breathing. Aside from empowering the mind, muscles, and soul, Bikram classes provide proven benefits, such as assisting in injury recovery, speeding tissue regeneration, and granting the power of wingless flight. First timers will benefit from coming with an empty stomach, plenty of water, and two towels, but yoga-mat rentals at every session mean clients don’t have to worry about forgetting theirs at home or weaving one out of packing peanuts (free for first class; additional fee for mat rental applies for following classes). Over 25 classes on the weekly schedule allow for flexibility that goes beyond bendy thigh muscles.
Breathing Room offers yoga practitioners of all skill levels the chance to increase flexibility, reduce stress, and maintain natural joint mobility, while developing mind-body balance through various styles of yoga. With today's deal, guests can bend bodies in five different yoga classes offered at various times each week. Classes take place every day and usually last between 60 and 90 minutes, or roughly the time it takes to microwave a Twinkie. Break the exercise ice with the gentle-flow yoga class, a good place for beginners to learn the fundamentals of yoga while slowly flowing through postures and focusing closely on alignment and body structure. For more seasoned stretchers, Breathing Room offers power-flow yoga, a demanding, faster-flowing class, concentrating on strength and heat within the body.
At Art Plus Studio, experienced instructors teach BYOB art classes in a relaxed and fun environment. Sessions focus on various crafts, such as drawing live models, fashioning colorful clocks, painting wine-glasses, or painting still-life scenes on 11"x14" canvases. The classes are geared toward apprentices and require no previous experience—just a bottle of wine, your favorite snacks, and good friends or whoever was available.