Look who came crawling back to the annual “get healthy” resolution.
The Body Shop
Need a new body? Recently opened and expansive Studio Anya is a one-stop shop for all neo-yogic needs. Owner Courtney Bauer created a playground-like environment that encourages mind/body learning — group and individual Pilates and yoga classes (first class is free), Thai bodywork, neuromuscular therapy, and meditation.
To Dye For
You haven’t gone green since the henna debacle of 1992, but Butterfly Studio insists there’s no need to suck in noxious fumes while getting your hair didded. The salon offers Inoa Color System dye, which provides permanent, bandless color without ammonia or narsty smells. Prices start at $125, about what regular color runs.
No Chakra Con
Sweatpants are your January uniform, and that elastic waistband will help Stephanie Jones get at your chakras. The West Coast transplant uses a three-part breathing technique to quiet the mind and get energy moving through the body. While lying still on the floor, you’ll work up a sweat, reach euphoric highs, and maybe even cry like a baby. Private and small group classes take place at Golden Bridge Yoga.
Save the Palate
Put down the Ding Dongs and sign up for Food Solutions, a series of workshops about restoring health through food. The Urban Zen Foundation kicks off the panel discussions with kitchen demos on Wednesday, January 20. Themes on the agenda include allergy, asthma, ADHD management, and gluten-free living.
Deep Down Under
Shake off that holiday hangover with a centuries-old, hour-long Kodo massage at the new Spa at the Surrey. Inspired by traditional Australian techniques, the treatment — passed down via Aboriginal elders — uses pressure point therapy and rhythmic movement to realign the body’s energy. Didgeridoo music and an introductory smoke ceremony seem a fitting way to ring in a new decade.
It’s well worth it.
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