2013 BOB Awards: Body & Soul
PLACE OF MEDITATION
Charlotte True Buddha Temple
5909 Monroe Rd., 704-567-2000
Three levels of colorful dieties on shelves greet you inside this place of peace helmed by teacher and Living Buddha Lian-sheng, Sheng-yen Lu. Though technically a school and place of worship, all are welcome. Grab a stick of incense, light it, and concentrate on the mantra projected overhead as it burns. When your head is clear, leave your incense (and thoughts and prayers) behind in the outside censer, a sand-filled, pagoda-type structure adorned with dragons. Tip: Don’t forget socks; no shoes inside.
Non-Gym Workout Class
Andre’s Cardio Craze
Class schedule at andrehairston.com
For five bucks, Andre Hairston, along with his pals Justin Timberlake and Michael Jackson, will whip you and about a hundred others into shape with his hour-long Cardio Craze classes. Swing by the Cornwell Center at Myers Park Baptist Church on Saturday mornings (among other locations at other times during the week), and follow Hairston in fun and calorie-burning dance routines, no matter your age or fitness level.
Sky High Sports, 601 N. Polk St., Pineville, 704-889-5867
Bounce around all day or join in for crazier activities like trampoline dodgeball at this indoor trampoline center in Pineville. Pay $10 per hour ($12 on weekends) and blow off some steam while getting a great workout. Safety pads cover all of the frames and springs, and with 360 degrees of trampoline floors and walls, there’s no falling off.
The Ritz-Carlton Spa “Sampler”, 201 E. Trade St., 704-547-2244
The city offers many options when it comes to skimping on a massage, but sometimes you want to go for the all-out pamper session. The Ritz-Carlton Spa’s “Sampler” includes 100 minutes of a blend of a hot stone massage, reflexology, deep-tissue massage, and a Swedish massage with light to medium pressure along with your choice of five organic aromatherapy oils. At $255, this pampering session is worth saving up for.
Place to Free Your Mind
Avondale Labyrinth, 2821 Park Rd., 704-333-6194
With the city skyline still in view, this labyrinth—modeled after the one in Chartres Cathedral in France—is a great lunch-break getaway. As ancient spiritual meditation paths, labyrinths are the perfect places for clearing the mind. The friendly people at Avondale Presbyterian Church welcome all to their campus, complete with soothing wind chimes
and a white-noise waterfall.
Route to See & Be Seen
Whether cycling, running, or walking, the busiest route on nice days is Myers Park’s three-mile Booty Loop—the namesake of the 24-Hours of Booty charity cycling event. The route follows Queens Road West, Selwyn Avenue, and Queens Road. It technically begins at Freedom Park, but the kind folks at Myers Park Methodist Church don’t seem to mind that, when there isn’t a service, their parking lot is chock-full of quad-stretchers and cyclists preparing for a run or a ride that approaches the route in reverse.
Yoga Guru, Sarah Faircloth
Don’t be fooled by Sarah Faircloth’s Tinker Bell appearance: crinkly blonde hair, ballerina’s body, honey-toned voice. One of a select group of teachers in the nation who is certified in a style of yoga that focuses on aligning the body and opening the heart, Faircloth has more than a decade of experience and hundreds of hours of training. Now teaching locally at Be Yoga in Dilworth, she also leads advanced workshops throughout the country. She has trained some of the best teachers in Charlotte. And she will kick your butt on the mat.
“You ready?” Faircloth calls out before every new or complicated pose. She may be requesting the impossible—to float up into a handstand, or to lean forward, balance one knee on an elbow, and lift the other leg off the ground. But she never gives you a chance to refuse. She just smiles sweetly and leads the way. —L.R.
Orange Olive Hair Gallery, 2824 N. Davidson St., 704-334-2229
This charming salon inside a 100-year-old NoDa house has friendly stylists and a come-as-you-are attitude. They offer a welcome cookie when you arrive, hang local artwork on the walls, and provide great cuts, color, and styling services. Expect no judgment and happy results when you finally have time to get rid of those embarrassing split ends or dark roots.
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Free yoga at Dharma Lounge, Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m., 1440 S. Tryon St., 704 334-8336
Free/donation class at Community Yoga, First Sunday of every month, 5 p.m. 20823 N. Main St. (Hwy. 115), Ste. 117, 704-491-4749
Free qigong at Alive and Well Massage Therapy, first and third Mondays at 5 p.m. 4830-B Monroe Rd., 704-572-9021