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James Island residents looking to expand their spinal cords and shrink their waistlines now have their own Pilates studio situated in, of all places, a Piggly Wiggly shopping center. Last month, Kim Lasby (pictured at far left) and Mary Ann Stisher (left) opened the Mindful Body Pilates and Wellness studio, the only exercise facility located on Harbor View Road, with the goal of having lots of options — in addition to Pilates, they also offer yoga, NIA, and therapeutic massage — and they require no contracts, no monthly memberships, no unnecessary commitments. With more than 2,300 square feet, Mindful Body has the space to house mat classes in one room and Pilates machines in another. “At most places, you’re only going to be able to get Pilates through a mat class,” Lasby says. “With Mindful Body, we decided we wanted to give people the best of both worlds.” Contact Mindful Body at 406-0097 or check out the website at .

Takin’ It Off Takes Off
Time to throw a new log on the fire in the bedroom? If you’re ready to shed some inhibitions — and some articles of clothing — the Love to Dance & Entertain Company (formerly known as the Lifelong Learning Center) has just the ticket. While Love to Dance offers a full slate of classes, including salsa, shag, ballroom, hula, and belly dancing, one of their most unique programs is the “Strip for Your Lover” class, hosted by former professional stripper Royce LaRose. “I brought [Royce] out of retirement just to teach,” says owner Lorie Sienna, “and she put together a wonderful program that’s safe — a little risque — but women will come back and say, ‘You saved my marriage!’ ... their confidence soars; it’s amazing.” Small groups of women only (sorry, fellas) are taught in both one- and two-day sessions, which do NOT involve actual nudity. Oh, and just in case you need a little help letting that prim and proper facade fall, Sienna offers free wine to participating dancers. To sign up for a class (the next one-day session will be held on Sat. Oct. 21) or a private one-on-one lesson, call 216-6393 or visit .

Each October, during Breast Cancer Awareness month, the Charleston-area branch of the Susan G. Komen Foundation sponsors the annual 5K Race for the Cure to support breast cancer research. Attendees should arrive by 7:30 am to ensure parking at the Family Circle Cup facilities. To register or learn more, please call the hotline or visit the website. Sat. Oct. 21, 8 a.m. $30/day of race registration. Family Circle Cup Stadium, 161 Seven Farms Drive. 556-3343. .

Bust a Move
With our narrow streets and islands scattered across the area, it’s been a bit of a struggle for bicyclists and pedestrians to find ways to promote and preserve their alternative transportation and healthy lifestyle choices. Charleston Moves, a nonprofit organization with a stated mission “to make the Charleston region more healthy and livable by creating a community that values pedestrian, bicyclist, and transit options,” hosts a day-long festival on Sat. Oct. 28 that celebrates the “joy of getting places in ways that do not necessarily involve automobiles” with numerous bicycle rides, a centrally-located Festival Village at the Maritime Center, an Urban Adventure Challenge, and a barbecue and swap meet featuring live music from the Modern Skirts. For more info or to register for any of the events, visit Charleston Moves’ website at or give them a call at 579-4100.

On Sat. Oct. 28, five leading yoga studios from across the Lowcountry (Serenity Now Yoga, Blue Turtle Yoga, Satsang Yoga, Holy Cow Yoga, and Yoga Loft Summerville) will come together with Louie’s Kids, an organization devoted to “fighting obesity one child at a time,” for an outdoor Yoga Marathon in Marion Square. Louie’s Kids founder Louis Yuhasz, a longtime yoga devotee, was brainstorming with Noele Pace, owner of Serenity Now Yoga, when they decided to combine their two passions for an event that would “better yourself and your community,” Yuhasz says. All of the money raised during the 108-minute marathon will go directly to benefit children in the Lowcountry — to get a sponsor form and start gathering donations, check out the Louie’s Kids website ( ) and download a form, or visit any of the five yoga studios to pick one up.


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