Instructor Jodi Conroy embraced The Bar Method lifestyle while learning from and eventually teaching under its creator, Burr Leonard. Jodi then opened her own franchises in an effort to acquaint more Californians with The Bar Method's signature mix of interval training, isometric exercises, dance-conditioning moves, and low-impact techniques gleaned from physical therapy. During routines, patrons unfurl legs and stretch spines into balance-affirming positions, often utilizing a ballet bar for leverage rather than anchoring legs in recycled Christmas-tree stands. The muscle-lengthening workouts build stamina while streamlining physiques and have garnered praise from such celebrities as Drew Barrymore and Anna Paquin. The Santa Barbara Independent has commended Jodi's "clean and pleasant" Santa Barbara studio, as well as its "personable and funny instructors [who] do an excellent job of supporting each student."
Part of Therapy Services Plus and named for its location above it, Yoga Upstairs elevates visitors’ spirits and fitness levels with accessible Hatha- and Iyengar-style yoga classes, as well as basic, gentle, and Vinyasa flows. Sunlight warms the bamboo floor of the practice space as seasoned teachers demonstrate movements to help strengthen muscles and center minds. Iyengar class instructors walk students through routines to open joints and cultivate stamina, and students perform restorative-yoga routines to melt stress with gentle stretches and breaths deeper than a bass solo inside a moon crater. In addition to posing on mats, students can visit the studio’s four-panel yoga wall, where sturdy straps assist inverted moves and other advanced body-weight exercises without risking injury. Like a medieval castle’s daycare center, many classes incorporate blankets, blocks, and sandbags, which help students hold their poses as they hone their alignment.
The meaning of art may be subjective, but Mission: Renaissance believes that the basic, technical skills needed to create art are learnable, regardless of a student’s age or experience. The instructors at the studio, which was originally founded in 1975, illuminate the Gluck Method, which focuses on the classic rendering techniques that the great masters used on their first computers. The classes can accommodate students as young as 5, and they explore a number of different mediums—including charcoal, watercolors, and oils—while giving attendees the experience they need to appreciate art, as well as create it. Spread across 19 studio locations in southern California, attendance is capped at around six students per instructor, which allows them to offer artists more personalized feedback and more fitting nicknames.
The Better Golf Academy emerged from a straightforward goal: golf instructor James Pugliese wanted to develop a curriculum that would simplify the golf swing. Though originally designed for children, Pugliese's six-step approach helps golfers of all ages on their path to a straighter and longer ball flight free of upside-down loop. Golfers who learn under his curriculum will zero in on the mechanics for a successful grip, setup, takeaway, backswing, downswing, and finish, shaping their swing in easy-to-understand increments. Pugliese's model has proven so effective that it now has grown into an international, spikey-soled footprint.
Since Lindero Country Club's founding in 1969, the Spanish-style clubhouse at the entrance has anchored the club's diverse array of activities. From here, players embark for rounds of golf on the 9-hole course characterized by running creeks and narrow fairways, and return to its shady confines to tally up their birdies and enjoy casual Italian fare at the Sage Room. A public driving range is also nearby for players to pack in further swings, and the driving range is lit up at night for golfers practicing some late-night swings.
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