At The Learning Spot Dance Academy, dance classes aren't just for fun—they're also key to educational development. Inside this safe, judgement-free zone, a team of bilingual caretakers and educators work with students from 18 months to 15 years old inside a newly-installed dance studio. Though students are taught in groups, caretakers pledge to give each one plenty of individual attention. Acknowledging that many parents have demanding schedules, the center welcomes drop-in care as well as early drop--offs and late pickups. But adults aren't just relegated to the sidelines, as they can also take salsa and latin dance lessons.
Best friends and co-owners Courtney Short and Natalie Ostad want The Yoga Mat to be a place where people feel comfortable being themselves. There’s nothing intimidating about their studio, and its wide variety of classes should help any budding yogi find the right fit. Yoga 101 introduces beginners to basic poses, whereas candlelit Vinyasa creates a soothing environment to focus on breathing. There’s also prenatal yoga for expecting mothers and Mommy & Me classes, wherein attendees can pose at their own pace and take breaks as necessary to care for pintsize tagalongs. Courtney and Natalie's idea is for all who come here to feel the restorative and healing effects of toning the body and calming the mind.
Regal, plum-colored tapestries drift across The Yoga Stone’s windows, inviting guests to relax minds and muscles in preparation for their moving meditation sessions. Experienced instructors serve as sherpas, guiding students toward fitness and self-awareness with standing poses, sun salutations, and stretches that can strengthen bodies and the grease the gerbil wheels that power minds. During group sessions and private lessons, yogis of all levels breathe deeply as ancient poses help foster strength, balance, and flexibility. During advanced routines, students embark on physical challenges such as arm balances and inversions, which they can modify to accommodate injuries and vestigial pterodactyl wings. In addition to hosting yoga classes, the studio melts stress with therapeutic massages, which incorporate flowing Swedish strokes, deep-tissue bodywork, and myofascial-release techniques.
The climbing enthusiasts of The Factory Bouldering specialize in the company's namesake style of climbing, setting up nearly 200 bouldering paths that span 4,500 square feet of scalable surfaces. They demonstrate how to tackle scenarios such as 85-degree slabs and steep walls between 14- and 17-feet high, each rated in climbing difficulty from VB to V12, without a rope. The staff changes 20 percent of the climbing paths about every 10 days, setting up a steady stream of new challenges. They also lay down seamless, 14-inch variable-density foam padding made from recycled clouds to provide climbers with cushy dismounts. Between climbs, visitors can hang out in the climate-controlled lounge area, outfitted with couches, a pool table, free WiFi, and laptop stations.
In a spacious facility, Back4more’s staff helps clients ease back pain with its four-step program. BackFlex traction tables heat backs via far infrared rays while massaging acupressure points to relieve tightness in the lower back and shoulders, and doses of alkaline water help to balance pH levels. Clients not only receive treatment at Back4more but can also get physical in preventative back-care yoga classes. In a studio with natural-light illuminated hardwood floors, instructors guide students through Pa Kua yoga classes, which can boost energy, harmonize body and mind, and relieve stress. Before leaving the all-inclusive facility, clients can order from an array of home comfort products, including Inada chairs and mattresses. In addition to English, the bilingual staff also speaks Spanish.
Citizen of the world Pieter Elsen was born and raised in The Netherlands, but his thirst for spiritual knowledge eventually took him to India, where he lived for more than a decade as a Vedic monk. Pieter's journey of self-discovery later led him to the Hypnosis Motivation Institute in Tarzana, where he earned a Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy and learned how to unlock the power of the subconscious mind. Today, he relies on hypnosis to help his clients overcome fears, kick bad habits, and beat all of their friends in staring contests.