Although they begin each day pristine and silent, Sauté Culinary Academy's spotless kitchen and gleaming countertops don't stay that way for long. Soon, cooking students of all ability levels fill the room for three-hour classes. Professional-chef instructors guide them through the intricacies of cooking three-course feasts that include an appetizer, main dish, and dessert. Depending on the day, counters may find themselves covered with seaweed and sushi rice as novice chefs learn to roll their own maki or dotted with flour and sugar from a cookie-baking session. In other classes, the instructors may spend their time revealing new ways of using pantry staples, demonstrating twists on the usual mashed potatoes, or alternative takes on cooking with chicken besides placing it on the engine during long car rides.
Yoga Madre is a yoga studio, boutique, and wellness center offering classes for thirsty fitness-seekers and perpetually pretzel-posed veterans alike. A wide range of yoga skills is taught, ranging from gentle stretching exercises and breath work to Vinyasa flow and meditation techniques. All Madre teachers are deeply educated in various styles of yoga. Each brings his or her own style to the mat work of downward-facing dobsons and sideways-sauntering salamanders, each with equal competence and grace. Consult the schedule to find the class times and levels that suit you. Both new and returning clients can use this Groupon.
Color Me Mine puts paintbrushes and pottery in the mitts of customers old and young. Budding Toyozo Arakawa will follow six easy steps to craft eye-pleasing objects, first choosing a ceramic piece ($10–$75) from Color Me Mine's selection of hundreds of seasonal options, such as plates, mugs, molded animals, and mystically materialized emotions. After charting out the desired design from individual imagination or one of the design center's more than 22,000 images, painters will select an underglaze from dozens of colors, then gently beautify their objets d'art with the focus and ingenuity of a peregrine falcon possessed by Norman Rockwell. Color Me Mine handles all firing work in the kiln, allowing clients to pick up their final products four to seven days after painting. The studio fee of $10 for adults and $6 for children covers all paints, supplies, glazing, and firing. Regardless of age or ability, customers will find Color Me Mine's ceramic painting experience a rewarding dive into the creative process of an art form that dates back to the ziggurat-dwelling days of Mesopotamia.
At Fortanasce & Associates Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine Center, an experienced team of doctors of physical therapy, exercise scientists, and massage therapists help clients get into the best shape of their lives. The 11,000 square-foot facility works with the young, old, injured, or healthy through services such as physical and occupational therapy, personal training and Pilates, and industrial rehabilitation. An onsite, in-ground pool lets clients to exercise without stressing their joints, catering to the elderly as well as pregnant women who want to alleviate back pain and teach their babies to speak to fish. A troupe of massage therapists administer deep-tissue, sports, and shiatsu treatments, while hand therapists cater specifically to problems in the wrist, fingers, elbows, and shoulders.
The Yoga Cove reaches out to yogis with energy renewing, spiritually refreshing classes. Inside the peaceful, sunlit studio, a gleaming turquoise floor beckons those who would be at one with their minds and bodies as a pair of expert teachers offer tips and strategies about deepening the practice and approaching poses that previously lurked under the bed. Try the restorative class, which employs props and extended pose holds, or pop into a beginners session to see what your body's been missing. An all-levels class challenges players at every stage in the yoga game, and the intermediate/advanced session twists practiced students into new limb-flexing positions, such as the Lotus or the Melancholy Corkscrew.
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.