Bearing the titles of Master of Photography and Photographic Craftsman from Professional Photographers of America, David and Ally McKay embody the keen vision and aesthetic prowess that separated good photographers from great ones. They share these skills during classes at McKay Photography Academy, where they train eyes, fingers, and imaginations to work in tandem as a snapshooting dream machine. Their classes help aspiring photographers progress from neophytes to seasoned pros; the Beginning Digital Photography course teaches students to harness the intricacies of their instruments, and the Pro Academy offers inside tips on how to successfully snap wedding portraits, pose recent grads, or tease out candid emotions. When not busy instructing the next generation of shutterbugs, David and Ally also devise photo safaris, which send small teams of photographers to capture shots of famed landmarks including San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge; the Lincoln Memorial of Washington, DC; or Yosemite's 60-foot statue of Yogi Bear.
Snap Fitness's around-the-clock gyms enable members to work on their physical well-being with a cornucopia of fitness equipment. With 24-hour access, members don't have to let The Man tell them when to help themselves to Snap's strength and cardio equipment, which features built-in TVs and other media diversions. For those who exercise during conventional hours, Snap's friendly, unintimidating atmosphere welcomes patrons of all ability levels, unlike schoolyard dodge-ball squads. Members also enjoy nationwide access to all Snap Fitness locations, ideal for working out while traveling. For a dose of custom advice, patrons can seek out a personal-training session with a certified coach, who helps them assess and address their fitness goals. Clients reap the benefit of individual attention as a personal trainer helps them tackle weight loss, prepare for an arm-wrestling competition, or unveil the mysteries of arcane cable-weight machines.
Inside Bozeman Yoga Center, founder Ed Scheterlak leads Iyengar-influenced yoga sessions that focus on proper alignment and work to maximize the therapeutic effects of the practice. Classes include sessions open to all levels as well as therapeutic classes. The studio also boasts a rope wall that aids alignment and facilitates better stretching and movement.
A grizzly bear wanders past an expanse of rolling, tree-dotted hills, pawing at the ground in search of a good place to eat. Meanwhile, a family stares in awe at this magnificent creature in its near-native habitat. And the whole thing is as safe as a trip to the department store. The Montana Grizzly Encounter rescues bears and gives the public a chance to see them up close in a safe environment. The park also focuses on educating the public about grizzly bears to keep both bear and human safe in the wild.
Martial Arts experts lead martial arts and self-defense classes geared toward youngsters or adults at Cutting Edge Martial Arts. Sessions teach taekwondo techniques, open-hand and weapons forms, and self-defense strategies that incorporate a medley of techniques from muay thai, krav maga, and aikido. Adult classes also have a strong emphasis on fitness, core strength, and cross-training.
At Sea of Tranquility, visitors immerse themselves in complete relaxation through 60-minute sessions of flotation therapy. The spa emphasizes that floating in the sensory deprivation tank can give clients access to new levels of relaxation and self-knowledge. Flotation therapy can help relieve pain, anxiety and stress.