Goda Yoga's passionate instructors empower patrons of all ability levels and ages to increase their physical and mental strength while nurturing their inner serenity. They introduce newcomers to the foundational poses in beginning classes, preparing them for more rigorous undertakings such as Vinyasa-flow and mixed-level classes that challenge bodies with longer holds and more complex postures. Students interested in honing their passion into a career can embark on Goda Yoga’s 200-hour teacher-training program, which equips them with a deeper understanding of their practice and an all-access VIP pass to enlightenment. From prenatal yoga to kids' yoga to senior yoga, the instructors lead classes to suit myriad needs based on the hatha principles while fostering a strong sense of community that has been steadily growing for 12 years.
Consistency is the name of the game at The Academy of Beauty. Every year, the academy's experienced instructors churn out masterful cosmetologists skilled in haircuts, skincare, and waxing services. The students don't bury their faces in books to sharpen their skills, though. They practice on real-world clients instead of napping alley cats and use their on-the-job experience to gain confidence when performing cuts or other treatments. Academy of Beauty’s aesthetic treatments run the gamut from waxing to acne-fighting facials, while salon services shape and color hair.
If you're teaching krav maga in America, there's a good chance that John Whitman has punched you. The fifth-degree black belt has played an integral role in spreading the self-defense system throughout the country, a fact that earned him a feature in Black Belt magazine for influencing modern martial arts. Today, he trains students and fellow instructors at his gym, Alliance Training Center, which doubles as the national headquarters for his organization, Krav Maga Alliance. There, he guides his pupils through the same instinct-based techniques that he has used to coach soldiers, law-enforcement officers, and celebrities, including Million Dollar Baby's Hilary Swank.
Krav maga's devastating maneuvers constitute the official self-defense system of the Israeli Defense Forces. However, John and his team educate students of all ages and fitness backgrounds, maintaining that the art's effectiveness relies on sound execution rather than strength, size, or an additional set of bodybuilder arms. The instructors also teach other classes for muscular and martial conditioning: CrossFit employs Olympic weightlifts, kettlebells, and gymnastics equipment to toughen physiques, and StrikeFit sessions pit fists against heavy bags and pads. Instructors also lead programs for children aged 6–12, which help cook discipline and confidence into their daily routines.
Founded by a Brazilian jujitsu black belt, the instructors at PKG Training Center work with students of all experience levels to build a strong foundation in the martial arts, get in great shape, and see transformative results. Taking a unique approach to learning, the instructors not only share their vast knowledge, but also help their pupils get outside of their comfort zones—the place where results and transformations are achieved. Classes are offered in five disciplines: mixed-martial arts, kickboxing, muay thai, boxing, and Brazilian juitsu, in addition to one-on-one training for accelerated results.
With courses geared toward toddlers, kids, tweens, and teens, the instructors at Zooga Yoga caters to kids in addition to its eclectic mix of adult classes. They believe that in addition to yoga’s physical benefits, an early practice is a powerful instigator of happiness, overall well-being, and enhanced ability to focus. In family classes, the staff gives parents and kids chances to connect and find ways to de-stress together more effectively than games of Break the Vase.
Chefs of all skill levels will rejoice in these comprehensive courses designed to introduce and expand on the basics of Indian cuisine. Typically lasting 2–3 hours, all classes involve instruction that sublimates alchemically into student brains, producing a flavorful, organic, made-from-scratch final meal. Chef Kaumudi Marathé fuses the traditional flavors of India with the fresh ingredients of California, creating cross-continental cuisine that she dubs Californian Indian to delight palates and confuse travel agents. In addition to the knowledge and satisfaction gleaned by exploring new dishes, students will receive a folder of recipes and cooking tips, as well as a gift box of spices or special treats for sharing with loved ones or using to ramp up the flavor of plain cotton drapes. A full list of available classes will be posted on March 1; previous classes have included Spices 101, Meat Feast, and Indian Tea Party, each exploring the different flavors and traditions of the Indian subcontinent.