With machines set up in rows to encourage competition, many ordinary gyms cater to men's bodies and psychology, right down to the urinals that were "accidentally" installed in the women's locker room. At Curves, you'll move around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with women's bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage your machine maneuvering and your muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing your momentum, the hydraulic machines use your body weight and fitness level to create resistance that matches your abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
"Our brain is designed to realize what we wish, without any minor errors," says Dahn Yoga founder Ilchi Lee. "If you want success, it will create success. If you want happiness or health, it will create them. Anything is possible, as long as negative thoughts and emotions don't interfere." To make this challenging, yet hopeful philosophy accessible to all, Lee combined the Eastern concept of chi energy with his own brain-management system, developing a distinctive program that unlocks inner peace and sweeps up brain clutter caused by the daily stress of always having to find Waldo. Warm-up yoga maneuvers awaken muscles before 30–40 minutes of breathing, stretching, core practice, and meditation—including a signature brain-wave vibration technique that aims to calibrate mental and physical energies. Cooldown exercises ease the body back into quotidian functionality before a 10-minute teatime invites socialization among participants while bolstering pinkie endurance.
At Acting Out Studios, Lance Camarillo helps beginning and seasoned actors take their skills to the next level, be it for theater, film, television, or all three. Highlighted by his work with stars from Disney and Nickelodeon, Lance’s résumé includes roles in a multitude of productions, as well as a degree from the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts. He sews all that experience into his teachings such as on-camera workshops and six-week age-specific programs. In the six-week programs, students can work on fully bringing their characters to life, all while reacting to onstage moments in a natural, relaxed manner that doesn’t involve having their limbs controlled by the strings of a puppeteer.
In the words of Pablo Picasso, "Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up." The teachers at Pinot's Palette solve that problem with a bit of vine-grown inspiration. Held in studios equipped with ice buckets, corkscrews, and wine glasses, art classes encourage students to bring drinks and hors d'oeuvres to enjoy during the session. Stroke-by-stroke, pupils recreate either an original image selected or designed by their instructor, or a classic painting by the likes of Van Gogh. All classes include canvases, brushes, imaginary muses, and paints.
After 10 years as a personal assistant, Rameda decided to pursue her own dream of being an aesthetician focusing primarily on peepers. Having studied under one of the country’s leading lash extensionists, today she offers personalized expertise in lash extensions as well as brow arching. She applies faux mink NovaLash extensions one by one and can add Swarovski crystals, as well as a touch of color, to suit each client’s individual style.