Guided by a mission of embracing every student's quest for personal growth, the team at YogaWorks offers programs for all ages and walks of life. Harnessing a minimum of 500 hours of Yoga Alliance training, expert instructors build lean muscles with traditional Ashtanga, Iyengar, and Vinyasa flow classes enhanced by inspiring music, ambient candlelight, meditation, and props. Their fitness classes further the body-shaping results of yoga, strengthening core muscles with Pilates, increasing endurance and lean muscles with TRX classes, and building stamina with resistance-based SculptWorks.
Instructors also host exotic yoga retreats, which marry the excitement of travel to far-away locales with the benefits of yoga to bestow students with the confident grace required to approach a foreign yoga mat without startling it. Those in search of further training can access online videos by subscribing to myyogaworks.com, which offers a free, 14-day trial for new users. Students can search for videos by workout duration, skill level, and the targeted area of the body.
Rusty's Rhythm Club's founder, the hyperqualified Rusty Frank, took to dancing at the tender age of 6, and has been light-tripping professionally since her college days. Since then, she has been inducted into the California Swing Dance Hall of Fame and has performed in locations from the Hollywood Bowl to Disneyland and other worldwide locales. Rusty is joined in instruction by her effusive teachers, Ted Stanley and Ron Campbell, who bear multitudinous dancing awards as well as an actual portal to 1920s-1940s America.
They impart the dancing skills of the 1940s at both Rusty's Rhythm Club, a weekly swing dance emporium, and Lindy by the Sea beginning-class series, a dance school for all experience levels. Rusty's Rhythm Club sharpens soles with an all-ages dance fest accompanied by the tunes and Prohibition-era conversational topics of live bands in the air-conditioned Westchester Elks Lodge in Playa del Rey.
For more than three decades, locally owned Spectrum Athletic Clubs have aimed to create a resort-like experience for patrons with upscale perks and personalized care. After workouts, gym-goers can avail themselves of unlimited towel service and change in comfortable locker rooms. Other amenities include saunas, steam rooms, healthy cafes, specialized workout areas, and complimentary Internet access.
In addition, racquetball courts let athletes improve their game independently, and patrons can sweat solo on cardiovascular equipment with individual viewing screens. Group classes, more than 1,200 of which are held daily, include Zumba, Pilates, Body Combat, and CXWorx sessions and enable trainees to draw motivation from each other or from each exercise studio's complimentary tank of moxie. The Spectrum Kids Club gives kids a place to play while adults work out and hosts such events as pool parties and pizza parties throughout the year.
Thumping beats emanate from the tiki boat, dissipating as they scatter across the tranquil waters of Marina Del Ray Harbor. Tiki torches stand sentry over two outdoor decks, where passengers sip beverages, sashay to the music, and send plumes of smoke into the sky from the cigar deck. Such maritime revelry is all in a day?s?or night?s?work for the Tiki Mermaid, a yacht designed to take up to 60 passengers on festive jaunts into the harbor. Swaddled in Polynesian-style decor, the dynamic vessel offers something for everyone, inviting guests to lounge in overstuffed sofas surrounded by tropical plants, dance on two enclosed floors or two outdoor decks, or peer overboard to summon the family of porpoises that raised them. During private and public parties, passengers enjoy a menu of hot and cold appetizers and drinks prepared by the Tiki Mermaid?s master chef.
Believe Fitness Studio inspires exercisers to shake off calories inside its freshly renovated, 8,000-square-foot facility stocked with brand-new equipment. The studio's selection of classes ranges from standard sessions of Pilates and TRX to less orthodox offerings, such as antigravity yoga, which challenges students to complete poses while suspended in midair without the aid of a fairy godmother. In the pole room, five platinum stage poles stretch toward the ceiling and facilitate sultry spins. Aerial arts classes are also available, using apparatuses such as silks, hoops, and stationary trapezes. Separate locker rooms for men and women allow for comfortable cooldown with private showers and changing rooms.
Those who learn to dance the sensual Argentine tango from Ilona Glinarsky may find they learn more than just rhythm and footwork. That's because Glinarsky, a dancer and musician since the age of 4, believes that through tango, dancers can learn to live in the moment and communicate more effectively with their partners. At Living Tango—winner of a 2012 Best of Redondo Beach Award for adult education—groups learn to read their partners' movements as they lead or follow, letting their bodies speak to each other through dance.