Learning a song on the ukulele. Buying a bass amp for a live show. Playing a newly learned song at a recital. The staffers at Music Masters welcome all forms of musical expression in their shop’s familial atmosphere. There, customers can indulge in a variety of tune-related activities, from gleaning the techniques needed to play a new instrument to purchasing guitar strings.
Eugene Yoga's team of yoga instructors builds a community of holistic wellness-seekers with a robust and diverse lineup of 61 Hatha-based yoga classes, which take place in two rooms. Inexperienced students can take sticky mats for a test drive during Gentle yoga 1 classes that walk them through fundamental poses while emphasizing deep-breathing techniques that hone concentration. More advanced students can try Power Flow, which features a strengthening flow of postures designed to build muscle and coordination. Women can hone their practice during ladies-only sessions that promote strong bodies and self-confidence in a noncompetitive atmosphere. In addition to focusing on safe and sustainable yoga for all members of the community, yogis also sell premium mats and props, as well as clothing and gifts from local vendors.
For $40, you get one month of “Violin Book I/II” lessons for adults (a $108 value). For $40, you get one month of "Pre-twinkle I" (for children aged 3–5) or "Pre-twinkle II" (for children aged 6 or older) violin lessons (a $108 value).
Just Breathe co-owners and instructors Quincy O'Toole and Mandy Baucum spread their love of movement and wellness through a variety of fitness classes. Though their diverse team of instructors comes from many different backgrounds—including massage therapy, academia, and traditional Chinese medicine—they all share a desire to help guests of all ages and abilities understand their own bodies. During yoga, Pilates, and tai chi classes, they not only work to boost strength, flexibility, and endurance, but to also relieve stress via meditation. They also host Nia aerobic classes, which blend movements from dance and martial arts.
The average exerciser may not know Nia, but Sarah and Amy of Somatic Alchemy live and breathe the holistic workout. They teach the blend of dance, martial arts, and healing arts in an upbeat, yet relaxing environment. Set to music, Nia’s steps are carefully guided, and they burn calories without high impact. So Sarah and Amy welcome students at all levels of fitness to their classes, held atop The Reach Center’s sprung floors (which are easy on the joints).
Members at Curves, a fitness center designed exclusively for women, rotate around a circuit of hydraulic-resistance machines that have been designed to work with female bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage participants’ machine maneuvering and muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing momentum, the hydraulic machines use gym-goers' own body weights, fitness levels, and aerodynamic water bottles to create resistance that matches 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.