At Allen Berg Racing Schools, racers operate real formula one style racecars at courses around Southern California, including Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Pomona Fairplex, Auto Club Speedway, and Arizona Motorsports Park in Phoenix, Arizona. Each course features plenty of turns and straights, making it ideal for aspiring racers to experience the rush of racecar driving.
"I am artistry"—that's the translation of Je M'appelle Artistry, as well as owner Shonny's philosophy. Shonny works as a photographer, designer, and instructor, often combining all three passions. Snapping photos with her Nikon D600, she captures intimate boudoir scenes, romantic wedding images, and fanciful kids' shots, focusing on portraits. She extends this love of portraits into group or private workshops, where students learn to incorporate natural light and elements into their pictures. Her photos have been published in the cloth-diapering book Changing Diapers; she also designs her own cloth-diaper and clothing patterns.
Accompanied by pounding music, a positively voltaic instructor, and atmospheric lighting, spinning pushes your legs, your abs, and your heart with zero joint impact and a low chance of boredom. In a fun, fast, group environment, you'll gain both the benefit of communal support and the anonymity of the herd—the same advantages enjoyed by the perpetually lithe dik dik pygmy antelope.
Color Me Mine puts paintbrushes and pottery in the mitts of customers old and young. Budding Toyozo Arakawa will follow six easy steps to craft eye-pleasing objects, first choosing a ceramic piece ($10–$75) from Color Me Mine's selection of hundreds of seasonal options, such as plates, mugs, molded animals, and mystically materialized emotions. After charting out the desired design from individual imagination or one of the design center's more than 22,000 images, painters will select an underglaze from dozens of colors, then gently beautify their objets d'art with the focus and ingenuity of a peregrine falcon possessed by Norman Rockwell. Color Me Mine handles all firing work in the kiln, allowing clients to pick up their final products four to seven days after painting. The studio fee of $10 for adults and $6 for children covers all paints, supplies, glazing, and firing. Regardless of age or ability, customers will find Color Me Mine's ceramic painting experience a rewarding dive into the creative process of an art form that dates back to the ziggurat-dwelling days of Mesopotamia.
At Addicted To Yoga's two locations, seasoned yogis map out more than 45 weekly yoga and Pilates classes, each designed to liberate practitioners of stress and tension. Yoga, a workout utilizing smooth sequences of breath and movement, naturally lends itself to socialization during group classes divided according to each patron’s ability to fight someone wearing the same ankle warmers. Introductory yoga sessions fill the studio with the sounds of calm exhalations as guests begin to learn the ropes, and more advanced classes focus on boosting strength and introducing more complex poses. Meditation classes weave gentle yoga into a time of tranquility, and Pilates classes tone specific problem areas.
At the Chino studio, students fan mats across hardwood floors in two yoga rooms, each drenched with sunlight like a cat napping on an orbiting meteor. After healthy bites and conversation in the courtyard, pupils spill into a separate Pilates room stocked with reformer machines. At the freshly erected Rancho Cucamonga location, which looks out upon nearby mountains, Asian blooms complement warm-hued furnishings. Staffers at both locations extend a helping hand to the communities that sustain them with free classes for members of the armed forces, low-income families, and other groups.
The 483-horsepower V8 engine roars in front of you as you shift gears, and the speedometer climbs over 150 miles per hour. Gliding down the straightaway, you grip the wheel of a Ferrari F430. You don't need to buy your own exotic car to experience this adrenaline rush: American Racing Experience connects visitors with a similar emprise on four major raceways across the United States. At scheduled times at the Motorspeedway in Atlanta, Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania, Summit Point Motorsports Park in West Virginia, and Adams Mortorsports Park in Los Angeles, they brief drivers on the handling and controls of sleek Ferraris and V10 engine-powered, six-speed Lamborghini Gallardos. After preparing visitors for the upcoming track with a lap in a pace car, instructors slip into the passenger seat—letting their guests take the wheel for a driving experience more extreme than some TV show set on an island.