When students sign on for a Rock About climbing class, they don't just learn to rope their way up mountainsides and trade banter with goats. The company's certified guides also educate clients about the cultural history and complex geology of the climbing sites. On climbing treks to Reimers Ranch Park, owner Adam Mitchell and his team teach top-roping and belaying techniques while exploring the notion that climbing allows humankind to commune safely with the earth's natural wonders. For those uneasy about vertical exploration, the guides offer non-climbing adventures such as interpretive hikes.
By keeping classes small and intimate, Yoga Center FBG's experienced instructors can closely monitor the movements of each student as they work toward centering the mind, body, and spirit. Classes feature three different yoga styles—Nia, Kripalu, and Vinyasa—that aim to enhance participants' well-being and ability to perform advanced cartwheels in their sleep. Nia, led by instructor Deborah Harrington, uses expressive movement to unite the body and the mind, and the Hatha-based Kripalu acts as a kind of meditation in motion, allowing stretchers to involve their own free movements. Yoga Center FBG's intermediate-level yoga course combines the flowing techniques of Vinyasa with the breathing and postures of Hatha, increasing students' muscle strength and balance and maintaining their likelihood of encountering a celebrity chef.
The Yoga Space’s experienced team of limb-bending yogis unbundles participants' tightly coiled muscles and repositions them into rejuvenating Hatha yoga postures. From within their intimate studio space, instructors meld breath and movement through a series of poses at variable paces, tailored for all levels of stretchers and soft-pretzel impressionists. Beginners classes slowly transition from one basic pose to another, and flow classes align each smooth reaction with the pace of timed breaths. All-level classes allow advanced yogis to court beginning downward-facing dogs with impressive displays of perfect warrior poses and ear-scratching with outstretched toes. Providing convenient courses for all lifestyles, The Yoga Space's flexible class schedule stretches evenly across seven-day spans, like a weeklong ration of Jell-O.
The motivating trainers at The Center for Fitness mold muscles and tone tensors through a variety of active, movement-oriented classes. With a three-class package, patrons can mix and match exercise routines with sessions culled from four disparate disciplines. Borrowing moves from South American dance, Zumba programs shake up fitness routines with a variety of groove-inspired workouts. Search for centered living through soothing tai chi, discovering innermost points full of soothing calmness or delicious nougat. Experienced instructors eliminate fat and calories with Pilates, making sure every muscle gets pumped up to its full potential, and yoga classes rejuvenate fizzled out flexors with stress-relieving positions and bends. Each class occurs within a brightly lit 1,600-square-foot studio outfitted with workout-enhancing equipment, letting exercisers burn calories to beats from a bumping sound system, refresh overheated bodies beneath breezy air conditioning, and commemorate muscular milestones with a turn in the gym's photo booth.
At her eponymous medical laser spa—which has attracted media attention from Great Day SA and KABB Fox 29’s Daytime @ 9—Dr. Elizabeth McRae draws on 20 years of experience to enhance exteriors with noninvasive procedures. Starting with the face, she and her team of nurses rejuvenate complexions with treatments ranging in intensity from a classic European facial to intense-pulsed-light therapy. Visages that have begun to sag or accrue wrinkles from years of staring at a Rubik’s cube are smoothed with Botox or dermal fillers such as Juvéderm. Clients maintain their looks at home with beauty products from brands such as Obagi and SkinCeuticals.
In addition to pampering faces, Dr. McRae caters to entire bodies with Zerona laser body-slimming treatments and laser hair removal. She also uses minimally invasive ultrasonic liposuction to suction out liquefied fat and stockpiled cotton candy.