Kids Artistic Sense cultivates tykes’ creative confidence and cognitive development with kid-friendly forays into clay molding, painting, and other arts and crafts. Parent and child can tap into their inner Michelangelos together in mom- or dad-accompanied classes for fledgling tots, while older kids can mold and paint pinch pots, vases, and other clay creations in kids-only sessions. Instructors keep enthusiasm high by focusing on the fun of the creative process—rather than stressing the need for a finished product—and blending arts and crafts with open play time in the gym.
The pilots at Star Helicopters discovered their shared passion for aviation at different times in their lives—some as soldiers, some simply as kids dreaming of the clouds. Today, as they all oversee a flock of Robinson R22s and R44s, Astar 350s, and Bell 206B3 Jet Rangers, they lift off over Los Angeles' mountains, beaches, and skyscrapers, patrolling the limitless skies as they shoot aerial photography, assist in movie production, and instruct aspiring aviators in how to take the copter's reins themselves. During tours, passengers fly over the LA Basin, sweeping past landmarks such as the Griffith Observatory, the Santa Monica Mountains, and Hollywood Studios.
The simplest cocktails are alcoholic and nonalcoholic liquids swiftly stirred together into a new libation. During Miss Mixology Cocktail Course's hands-on sessions, a certified experienced bartender makes far more complicated cocktails seem just as simple. Spending up to two hours at clients' home, the bartender reveals the techniques behind crafting delectable spiked beverages.
When she was growing up in India, in Britain, and in North America Kaumudi Marathé ate an eclectic array of international foods. While living in the United States, she began to blend Indian cooking techniques and spices with American ingredients, resulting in what she dubs "California Indian." Rather than keep these culinary gems to herself, she established Un-Curry to introduce others to her style of cooking and to shatter the belief that all Indian food is made of curry.
This introduction takes the form of catering and cooking classes, which cover a variety of subjects. Spices 101 grants students the low-down on spices including cumin and asafetida, and Indian Bread Basket teaches students the techniques for making naan. Marathi Salad Bowl plucks recipes from Marathé's home state of Maharashtra, which is known for its rich vegetables, and California Indian takes students on field trips to local farmers' markets in search of seasonal veggies and matching sweater sets.
Fitness industry veteran Dulcinea Lee Hellings's goal is to bring a high-quality, effective exercise regimen to people who don't love big gyms or can't afford personal trainers. In 2004, she realized that mornings could be used for more than hitting the snooze button over and over for two hours, and founded Boot Camp "Morning Crunch!" to help fledgling exercisers whip into shape.
She designs her all-levels programs to be scream-free morning motivators⎯the first stop in her patrons' journey of daily accomplishments. The fast-paced, ever-changing circuit of strength and cardio exercises keeps bodies guessing and minds from becoming bored. Each of the boot camp's 12 outdoor locations has a different dedicated trainer who gets to know each student personally, remembering their names and memorizing any interesting freckle patterns. They complement their morning routines with a smattering of evening options for those who prefer to work out after the day's activities.
Located in downtown Culver City, Goda Yoga empowers patrons of all ability levels and ages to increase their physical and mental strength while nurturing their inner serenity. The passionate instructors introduce newcomers to the foundational poses in beginning classes, preparing them for more rigorous undertakings such as Vinyasa-flow and mixed-level classes that challenge bodies with longer holds and more complex postures. Students interested in honing their passion into a career can embark on Goda Yoga’s 200-hour teacher-training program, which equips them with a deeper understanding of their practice and an all-access VIP pass to enlightenment. From prenatal yoga to kids' yoga to senior yoga, the instructors lead classes to suit myriad needs based on the hatha principles while fostering a strong sense of community that has been steadily growing for 13 years.