Chance and Roxie Mayberry take any opportunity to get out of the studio and into vibrant real-world scenes. As the duo behind Anchorage's Mayberry Studio, they shoot families as they slice down the slopes or bond with animals, and as instructors at Alaska Photography Academy, they take students deep into wild local landscapes. Photo safaris adventure to such destinations as Matanuska Glacier and Hatcher Pass, with some shots even accomplished from the backs of sturdy ATVs. Although these intensive excursions are open to all, more experienced clickers can pursue more in-depth classes or private lessons. No matter the level, courses emphasize practical, professional-grade tips and avoid technical jargon and risqué language such as "flash."
Okamoto's Karate's dedicated karate and tae kwon do instructors transform pedestrians of all ages and experience levels into finely calibrated martial artists within fully mirrored training facilities replete with changing rooms. During a diverse lineup of classes, the highly trained staffers shepherd students aged 4 to typewriter-user through a dynamic training system that fuses Japanese karate with Korean tae kwon do, working to lay the foundation for active and confident lifestyles. In addition to hosting classes for average citizens and out-of-shape superheroes disguised as average citizens, the studio is also home to the world-championship team, Team Alaska, which has been featured on ESPN's worldwide telecast of the US Open & ISKA World Martial Arts Championships in 1999 and 2000.
Unlike most traditional gyms, Denali Gymnastics & Fitness is not only a place where adults can workout, but also a place where young children can exercise their brain muscles. The gym houses an early learning center and preschool where kids ages 3?4 can learn the days of the week, listen to stories, and practice gymnastics under the watchful eyes of the trained staff. In their own designated area, infants rest or participate in interactive play. The learning center also provides childcare for before and after school, helping kids with homework and organizing fun activities. Meanwhile, adults can earn a good sweat during CrossFit classes, which transform bodies with high-intensity, short-duration routines that blend boxing, powerlifting, and other exercise techniques.
Denali's gymnastics programs for kids are designed for all skill levels and fall under two categories: recreational and competitive. During preschool gymnastics sessions, parents can help their tots navigate an obstacle course that helps improve physical awareness. Older kids with a competitive spirit can join the gymnastics team to further improve their physical skills. For home-schooled children, the gym also offers a PE program that ensures a good amount of daily exercise.
A professional nature photographer for more than 25 years, Ray Bulson captures images of Alaska?s pristine country. As a fine artist, Bulson has exhibited with the North American Nature Photography Association, the Ptarmigan Arts Cooperative Art Gallery, and the Alaska Society of Outdoor and Nature Photographers. As a stock photographer, he has contributed images to print magazines and electronic media, including panoramic shots of peaceful Alaskan landscapes and paparazzi shots of Mother Earth?s fashion don?ts for celebrity rags. Bulson passes on his knowledge in photography workshops and presentations.
Founded with the objective of simplifying the often overcomplicated art of digital photography, fotoscool employs a team of seasoned instructors—each a longtime professional with a celebrated career—to guide photography students through seminars and workshops held across the country. Keeping their overarching objective of simple-yet-entertaining instruction in mind, savvy teachers design each session to get participants on their feet with hands-on activities such as interactive exercises, on-location shoots in scenic locales, and bonding human-camera trust falls. In an effort to branch out of the classroom, fotoscool also periodically hosts tours that ferry photo enthusiasts to scenic far-flung locales for extended shooting lectures and on-site experience.
Owner Cassandra Lidin oversees Spirit Path Yoga and Wellness's staff of instructors and therapists as they dole out doses of holistic well-being through educational workshops, body treatments, and assorted yoga classes. Smooth exhalations drift from poised students in the studio’s two yoga practice areas: a central studio, whose playfully green-hued walls and forgiving cork flooring span 1,000 square feet of space, and a more intimate sister studio, where groups of students gather for smaller classes and workshops. After sessions, students change, shower, or reapply makeup to smudged faces drawn on yoga mats in clean, simple changing rooms. Certified practitioners bustle past, moving to reach deep-seated tension and reduce physical discomfort in acupuncture sessions and massages.