Though World Gym has locations the span the globe, the gyms still feel homey. The friendly trainers are experts in their field, and the decor is carefully designed to be welcoming and warm. To accommodate guests of all levels and workout styles, the gyms boast an expansive array of cardio equipment and a variety of classes such as Zumba, yoga, spin, and boot camp.
The lithe instructors at Bikram Yoga University Village guide students through famed yogi Bikram Choudhury's 26 poses and two breathing exercises within a balmy, spa-like studio. During 90-minute routines, thermometers in the CO2-controlled room hit 105 degrees Fahrenheit with 40% humidity and a 0% chance of rain to aid in stretching and in the body's detox potential. The studio's slip-resistant carpet keeps poses firmly intact, and UV lighting helps repel bacteria and class-disrupting vampires. During classes, floor-length mirrors help students perfect their poses, and the facility's well-maintained locker rooms wash away one's hard-earned sweat afterward.
Gold's Gym's amiable staff oversee an army of fitness amenities well equipped to spice up tedious workouts. Cardio equipment and resistance machines work together to burn calories, tone muscles, and tag-team unwitting video-game bosses. For human camaraderie, group fitness classes corral exercisers into sessions that deploy styles such as Pilates ($4/session), GroupCycling ($3/session), and Zumba (no extra charge). Add variety with an intense hour of BodyCombat (no extra charge), which torches calories with martial-arts fighting moves, or BodyPump (no extra charge), which wields weighted devices such as barbells and prize pumpkins to build lean muscle.
Bikram Yoga Grand Central's Bikram-certified instructors preside over three to six classes each day inside an eco-friendly, 1,200-square-foot studio in Midtown. During the detoxifying yoga sessions, thermostats climb to a sultry 105 degrees in order to limber limbs for 26 different poses. As Half Moon poses loosen obliques and Cobra poses arch backs, a poly-extruded floor accelerates evaporation to keep the space dry and bacteria-free, preventing yogis from having to don uncomfortable hazmat suits during class. Changing rooms and showers help students to smoothly transition between the studio's balmy domain and their next engagements. An expansive, wind-kissed terrace and panoramic windows gird a foyer equipped with Flotex flooring that boasts antimicrobial and waterproof properties.
The Indian Wells Art Festival gathers painted, sculpted, recycled, and interactive art from around the country to enlighten eyes and motivate minds. Showcasing the works of more than 200 artists, the festival encourages unlimited gandering across spectacular 2-D and 3-D artscapes. Glass-blowing and pottery demonstrations enliven the afternoons, interspersed with live music and swarms of virtual art critics. Children can take part in interactive activities including sidewalk-chalk drawing and the Faces of Hope community mural project. After traversing the maze of oil, watercolor, and collage, art enthusiasts can satisfy their stomach cravings with the Eggs in the Garden Sunday brunch (for an additional fee) from 10 a.m.–noon, along with more food at Café Fresh and ongoing beer and wine tastings. Each ticket is valid for one day's admission only.
The certified yoga instructors at Dharma Yoga Studio align stances in beginning, intermediate, and advanced classes, operating under the spiritual guidance of Sri Dharma Mittra, a man who has devoted more than 50 years to the ancient practice. A schedule packed with 26 weekly classes woos beginning posers with a yoga basics course, as well as restorative and gentle sessions where pupils master easy asanas using props such as blocks, inflated balls, and sequined top hats. Students seeking further advancement can manipulate bodies in the Dharma yoga series, which gradually intensifies from the balancing, stretching, and inverted poses of Dharma I to highly advanced, two-hour Dharma IV sessions. The advanced Dharma IV class guides partakers through a meditative psychic sleep that incorporates ancient breathing practices, sound, and supersensory games of Guess Who.