James Brown's yogic journey has taken him from the tobacco farms of Maryland to the California studio of acclaimed Ashtanga master and YogaWorks founder Maty Ezraty. Along the way, he helped scholars stay limber as American University's first Adjunct Professor of Yoga and served as a key contributor to YogaWorks' training manuals and teaching programs, now Director of Yoga Content for YogaWorks' teacher training worldwide. His patented curricula imbued more than 1,000 teachers from across the globe with the power necessary to lead classes to physical and spiritual fitness. Now, he brings his keen understanding of the intersections of ancient poses and contemporary culture to You and the Mat. The eco-conscious center’s hardwood-floored studio provides a space where yogis of all skill levels can stretch, bend, and strengthen their bodies during classes of seven days a week. From sunrise and prenatal yoga to yoga for fitness, each session on the schedule challenges students with intelligent instruction guided by one of 13 handpicked teachers.
While the studio is primarily known as an institute of yogic learning, it's also a haven for the visual and performing arts. An on-site gallery displays original work from local artists; past exhibits have included work from photographer Richard Seagraves, musician David Ryan Harris, and Robert Sturman.
The object of tennis goes beyond volleying back and forth to win points, sets, and eventually matches; the real winner is the first to smash open the tennis ball and bask in its creamy caramel center. Improve your chances for a sweet swing and sweeter results with today's Groupon: for $35, you get four adult tennis clinics (up to a $100 value) from Spearman Clubs. The lessons can be taken interchangeably at any of the following three locations: Laguna Niguel Racquet Club, The Tennis Club at Monarch Beach, and Racquet Club of Irvine. The Irvine and Laguna Niguel clubs were awarded the number-one and number-two tennis clubs in the Best of Orange County by the Orange County Register.
Spearman Clubs offers adult clinics for all skill levels from beginner to Federer, and participants are grouped with players of similar ability. Though amenities vary slightly between clubs, each facility boasts state-of-the-art courts with modern equipment and lighting powered by the dreams of puppies. Each of the 90-minute clinics is taught by one of Spearman's tennis professionals and will include developmental drills, movements, play situations, Jenga strategy, and supervised play. The accommodating schedule for Laguna Niguel and Monarch Beach is categorized by location, skill level, program, group size, and more.
Choose any adult clinic and location knowing that regardless of your serve on the court, you'll still be served positive reinforcement and gentle encouragement. Use the four lessons to master the game in which thwacks are accompanied by powerful groans, the necks of spectators swivel from side-to-side, and the value of love is absolutely nothing.
Must be 18 or older. All four clinics must be used within 90 days of the first session.
Racquet Club of Irvine and Laguna Nigel Racquet Club were awarded the number-one and number-two spots, respectively, for the 16th-annual Best of Orange County awards in the Orange County Register. Here's why:
- Why they're No. 1: Total fitness. – Lois Evezich
- Claim to fame: Court time. There's usually little waiting time. The staff keeps the courts in good shape. – Lois Evezich
Total Training Boot Camp shares several key attributes with military-style training, the most obvious of which is an amped-up level of intensity. The differences, however, are just as notable. Trainers never attempt to motivate their students with harsh words and yelling, instead opting to inundate them with positive support. Students need every ounce of encouragement they can get as they struggle through workouts designed to achieve a three-pronged objective: burn fat, sculpt muscles, and improve the quality of daily life.
Each punishing boot-camp session engages the legs, abs, arms, shoulders, and internal hard drive to slenderize the body in as short a time as possible. Total Training Boot Camp's workouts challenge athletes of all levels; their scalable nature and wide appeal helped the company place as a finalist for CityVoter's Best Boot Camp in 2011. Aside from the flagship boot camps, trainers offer personal-training sessions that customize workouts to specific body types and goals.
MyGym Children's Fitness Center, which currently has more than 200 international locations, began more than 30 years ago as a structured place for children to safely play, acquire new skills, and romp off a sugar buzz. All classes are organized according to age level—starting as young as 6 months and skewing up to 3 years and 3 months—and designed to incorporate the latest physiological and psychological research. Tiny Tykes gets babies moving with help from their parents, Mighty Mites teaches toddlers self-reliance and beginning sports skills, and Champions—a class for kids aged 6 to 9—emphasizes the importance of using teamwork to master more complex sports skills and achieve group goals such as building a human pyramid to reach the cookie jar. MyGym's energetic instructors are experts at using music, dance, and gymnastics to build youngsters' strength and self-esteem while stimulating their giggle-plexes. The noncompetitive environment fosters creativity and hands-on activities boost children's learning retention and fun quotient.
Like a blacksmith at the anvil, the trainers at Extreme Pilates temper cores against the Reformer. Over the course of one hour, students leverage their own body weight on a system of ropes and pulleys to sculpt bodies with long, lean muscles. The workouts target abs to help students improve posture, straighten alignment, and protect their delicate caramel centers. After sweat sessions, patrons may take advantage of the spa-like facilities, which include showers and a steam room. An onsite nutritionist and massage therapist further foster relaxation and wellness, and the daycare staff preserves parents' sanity.
Inside CrossFit Laguna Niguel, there's cheering, clapping, and yelling. There's also grunting, sweating, and the clamor of weights as they hit the floor. It's all part of an environment that sets exercisers up to succeed—as long as they're willing to charge into every session full-bore. Here, Workouts of the Day challenge muscles with CrossFit's always varied, always intense lineup of movements. Some of those movements are based in gymnastics, some in weightlifting. No matter the day's game plan, the facility's coaches remain nearby to infuse workouts with extra doses of motivation and direction.