In one child's hand, a tiny tambourine jangles along to a song while another child claps to the rhythm. It's not an uncommon sight at any of MusicalMe's educational classes, where kids up to age 6 express themselves through music. And parents are encouraged to stay and have fun, whether by helping littler participants along or by ripping a mean solo during a kazoo jam session. With classes holding up to 14 students, each child gets a significant amount of attention and guidance as they learn to appreciate melody and rhythm and learn to love making music.
Rocky Snyder founded his self-named fitness studio 15 years ago to coalesce fitness training with chiropractic practice, massage therapy, and physical therapy. Group training sessions corral 3–12 clients six days per week in classes whose daily-changing roulette of moves blasts through typical workout plateaus with the gusto of a military tank taking out an enemy moon bounce. Sessions are small enough for instructors to ensure the proper execution of exercises and give each client some individual attention. Amid the gym's green and yellow color-blocked confines, exercisers take part in Rocky's scientifically savvy program, which is designed to ignite metabolism and bulk muscular strength like a reverse sea monkey that grows inside a lit fireplace.
Divinitree Yoga and Art Studio's instructors seek to share their passion with the community, creating a welcoming atmosphere for students of virtually any skill level or yogic persuasion. The classes encompass a range of styles, although flowing Vinyasa and Hatha sessions appear prominently throughout. The more advanced sections of these energetic practices encourage students to push themselves physically while still keeping a mindful awareness of their breathing and posture throughout.
Beyond the yoga mat, the instructors also keep themselves busy by hosting art classes for students' children and caring for their onsite garden, which grows organic produce and spare chakras.
Today’s Groupon replaces your normal hands and feet with highly skilled climber appendages. For $35, you get five day-passes to Pacific Edge Climbing Gym, including climbing equipment rental and use of the facility's fitness equipment and sauna (a $93 value), plus a two-hour beginner or technique climbing class (a $31.50 value) and one yoga class (a $12 value), a $136.50 total value. Pacific Edge is co-owned and run by a staff of instructors with years of climbing and yoga experience, and was the Best Outdoor Sports School winner in 2009.2000 Feet: The nagging feeling that you’ve left your oven on is misguided. You haven’t. 5000 Feet: Breathing becomes labored; earthly memories fade. 10,000 Feet: Why does it smell like Christmas? 20,000 Feet: Weight of the treasured Elf Stones lifted only by inspiring visions of the Gates of Shamagor. 30,000 Feet: Break for lunch.
Navigating since 1979, Pacific Sailing equips would-be windjammers with the skills needed to successfully maneuver on the open ocean. Skins eager to build up their salt crust can enroll in the two-day basic-sailing-and-seamanship course. Offered year round in Saturday-Sunday and Monday-Tuesday pairs, the class trains budding mariners in the essentials of sailing, including trimming, tacking, and screaming "white whale!" in a believable fashion. Classes are limited to four students and helmed by U.S. Coast Guard-licensed instructors who coach novice wave-wranglers aboard 27–30-foot sailboats in Monterey Bay. After 12 hours of on-board instruction, landlubbers are sufficiently schooled to pass themselves off as deckhands to gangs of pirate filmmakers.
Since his first run-in with Brazilian jujitsu at age 7, Claudio França has been busy. Now a fifth-degree black belt, he's spent more than 30 years mentoring MMA competitors, winning multiple championships, and hosting the annual U.S. Open Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Tournament in Santa Cruz. He also teaches classes at three eponymous dojos with the help of fellow black belts. Training sessions teach groups how to execute BJJ's signature ground-fighting techniques and instill in individuals the keys to becoming a part of the martial-arts community.
Claudio's classes mix advanced students with total beginners, enabling the new arrivals to learn from more than one person, while regulars hone their coaching chops. The environment is family friendly, as well: there are programs for kids as young as 4, youth classes, and both women-only and co-ed adult lessons.