Students stretch their arms and slowly arch their backs as natural light spills in through the floor-to-ceiling windows of Cosmic Dog Yoga’s studio. The studio’s experienced instructors are just as adept at putting these students at ease as they are at guiding them through physically demanding poses. Though many specialize in styles such as Vinyasa flow, meditation, and tribal-style dance, it’s not uncommon for the same instructors to teach basic yoga or a playful Cosmic Power class that demonstrates how to blow up stars millions of miles away simply by concentrating hard. In the lobby, the staff arranges mats, yoga books, towels, and mala beads alongside natural MezAroma products such as soy-based candles, sugar scrubs, and lip balms.
The certified instructors from American Swim Academy recognize that, unlike many other mammals, humans aren't born with the ability to swim safely. Their passion for teaching students how to glide through the water without worry propels each class at the academy and inspires students of all ages to silence the mocking comments from their neighbor's dolphin. Each instructor must have obtained both CPR and academy swim training before leading lessons, which are structured to meet students' abilities.
Furthering the tenants of safety and control, all academy classes are hosted inside an indoor facility with pools designed specifically for instruction. Waters are heated to 92 degrees and feature wide steps, teaching stations, and shallow areas for small children. On-deck managers oversee each class to heighten student safety and shout out Olympic swimming records every five minutes for inspiration.
For more than 30 years, the senseis behind Martial Arts America have filled the minds and fists of students as young as 4 years old through adulthood with the focus, discipline, and confidence that comes from studying self-defense. The instructors lead five martial-arts forms—tae kwon do, eskrima, jujitsu, krav maga, and CDT training, which stands for compliance, direction, and takedown—helping patrons strengthen their bodies and minds. This multidimensional program trains students in defensive tactics such as strikes, grappling, throws, rolls, and using fighting sticks to protect innocent civilians from rogue baseball-pitching machines.
For Sensei Darlynson Lira, martial arts are a family affair. The oldest son of Brazilian master Darcio Lira and a fifth-degree black belt, Darlynson brings more than 20 years of international competitive and teaching experience to his eager-and-enterprising students. Along with veteran UFC fighter Carlos Eduardo Rocha, Darlynson oversees the gym’s detailed curriculum in brazilian jujitsu, muay thai, and traditional western boxing, as well as cardio kickboxing and children’s martial-arts classes.
Created as an extension of ValleyCare Medical, LifeStyleRx prescribes simple, healthy fitness routines for exercisers of all ages and skill levels. From their center within the ValleyCare Medical complex, staff members conduct up to 115 group exercise classes a week, some of which take place in a heated indoor pools. Personal trainers provide specific regimens to help clients accomplish fitness goals or recover from injury. They also supplement their physical training with nutritional counseling, walking their charges through a process that begins with creating grocery lists and ends with actually preparing recipes in cooking classes.
While members and visitors torch unwanted calories, their children can relax or take exercise classes of their own in the childcare center or YouthFitZone. The facility also provides ample postworkout amenities, including steam rooms and saunas.
Murrieta Optometry outfits eyeballs in style with a selection of more than 1,000 frames and keeps peepers primed with comprehensive ocular-health screenings. Like a reality TV show about Lewis and Clark, the comprehensive eye exam ($129) prevents visionary duos from fading into obsolescence, digitally zeroing in on prescription needs, checking for blind spots, and assessing retina health. The optical-coherence tomography ($39) peeks into the dusty corners of a client's peepers, checking for warning signs of glaucoma and other retinal maladies. Customize specs by fitting lenses ($79+ for glasses; $94+ for sunglasses) into frames culled from an enormous selection of designer brands such as Juicy Couture ($210) and Ray-Ban ($133). Murrieta stands behind its lens and frames for a full year, reworking defective spectacles until vision is clearer than Casper's face after being wiped with an Oxy pad.
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