Bearing the titles of Master of Photography and Photographic Craftsman from Professional Photographers of America, David and Ally McKay embody the keen vision and aesthetic prowess that separated good photographers from great ones. They share these skills during classes at McKay Photography Academy, where they train eyes, fingers, and imaginations to work in tandem as a snapshooting dream machine. Their classes help aspiring photographers progress from neophytes to seasoned pros; the Beginning Digital Photography course teaches students to harness the intricacies of their instruments, and the Pro Academy offers inside tips on how to successfully snap wedding portraits, pose recent grads, or tease out candid emotions. When not busy instructing the next generation of shutterbugs, David and Ally also devise photo safaris, which send small teams of photographers to capture shots of famed landmarks including San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge; the Lincoln Memorial of Washington, DC; or Yosemite's 60-foot statue of Yogi Bear.
Since 1995, Best in Class Education Center's instructors have aided students of all ages—from pre-K tots to high school seniors—in their academic journeys. They calibrate small-group and private math and English lessons that push each student at an individualized pace, helping struggling students catch up to speed or edifying advanced pupils seeking more of a challenge. The tutors give homework assignments for the kids to work on throughout the week, as well as administer weekly tests to assess their progress.
In addition to boosting success in current classes, the staff helps older students ready themselves for post-secondary schooling with SAT prep classes and college admission workshops, which help applicants decide on the right place, craft an impressive personal statement, and shimmy into their dream school's mascot costume before campus visits.
At Hot Yoga of Mill Creek, experienced teachers walk students through traditional Hatha poses and sequences of athletic Vinyasa stretches in a practice space heated to deepen each stretch safely. The temperature rises up to 105 degrees for Hatha classes, which helps increase students' blood-circulation rate to purge pent-up toxins from the body as they bend and balance at their teacher's instruction. During 95-degree Vinyasa classes students engage in breathing exercises to focus their attention as they work through poses in a dance-like sequence that helps strengthen muscles, raise heart rates, and melt away muscle tension. To tone muscles all over, Yoga Sculpt instructors fuse flowing Vinyasa moves with optional weight-lifting exercises.
Oversized mirrors lining the walls of the practice space encourage students to correct their posture and spinal alignment while executing poses. Outside the classroom, students can peruse the boutique's selection of yoga-ready tank tops and AdvoCare nutritional supplements. Instructors can host private classes for students in need of one-on-one attention or feature yoga classes in the workplace to help employees destress during the day.