Hot Yoga Inc. likes to see you sweat. Not due to exhaustion or struggle, but because the perspiration caused by their classes encourages mental tranquility, muscle toning, and physical detoxification. Hot Yoga Inc. sends warmth deep into the skin and tissues instead of just decorating their studio with a bunch of Sun stickers. These higher temperatures help foster a greater range of motion as students of all skill levels follow a flowing series of yoga postures. Basic Hatha classes soothe the mind with a rush of endorphins while losing weight and improving flexibility, and Power Yoga pushes students with more intense workouts that build strength.
At GrayStone Stables & Equestrian Center, the horses play, stomp, and whinny happily in their ample surroundings?the natural result of proper nutrition and a compassionate environment nurtured by passionate equestrians. The welcoming spirit pervades every aspect of the center: from the 70'x180' indoor riding arena to the 110'x220' outdoor field, as well as its pony club meetings to the lessons in Western and English riding. All lesson-takers are encouraged to focus on communication with their horse?a skill that manifests itself in dressage competitions, reining, and successful trips to the drive-thru.
Navigated by a commercially-licensed pilot, the giant hot-air balloons of Balloon Depot float up into the sky just after dawn or just before dusk?the times when the air is stillest. Having navigated the picturesque valleys of Puget Sound since 1978, Balloon Depot has hoisted countless couples, families, and groups up into the sky under the colorful dome of the balloon. Launch and landing sites may vary depending on the weather?since pilots rely on the breeze to propel the balloons across the landscape?so each flight is totally unique.
Glider-Rides.com’s FAA-certified pilots propel Grob Motorglider planes skyward, treating passengers to astounding aerial views of Washington's verdant landscape. One passenger weighing up to 200 pounds rides along in a streamlined, self-launching motorglider, which can comfortably fit people up to 6'2" tall. When the plane reaches a suitable altitude, the pilot shuts off the engine, leaving the aircraft completely silent except for the occasional scream of clouds. Passengers may specify sights and landmarks to view along the way, snapping panoramic photos of regal Mount Rainier, the inspiring Seattle skyline, and the Puget Sound. Each side of the plane sports a window, facilitating clear, crisp photography and gesticulations for truck drivers to honk their horns.
Personal trainer Al Yenkevich draws on 15 years of experience and training in the Army to lead groups through diverse workouts in weekly boot camps. The schedule includes indoor courses in varying locations that torch calories without meddling from the elements. Al provides all necessary equipment, workout mats, and appropriate stationery for penning farewell letters to stretchy pants. Students of all fitness levels tote along water and towels and set their own pace or ambitiously strive to match the moves of their trainer, whose clientele have gone on to run marathons.
10,000 feet above Snohomish, an intrepid family and a few skydiving instructors jump from the belly of a Cessna Turbo Prop. The skydivers and instructors hurtle toward the earth at 120 miles per hour, but it's not the wind or the breakneck speed that make the experience especially breathtaking. It's the view.
Assuming you can stand to open your eyes while in free fall, it's easy to see why Travel Channel named the city of Snohomish one of the "World's Best Places to Go Skydiving." The Cascade range stretches in one direction, with the towering peaks of Mt. Rainier and Mt. Baker looking more like anthills from this vantage point. Turn away from the mountains and you'll spot the Seattle skyline, which is just 20 miles south, with its iconic Space Needle poised to defend the city from a surprise zeppelin attack.
At a certain point, the free fall becomes a gentle descent into Harvey Field. But the skydiving experience isn't exactly over when you land; Skydive Snohomish's instructors leave first-time divers with plenty of mementos, including certificates and optional video recordings. And just in case diving turns into a lifelong passion, their licensing program meets the requirements of the United States Parachute Association and helps divers achieve certification.