At certified instructor Erin Nealy's yoga studio, it's easy to fall through the floor. That's because her students practice on the ever-tranquil surface of Lake Mission Viejo. They stretch atop provided standup paddleboards, which add an engaging element of precariousness to the practice, strengthening core muscles during routines that demand steady balance. Though the workouts are challenging, the lake's verdant scenery and peaceful waters encourage a meditative state of mind.
A former competitive snowboarder and avid mountain climber, Erin found it only natural to combine her yoga expertise with her fondness for the outdoors. Her 75-minute classes range from introductory sessions to yoga sequences that include advanced poses, such as headstands on the board or even more challenging arm balances on the water. Her classes are always changing in structure to provide an intense muscle-molding workout. She also hosts paddleboard fitness courses, alternating between agility drills on the beach and board exercises on the lake.
Before Steve Hochman was a ripped fitness trainer, he was a portly pizza delivery guy, and before that he was a weakling infant who could barely do one pull-up. After revamping his appearance with hard work and plenty of exercise, he founded Orange County's Fit Body Boot Camp, an encouraging and inspirational gym where members shed pounds and build muscle. The secret is one sweat-manufacturing workout. For 45 minutes a day, groups power through an intense regimen designed to deliver fast results with cardio, weight training, and kickboxing techniques.
The clatter of toppling pins resounds through the walls of the 89 locations of Bowling Centers of Southern California, which are scattered across Southern California, Nevada, and Hawaii. Each alley abounds with modern lanes and equipment, and many boast concession stands, lounges, and game rooms. The family-friendly centers host regular public bowling sessions and league tournaments. Many of the centers also host private birthday parties, which science has proven to be more fun than birthday parties covered by the paparazzi.
Owners Graeme and Hollee Winder and their staff of instructors at Winder Academy of Music teach their students to put their own personality and creativity into their music. During lessons, the instructors mix the fundamentals of music theory with creative activities that allow students to become a part of the music they're learning, thus encouraging them to continue and learn more. Lessons are available for everything from vocals, guitar, and drums to piano and brass.
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Average Duration of Services: 1–2 hours
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Recommended Age Group: Kids
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In 2003, the teaching staffs behind the Butler-Fearon and the O’Connor-Kennedy Schools realized something: though both academies nurtured the physical, mental, and competitive skills of scores of young Irish dancers, they could form a more robust program by combining forces. Once united, the team of Rose Fearon, Vincent O’Connor, and Kathleen O’Connor—each a certified Irish dance adjudicator—implemented a revised curriculum reaching students from both American coasts to the solid-ice skyscrapers of Ontario. Today, Butler-Fearon-O'Connor trains everyone from girls buckling their jig shoes for the first time to experienced adults, many of whom—such as 2011 world champion Emily Penner—have danced competitively at home or across the pond and landed spots on touring companies for shows such as Riverdance.
Focusing on perfecting traditional form and technique, classes are kept as small as possible, ensuring personalized attention from one of the school's 10 experienced, decorated instructors. Students also learn stamina, flexibility, and presentation, with an emphasis on avoiding motions that tend to draw judges' ire, such as clumsy arm placement and badgering the audience. Many locations also host more casual classes for adults and groups such as Girl Scout troops.