Lisa Babiuk spent 20 years getting clients into shape before discovering yoga held the complete package for her. In addition to healthily strengthening the body and increasing flexibility, she uses yoga because it’s fun. When speaking of exercise, she says, “We need it for our soul, too. If it isn’t fun, you won’t go back.”
She and her staff impart their light-hearted yet dedicated approach to yoga in classes seven days a week. They teach in dual studios under one roof, with one studio specifically engineered to host hot yoga classes.
Matthew Woodard studied martial arts for over 30 years, spending much of that time honing his skills in the field. In addition to time in the dojo, he worked as a law enforcement officer and executive bodyguard - he even served on a protection detail for the Dalai Lama. Today, he drew upon this life of discipline when he founded the Todai Bujinkan Dojo branch in Moorpark. Though Matthew now travels the world serving on high profile protection details, other instructors carry on in his place, arming students with modern self defense moves and a traditional warrior's spirit during lessons infused with an edge of practicality.
Peter McCarthy and his six-string axe have played alongside members of No Doubt, Toto, Anthrax, The Eagles, and more. His virtuosity made playing with such a diverse collection of musicians possible. When not touring to support his solo albums, he's applying his knowledge and experience to guitar lessons for those of all ages and skill levels. Just as he has played everything from blues and metal to jazz and classical, his classes cover all styles and can be tailored to individual abilities and preferences.
Since its 1965 founding in Venice Beach, California, Gold's Gym has dotted the globe with more than 600 locations where professional athletes and exercise newbies gather under the umbrella of personal strength. Nearly 3.5 million Gold's members chart and aim for their fitness peaks, perspiring beneath the gaze of certified personal trainers or pedaling beside peers at cycling sessions. In a diverse lineup of group classes, patrons strengthen cores with Pilates, finger-paint pictures of ninjas in martial arts, and amp up heart rates along to the pulsating soundtracks of Les Mills routines. Many Gold's Gym locations stockpile futuristic amenities, such as cardio machines with individual iPod docks and televisions that help keep patrons motivated.
Each of Paint A Dream’s three studios are ringed by shelves, each stacked high with bleached-white ceramics that stare out longingly, ready to welcome creative coatings of paint. Artists pick out their ceramic soulmates from plates, platters, cups, and figurines before turning them into personalized masterpieces. Using provided paints and brushes, they adorn pieces with colorful designs, drawings, and algebraic equations. Once muses deem painting finished, staff members usher each piece away to be glazed and fired. The studios welcome walk-in creators as well as groups including class trips, birthday parties, and fundraisers.
With more than two decades of experience, David Schuman has taught hundreds of students how to play the piano by tailoring instruction to individual needs and tastes. David starts by learning the student’s goals, strengths, and musical preferences, then crafts a strategy specific to that student. David might encourage practicing jazz numbers, pop standards, or musical accompaniment to celebrity Twitter accounts. Even though no experience or note-reading ability is necessary to get started, students of every age can expect to play songs with both hands by the end of their second lesson. David also teaches the art of arrangement and the intricacies of music theory to more experienced musicians.