Founder swami Vishnudevananda created the nonprofit Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm to foster a community of students and instructors interested in introspection, self-discovery, and their holistic health. Located within an 80-acre expanse of the Sierra Nevada's foothills, the secluded farm enfolds visitors with oak- and pine-filled hills, three nearby rivers, and enough wildlife to stage a cartoon musical. Under the tutelage of three swamis, a staff of volunteer instructors uses the peaceful setting to help focus students’ attention on personal growth and bodily awareness during traditional outdoor yoga classes and specialized workshops. They faithfully teach the five points of yoga—proper exercise, breathing, relaxation, diet, and meditation—as they lead students down the four paths of yoga. Through the path of action, the path of devotion, Ashtanga, and the yoga of knowledge, they help their students forge a union of body, mind, and spirit. They weave specialized psychology, philosophy, and spirituality lessons into their asanas, which are bolstered with wellness programs and treatments such as massages with herbal oils, nutrition and detoxification programs, and ayurvedic therapies. To further unite their students with the world around them, the yogis promote sustainability with well water, solar-power systems, and an organic vegetable garden with which they can learn permaculture strategies.
The farm has onsite accommodations, including tents and heated cabins that overlook a pond. To keep their guests well-fed, a team of cooks whips up organic vegetarian cuisine following yogic and ayurvedic dietary principles, which means that meals are free of meat, fish, eggs, onions, and caffeinated beverages.
Channel the exercise of kangaroos and beans with a two-hour open jump session. Slip on sky shoes and prepare for 120 minutes of aerodynamic excitement as you bound up and down, side to side, and through dimensional planes. The all-ages activity is an uplifting alternative to treadmills and stagnant fitness routines, and no athletic prowess is required. Fill out a quick liability waiver before living out leapfrog fantasies during dodgeball (subject to availability) or other over-the-top events. Check out a virtual tour here. Pioneered by an inventor more prolific than Thomas Edison, Rick Moranis, and Inspector Gadget, Sky Zone's special concept was awarded a patent for its originality, leading to the creation of the first court in 2002. The floor-to-wall jumpery allows attendees to live out video games and dreams about being a California condor. Deftly maneuver while whirling through the air, get a three-dimensional workout, and finally get over the bitter regret of never having gone to space camp.
Inside ShriKula Yoga's spacious, citrus-hued studio, owner Trish Pietrzak fosters a community-oriented collective of instructors and students who gather for classes designed to accommodate all skill levels and physical abilities. Under the tutelage of certified instructors, students work at their own level during more than 25 weekly classes, such as wall yoga, yin yoga, bliss yoga, yoga for kids aged 7–12, and hot power yoga taught in 100 degrees. At all other times, the main studio boasts temperatures of 80 degrees, which helps promote pliable muscles and comfort cold-blooded spirit geckos. Students looking for a way to strengthen their core and improve their flexibility outside of class can try out the apparatus wall in a separate room, where a system of supportive straps and swings helps them achieve advanced poses and tone muscles safely. After class, mat mavens can change back into the costumes of their pedestrian alter egos in men's and women's changing rooms, then enjoy a complimentary cup of tea in the Kula lounge and tea bar or in their outdoor seating area.
The fun-loving team members at Flip 2 It Sports Center—whose collective credentials include a degree in child development, coaching experience in competitive cheer and gymnastics, and CPR and first-aid training—strive to cement physical activity as a part of kids' daily lives. They have made it their mission to provide a safe, welcoming place where kids can learn important life skills. Instructors lead fitness-oriented classes ranging from parkour-like urban gymnastics and floor-exercise-focused tumbling sessions to jazz and hip-hop dance. The facility's excellence in teaching made it a finalist in CityVoter's Best Cheer and Gymnastics category in 2011.
The center organizes activities such as field trips and parents' nights out. They also host special events including summer camps and princess-in-training days that feature a tea party, makeover, and guide to selecting moat-worthy goldfish.
Power duo Angelo Nunez and Cary Williams-Nunez opened their first Prime Time Boxing Club location in 1998, determined to spread their love of fitness and boxing to one small group at a time. Today, their boxing fitness empire extends to three gyms that been spotlighted by such reputable publications as the New York Times, Men's Fitness, and Shape. Angelo, Cary, and a team of encouraging trainers lead 45-minute fitness classes that build boxing skills from the ground up and increase stamina through an intense combination of basic jabs, bobbing and weaving, and sashays that best show off Americana shorts. The boxing aficionados train students aged 13 and older, with younger classes focusing on overall cardio and playing nice with pendulous speed bags.
The 17-strong staff at Sattva Yoga, Pilates & Ayurveda brings an abundance of experience and certifications to each class, whether yoga, Pilates, or Barre. KCRA awarded the wellness emporium the title of Best Pilates Studio in 2010 and nominated it as a finalist for Best Yoga Studio in 2011. The team gears its yoga classes toward helping participants achieve tranquility, while directing their Pilates focus toward strengthening core muscles both in clients and in apples. They also teach two variations of Booty Barre, one meant to augment a Pilates regimen with its cardio component, and one that builds on both yoga and Pilates with long, fluid dance movements.