Before Kim Latford held a master's degree or yoga-teacher certifications in the Hatha, restorative, and Ashtanga traditions, she was holding various yoga poses alongside her mother, who introduced her to the practice when Kim was just in grade school. Most of her near-decade-long teaching career has been spent in Volusia County, where she relishes helping practitioners of all abilities, especially beginners, to find their footing on the mat. Her dedication to yoga extends into a 200-hour teacher-training program she leads for aspiring instructors. This ardor for the art also keeps her awake into the wee hours as she reads about yoga's healing benefits and learns Sanskrit. In the event that students pull off the miraculous feat of running out of yoga topics in which Kim is fluent, they can ask her about her time studying world literature at UCLA or the MBA she earned at an aeronautical university—the inverse of learning how to fly a spaceship at business school
For more than 25 years, the technicians at Fletcher’s Seaside Automotive have kept Ormond Beach cars, trucks, and motorcycles happily cruising. The team uses computer diagnostics to sleuth out problems, such as fuel-system inefficiencies or horsepower that's threatening to gallop away, and can repair batteries, electrical and air-conditioning systems, and tires. Motorcycles can swing into the garage for custom pipes and quick repairs by a certified Harley-Davidson mechanic.
Helmed by vision-boosting veteran Dr. Michael Lange, Lange Eye Care & Associates enhances on-the-fritz ocular orbs with a wide selection of fetching specs. The showroom furnishes frames ($69–$200) from popular brands such as Vera Bradley, Charmant, Claiborne, and Essence, attractively encircling eyes and lending wearers an air of wisdom only otherwise attainable by being friends with an owl. Lenses come in a range of styles and materials, from single-vision plastic lenses ($77+) to no-line bifocal plastic lenses ($285+), which correct sight with discrete dual prescriptions. Friendly opticians aid guests in their quest for the perfect pair of glasses, offering suggestions based on look, lifestyle, and professional need to whip off frames in baffled surprise.
With two locations, Atlantic Animal Hospitals doesn't take time off from ensuring the health of cats, dogs, and exotic pets. Their veterinarians and assistants work seven days a week, administering all sorts of care: general exams, dermatology, dentistry, surgery, and other services. They can also board pets that need a vacation.
It would be hard for Ormond Beach Kayak Center to have a better location. To its east stretches the great expanse of the Atlantic Ocean, and to its west lies the Tomoka River. Trees overhang the river's waters, and the marsh offers opportunities to spy birds, deer, deer dressed like giant birds, and other wildlife. Ormond Beach Kayak Center makes use of its scenery with fishing, surfing, paddleboarding, and kayaking. The team leads tours and lessons, and they also ferry rental gear to and from the ocean or river.
For those looking for a unique watersport experience, kiteboarding combines surfing, wakeboarding, and gliding in one action-packed experience. North Florida Kiteboarding's lessons begin on the beach, where instructors will work through a dry-run of paddling, standing, falling, and maneuvering to equip patrons for the steady sloshing of waves. Patrons also practice essential skills, cresting waves with the help of a kite’s gentle tug or the daily tides. Instructors critique form during in-water sessions, sharing tips on how to handle the waves’ unexpected changes and how to properly relaunch after falling. Lessons include complimentary refreshments and sunscreen, ensuring patrons safely enjoy their fun in the sun without wearing wetsuits filled with layers of concentrated ozone. In addition to kiteboarding classes and rental services, North Florida Kiteboarding offers surfing lessons, sells landboards and water-wear gear, and coordinates summer surf camps.