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
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.
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.
On father-son fishing trips, Bart Swab’s dad taught him not only how to cast his line but also how to treat the aquatic ecosystem surrounding him with respect. Now a licensed and insured guide, Swab helps other fisherman appreciate the open water’s beauty, helming kayak trips through Florida’s pristine saltwater marshes. After arming prospective kayakers with safety tips and familiarizing them with their fishing equipment, Swab guides lead paddlers into the water. They maintain a 3-inch draft that allows students in kayaks to sneak up on fish without having to glue sequins to their skin to look like scales. Kayakers can also gaze through binoculars at the diverse fauna roaming the area’s shores. Trips range from a half day to a full day, and for a more structured route, participants can opt for destination trips to seasonal hot spots, where they can search out fish such as black drum, sheepshead, and tarpon.
At Tomoka Oaks Golf Club, well-manicured greens weave through thickets of mature oaks on the 18-hole, par 72 championship golf course. After warming up on the practice green or shooting around sandcastles built by lost beach-goers on the practice bunker, tackle the front tees' collective 5,022 yards or the back tees' challenging 6,745 yards. Throughout the course, a bevy of bunkers camps out on the traditionally small greens, waiting to ambush errant balls. Today’s Groupon also includes a cart rental to chauffer you and a friend across acres of mowed grounds, to the on-site bar and grill, or to the pro shop to get tips from PGA staffers and trade strudel recipes.
Black-and-white photos of bodybuilders and athletes gaze down from their frames on the walls at The Body Exchange, inspiring gym goers as they heft free-weights, travel the strength circuit, and lift medicine balls. While running or training on the gym’s elliptical machines and treadmills, exercisers can look out the expansive windows and watch as the sun feeds on clouds. Five certified personal trainers help members achieve their fitness goals, whether they’re building competitive muscles or trying to slim down and stay healthy.