Inside a heated studio mere blocks from the beach, Pacifica Yoga welcomes guests of all backgrounds to brave the heat of its Bikram and hot yoga flow classes that meet seven days a week. Its certified teachers run through Bikram yoga's 26 postures and two breathing exercises during morning and evening sessions, which emphasize personal growth over fast-paced posing. The team cultivates a silent studio atmosphere to lend students the opportunity to reflect inwardly, as well as to reenact old Fritz Lang movies where workers take over yoga factories.
In addition to espousing inner peace, the staffers at Pacifica Yoga also commit to sustaining the environment. They polish surfaces with Biokleen products and shine up mirrors and windows with an earth-friendly water-and-vinegar solution.
At Pacifica Athletic Center, clients can sculpt chiseled physiques on BodyMasters Abductor machines and bench presses or receive guidance from personal trainers or instructors in the 2,000-square-foot martial arts gym. Renowned Muay Thai kickboxer Kenya Prach teaches fighting techniques alongside taekwondo experts Master Mangonon and Kyo Sa Nim in the martial arts gym, which houses a 20-foot elevated ring. The fitness center's Kid Zone keeps children distracted from their plans to annex sections of the neighbors' yard. Free amenities such as chilled mint-scented towels, modern showers, and coffee are available.
The friendly staff at Longboard Margarita Bar serves up savory eats and refreshing margaritas in a laid-back, beach-themed setting. Fingers can unearth jalapeños, onions, tomatoes, olives, and more from a heaping mound of nachos ($6) and complement the feast with fresh-squeezed fruit swirls with tequila in Longboard's singular cocktails, which include the Burrito mojito ($7.50) and Misdemeanor margarita ($9), electrified with green chartreuse and zesty jalapeño. Enjoy postfeast euphoria atop a plush couch in the bar's warmly lit interior, or prepare for a posteuphoria sock hop by shimmying to weekly live music while half smiling.
The sky is overcast, and an instructor stands off to the side of the riding area with a camera in hand. Chance, a leather-brown horse, stands poised, ready to jump over an x-rail. Moments later, Chance gallops toward the hurdle, throwing its front legs into the air and gracefully arcing over the lofty obstacle.
This is just another day at Aspire Equestrian, where passionate trainers lead private and group riding lessons for students of all ages and levels of expertise. With a community-like feel, the instructors at Aspire hope students riders gain a comfortable atmosphere to learn and enjoy their new skills. The equine enthusiasts also board horses and lease select animals to people who want to hit the trails on their own or secure better lawn seats at the next outdoor music festival.
Ocean Yoga sprang from organic beginnings. Devastated when the community's lone yoga studio shuttered, Ron Kino and Alison Sanders gathered their yoga friends for a discussion of where they'd plant their mats next. Hopes were shared and plans were made, and a mere month later, the group was busy installing the bamboo floors and walls that form the base of Ocean Yoga. Today, the studio serves the community that built it with classes in a variety of yoga types, while also serving as a home for belly dance and Pilates practitioners. Hands-on workshops cover topics such as meditation, mandala creation, and whittling yoga pants out of sustainable wood. In addition, Ocean Yoga is bodywork destination, with massage, Reiki, Bowen, and acupuncture lending comfort to ambitious muscles.