"I am artistry"—that's the translation of Je M'appelle Artistry, as well as owner Shonny's philosophy. Shonny works as a photographer, designer, and instructor, often combining all three passions. Snapping photos with her Nikon D600, she captures intimate boudoir scenes, romantic wedding images, and fanciful kids' shots, focusing on portraits. She extends this love of portraits into group or private workshops, where students learn to incorporate natural light and elements into their pictures. Her photos have been published in the cloth-diapering book Changing Diapers; she also designs her own cloth-diaper and clothing patterns.
During each of Elite Boxing Academy's one-hour classes, professional boxers practice alongside students entirely new to the fighting discipline. That doesn't mean they're matched up in the ring, but it does mean that the studio is able to accommodate a wide range of skills and abilities. The instructors tweak exercises if students are finding them too easy or difficult, all while teaching and refining new techniques.
Bikram Yoga Claremont owner Joe Fuch first experienced yoga in 1975. After a winding career path that took him through multiple masters programs, a job as a library director, and a toxic work environment, he eventually found that [Bikram yoga] http://www.bikramyogaclaremont.com/theyoga.html) was the activity that brought him the most peace of mind and mental nourishment. Now as the owner of a yoga studio, he and his team of talented instructors guide others through the 26 poses that make up the Bikram style of yoga. Performed in a heated studio, Bikram is known for its ability to help detoxify the body, work deeper muscles, and help people determine if there is really a prince inside their snowman. And to accommodate their hardworking students, the studio has shower-equipped restrooms for rinsing off sweaty bodies.
Founded by instructor and former street performer Maria Bernhard, Pilates Studio M hones torsos and limbs with Pilates mat and circus-inspired aerial silk classes. Open to all ages, Pilates ($70 for five classes) helps students focus and breeds full-body discipline, as the deft articulation of extremities makes doing the robot more attainable. The core-focused one-hour sessions have been helpful in treating everyone from scoliosis patients to those in post-surgery rehab. Although long practiced by certain worms, humans only recently caught on to the health benefits of dangling from silk. Two-hour aerial classes ($40 each), taught by professional suspenders, let participants increase muscle tone and flexibility while bearing their own weight as they hang from silk bands.
A pupil’s holiday letter addressed to “Mr. Vargas” captures the heart of Vargas Conservatory of Music in one simple sentence: “You are one of my favorite teachers.” Michael Vargas and a team of degreed instructors—who are trained by Vargas himself—work hard to motivate and encourage their students, forming genuine friendships as they instruct pupils in music theory and sight-reading. The private lessons tackle everything from classical to jazz to pop music, depending on the student’s tastes.