The YMCA of Coastal Georgia promotes healthy living, youth development, and social responsibility through a variety of fitness and wellness classes. Membership includes access to gymnasiums, pools, strength and cardio equipment, and group exercise classes such as Contoured Bodies at the Effingham branch, in which simple deep-muscle movements tone the body to improve posture, balance, flexibility, and the likelihood of causing nearby coworkers to sit up straighter in their chairs. Various locations host traditional yoga and flexibility-technique classes, and Zumba classes fuse energetic music with calorie-burning dance moves for a lively workout experience. Groupon buyers also receive $25 to use toward classes, programs, and benefits not included in the monthly membership, such as a 30-minute massage from a licensed massage therapist ($25 for members), or a fall youth soccer session ($50+ for members) that teaches good sportsmanship, the value of exercise, and the importance of being able to manipulate a large object with one's forehead.
The artists at Wine and Canvas awaken their students’ inner Rembrandts and Van Goghs with classes that pair a featured painting with specialty cocktails and wines. The mobile studio’s monthly calendar includes themed classes in which instructors expound on the nuances of painting Parisian street lamps, Japanese flowers, or Venetian cityscapes. The master painters—many of them local artists—provide step-by-step instructions while students mimic each stroke and periodically dip their brushes into glasses filled with crimson cabernet. Each of the studio’s various drink-friendly venues boasts a specialty libation selected to incite creativity or conversations with fellow painters. When the artistic frenzy concludes, students return home with a finished masterpiece large enough to conceal any wall safe or mirror portal.
For more than 30 years, ABC Bartending School's instructors have trained aspiring 'tenders with hands-on lessons in real bar environments. Students learn how to blend classic and newfangled drinks, gaining the tools to tend bar professionally in as few as two weeks. Course offerings include Bartending 101, Bar Management, and Advanced Flair Bartending, in which students learn how to style a patron's hair when he's not looking.
The faculty members place paramount importance on helping their students to find jobs after certification. With institutions across more than 30 states, ABC Bartending School has formed a coast-to-coast professional network to help to locate positions for its graduates in any region of the country.
Savannah Yoga Room's instructors focus on traditional Hatha styles, creating classes accessible to newbies and challenging enough for yoga veterans. In addition to teaching pupils to center their thoughts with a slowly linked sequence of poses, they introduce the basic breathing techniques needed to blow out a centenarian's birthday candles during Hatha Flow Level I sessions. In Hatha Flow Level II, they quicken the pace to ensure a more dynamic practice and incorporate meditation.
After nudging up the studio’s thermostat to around 85 degrees and setting off a miniature supernova to heat the space, they enlist strong Ashtanga postures during power yoga, harnessing the radiating heat to engage muscle groups across the entire body without sacrificing the style's mindful focus or four-part om-ing harmonies.
Inspired by the fast-growing Anusara style, Yoga Me Fit opens minds, hearts, and bodies to an uplifting, peaceful philosophy that promotes physical and emotional well-being in a tight-knit group setting. Work up a sweat sporadically by opting for the 10-class pass, or commit to a curriculum with today's second option. The six-week course spends one week highlighting each of Anusara's five Universal Principles of Alignment, with a final cumulative session for reinforcement. The studio provides mats so students don't have to make their own out of sanitized jerky wrappers.
The certified yoga instructors at Bikram Yoga Savannah guide bendable bodies through 26 poses in a 105-degree heated studio during Bikram yoga classes. Each 90-minute total-body-toning class is designed for participants of all ages and fitness levels, with a few first-timers in nearly every session. Bikram yoga harnesses the power of heat to detoxify life vessels and limber up rigid muscles, restoring health to the body and the mind. Regular practice can help hot-yoga denizens to shed pounds, build strength and flexibility, and focus minds distracted by thoughts of Mark McGwire's beard.