At Addicted To Yoga's two locations, seasoned yogis map out more than 45 weekly yoga and Pilates classes, each designed to liberate practitioners of stress and tension. Yoga, a workout utilizing smooth sequences of breath and movement, naturally lends itself to socialization during group classes divided according to each patron’s ability to fight someone wearing the same ankle warmers. Introductory yoga sessions fill the studio with the sounds of calm exhalations as guests begin to learn the ropes, and more advanced classes focus on boosting strength and introducing more complex poses. Meditation classes weave gentle yoga into a time of tranquility, and Pilates classes tone specific problem areas.
At the Chino studio, students fan mats across hardwood floors in two yoga rooms, each drenched with sunlight like a cat napping on an orbiting meteor. After healthy bites and conversation in the courtyard, pupils spill into a separate Pilates room stocked with reformer machines. At the freshly erected Rancho Cucamonga location, which looks out upon nearby mountains, Asian blooms complement warm-hued furnishings. Staffers at both locations extend a helping hand to the communities that sustain them with free classes for members of the armed forces, low-income families, and other groups.
Inland Empire Boot Camp’s squad of experienced instructors eschews the ear-scarring screams of traditional boot camps in favor of rigorous motivation, individually tailoring every exercise to achieve sustainable results for students. Like the temperaments of salsa dancers, the boot camp’s intensity levels split into mild, medium, and hot categories to ensure every participant gets a vigorous but doable workout. The outdoor program mixes up activities for constantly shifting sessions, which divide time between exercises such as toning core muscles with planks and lunges and raising heart rates with jogging and calisthenics. Campers rotate through interval-based resistance and cardio training, aiming to stoke metabolic fires into searing calories. Inland Empire Boot Camp's schedule of both coed and women-only classes lets participants control their comfort levels, and the flexible schedule accommodates those who need extra time to get their werewolf or nongroggy daytime-werewolf symptoms under control. Inland Empire Boot Camp also offers grocery shopping classes, which escort students through the aisles, teaching them what to look for on food labels and how to decide between frozen or fresh, butter or margarine, and ketchup or catsup.
Indian cuisine is famously complex, but diners at Koyla Indian Restaurant get at least a peek at how it's prepared. The restaurant's signature cooking method is right in the name—koyla means "coal"—and chefs use its heat in full view within an open kitchen. Cinnamon and cloves, garlic and saffron fill the air as marinated chicken, shrimp, and goat simmer and sizzle. Although grounded in the cuisine of Northern India, founder Deep Singh and his chefs demonstrate a strong taste for experimentation. That's evident in the large menu's Indo-Chinese section, which holds hybrids such as chili paneer—the traditional Indian cheese spiked with house-made chili sauce. Pesto chicken and calamari masala reflect Singh's time as the proprietor of a small Italian cafe.
A mural of an especially cuddly-looking Taj Mahal brightens one wall of Koyla's softly-lit dining room. The motif continues as painted chili peppers wind around the room behind an ample buffet, served alongside champagne on the weekends.
A gallery of masterpieces showcases stunningly virtuosic renderings—which are especially impressive considering they were created by kids. While fostering a friendly, cheerful atmosphere, instructors teach classical art skills to classes of up to 12 students at a time. During weekly classes, the skilled instructors demonstrate how to realistically illustrate animals, figures, and still-life scenes using traditional media. "Creativity follows mastery" is the KidsArt philosophy, so they designed the sort of program they imagine the old masters would have approved. Planting graphite sticks and paintbrushes in pupils' hands, instructors teach color mixing, show students how to break an image into its component parts, and instill necessary behaviors such as focus and patience. Programs include individualized drawing and painting lessons and special-topic workshops, such as clay sculpture, figure drawing, and Anime/cartooning.
Within Color Me Mine's studio, more than 400 premade bisque pieces stuff wooden shelves that line the walls, inspiring budding artists of all ages as they create gifts and keepsakes with a handmade touch. More than 60 pigments boast a toxin- and lead-free formula to ensure bowls and platters are safe to eat out of without blocking patrons' x-ray vision. Once artwork dries, staffers dip the painted pieces in glaze and draw out their vibrancy with a stint in the kiln, readying them for pickup in a week or sooner. Though Color Me Mine welcomes solo painters and families, large groups can also commandeer the space to celebrate weddings and youngsters' birthday parties. Alternatively, the studio's artisans can supply off-site festivities or decorate drab evil lairs with ceramic-painting equipment.
From the bustling streets of Times Square to the equally vivacious streets of Hong Kong, people walk around with smiles after enjoying the japanese barbecue cuisine at Gyu-Kaku. The restaurant has more than 700 locations worldwide, each rooted in the belief that some of the strongest bonds between friends are forged at the dinner table. Groups dine on a huge variety of Japanese dishes, from popular meat and veggie dishes such as Harami Skirt Steak, Kalbi Short Rib, and Mushroom Medley - to unique Japanese-American appetizers such as the Spicy Tuna Volcano, Pork Gyoza Dumplings, and Chicken Karaage. The real excitement takes place around individual grills, however, where diners can barbecue their own slabs of filet mignon, grilled ahi tuna, or chicken with basil sauce until they are ideally tender or encircled by on-duty firemen.