Unlike Rube Pilates-Goldberg classes—which use comically complicated contraptions to help tone, stretch, and flex muscles—Articulations' mat classes teach the fundamentals of Pilates using only an exercise mat, Pilates positions, and the freedom of the open road. Pilates's focus on constant motion and smooth, graceful transitions between exercises produces a lot of benefits—increasing overall strength and endurance (especially in the core muscles), improving posture, and keeping the body aligned.
Amid the feng shui décor of Anahata Movement Arts’ sunlit studio, limbs twist and muscles tone during an abundance of yoga and movement classes held throughout the week. Experienced instructors lead Hatha- and Kundalini-style yoga classes for a range of ability levels and delve into alternative forms of cardio during belly-dancing and Pilates sessions. Massage therapists employ reiki techniques to heal tense bodies and frazzled minds, and inner peace blossoms during free weekly meditation sessions. The yoga masters can share their expertise individually with students during private sessions or bring classes to company offices to reduce workplace stress and build camaraderie among coworkers or rival circus troupes.:
The mission of Glow Yoga Studio is for each class to feel relaxed and reflective, giving students a chance to clear their minds as they improve their flexibility and strength. This studio, tucked inside Riverside Jazzercise, has a small staff of three instructors, two of whom have backgrounds that include dance and a third who traveled to India to learn how to teach yoga. They lead all-levels classes in three practices: Hatha, deep-stretch, and a blend of Iyengar, Yin, and Anusara.
T3's fitness classes help health honchos and gym neophytes alike burn fat and sculpt muscles in a fun group setting. Participants can dance off calories with hip-hop classes or in a Zumba session, which burns fat through easily emulated Latin-inspired dance moves and aerobic intervals. Or breathe and bend the way to a more centered, flexible self with a yoga class after braving a high-intensity, complete-body workout session at a R.I.P.P.E.D. class. At R.I.P.P.E.D., which stands for resistance, intervals, power, plyometrics, endurance, and diet, constantly changing workout segments help participants see results in short order. See the website for a complete class schedule.
Spiritus Yoga & Spa offers relaxing spa treatments alongside challenging yet fun and accessible dance classes giving participants engaging options to nurture whole-body fitness and stress-shedding. The spa and fitness package includes ten fitness classes (a $140 value) letting you choose from muscle-leaning yoga, tummy-trimming belly dancing, attention-grabbing burlesque, and Latin-dance-infused Zumba. After some aerobic rug-cutting muscles melt during a 30-minute neck, back, and shoulder massage (a $55 value). Today’s package also affords you a 30-minute facial (a $40 value), a 30-minute chemical peel (a $70 value), and your choice of one spray tan (a $45 value) or a 30-minute foot soak (a $25 value).
With more than 50,000 square feet of collective climbing surfaces, Hangar 18 Indoor Climbing Gyms's four locations, including its newest in Long Beach, offer ample terrain for climbers of all skill levels. From first-timers just learning to belay to seasoned climbers seeking a vertical challenge, athletes of all stripes can find suitable terrain and helpful assistance from experienced staff members. At the Riverside location, top ropes and lead routes circle around a freestanding boulder that tops off at 20 feet. The Southbay location's large training section gives adventurers prep time before they embark on the facility's challenging crack climbs, and the Upland location's 40-foot roof climb lends a scenic vantage point for those honing their skills on the ceiling-spanning rope or trying to spot a lost contact lens. After traversing 70-foot routes through lead caves and descending towering boulders, climbers can decompress in a yoga class.
Color Me Mine puts paintbrushes and pottery in the mitts of customers old and young. Budding Toyozo Arakawa will follow six easy steps to craft eye-pleasing objects, first choosing a ceramic piece ($10–$75) from Color Me Mine's selection of hundreds of seasonal options, such as plates, mugs, molded animals, and mystically materialized emotions. After charting out the desired design from individual imagination or one of the design center's more than 22,000 images, painters will select an underglaze from dozens of colors, then gently beautify their objets d'art with the focus and ingenuity of a peregrine falcon possessed by Norman Rockwell. Color Me Mine handles all firing work in the kiln, allowing clients to pick up their final products four to seven days after painting. The studio fee of $10 for adults and $6 for children covers all paints, supplies, glazing, and firing. Regardless of age or ability, customers will find Color Me Mine's ceramic painting experience a rewarding dive into the creative process of an art form that dates back to the ziggurat-dwelling days of Mesopotamia.