Barcelona-born Philolingua Language School founder Jordi Lluch knows what it's like to learn a foreign language. After extensive linguistics studies and more than 23 years teaching six languages through Berlitz language school's various locations, Lluch established Philolingua. Throughout his years as both student and teacher, he worked to synthesize a learning approach that would mimic the way children pick up their first language: hearing it spoken, responding back, and getting a feel for grammar through intensive practice. The school's resulting approach aims to quickly establish fluency and build practical vocabulary. Using an intuitive, conversational style, a foreign-born instructor shares native speaking skills for real-life situations, such as asking for directions or demanding an entree not listed on a menu.
Shafa Yoga borrows its name from a Persian word that translates into “healing, remedy, and recovery.” The studio’s founder, Newsha Mobin, chose this moniker because of her life and studio’s devotion to the therapeutic benefits of yoga practice. Her own journey of healing began in Tehran, Iran, where she studied alternative and holistic medicine. Newsha's semiprivate classes share the fruits of that inquiry by promoting an intimate working relationship between students and instructors, like the relationship between runway models and things people will never wear.
The staff conducts sessions in a tranquil environment with drawn window shades, dark mocha flooring, and earth tones set in relief by red walls. In addition to regular classes, the studio plays host to workshops, Yoga Alliance–approved teacher training, and private sessions of Yumeiho yoga therapy.
Smoky hardwood floors, soft hanging lights and wall sconces, and dusty blue walls create a serene scene in Indie Yoga's practice room, where certified yoga instructors helm heated Vinyasa-style classes seven days a week. This experienced team caters to students of all abilities by offering beginner, intermediate, and advanced classes that combine a series of continuous postures with a deep-breathing technique called the ujjayi breath. As they lead students through the tapestry of poses, they allow the studio's heated temperatures to infuse the blood with oxygen, facilitate deeper stretches, and expose devious undercover snowmen masquerading as yogis. They also offer a couple specialty classes, such as the surf-flow session, which focuses on core strength and balance to help wave riders enhance their hang time, and a children's yoga class where poses are fueled with fun themes, games, and music.
How does a yoga studio with no electrical outlets to plug a sound system still resonate with the tranquil ambiance of waves, wind, and wildlife? By hosting its classes on the ocean. The instructors of Paddle Board Bliss beckon students to the calm waters of Laguna Beach, Dana Point, and Mission Bay to practice invigorating yoga atop paddleboards. While balancing on their boards, exercisers progress through a series of traditional yoga maneuvers that call for them to stand for poses, sit for meditative exercises, and do cannonballs for attention. If the ocean’s soothing whispers aren’t enough, a live guitarist strums alongside students during Acoustic Flow sessions.
Although its yoga classes have received a lot of press, Paddle Board Bliss isn’t exclusively a yoga studio. It also dedicates its time to fostering aquatic exploration with paddleboard rentals, tours, and lessons.
Instructors never run out of steam at BODYROK. It’s their job to keep the atmosphere upbeat and encourage students to push through their demanding Sculpt and Cycle classes. The 40-minute Sculpt classes heighten the core-toning effects of Pilates with cardio exercises on individual Proformer machines. The Proformer's resistance can be adjusted to accommodate any fitness level so first-time students can follow the workout and veterans can continue to challenge themselves. In Cycle classes, students hop atop Scwhinn A.C. Performance Indoor Cycle Trainers that use magnets to generate resistance instead of forcing riders to pedal through tubs of yogurt. The two workouts collide in the 50-minute Sculpt and Cycle class as students hop from Proformers to Schwinns for a blend of lower body- and core-focused training.
At over 100 locations throughout the country, CorePower Yoga (CPY) invites students to creative classes that meld movement, breath, heat, and music into entrancing routines to energize the body and mind. Signature CPY classes are taught by approachable certified yoga instructors who lead students through dynamic, Vinyasa-style flows with demonstration and verbal cues, helping pupils of all experience levels tone core muscles and cultivate balance. CPY also offers teacher training and lifestyle programs to empower students to become yoga instructors or to just advance their individual practice. During construction of all its new studios, CPY strives to use recycled content, install eco-friendly and efficient mechanical systems, and ensure that any waste created doesn't end up in landfills or just piled in Mr. Henderson's garage.