In 1997, Amy Caldwell discovered yoga. As she backpacked through Asia, Australia, and parts of Europe, she stopped to train with yogis she met along the way, exploring the styles of Vinyasa flow, Sivananda, Iyengar, and Ashtanga. As she learned, she blended these styles into her own dynamic flow. Since this nomadic journey, Amy's rapidly developing skills have earned her a spot on two Yoga Journal covers. Today, as owners of Yoga One studio, she and her husband Michael incorporate their own unique yoga and meditation styles into their teachings.
The flexible duo leads a team of experienced instructors, who foster a positive, non-competitive environment and also specialized in different styles of yoga, such as sunrise flow, Vinyasa flow, and gentle flow. Inside the main studio, where natural light from skylights casts a glow onto hardwood floors and saffron curtains, instructors lead groups through classes that cover optimal alignment, breath, and present-moment awareness. They also guide students outside the studio to stretch and align on a sunny rooftop in Little Italy. Inside softly lit massage rooms, therapists help visitors release tension from aching muscles.
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.
Engine Room Fitness chars calories with a semiweekly schedule of Indo-Row classes helmed by two former members of the U.S. Olympic rowing team. One-hour, low-impact rowing sessions smolder up to 600 calories and rouse stagnating muscles with coached repetitions that fortify legs and arms, abdominals, and the muscle in the back that controls the stock market. The classes foster solidarity among members with team, partner, and full-group workouts led by encouraging and helpful instructors. The Indo-Row machine's patented flywheel tank emulates the salty sound of crashing waves, while built-in monitors help stationary scullers measure progression by displaying rowing speed, total distance, calories burned, and nearby ports.
Students at Paul Mitchell the School San Diego learn techniques cultivated by the widely acclaimed brand that has received many honors, including mentions in Esquire, Seventeen, and Allure magazines. The school’s pupils prettify clients with a host of guest services, including haircuts, highlights, perms, and formal 'dos to match the ice sculptures you saw at your cousin’s wedding.
The Little Yoga Studio is an intimate studio that aims to help its students achieve and maintain physical, mental, and emotional health through yoga. The certified instructors are passionate about yoga and want to share their belief that yoga can transform lives. Walking in, clients feel as if they’ve entered a sacred space—big windows let the sun stream in on honey-colored wood floors and wall paneling, and calming Buddha shrines add to the feeling of openness and serenity. Students can unwind in a Yoga for Deep Rest class, an alignment-focused class that works with breath, or get an intense workout in the challenging Power Vinyasa class, where emphasis on creative, gymnastic vinyasas build lean muscles and increase flexibility.
The New Well, an all-encompassing women's wellness center, helps guide clients along a path to better health with custom weight-loss programs based on the four pillars of weight loss. The staff believes that a combination of whole-food nutrition, effective exercise, one-on-one counseling, and soothing relaxation will produce optimal weight-loss results. Like a clown who moonlights as a brain surgeon, The New Well lives a double life; in addition to dispensing advice about healthy living, the center also beautifies clients with various spa services including facials, microdermabrasion, and photo-rejuvenation treatments.