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.
Since opening in 2003, Bird Rock Yoga has supported its students' journey to health and wellness by creating a calming, welcoming environment for its all-levels Vinyasa Flow classes. Every day of the week, yogis settle into the lightly heated spacious practice room, where certified instructors lead a series of continuous physical postures linked together with deep, mindful breaths. Specialty classes, such as the Surfer's Flow, are designed to help athletes develop the strength, endurance, and flexibility needed to hang not just ten, but any number of their choosing. Those looking to enhance their practice even further may benefit from one of Bird Rock's intensive, subject-focused workshops, or can become a certified cobra impersonator through their Yoga Alliance–recognized teacher-training program.
During Pacific Coast Kettlebells' boot-camp classes, exercisers bounce from one timed movement to the next with short breathers in between. At one station, they might do kettlebell swings or pull-ups, at the next, they might grunt through presses or tire flips. It's all part of an approach that balances intense cardio exercise with strength training in an effort to build lean, muscular physiques. Thanks to the nature of this approach, classes at Pacific Coast Kettlebells are quick and efficient. Classes are personal, too, since groups are capped at 15 exercisers.
WaveHouse San Diego exhilarates guests with a nonstop beach party that spans four restaurants, various bars, wave machines, and a 400,000-gallon saltwater pool. Guests catch 10-foot waves in the FlowBarrel, which pumps 100,000 gallons of water per minute to simulate the powerful waves and inter-island motorways of Hawaii. After a session of backflips and wipeouts, surfers can fuel up on burgers and brews at the Bar & Grill before grooving out to a live show on the outdoor stage.
Wine and Canvas sends local artists to restaurants and comfortable bars to guide students through featured paintings from the studio's monthly calendar. As instructors offer step-by-step instructions, pupils mimic the motions of their brush to re-create scenes inspired by nature, Impressionist masters, and alcoholic libations themselves. After the night has ended, students carry their finished masterpieces home to hang proudly on their walls or avant-gardely on their fish tanks.
Certified trainer Jake Welton strives to challenge and satisfy each student’s inner athlete. Answered Fitness helps build fitness regimens tailored to each client’s age, sex, and preexisting experience while helping build confidence and improved energy. Jake typically warms up clients with light weight and resistance work that puts the body in the fat-burning zone, then unleashes a slew of strength and core-conditioning exercises to build lean muscle and improve endurance.