Students unleash their inner creativity during Wine and Palette's laid-back painting classes. The professional-artist instructors invent projects that reflect their individual style, from bold abstract patterns to misty, atmospheric landscapes. Though all members of a course work on the same basic image, students add individual flourishes to make the image their own. And, since each class meets at a local bar or restaurant, they can also choose to kick back with a drink or snack as they paint.
Created for love of the sport by six stalwart enthusiasts, Dodgeball is Life runs seasonal leagues that pit five or more teams against each other, with members of all skill levels and both genders taking to the court. Players receive their team assignment from the league, joining court-ready crews typically composed of five men, two women, and one taxidermied mascot. The season pits these impromptu groups against each other in eight or more chuck fests, which lead directly into playoffs for the top-performing teams, which will get to replay grudge matches or continue to demonstrate their immunity to rubber. All matches take place on the squeaky courts of the Ocean Beach Recreational Center, beginning at 7 p.m. and usually concluding with a trip to a local bar to celebrate camaraderie over a brew.
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.
Just saying "USAW Certified Olympic Sports Performance Coach Tyler Johnson" is a workout for your mouth, but it's nothing compared to what Coach Johnson leads his students through at Groundwork Fitness. During classes that emphasize functional fitness through interval training, athletes of all abilities lift kettlebells, swing heavy ropes, toss tires, and wrestle parked cars. Groundwork's outdoor workouts are constantly changing, which makes them more effective in burning fat and building muscle.
Although his full name was probably never thrown into poems or songs, Bellur Krishnamacharya Sundararaja Iyengar (B.K.S.) certainly left his mark. Iyengar began practicing yoga in India in 1935 before moving west during the 1950s, where he taught his version of the ancient discipline. Eventually, those teachings reached San Diego, where, in 1979, they surfaced in the form of Iyengar Yoga of San Diego.
Today, the facility employs a roster of certified instructors to lead groups through multiple levels of Iyengar yoga. Through the perfection of yoga postures, or asanas, and yogic breathing, the facility strives to coordinate the mind with every part of the body and, according to their philosophy, connect the individual spirit with the universal spirit.
Over the course of its 22-year existence, Ocean Experience Surf School has helped somewhere in the neighborhood of over 15,000 students to safely discover and refine their passion for watersports. Students 6 or older hop atop surfboards, paddleboards, and kayaks for on-the-water practice under the care of experienced instructors during private lessons and group classes.
The local press and community showers the school's companion retail outlet with praise, which won both the Best Surf Shop and Best Skate Shop in CityBeat's 2010 Readers' Poll. In an effort to give back to the community, the organization runs an afterschool sports program offering surfing and skateboarding lessons to kids up to 18 years old and adults with a note from a certified kindergarten teacher.