At SF Spanish, we help people improve their Spanish for either business purposes or simply because they love the language. For all levels of Spanish proficiency, we focus on strengthening conversational skills and grammar, and building vocabulary. We offer both private and small group classes in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Before he met singing instructor David Stroud?a onetime coach of American Idol's Adam Lambert?Alexys Paris subjected his naturally mellifluous vocal cords to constant stress, admitting on his website that he would "force notes or yell on pitch." Working in the Institute of Vocal Advancement system, Stroud trains voices to perform in a natural, stable manner. Alexys teaches students how to comfortably transition from the deep-chest register to the high-pitched head register without resorting to voice-straining exertions or discretely switching places with virtuoso body doubles.
Club One's clean, eco-friendly facilities furnish fitness fanatics with access to hundreds of weekly classes, as well as pools, saunas, and state-of-the-art cardio contraptions. Over the course of the week-long membership, the only limiting factor to how many workout sessions you attend, including spinning, kickboxing, aqua fit, Pilates, and 12 types of yoga, is the tendency of the human body to catch on fire from sustained friction. Schedules and fitness features vary by location.
The interior of Hybrid Training SF is like an athlete's playground—two speed bags, four heavy bags, and uppercut bags hang from the ceiling, and the floor is packed with yoga balls, kettlebells, and an assortment of cardio equipment. This array of training tools comes in handy during the gym's classes, which range from muay thai and boxing, to jujitsu tailored for kids, men, and women. Classes are led by a team of experienced instructors with diverse backgrounds in Brazilian jujitsu, and amateur boxing.
What happens when a nightclub owner and yoga instructor partner up in a business venture? They create yoga workshops that incorporate heart-pumping bass and dubstep beats spun by the likes of FreQNasty and Rara Avis, in addition to traditional hatha and vinyasa lessons. Tim Dale and Tara Dale helm Yoga Tree, a studio that offers a wide variety of classes and yoga styles so that practitioners can find the style that best fits their practice, and instructors can lead classes in the specialty that speaks to them. And since opening their first studio in 1999, the duo has expanded their business to include six more locations throughout the Bay area to meet the demand for the Yoga Tree experience.
Teacher training courses are also available for those interested in leading their own classes. Students can opt for a 200- or 500-hour program, or elective classes that focus on Tantric yoga, handstands, and holistic Yoga Nidra. Yoga Tree also sells yoga-related products in their store, such as yoga attire, mats, books, and DVDs.
Muito Quente’s instructors, Blanca and Cindy, never seem to lose control when they’re doing the samba, despite the dance’s frenetic movements and shuffles. They put on spellbinding displays of quick footwork and rhythmic hip shakes, each skillful movement epitomizing the duo’s passion for Brazilian dance, which they have performed professionally at parades and private parties. In addition to standard samba, the dexterous duo executes the rapid repetitions of batucada, the Afro-Caribbean fusion of axé, and the group movement of samba reggae. Blanca and Cindy also regularly build their own elaborately sequined costumes and headpieces to perform at events throughout the area. At Muito Quente’s two dance studios, their passion takes the form of instruction as they teach students samba's calorie-burning moves and shed light on Brazilian culture.