With an ERYT certification from Yoga Alliance, more than 3,000 hours of training, and 5,550-plus hours of teaching experience under her belt, instructor Umang Goel strives to instill mind-body wellness in her students during classes in a variety of yoga modalities. During classes that can be filled with children and adults alike, Umang emphasizes the connections among the physical, spiritual, and spandex aspects of yoga practice, encouraging students to perform challenging poses as they clear their minds through meditation, which she studies in basic and advanced courses at the Art of Living Foundation. Classes such as Bliss Yoga and Gentle Yoga challenge beginner and advanced yogis alike. Umang also incorporates life-coaching skills into classes such as laughter yoga, helping students of all skill levels reap a host of benefits, including stress reduction, increased body awareness, and sharper vision in the third eye.
As they enter the training at Curves, female guests come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. And just as points on a circle share a common distance from the circle's center, workout participants share the experiences of those nearby, trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. One minute is spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity.
For more than 30 years, the senseis behind Martial Arts America have filled the minds and fists of students as young as 4 years old through adulthood with the focus, discipline, and confidence that comes from studying self-defense. The instructors lead five martial-arts forms—tae kwon do, eskrima, jujitsu, krav maga, and CDT training, which stands for compliance, direction, and takedown—helping patrons strengthen their bodies and minds. This multidimensional program trains students in defensive tactics such as strikes, grappling, throws, rolls, and using fighting sticks to protect innocent civilians from rogue baseball-pitching machines.
With indoor and outdoor facilities, as well as easy access to hundreds of miles in the scenic Las Trampas Regional Wilderness, Las Trampas Stables provides an opportune setting for learning the basics of horseback riding. This deal gets you three 90-minute classes with Las Trampas Stables's experienced instructors, where you'll learn the basics of English-style riding, the type of riding typically used for show jumping, polo, and sipping on a cup of Earl Grey tea while galloping down Highway 80. Aspiring horse-riders will learn about equestrian psychology, how to care for each horse, and fundamental riding techniques, with the staff ensuring that each rider has a firm foundation laid for a robust riding career.
Bay Area Youth Sports' year-round youth football programs strive to build kids' character as well as their passing skills. Kids as young as 4 get their start in the non-competitive, co-ed NFL flag football league, whose high-scoring but contact-free games teach values like teamwork, self-confidence, and sportsmanship. The contact flag-football league takes the game's physicality up a notch, while the tackle football league pits kids in full pads and helmets against others of similar weight, age, and experience. Relaxed, family-friendly schedules help keep practices fun and casual at all levels.
In the summer months, Bay Area Youth Sports hosts Bay Area Adventure Camp, where kids aged 5 through 14 enjoy a wide range of activities under the supervision of experienced staff. The younger ones are matched with those leaders in a ratio of four to one, so they're never far from helpful supervision, whether they're playing soccer or learning to skateboard or ride a horse. The camp is partnered with a variety of other companies, which lets them arrange amusement park trips, archery, indoor skydiving, and other activities that require a lot of equipment or any number of roller coasters.
The Ultimate Women's Expo offers women a chance to escape from their lives into a world filled with inspiring talks from keynote speakers, complimentary spa treatments, play casino games, educational seminars, and more than 350 shopping booths. Visitors can also taste wines and creative cocktails, and take home free giveaways.
In the rejuvenation tea garden, surrounded by waterfalls and trees, massage therapists perform complimentary massages, and at the beauty pavilion, aestheticians dole out beauty advice during complimentary facials and makeovers. The cooking theater shows off chefs dicing and flambeing, eager to prove to their parents once and for all that dropping out of law school wasn't a huge mistake. The InStyle stage celebrates fall fashion with a runway show.