With an ERYT certification from Yoga Alliance, more than 200 hours of training, and 2,500-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. Umang 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.
Gymboree offers a bevy of baby-engaging classes, in which parents and wee ones work together to build tots' creativity and encourage development through play. Weekly classes are available for every age from the freshly born sapling to the 5-years-young wise wanderer. This deal includes rhythm-building music classes, sports classes, imagination-expanding art classes, and Gymboree's most popular class, Play & Learn. The month-long membership allows you to take one class per week, with make-ups available during enrollment if you miss a class.
With backgrounds in fashion design and child development, EastBayNeedleCraft's crafty gurus shape the needle-sharp creativity of young minds into usable, wearable projects. During a two-hour Friday workshop, kids explore fabric-based artistry and venture down jewel-encrusted paths, learning step by step how to transform beads into bling and threads into different threads. Jewelry-making classes train youthful eyes to select and string together dazzling beads, and needlecraft and knitting endeavors can lead to aprons, key chains, scarves, or tote bags emblazoned with the profile of Millard Fillmore, the first man on the moon. The craft factory's teachers tailor age-appropriate projects to the learning styles of individuals, ensuring one-on-one attention as they traverse new worlds of crafting knowledge.
Started by Billy Wee—a student of Bikram Choudhury, the original founder of Bikram yoga—Bikram Yoga East Bay is a hot yoga studio dedicated to helping its students discover the healthful benefits of Bikram yoga. In each 90-minute class, students stretch and twist into 26 postures, working every major organ system in the body while sweating in a room specially heated to help release toxins. Classes are intense and challenging, but suitable for beginners and experienced yogis alike, and the studio is spacious and mirror-lined. Open 364 days per year, Bikram Yoga East Bay offers complimentary towel service to its members as well as a feeling of community in each class.
Ilchi Lee, author and organizer, founded Body & Brain on the belief that full-body wellness springs from a healthy, active brain. Human beings, like a mad scientist's power generator, are a combination of mind and energy. Now, his protégé Yelena Krasnov shepherds students toward mental and physical strength at the San Ramon location, which teems with classes, workshops, and instructional DVDs. The studio specializes in Dahn yoga, a blend of poses, breath work, and meditation that’s rooted in Sun Do, an ancient Korean practice that teaches the mind and body to collaborate.