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.
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.
Music Together cultivates a warm, welcoming community of children and their adult counterparts in 45-minute music classes, which introduce developing brains to grooveable tunes with an accommodating schedule. A friendly instructor trained in teaching, music, and impersonating tubas leads up to 12 Beatles-in-training through structured musical explorations, helping little ones to test out rhythms on drums, keep time on triangles, and belt out songs. Newborns to 4-year-olds co-mingle in the same classes, creating an open environment in which younger tykes mimic social skills and musical talents modeled by the older children and adults in the room. Parents and guardians participate in the classes, sitting cross-legged on the floor with their mellifluous youngster, socializing with other adults and intermittently showing off their yodeling skills.
Having shot more than 30,000 subjects throughout his career as a photographer, including many Silicon Valley business figures, Eric Gould understands how to create a good photo in any setting. His adeptness at communicating with subjects carries into his photography workshops, where he conveys difficult concepts clearly and methodically, saving students from such rookie mistakes as shooting with the lens cap on or turning the flash on while taking pictures of your imaginary friend's third grade graduation. In his own photo sessions, he frames professional clients in business portraits and headshots, high-school seniors in youthful poses, athletes in midaction, and a wide spectrum of people and places encountered on international travels.