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.
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.
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.
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.