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.
While most 21-year-olds are content to just sit in a bar and drink beer, Mike Johannsen was a bit more active about his newly legal status. As soon as he came of age, he started brewing in his dorm room at CalPoly San Luis Obispo. Over the years, he has explored almost every angle of the business, from equipment maintenance to cellaring, packaging, and quality assurance. In 2013, he founded Schubros Brewery alongside Ian Schuster, a London Business School grad and craft beer aficionado.
In the short time that Schubros has been operational, they have already done a lot to distinguish themselves from other breweries. For starters, all their brews are organic: varietals include Diablo Sunrise, a chocolate-orange imperial stout, and 680 IPA, a mahogany ale with notes of caramel and toffee. Schubros also gives 1% of their profits to various local organizations. Customers can go online to vote on where the money should go each quarter; options include environmental groups, school districts, and fire departments.
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.
Keena Payton has basketball in his blood. The younger brother of Hall-of-Fame point guard Gary Payton, Keena grew up watching as his sibling's dominance earned him nine All Star appearances and a championship ring. After his own pro career in Canada, Keena returned home, starting Team Play to help others discover the life lessons and unbridled joy that he found on the court. Ballers from kindergarden through 12th grade attend 10-week programs that develop fundamental skills, teach the importance of teamwork, and instill a respect for the power of hard work. Top level players can join the group's elite teams, devoting themselves to year-round training to perfect their skills and give the gym's basketballs a sense of stability.
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.