The Channel Islands YMCA has been around for 125 of the greater YMCA’s 170-year existence. In that time, the volunteer-run, volunteer-led outpost—a branch of the six-location Channel Islands YMCA network—has been a stalwart steward of the nationwide organization, striving toward the overarching mission of fostering well-rounded individuals through increased self-esteem, healthy lifestyles, and an appreciation for the outdoors.
Three core tenets guide the organization's list of programs and events: youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. Whether visitors take part in a pickup game inside the basketball gym, take swimming lessons in the lap pool, or attend an overnight camp, they’re contributing to the sustainment of a strong community and celebrating a decades-old tradition.
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During Airobic Fitness classes, students get a high-energy workout by following routines of jumping and "rouncing"?that's running and bouncing. They pop into the air from the wall-to-wall rebounders, rocketing skyward to try and touch their toes. As they jump, their bodies do more than just shedding stress. The dynamic exercises build strong cores, all while being easy on joints. The list of benefits for the low-impact exercise classes is staggering, and includes stimulating the metabolism, improving coordination, and building strength.
At Bikram Yoga Santa Barbara, instructors, each of whom was personally certified by Bikram yoga?s eponymous founder Bikram Choudhury, guide students through 26 classic poses in 105-degree heat and 40% humidity. The patient teachers accommodate yogis of all skill levels, modifying poses and offering corrections during each class? 90 minutes of sitting, standing, balancing, and core-strengthening. The recently-renovated studio with new flooring and heating system helps melt muscles to make limbs more pliable while summoning sweat, boosting blood flow, detoxifying the body, and soothing soreness from injuries, stress, and overzealous hokey pokeys.
Classically trained dancer Jill Denison has spent years traveling the world, educating others about the Gyrotonic method. At Gyrotonic Santa Barbara, she teaches students the method, observing the original practices of Gyrotonics founder Juliu Horvath. Although Horvath practiced Gyrotonics to ease the injuries that ended his dance career, its simple movements also benefit healthy bodies—gentle stretches and bends reeducate joints and muscles so that they move fluidly like windsocks, as they were intended. With specialized equipment, Denison and fellow teachers guide students through Gyrotonic exercises. They also offer one-on-one sessions in the Gyrokinesis method, which is based on the same principles. During Gyrokinesis sessions, they help clients link breath and movement into a continuous, relaxing flow.
The Dailey Method builds strength and flexibility through movements that engage entire physiques and focus on proper alignment, earning praise by publications such as InStyle magazine and FitPregnancy. Helmed by owners who trained under the eponymous founder of the method, Jill Dailey, certified instructors at the Santa Barbara studio lead 60-minute classes where students tighten up for bikini season or tone muscles to prep for the flexing portion of a job interview. A melding of yoga poses, core conditioning, and orthopedic exercises, the method tones muscles as instructors offer modifications to accommodate all skill levels. Moves on a ballet barre enhance balance and coordination, and floor work summons sweat with torso-tightening repetitions. Parents can drop their whippersnappers off in childcare, stash their jackets in lockers, and shower before heading home.
This all-women, studio offers not only a great, innovative workout, but also a whole lot of fun. You get one-on-one attention that you deserve -- even in a group setting. By offering multi-level classes you can inspired or nurtured by expert instructors and supportive classmates . The goal is to improve YOUR lifestyle.