The G Spa's staff, guided by Dr. Kathleen Griffin, thwarts the ravages of time with spa medicine tailored for women's needs. Practicing for more than 25 years, Dr. Griffin possesses comprehensive knowledge of the female form and all that ails it, from PMS and menopause to body-image issues caused by the unrealistic standards set by hourglasses. Nurse practitioner Dianne Sandel handles all laser treatments, women's annual exams, and engineering medical weight loss programs while medical aestheticians Jill, Monica, and Izabella complement Dr. Griffin's internal care with skin and body treatments. Among various services, the duo plumps earlobes with dermal fillers, diminishes veins with sclerotherapy, and tightens skin with laser facials. Life coach Petra Beumer rounds out the spa's offerings, rooting out the emotional and mental blockages that prevent women from losing weight or achieving their goals. The team?s combined services earned them a place as finalist for Best Medical Spa in the Santa Barbara Independent in 2011, 2012, and 2013.
Source Yoga's intimate class sizes and wide array of offerings for every ability level ensure a personalized yogic experience. Ninety-minute sessions, such as Yoga Basics and Gentle Yoga employ doable postures to improve strength and flexibility. Assorted Vinyasa disciplines forge a harmonious marriage between rhythmic breaths and flowing moves, and a one-hour Yoga Fitness course dials up heart speed, allowing full-body conditioning for races with heartless tin men. Precision posing forms the basis for Iyengar-style classes, which use props for both support and muscle training. The studio also caters to kiddo-size energy stores with children's yoga lessons, cultivating uncanny abilities to karmically attract every dessert at the lunch table.
Yasa Yoga?s name comes from the Sanskrit words for ?good-hearted,? a reflection of the studio?s noncompetitive, welcoming community of yogis and instructors. They gather to practice in a red-tiled, Mission-style building originally constructed in 1912. Husband-and-wife duo Ryan and Stephanie Besler lead a majority of the classes, accommodating students of all skill levels with a variety of yoga styles. During Yasa Basics classes, students absorb foundational yoga poses and breathing techniques in a naturally lit practice space with 20-foot arched ceilings. Yasa Flow yoga instructors crank up the room temperature to bolster flexibility and teach challenging, inverted moves during workouts suited to intermediate stretchers. Students also gather inside the building?Charlie Chaplin?s former home and production studio?for a variety of other classes such as prenatal, deep-stretch, and flow-style sessions.
Though each course strengthens core muscles and focuses the brain, students also calm their minds with meditation or revel in the camaraderie of like-minded classmates as they learn to control their breathing or tendency to constantly blurt out their credit-card numbers.
The owners of E-Bikes Santa Barbara believe that their city's lush parks, breezy boardwalks, and scenic streets are best seen by bike?and that it's even better if said bike is powered. A fleet of rental, late-1990s-model Lee Iacocca e-bikes speed along with throttle-activated 36-volt lithium-battery-powered electric motors, or let riders propel themselves by pedal. Bikes are equipped with padded seats and storage bags, and can travel up to 27 miles on a single charge. Meanwhile, a selection of bikes to accommodate all riders are available for rent, providing yet another way to explore the town.
James Pike started riding waves when he was 8 years old, when his father would drive him out to the boardwalk in Santa Cruz to go boogie boarding. As he grew up, he learned to surf with a local club, buying and repairing his own used surfboard, which was weathered after 40 years of challenging the ocean and being used to write down mermaids’ phone numbers.
As an adult, James founded Pike’s Surf School, where he teaches students of all ages how to balance on boards in surfing and skateboarding classes. Following lessons on technique and etiquette, students can glide through the waves or fly over pavement, and youths can take a combination surfing and skateboard clinic in groups of four. Pictures and video help pinpoint errors in technique, and cross-training improves students' ability to maintain their balance in different situations.
In business for 20 years, Santa Barbara Yoga Center boasts diverse instructors who shepherd students through more than 100 weekly classes in styles stretching from Anusara to Iyengar to Ashtanga. Each instructor channels a passion for tranquility through beginner- and advanced-level sessions, fitness-oriented classes, and specialized instruction for soon-to-be mothers, athletes, seniors, and those suffering from injuries. After the deep breathing and mantras of meditative Kundalini sessions, students emerge centered and better calibrated to weigh the souls of others. On the opposite end of the spectrum, Peak Performance yoga classes mold and fortify the physique through a mix of Vinyasa and strength training. As a bonus, Groupon holders will receive a 10 percent discount if they purchase an additional class series within one week after their month of classes.