A bright-yellow paint job, black trim, and?a checkerboard motif adorn the Lil' Toot, traits it shares with New York taxicabs?but most cabs don't have a stash of life vests for adults and children aboard. The star of the?Santa Barbara Water Taxi, Lil' Toot (named for its recognizable whistle and absolutely not for anything else?) safely shuttles up to 19 passengers?back and forth from Stearns Wharf to Santa Barbara Harbor. Captained by one of the company's Coast Guard?licensed pros, the ship?which uses a meager 4 gallons of fuel per day?also sets out on longer sunset voyages.
The Lagree fitness system is the foundation of Pulse Fitness Santa Barbara, where experienced and certified instructors lead classes daily. In these classes, they instruct students of all skill levels in Pilates-based workouts, which target fat loss without adding muscle bulk. The classes and system emphasize strength, endurance, and cardio training alongside balance, core, and flexibility.
Above Giovanni's Pizza you'll find Mesa Hot Yoga, where Courtney Enright combines her two passions: yoga and teaching. A former high-school teacher, Courtney discovered a love of hot yoga, which was ignited when she was accepted into the Absolute Hot Yoga teacher training in Thailand. Popular in Asia and Europe, the Absolute Hot Yoga style has only recently made an appearance in the United States, something that Courtney was determined to help grow.
Classes follow the basics of the 50 poses in the Absolute Hot Yoga series, allowing every part of the body to be engaged. The 60- and 75-minute classes also include variations and modifications, while the 90-minute classes follow the 50-pose series of seated and standing positions. Classes, which range from Rooted in Reggae with reggae music to set the mood to Yoga Core & More for a focused glutes and core workout, are open to all levels.
The atmosphere at Mesa Yoga allows students of all ages and skill levels to further their practices. Class sizes are small, which allows the instructors to provide students with individual guidance and support while they lead groups through seamlessly flowing, Vinyasa-based asana sequences. Classes are designed to give a great workout while providing a mindful approach to alignment, form, and breathe.
With an adventurous spirit and love for California's central coast, Captain Jack began his tour company to give him a platform to share his passion with others. After gathering the best team of tour guides he could find, each exhibiting the same enthusiasm and upbeat outlook he has, he devised tours that got people outdoors to experience physical activities such as kayaking the sea caves at Channel Islands or paragliding over Santa Barbara's verdant, rolling landscape. The tour ideas he has in mind know no bounds, involving everything from wine-tasting tours and glider rides to whale watching, sailing, and fishing the deep sea for the sneakers that fell out of Davy Jones's locker. To ensure safe and memorable outings, Captain Jack backs up his guides and tours with required licenses, insurance, and years of experience in various backgrounds.
The instructors at Westside Dance will make you sweat. They also might make you play dress-up. That's because the studio welcomes students of all ages to its classes, from two-year-olds to adults. The youngest groups develop motor skills during Creative Dance sessions, which welcome parents to join in on the fun. Otherwise, the curriculum consists of ballet, jazz, hip-hop, and singing lessons for multiple skill levels. Adults can also attend the Dancer Workout class for a mix of ballet, Pilates, and cardio exercises.
In addition to benefits like improved coordination and the ability to stomp on bugs in 4/4 time, taking classes at the studio affords a number of perks. The staff members schedule ballet performances a couple times throughout the year, and even plan an annual photo day when a professional photographer takes complimentary snapshots of the students.