At Yoga Shala, a wide variety of yoga classes welcome students of all skill levels. The studio's instructors, trained in anatomy and physiology, emphasize safe and effective practice as they teach the principles of yoga. Classes include those that focus on postures and breathing, and those that work to deepen students' stamina and understanding of yoga.
At Lynda Orescanin’s lampwork studio, she melts rods and tubes of glass into silver-studded spheres and delicate aquamarine swirls. Intricately detailed and no bigger than an eraser tip, the glass beads resemble paperweights for a doll’s desk. “I love the way the glass flows,” says Ms. Orescanin. “I love that you can’t rush it.”
Ms. Orescanin brings that same passion and expertise to her shop’s jewelry-making classes. She seeks out striking materials for her students, from Czech pressed-glass beads and Afghan lapis to metal charms cut from recycled filing cabinets. Inside her intimate studio, she strives to create a nurturing, friendly environment that encourages experimentation. Classes allow up to six students to sidle up to the well-lit worktable and try their hand at making jewelry. Ms. Orescanin walks them through the basics of jewelry making, from tool use to beading technique. “People say, ‘Oh, I’m not creative, I don’t know anything about color,’" she says. "But when they finish something, I’m like, ‘Wow, it's magnificent. I would have never thought to put those together in that particular way.”
For decades, John Running's camera has taken him across the world. Europe, South America, the Middle East—he's taken photos in them all. He's also worked with well-known clients such as Nikon, Lee Jeans, and Coors. Today, he works in a studio, where he continues to snap captivating photos. He also travels on-location to capture portraits set against Arizona's beautiful landscapes and naturally occurring patterned backdrops.
CrossFit employs a mix of bodyweight exercises, gymnastics, aerobic and anaerobic conditioning, and lifting. The trainers at CrossFit Overthrow teach that system, which also uses constantly varied everyday movements performed at a high intensity. The varied movements allow for continuous progress while readying participants for every type of physical activity. Those motions are executed when lifting weights, squatting, jumping rope, and doing handstands. To achieve optimal results, only three to six hours a week of CrossFit are needed.
Within the family-run MudPie Studios, blank canvases welcome the creativity of their future visitors and their families. With a wide variety of paintable figurines and food-safe ceramic forms to choose from, artists can get their hands on bowls, hearts, animals, and other ceramic pieces to paint with provided glazes. Pupils looking for something different can enroll in painting classes, where they create and finish a colorful masterpiece with help from the experienced artists on staff.
The trainers at Ultimate Body Boot Camp forage through the workout wilderness to curate a fitness omnibus. They pull from multiple exercise styles—including Pilates, plyometrics, kickboxing, yoga, and core work—to build workouts that combine the benefits of cardio and resistance training. This earned the program a top spot on Arizona Foothills magazine's Best of Our Valley list for 2012.
To keep clients' muscles from hitting the wall, getting bored, or taking off in the dead of night to pursue a career as an anatomy textbook model, coaches change the routine each class and give campers personalized tips to fuel individual journeys. Body-composition tests and nutritional plans augment the sessions, inspiring long-lasting habits for healthy physiques.
The smell of exhaust and hot rubber hangs in the air above Canyon Speedway Park, an olfactory cocktail accompanied by the sounds of screeching tires, roaring engines, and the cheers from a gallery that swells up to 2,000 strong. The 3/8-mile, dirt track churns as drivers drop lead feet on the accelerators of stock cars, ASCS wing sprint cars, and nine other classes of machines built for speed rather than maximal numbers of cup holders. Spectators watch from the stands as drivers compete for weekly prize purses of up to $7,250 with a repertoire of expert bump-drafts and jaw-dropping passes. In addition to scheduled races, the speedway also opens its gates during open practice sessions, letting fanatics study their favorite drivers' pinpoint turning technique in preparation for Bring Your Car to Work Day.