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.
As they enter the training circle 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 by 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.
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.
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.”
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.