A jovial Buddha statue wearing sunglasses greets students arriving at Malibu Sun Yoga, where blue and orange walls mimic the tones of a blazing sun and a calm cerulean ocean. This duality is representative of the studio's hot yoga classes, which combine warming heat with yoga practice. Inside a mirrored studio heated to a steamy 105 degrees Fahrenheit, instructors lead custom sequences of vinyasa poses that help foster balance, flexibility, and strength, and are adjustable for students of all skill levels. The elevated temperature keeps sinews limber and joints soft to facilitate safer stretches, and it also aids in detoxification by increasing blood flow to vital organs and encouraging a healthy sweat, provided students drink plenty of water. Hot yoga can also help reduce one's appetite for unhealthy foods, such as alcohol, tobacco, or marshmallows still on fire.
Lyft is your friend with a car. Passengers can log into the app on their smartphone, request a ride with tap of a button, see a picture of their car and driver, and be on their way within minutes. Besides making rides convenient with cashless payments, Lyft rides also make for an economically sound choice?typically, Lyft is more affordable than traditional taxis. The company has received an array of press accolades?including features by USA Today, Forbes, and the New York Times. They have also been featured in a Conan sketch.
Founders Sunil and Jahan created Sidecar LLC to pairs drivers who are looking to make extra money with riders in need of a lift through a free app, earning a mention in the Wall Street Journal. But the real mission behind Sidecar is a bit more altruistic. For one thing, the owners hope the service will take excess cars off the road, saving on carbon emissions and cutting down traffic. Sidecar drivers use their own car, letting riders sit in the front seat and turn on their choice of music. The shared ride experience gives riders the opportunity meet and connect with others in their city.
The team has designed Sidecar for safety and convenience. All drivers undergo a rigorous background and driving-record check before joining the team. And, once riders have been dropped off at their destination, they make donations to the driver through the app, eliminating the need to carry cash or vanilla wafers for payment.
Think of a Pediwagon as a mobile bar counter where revelers socialize while pedals siphon off empty beer calories. Up to 15 people board the pedal-powered vehicle, which requires at least six pairs of feet to keep it moving. The wagon shuttles groups through all manner of events, from bachelor parties and pub crawls to city tours, and can be reserved for a minimum of two hours.