No one should be too intimidated to exercise. That's the core philosophy at The Yoga Center. Since opening its doors in 1993, the studio has created an accepting environment where students can pursue the physical, mental, and spiritual benefits of yoga at their own pace. To help accommodate this range of skill levels and interests, the instructors lead an eclectic assortment of classes, including four or six-week beginners courses that teach breathing exercises, meditative techniques, and 12 fundamental asanas—as well as intermediate and advanced sessions that introduce deeper poses and discussion of yogic philosophies. Flow yoga ensures a more dynamic practice by creating seamless transitions between asana sequences, and alignment yoga classes adopt a slower pace, asking students to monitor each stretch's precise orientation as they bend their bodies into a perfect Möbius strip.
In 2010, Bikram Yoga Central Valley's Stockton location was named Best Yoga Studio by San Joaquin magazine and KCRA 3 A-List. Despite the acclaim, owner Helena Monica and her staff have kept their noses to the grindstone.
Each day, sometimes as early as 5:30 a.m., they welcome students into a sweltering studio and lead them through Bikram yoga's traditional series of 26 postures, two breathing exercises, and one conga line. The benefits of the heat and movements are plenty. Students can reduce stress, sweat out toxins, increase their strength and flexibility, and tone their bodies.
Gymboree offers a bevy of baby-engaging classes in which parents and wee ones work together to build tots' creativity and encourage development through play. Weekly classes are available for every age, from the freshly born sapling to the 5-years-young wise wanderer. This deal includes rhythm-building music classes, imagination-expanding art classes, and Gymboree's most popular class, Play & Learn. The month-long membership allows you to take one class per week, with make-ups available during enrollment if you miss a class. This deal also includes unlimited attendance at Gymboree's open gym sessions. See the calendar for scheduled times
The certified trainers at Sweat Cycling Studio and Personal Training propel clients toward fitness goals with custom-built cycling workouts and more than 20 types of group fitness classes. During 45-minute cycling sessions, students board RealRyder ABF8 bikes that twist, turn, and lean to activate little-used muscle groups and simulate the limbo segment of the Tour de France. JoyRyde sessions greet beginners with sprints and hill climbs, and RaceRyde workouts challenge serious spinners to battle their classmates as they activate muscles in the arms, legs, glutes, and core. For low-impact aerobics classes, Sweat loans clients Kangoo Jumps shoes, whose rebounding soles can reduce stress on joints while dancing, kickboxing, or shattering altitude records in games of leapfrog.