Whether wielding a high-powered DSLR or craftily snapping shots with a smartphone, the student-tourists of InFocus Tampa Photo Tours learn how to make the most of their cameras while visiting iconic locales around the city. Groups trek across Tampa on foot, listening to guides share historical facts about sites including the Tampa Theatre, Plant Hall, and the Riverwalk. Along the way, the guide-instructor will touch on such shot-snapping topics as depth of field and the Rules of Thirds, which states that the subject of a picture should be evenly chopped into three pieces for maximum effect. Students can try out their new knowledge as they walk; eye-catching architecture, public artwork, and verdant greenery becomes the subject and backdrop of memorable photos.
Under the instruction of 8th degree senior masters Laura and David Kowkabany, martial arts students develop an arsenal of physical and mental skills to succeed in and out of the studio. At Kowkabany’s Family Martial Arts, Laura and David teach self-defense tactics and guide students through dynamic punches and kicks, while emphasizing the importance of life skills such as self-discipline and focus. The studio is a member of the American Tae Kwon Do Association, offering training programs for adults and youngsters, where kids as young as three can learn the importance of fitness and discipline while building the confidence to stand up to bullies or ask a hardhearted hall monitor to prom.
The Lotus Room fosters a creative family atmosphere with inventive children's classes taught by energetic instructors and a spacious, naturally lit studio for private parties. Toddlers (ages 3–6) can frolic, pose, and sing pitch-perfect odes to bendiness in Kids Yoga Strong, which whimsically integrates storytelling, song, and games to increase flexibility and awareness. Instructors in the After School classes geared for older kids (ages 8–12) boost self-confidence by supportively encouraging young yogis to express their creativity through music, dance, and acrobatics, increasing body awareness more effectively than a life-sized holographic likeness. The Lotus Room caps all classes at 20 students to ensure individualized instruction and an accepting environment for meaningful conversations about existentialism.
Yogani offers a variety of class styles for all experience levels and busy schedules, with classes starting as early as 7 a.m. and as late as 7:30 p.m. Yogani’s experienced and impassioned instructors teach well-known yoga techniques such as Ashtanga and Vinyasa, along with less-traveled roads toward enlightenment such as lyengar and Bikram. There are also on-the-go classes such as yoga lunch hour and hybrid classes such as power yoga and Shakti flow, as well as specialized classes for children, seniors, and pre- and postnatal women. Check out Yogani’s full schedule to plan your seven days of splendid shaping.
The trainers at CrossFit Malicious focus each workout of the day on functional movement rather than unnecessary muscle bulking and flexibility training done merely to save money when shipping oneself via ground carrier. Each class begins with an emphasis on proper technique to prevent injury and optimize each exercise. Instructors modify workouts to varying fitness levels, but the intensity never subsides, with students supporting one another in an empowering group environment. The workout gear used during each class is completely devoid of complex mechanical contraptions and reflects the minimalist surroundings, with stacks of weight plates for lifting or pushing, pull-up bars, and plyometric boxes.
Since their near-simultaneous invention in the 1930s, yoga and Pilates have been locked in the smiling ferocity of mortal frenemy combat, each vying for wellness superiority. Today’s Groupon lets you choose sides: for $25, you get two yoga or Pilates classes (or one of each, normally $20 a piece) along with an eyebrow shaping at Palm Wellness Center (normally $15), a combined $55 value. Receive a full bushel of physical uplift with toning exercises and slick facial aesthetics that scream 2010.