Green Locus wants to make living a healthy lifestyle practical and simple through yoga, mindfulness, and healthy eating habits. So at their welcoming yoga studio in the Westchase Tower Center, certified instructors teach weekly yoga classes for all ages, meditation workshops, teacher trainings, private yoga classes, and kids yoga parties. Practitioners can come in for a Flow class that focuses on smooth breath and movement transitions, try a relaxing and mindful Gentle session, or work core strength in a Strong class, which offers a challenging yoga workout.
Fitness studios often work hard to cultivate a relaxing setting. They might install floor-to-ceiling windows, play soothing music, or enforce a strict policy against flash mobs. But Urban Kai ramps up the relaxation to the next level. Their fitness classes take place on the Hillsborough River, where yoga groups stretch and bend atop stand-up paddleboards. The aquatic setting surrounds exercisers in waterfront architecture and open skies, which take on brilliant hues at sunrise and sunset. Dolphins, turtles, cats, and other marine life make occasional appearances as well.
Urban Kai was founded by Michael Conlee and his wife, Aimee. Mr. Conlee originally started paddle boarding as a hobby, but he quickly realized that his new pastime had toned his physique. Mr. Conlee started Urban Kai, and—along with his fellow instructors—he now teaches several on-water fitness classes. Urban Kai's yoga-on-water class, for example, helps participants build strength and flexibility, while warrior-zen workouts combine paddleboard exercises with on-land workouts. Mr. Conlee and his team also take groups on long-distance paddleboard tours.
Xtreme Dance Company of Tampa forms a family out of its network of instructors, many of whom trained together in the past. Regardless of the dance style being taught—and the curriculum covers more than a few, from flamenco to hip-hop—they focus as much on building confidence as honing form. Students of all ages might practice ballet techniques, tap choreography, and acrobatic stunts under their supportive guidance, and they even take on babysitting duties: during Parents' Night Out sessions, they entertain youngsters with lessons and games, allowing adults to have a carefree evening.
For more than 50 years, family-owned Pin Chasers alleys have been adding perks to the bowling basics. Leagues for all skill levels, six-week lesson plans, and the immersive light shows of late-night Cyber bowling entertain families with the fundamentals. It's when the scoring systems—equipped with touchscreen consoles and customizable backgrounds—boot up or the automatic bumpers raise between turns that players might first take notice of their high-tech surroundings. As for service, the inviting staff hand out complimentary bowling shoes and socks, and will assist guests in picking out the right type of ball rather than noisily sandblasting one down to size when it doesn’t fit. The full-service cafes also manage to defy expectations by serving breakfast fare around the clock.
Friendly employees and full bars span each of Pin Chasers' three locations, but other amenities differ. Visitors can aim cues at Veterans' four billiards tables, stretch their thumbs at East Pasco's arcade, or try to count all of Midtown's 50 lanes without first extracting their fingers from their bowling balls.
Today’s side deal lets Tampa art lovers join the ranks of the aesthetic elite at one of the Tampa Bay art scene’s rising stars. For $25, you get an individual gallery membership at the not-for-profit Gallery art in West Tampa, Creative Loafing’s pick for “Best Art Gallery” (a $50 value). This membership includes:
The BRAG in BRAGNetwork is actually an acronym, one that stands for Business Resource Assistance Group. Once you decode its name, the organization's mission is no surprise: it helps connect local consumers with stellar local merchants to promote worthy causes. Periodically, the team spotlights a specific industry, too. With a current focus on the health and wellness industry, the team hosts a 60-day weight loss challenge that blends weekly workouts and perks from local merchants. A current partner is the YMCA, yet the challenge doesn't require knowing the YMCA dance to participate.