Bikram Yoga Agoura Hills' instructors guide students through 90-minute daily classes performed in a hot and humid studio in accordance with the workout created by celebrated yogi Bikram Choudhury. During 90-minute sessions, instructors walk students through the same 26-posture regimen each time, cranking temperatures up to 105 degrees to help even the most rusty tin men and women melt their muscles into deep, healing stretches. The series of seated twists, binds, balances, and two breathing exercises also promotes the detoxification of harmful toxins from the body through sweating, leaving ample room in the body for a fresh supply of frosted donuts.
At 41, Steve Pratt still hits golf balls past 300 yards without shanks or curves, all thanks to having met a Guinness record holder. His studies under Dr. Mike Austin, inventor of the Mike Austin swing, gave him in-depth knowledge of the physics of a golf swing. Austin’s tutelage also helped him learn how to work with the body's joints to unleash massive drives and melt excess cartilage into moonshine. While his record of a 415-yard drive is a point of pride, he's more passionate about teaching this swing method to his students, and that passion has only increased over his 19-year teaching career.
Part of Therapy Services Plus and named for its location above it, Yoga Upstairs elevates visitors’ spirits and fitness levels with accessible Hatha- and Iyengar-style yoga classes, as well as basic, gentle, and Vinyasa flows. Sunlight warms the bamboo floor of the practice space as seasoned teachers demonstrate movements to help strengthen muscles and center minds. Iyengar class instructors walk students through routines to open joints and cultivate stamina, and students perform restorative-yoga routines to melt stress with gentle stretches and breaths deeper than a bass solo inside a moon crater. In addition to posing on mats, students can visit the studio’s four-panel yoga wall, where sturdy straps assist inverted moves and other advanced body-weight exercises without risking injury. Like a medieval castle’s daycare center, many classes incorporate blankets, blocks, and sandbags, which help students hold their poses as they hone their alignment.
The expert staff at Queen Beads bestows its customers with a spectrum of materials and guides fledgling jewelry makers during small, hands-on classes and craft-centric birthday parties. Each student can learn the essentials and make a bracelet during a basic-beading class, master simple and versatile macramé, or turn the fruits of chain-bracelet classes into festive saddles for lilliputian horses. Patrons can design their own necklaces out of coral, turquoise, and glass beads, or purchase recycled-glass beads, whose profits benefit primary and secondary schools in Ghana. Queen Beads’ displays also twinkle with vintage and unique modern jewelry, from dainty bracelets to beguiling necklaces.