On Earth's Power Yoga's website, glowing testimonials stand next to images of Penelope Cruz, Jewel, and Renee Zellweger. While these celebrities aren't necessarily the studio's typical clients, they do share something in common with most students: a need to look good and manage stress. To that end, the studio gears its hot yoga, Vinyasa, and other classes to athletic students, with an emphasis on strengthening up cores and toning muscles. This results-oriented approach has earned the studio an ample fan base, including press outlets such as LA Weekly, who recognized the studio in 2010 with the "Best Yoga Sans All That Yoga Crap" award.
The man responsible for this rather unique accolade is head yoga teacher Steven E Metz, who titled the studio after his own nickname, "Earth." The moniker comes from his passion for outdoor activities, such as hiking, climbing, and mountain biking, and his refusal to do them anywhere but on planet Earth. Of course yoga has also been a longtime passion of his, remaining a staple in his workout routine since he was 12 years old. Steven understands the power in yoga, realizing that, in addition to being a great workout, it can be a powerful tool for rehabilitation. In fact, he’s used it to overcome his own numerous activity-related injuries over the years.
As a fervent believer in the practice, Steven has continued to find ways to make yoga more effective and less boring. Over his more than twenty-year career, he’s studied the human anatomy, as well as traveled the world to study the roots of yoga in places such as India, China, and Thailand. He also keeps things fresh by taking his classes outdoors to nearby mountains during teacher-training sessions, as well as by reaching out to yogis across the world through online audio and video instruction.
Isla Studio's professional photographers expresses the world and its people through richly colored fine-art images. Whether dealing with landscapes, buildings, portraits, or UFOs, the team waits for a moment to reveal itself, combining the timing of photojournalism with a carefully considered emotional resonance. They also expand the shutter-snapping community with small classes that explore the ins and outs of digital photography.
Fitness industry veteran Dulcinea Lee Hellings's goal is to bring a high-quality, effective exercise regimen to people who don't love big gyms or can't afford personal trainers. In 2004, she realized that mornings could be used for more than hitting the snooze button over and over for two hours, and founded Boot Camp "Morning Crunch!" to help fledgling exercisers whip into shape.
She designs her all-levels programs to be scream-free morning motivators⎯the first stop in her patrons' journey of daily accomplishments. The fast-paced, ever-changing circuit of strength and cardio exercises keeps bodies guessing and minds from becoming bored. Each of the boot camp's 12 outdoor locations has a different dedicated trainer who gets to know each student personally, remembering their names and memorizing any interesting freckle patterns. They complement their morning routines with a smattering of evening options for those who prefer to work out after the day's activities.
From 18 studios scattered around Los Angeles, Lori Moran Music Studios’ armada of instructors offers all-ages voice, piano, guitar, violin, and composition classes. With teachers who have worked on films such as Dreamgirls and Dance Flick, world-touring operatic productions, and Grammy-nominated choral CDs, the school can cater to virtually every musical taste—from classical to jazz to pop. Students choose the emphasis of their lessons, whether they want to work on their public performance skills, write their own songs, sight-read scores, or simply be able to play musical chairs during a power outage. Many will also get the chance to show off in recitals, concerts, and showcases.
Eric Greenspan, co-owner and executive chef of The Foundry on Melrose, may have earned a place on the Los Angeles culinary radar for his work at hot spots including Meson G, but his reputation also has national reach. Besides besting Bobby Flay in a 2010 episode of Iron Chef, Greenspan has auditioned to take over command of Kitchen Stadium himself, most recently on The Next Iron Chef: Redemption. The chef's ever-changing menus of a la carte delectables meld French, Spanish, and creative American influences, plated with a sophistication deserving of a Caravaggio still life. Prix fixe tasting menus take diners on expertly engineered tours of flavors and textures, and vegetarian options let herbivores join the experience.
Interior-design guru Sandy Davidson decorated The Foundry on Melrose with a comfortable, art-deco aesthetic, mixing warm, antique elements with industrial accents. Bands play on select nights as mixologists craft artful cocktails and pour glasses of fine wines.
When he’s not working with celebrities and models on commercial and high-fashion shoots, Brian Haugen calls upon his extensive experience to help amateurs learn to put their best faces forward. During his hands-on course, he breaks down the art of makeup application into five subjects so no student need feel overwhelmed. In doing so, he goes over how to make third nostrils disappear and how to highlight brows, skin, eyes, and lips with specific tools and products, which his students can mix and match to customize a take-home kit of up to a $50 value.
Created by dancer and choreographer Carrie Rezabek, Pure Barre utilizes the ballet barre to dissolve fat and tone muscles throughout the body. In group classes, upbeat music ushers participants along as they perform intense, concentrated movements, which manifests a fit physical transformations as well as mental results similar to those garnered in zen practices such as yoga, meditation, and eating ice cream in a dark room.