The YMCA of Coastal Georgia promotes healthy living, youth development, and social responsibility through a variety of fitness and wellness classes. Membership includes access to gymnasiums, pools, strength and cardio equipment, and group exercise classes such as Contoured Bodies at the Effingham branch, in which simple deep-muscle movements tone the body to improve posture, balance, flexibility, and the likelihood of causing nearby coworkers to sit up straighter in their chairs. Various locations host traditional yoga and flexibility-technique classes, and Zumba classes fuse energetic music with calorie-burning dance moves for a lively workout experience. Groupon buyers also receive $25 to use toward classes, programs, and benefits not included in the monthly membership, such as a 30-minute massage from a licensed massage therapist ($25 for members), or a fall youth soccer session ($50+ for members) that teaches good sportsmanship, the value of exercise, and the importance of being able to manipulate a large object with one's forehead.
Alonzo Boschulte remembers his own stage fright when he guides beginning students onto the dance floor. With years of training, he grew from an amateur to a certified ballroom teacher and professional competitor registered with the National Dance Council. At Savannah Ballroom Dancing, he strives to echo this journey by transforming total novices into confident twirlers.
Lessons in more than 15 varieties of Latin and ballroom dance occupy the school's floor space. With pupils ranging in age from 6 to older than 80, the instructors stress the importance of mixing private, group, and practice classes to expose everyone to different dance scenarios. They also laud the fitness benefits of learning to dance, which hones one's sense of rhythm and muscular strength more safely than being at the bottom of a vertical conga line.
Inspired by the fast-growing Anusara style, Yoga Me Fit opens minds, hearts, and bodies to an uplifting, peaceful philosophy that promotes physical and emotional well-being in a tight-knit group setting. Work up a sweat sporadically by opting for the 10-class pass, or commit to a curriculum with today's second option. The six-week course spends one week highlighting each of Anusara's five Universal Principles of Alignment, with a final cumulative session for reinforcement. The studio provides mats so students don't have to make their own out of sanitized jerky wrappers.
The certified yoga instructors at Bikram Yoga Savannah guide bendable bodies through 26 poses in a 105-degree heated studio during Bikram yoga classes. Each 90-minute total-body-toning class is designed for participants of all ages and fitness levels, with a few first-timers in nearly every session. Bikram yoga harnesses the power of heat to detoxify life vessels and limber up rigid muscles, restoring health to the body and the mind. Regular practice can help hot-yoga denizens to shed pounds, build strength and flexibility, and focus minds distracted by thoughts of Mark McGwire's beard.
Although instructors Travis Clark and Jon Gillespie lead Southeast Photo Adventures's workshops and excursions, they share the teaching load with the shores of Tybee Island and the depths of Cloudland Canyon. Students shoot shoulder-to-shoulder with instructors amid these sprawls of striking Southeastern scenery, whether they're enrolled in 2.5-hour workshops, Foto Field Trips open to workshop grads, or weekend-long adventures. The field-trip-style outings are open to all skill levels, but beginners can also enhance their expertise in introductory courses on Photoshop, digital photography, and DSLR cameras' complex settings, which control everything from shutter speed to the tiny red light bulb behind each of our eyes.