A bright mural covering the walls welcomes visitors to Chula Vista Yoga Center, where instructors foster strengthened bodies and usher minds to tranquility through various yoga techniques. The studio focuses on Vinyasa yoga, in which students move from one pose to another within one inhale or exhale to synchronize breath with movement. Each class is structured to enable novice yogis to practice their newfound stretches on their own while more experienced yogis can enter classes for all levels. Chula Vista Yoga Center offers classes at various times throughout the week, so check the studio's class schedule to chart the ideal course.
The cutting-edge beauty techniques taught at CAMMUA Makeup Academy prepare budding makeup artists for the high-fashion world as well as careers in TV or film. The techniques and vision of founder Gia Deo shape the school's curriculum, and she has personally mentored every one of the school’s teachers. Advanced FX classes teach students how to use foam and latex appliances, facial hair, and bald caps to turn an actor into an otherworldly creature or make a werewolf presentable enough for a job interview. The academy’s comprehensive makeup kits combine with intensive beauty-certification classes that cover the essentials of being a makeup artist. Members of the public can enroll in one-session makeup tutorials, which cover flattering color palettes and impart concealer techniques to hide redness rather than entire eyes.
Jeff Roberto, a sushi expert, brings a plethora of experience to his San Diego sushi oasis. He has catered large events of up to 16,000 guests as well as the sets of such Hollywood films as Titanic, Pearl Harbor, and Elizabethtown. Inside SOAR (Sushi On A Roll) he constructs specialty rolls filled with shrimp tempura, seared tuna, spicy scallops, and sashimi and nigiri rolls featuring fresh water eel and squid.
Roberto also leads group explorations in the art of sushi preparation during interactive sushi-making classes held inside a private sushi bar. Two-hour classes commence with an assessment of how many edamame you can stuff in your cheeks before you begin tucking vegetable fillings in sheets of seaweed with the help of a bamboo mat. Students jot down notes on the proper consistency of sushi rice, when to sprinkle rolls with sesame seeds, and how to repurpose chopsticks as the mast of a ship-in-a-bottle.
A koi mural provides the backdrop for the expansive 30-seat sushi bar, which is outlined in neon to highlight the dramatic curve of the space. The expansive venue, which accommodates up to 100 people, is popular among large groups of friends looking for a fun outing and U.S. senators playing hooky. Free parking is also available.
The instructors at Mosaic Yoga know firsthand that every yoga practitioner's journey is unique. Melissa Love, for instance, found yoga as a way to overcome depression after being diagnosed with cancer. Her husband Ryan Glidden, on the other hand, took his first class to impress Melissa.
Now, the pair heads Mosaic's team as they lead students of all backgrounds and skill levels through classes held daily. Heated and non-heated classes range from slow-moving courses designed for first-timers to more intensive, candlelit sessions that combine yoga with reiki and crystal healing. In addition to reaping yoga's benefits – from weight loss to increased strength – during classes, visitors can attend workshops or one of Mosaic's retreats, which head to exotic locales such as Hawaii as opposed to an old cabin with "Fiji" painted on it.
Interested in fight or strength training? Look no further than San Diego’s East Village, where a large warehouse and corner lot have been converted into gym space and outdoor workout areas for the Downtown Undisputed studio. Boxing, Mixed Martial Arts, Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai are specialties here, where full–sized boxing and elongated MMA rings are flanked by bold murals inside the training space. The spacious outdoor area is packed with state of the art equipment, making this the largest fight gym in San Diego, with award-winning and dedicated trainers. Frequented by former military personnel and sporting a large female membership base, Undisputed Downtown is a great place to learn skills and technique while toning the body.
Most of the world's keychains don't hold keys to a Lamborghini, Ferrari, or Aston Martin. For this reason, Xtreme Adventures was born. Throughout the year, the staff organizes exotic vehicle driving experiences around a makeshift autocross track on the grounds of Sleep Train Amphitheatre. The event allows drivers to hop behind the wheel of a Lamborghini or Ferrari, step on the accelerator, and be transported into the shiny pages of automobile magazines. And the company's driving experiences aren't the only services that ooze adrenaline. They also offer exotic vehicle rentals and vehicular obstacle courses designed to be completed by a Hummer.