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mind body Soul NEWS FROM OUR NEIGHBORS FinD YOUR PATH: author Lissa coffey of Westlake Village answers the question, “What’s it all about?” in her new book, What’s Your Dharma? (createSpace, 2011). She explains that “dharma” translates to “purpose” in Sanskrit. “In Vedic philosophy, four yogas, or paths, can lead us to our dharma,” says coffey. a short, free dharma quiz is available on the website, whatsyourdharma.com. nEWYOgA RETREAT: Sagrada Wellness (sagradawellness.com), a 45-acre getaway in the Santa Lucia mountains north of San Luis Obispo, offers themed yoga retreats throughout spring and summer. accommodations include secluded cabins (with shared bath) and even a refurbished vintage caboose with full private bath. Upcoming retreats focus on hiking, Pilates, cardio, wine, chocolate, and cooking with chinese herbs. New Yoga and Pilates Studios FROM CLASSIC TO CREATIVE Several creatively Styled—as well as classic—Pilates and yoga studios have recently opened in the area, incorporating everything from Spinning to strength training, BOSU to ballet barres, plus fun fusion offerings. The first class is free to new guests at Burn Yoga (burnyogala.com), an Agoura Hills studio for all skill levels. Check out the website for upcoming free events and workshops, ranging from women’s self-defense to health and nutrition seminars. It’s in the upstairs atrium of Whizin Market Square. In the North Ranch Pavilions center in Westlake Village, FitnessMovement (2fitnessmovementwl.com) focuses on SPX Fitness/Pilates Plus. It’s a full-body, Pilates-based workout that also incorporates strength training and cardio. Other classes include cycling, Spinning, TRX Training, Core Barre, and weight training. What would Joseph Pilates do? The inventor of Pilates would no doubt approve of this namesake studio (also named for his wife) in Westlake Village, Joe & Clara (joeandclara. com). Classic Pilates is offered in small-group and one-on-one classes on traditional apparatuses (Reformer, Tower, Chair). For those who can’t live by Pilates alone, a separate studio offers classes in Zumba, Swiss ball, and more—all with a Pilates twist—plus weights and cardio equipment (treadmills, ellipticals, Spinner bikes). “We also feature Pilatesstick, Pilates Arc, circuit, JumpSport, trampoline, and BOSU Trainer equipment— and more than 20 different half-hour classes throughout the day,” says co-owner/instructor Stacey Philipsen. SPNPilates (spnpilates.com) in Calabasas celebrates its one-year anniversary with fast-paced, Pilates-based, small-group workouts combining strength training, cardio, and Spinning. One-on-one consultations with trainers, including monthly measurements to track progress, are complimentary with three-, six-, and nine-month packages. Also celebrating its first anniversary in Calabasas, The Dailey Method (thedaileymethod.com/Calabasas) is a non-impact, strengthening and toning system. Each one-hour class combines yoga, ballet barre work, core conditioning, and stretching. A BATH in YOUR BAg: No time for a shower after a workout, midday walk, or red-eye flight? action Wipes (actionwipes.com), made by atascadero-based Life Elements, are designed for cyclists, hikers, backpackers, runners, tennis players, travelers, or anyone else who wants to freshen up in a flash. The super-size, full-body wet wipes are infused with tea tree and eucalyptus pure essential oils. Find them in bike shops, health-food stores, and outdoor sports stores, or purchase online. YOU CAn KEEP YOUR SOX On: hate walking around yoga or Pilates studios in bare feet? Put Sox on them, says candace Fair, inventor of carpinteria-based StudioSox (studiosox.com). The foot covers are designed with a sticky, nonslip tread. choose from cheerful colors and patterns, as well as closed toe, open toe (barefoot feel without the bare feet), or Tabi, with a separation between the big toe and the other toes). 42 march 2012 805living.COM COPYRIGHT ISTOCKPHOTO.COM/KRISTIAN SEKULIC

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