"Monkey yoga" is a term invented by Tim Thompson, owner and lead yogi of this unique yoga studio.
Monkey yoga takes elements from martial arts, dance training, the anatomy of comic book heroes and, of course, yoga to create a very muscular and energetic ashtanga workout. Tim likes to spice his instruction with his personal views on life and the works of the Patanjali and key inspiration Hanuman, the monkey god who is the son of the wind. It's esoteric and it works, at least partly because Tim is constantly on the look out for that tiny adjustment that makes a huge difference.
Also, check out instructor Laura Camp who has a no less energetic style and a take that draws from her years of rock climbing.
Equipment: Bring a yoga mat if you have one. The shala can provide but they are, how shall we say, used.
- Run around the Lake
- Hike in the east bay hills' Regional Parks
- Windsurf in the Bay
- Paddle or row
- Learn Karate, Kempo, Tae Kwan Do, Aikido or Krav Magna
- Do Yoga
Equipment: Bring whatever you need, or leave it at home... there's plenty of options here
You can't miss Golden Gate Fields; the huge grandstands loom over Highway 80 near the Albany/Berkeley border. A large lighted highway sign tells you what's going on and when.
GGF's season runs in late spring, takes the summer off, and then resumes in the fall. Admission is next to nothing - something like $3, though parking close to the track is something like $6. There is free parking available, but it's a little bit of a hike.
The clientele here tend to be on the seedier side, more content to stay inside watching the screens than in the stands actually watching the races. Weekends are different; crowds are much larger and contain more families. They have great promotional days - check the website or call.
As an alternative, you may rather go to Bay Meadows - actually you won't have a choice; they never run concurrent schedules.
Equipment: ***UPDATE*** Both GGF and Bay Meadows have recently been the subject of lots of rumors. The value of the land - once wasteland but now surrounded by 'burbs - has increased so much that its very possible that one or both of these famous tracks will soon be sold and developed. Just what we need... more suburbs.
Oakland has been the hometown for ballers like Bill Russel, Gary Payton, Jason Kidd, and Antonio Davis. All products of very good park and rec leauges as well as highschools that are known as atheletic powerhouses.
Mosswood Playground has even been featured in video games like NBA 2K2. The courts are well maintained and sponsored by the Golden State Warriors. The times I've been there only younger players come out to play. I've read in the newspapers and some basketball magazines that it is worthwhile to come watch some of the kids' leagues that play here. Though there are no games at night, the courts are well lit.
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