Goda Yoga's passionate instructors empower patrons of all ability levels and ages to increase their physical and mental strength while nurturing their inner serenity. They introduce newcomers to the foundational poses in beginning classes, preparing them for more rigorous undertakings such as Vinyasa-flow and mixed-level classes that challenge bodies with longer holds and more complex postures. Students interested in honing their passion into a career can embark on Goda Yoga’s 200-hour teacher-training program, which equips them with a deeper understanding of their practice and an all-access VIP pass to enlightenment. From prenatal yoga to kids' yoga to senior yoga, the instructors lead classes to suit myriad needs based on the hatha principles while fostering a strong sense of community that has been steadily growing for 12 years.
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At Costa Acupuncture, licensed acupuncturists and herbalists Michael Costa, Carol Song, Sun Cho, Heather Sarah Older, Sarah Zanolini, and Alison Doherty exercise their talents and experience to make holistic healing more attainable for the community at large. Founder Michael Costa has a master's degree in oriental medicine, and Song and Cho are board certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). Song is an active doula and yoga instructor, and coproduced a DVD series on enhancing fertility. Cho's interest in acupuncture began in adolescence when her uncle introduced her to Korean hand-acupuncture techniques, which are believed to create more realistic-looking shadow puppets.
The team addresses a variety of conditions, ranging from digestive, respiratory, and musculoskeletal maladies to emotional concerns. During sessions, clients relax on a table or in a recliner behind a privacy screen in a softly lit, open room. This type of community setting allows friends or family members to receive services together and fosters a sense of collective healing. The caring crew also promotes better health with cupping treatments and herbal and nutritional supplements.
Ten years on, and the pain still persisted. After a decade of ineffective treatments for a foot injury, Doctor of Chiropractic Robert Rainey finally turned to a chiropractor, a decision that paved a path to a quick recovery and inspired him to pursue a degree from the Cleveland Chiropractic College. The kinesiology major who had put in a seven-year stint as a respiratory therapist at UCLA quickly subscribed to the theories behind the natural treatments, which steer specialists past symptoms in search of a unifying cause or an ill-placed shoe pebble.
In 1993, Dr. Rainey opened Rainey Chiropractic, where he has spent the last 19 years targeting back pain with spinal adjustments, therapeutic massage, and Pilates exercises. Through a deep understanding of neuromuscular conditions, the spinal column, and the nerve network, he comforts his clients without relying on habit-forming drugs, risky surgery, or yoga postures that can only be bought on the black market.
Doctor of Chiropractic Andrea Bradshaw of Relax Holistic practices chiropractic medicine on patients ranging from senior citizens to professional athletes and UFC fighters. Dr. Bradshaw uses a variety of techniques to treat pain, including nonsurgical spinal decompression and acupuncture, and also gives nutritional recommendations.
If you're teaching krav maga in America, there's a good chance that John Whitman has punched you. The fifth-degree black belt has played an integral role in spreading the self-defense system throughout the country, a fact that earned him a feature in Black Belt magazine for influencing modern martial arts. Today, he trains students and fellow instructors at his gym, Alliance Training Center, which doubles as the national headquarters for his organization, Krav Maga Alliance. There, he guides his pupils through the same instinct-based techniques that he has used to coach soldiers, law-enforcement officers, and celebrities, including Million Dollar Baby's Hilary Swank.
Krav maga's devastating maneuvers constitute the official self-defense system of the Israeli Defense Forces. However, John and his team educate students of all ages and fitness backgrounds, maintaining that the art's effectiveness relies on sound execution rather than strength, size, or an additional set of bodybuilder arms. The instructors also teach other classes for muscular and martial conditioning: CrossFit employs Olympic weightlifts, kettlebells, and gymnastics equipment to toughen physiques, and StrikeFit sessions pit fists against heavy bags and pads. Instructors also lead programs for children aged 6–12, which help cook discipline and confidence into their daily routines.