El Dorado's card-carrying ADA dentists Drs. Adamos and Byun protect and polish teeth with extensive experience in orthodontic treatments and TMJ therapy, respectively. The staff of doctors and assistants go to great lengths to foster a comfortable, inviting atmosphere, remembering each patient by name, and greeting each new visitor with a warm pearly-white smile and a customized secret handshake. The good doctors constantly keep up to speed with up-and-coming practices, backing up routine cleanings, cosmetic treatments, and preventative care with sophisticated techniques.
Discovery Martial Arts founder Jay Warwick and David Garmany and their team of black-belt instructors operate under the philosophy that learning a martial art not only improves physical strength and endurance, but also instills a sense of achievement and self-mastery. The results carry over into other areas of life, helping students as young as two and as old as adults to cultivate a life of discipline, confidence, and fitness.
No one should be too intimidated to exercise. That's the core philosophy at The Yoga Center. Since opening its doors in 1993, the studio has created an accepting environment where students can pursue the physical, mental, and spiritual benefits of yoga at their own pace. To help accommodate this range of skill levels and interests, the instructors lead an eclectic assortment of classes, including four or six-week beginners courses that teach breathing exercises, meditative techniques, and 12 fundamental asanas—as well as intermediate and advanced sessions that introduce deeper poses and discussion of yogic philosophies. Flow yoga ensures a more dynamic practice by creating seamless transitions between asana sequences, and alignment yoga classes adopt a slower pace, asking students to monitor each stretch's precise orientation as they bend their bodies into a perfect Möbius strip.
In 2010, Bikram Yoga Central Valley's Stockton location was named Best Yoga Studio by San Joaquin magazine and KCRA 3 A-List. Despite the acclaim, owner Helena Monica and her staff have kept their noses to the grindstone.
Each day, sometimes as early as 5:30 a.m., they welcome students into a sweltering studio and lead them through Bikram yoga's traditional series of 26 postures, two breathing exercises, and one conga line. The benefits of the heat and movements are plenty. Students can reduce stress, sweat out toxins, increase their strength and flexibility, and tone their bodies.