The ancient teachings of Sri Swami Satchidananda guide Integral Yoga Institute's certified instructors, imbuing each leader with a spirit of encouragement. Swami Satchidananda created Integral Yoga's six-branch approach to the practice, infusing each class with different physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects to "bring about a complete and harmonious development of the individual." Eight class styles vary in difficulty to accommodate stretchers and self-aware saltwater taffy of all experience levels. Situated inside a stately Victorian home with views of downtown San Francisco, Integral Yoga Institute edifies pupils in various yoga modalities, relaxation techniques, and chants.
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It was more than 25 years ago that an ambitious 15-year-old came to the United States, found a job as a bus boy in New York’s East Village, and embarked on a career in the restaurant business. That busboy, Ricardo Cardona, would ultimately become the prolific chef behind Mamajuana Cafe. But Chef Cardona has always been around good cooking, even before he passed the exam to become a teenager. His culinary roots stretch back to his native El Salvador, where he spent his early childhood immersed in traditional Latin cuisine.
Today, Chef Cardona puts a modern spin on the traditional dishes of his youth, dousing Ecuadorian shrimp ceviche in red tomato mojo sauce and stuffing crispy red snapper with crab meat. He doesn't stop with food, creating a signature house punch made with Jack Daniels, as well as a signature sangria made with fresh fruit. Mamajuana also boasts a healthy wine list, which reads like a travel guide of Europe—save for a few bottles from California's best wineries.
Mamajuana Cafe can be found at multiple locations in New York, New Jersey, and even the Dominican Republic. Although the live events and decor vary from location to location, there are some consistent elements: plush sofas, illuminated jars filled with orchids, and the aromas of contemporary Latin cuisine.
Whether you're looking for a fresh hairstyle or a soothing massage, Giorgio's Hair Salon and Spa has got your beauty and pampering needs covered. Hair services include highlights and single-process color along with cuts and conditioning, perms, and keratin treatments. Professional skin therapists at the spa also cater facials to specific skincare needs, treating skin to either deep-cleansing facials with extractions or a light cleansing facial with a soothing facial massage. Nailcare, makeup, and waxing services are also available.
The expert instructors at G Studio know that each guest is unique, so they’ve created an eclectic list of classes six days a week. They teach Zumba, hip-hop, and street-jazz fitness classes, which use high-energy and infectious dance moves to motivate students through cardio workouts. They also offer boot-camp classes, which focus on more traditional strength-training and cardio drills. And to further customize workouts, the studio offers personalized and semiprivate classes.
The board-certified physicians at The Center for Medical Weight Loss develop individualized fitness plans focused on nutrition, physical activity, life style, and medication. Patients begin the quest with a one-on-one consultation with a doctor, discussing their overall health and medication history to devise a weight-loss plan and to make sure their kidneys haven't been stolen. This is followed by a body-composition exam, in which the physician breaks down the percentage of muscle, fat, and water comingling in the human subject and records his or her resting metabolism rate and blood pressure. The preliminary visit concludes with a pair of injections to boost the body's B-12 level and fat-burning ability. The nonsurgical program caters to each patient's metabolism and potential hormonal disorders and sends patients on a path to a slimmer self with minimal rope-climbing burns and a comprehensive weight-loss plan based on the exam's results.