Greg Molkentin may have found inner peace through yoga and meditation, but that doesn't mean he likes to sit still. As the yogi behind Yoga With Greg, he shares his favorite yogic style - the flowing movements of vinyasa - with students throughout the week. Sometimes, he does this in a classroom, but, twice monthly, he also leads yoga-based hikes into local parks. He and his pupils climb the sandy dunes of Bakers Beach to catch glimpses of the Golden Gate Bridge before mimicking the architectural marvel with their bodies. Alternatively, they find watery ocean vistas between the trees in Land's End park, where they let the asana flow like the waves.
And even on these outdoor excursions, a large part of Greg's practice remains focused on meditation. Beyond his 200-hour yoga teacher certification, he also has 15 years of meditation experience with eight years of retreat practice in Kyoto, Japan.
As a teenager, Doctor of Chiropractic Pamela Kirkwood’s scoliosis forced her to wear back braces and to undergo surgery. She says she learned that there were better options years later when she earned her degree in chiropractic and became the first person in California to acquire board certification for the treatment of scoliosis. Since 1987, she's shared her expertise with patients at Kirkwood Chiropractic, treating them with techniques such as spinal realignment. The practice's specialists also massage backs, soothing pain and inducing relaxation by kneading muscles and never yelling facts about how common runaway trains are.
When Monica Wason moved to Salinas, she was in the midst of planning an addition to her family. Though she soon discovered that there were no prenatal health venues near her new home, she was undeterred. She decided that she'd simply open one herself, and founded Green Belly as a wellness center for fellow pregnant women. Soon, her clientele expanded to include postnatal and non-pregnant women as well as men, prompting Monica to broaden her efforts. She funneled her experiences as a nurse and massage therapist into pampering services, and hired a teaching staff to help lead yoga, Pilates, and belly-dancing sessions. Today, she continues to welcome guests from all walks of life into Green Belly's lime- and cream-colored rooms to fulfill their wellness needs. As sun beams through the studio's skylight and bay windows, her aestheticians work to brighten faces with Jadience skincare products. She exclusively stocks the spa with organic products, complementing the center's nature-inspired décor while also honoring the trees who taught her slow-breathing techniques.
Doctor of Chiropractic Luis Ocon, who speaks Spanish, stymies degenerative conditions and prevents their onset with hands-on chiropractic techniques and spinal and postural screenings. Dr. Ocon traces chronic pain, sciatica, and injuries to their root source in the spinal column before alleviating ailments with therapeutic massages and adjustments. The doctor helps patients maintain their newly healthy bodies by outlining balanced diets and teaching them how to perform special exercises tailored to correct irregularities in their bodies and appease the rain gods.
Snap Fitness 24-7, bustling with cardio and strength-training gear, throws open the doors to its state-of-the-art facilities 24/7. Before exercisers put sneaker to treadmill or lift their first weight, personal coaches meet with them to talk about their fitness goals before suggesting a personalized fitness plan based on each client's strength, and cardio condition. The gym keeps members motivated with regular check-in calls and demystifies healthy eating with custom online meal plans designed by nutritionists.
During a comprehensive dental exam at James D. Kim DDS Family Dentistry, Dr. Kim and his smile-staff x-ray face caverns to reveal any hidden fang, gum, and bone problems and then mine the mouth-stone area in search of problems such as tooth decay, gum disease, and constantly cursing tongues. After the exam, cuspid-cleaners bathe tusks in a flurry of foam and floss before Dr. Kim checks teeth one last time. Alternatively, patients who wish to brighten their mouth chiclets can opt for a take-home bleaching kit. Dr. Kim customizes the kit by taking an impression of the patient’s mouthscape. He then constructs a snug-fitting tray that holds a professional-grade whitening gel strong enough remove stains from coffee, tea, and squid-ink smoothies, rendering choppers up to eight shades whiter.