Bella Yogini’s certified yoga instructor, Danae Robinett, shepherds students toward their mental and physical wellness goals during group yoga classes and one-on-one sessions. Robinett calls on seven years of teaching experience to mentor yogis of all experience levels, including beginners and moms-to-be. Like coffee, group classes sort students by experience level—gentle, moderate, and vigorous—helping students awaken brains and bodies at the right paces. Filled with lengthy poses and hands-on alignment adjustments, yoga sessions strengthen muscles and center the mind inside a calming holistic community center. Instead of linking poses with sticky strands of duct tape, Vinyasa routines weave them together with deep, relaxing breaths. Robinett travels to clients’ homes, offices, and hovercrafts for private sessions, which brim with personalized instruction and tips on practicing yoga amid the distractions of everyday life.
Where as many people prefer to chat with others during lunchtime, patrons of Yoga at Change look forward to quieting their minds. These 30-minute meditation sessions occur three times a week, and like the rest of the non-profit's curriculum, strive to inject some introspection into otherwise bustling days. Though "yoga" is in the studio's title, meditation figures heavily in many of its class and workshop offerings—Slow Flow yoga mixes it with Hatha poses, and Integral lessons combine chanting, meditation, and restful movements. Mothers can also channel meditative energy during Mom Baby Yoga and Yoga with Babysitting, specialty classes that allow them to engage in relaxing postures and meditation while staying connected to their little ones, who spend the sessions stretching out with their parent, sleeping, or playing.
The holistic philosophy of Yoga at Change is that all people have the right to spiritual insight, a healthy body, and a peaceful mind. The instructors strive to accomplish this through a blend of self-reflection, breath, and physical balance. The staff believes that there are several roads to wellness, and that all of them should be accessible, regardless of the client's skill level. They schedule several discounted or free demonstrations, and also offer a scholarship program to fund yoga practice for those in need of financial aid. Students attend classes based on their desired intensity—gentle, moderate, or vigorous. They can also register for workshops that address a slew of alternative health topics, which in the past have included treating lower back pain.
Between partner-based exercises and the inspirational commands of a certified personal trainer, community is a constant motivator during EmpowerFIT’s boot-camp classes. The savvy team of fitness gurus switch up the maneuvers of each daily class to help keep students engaged, and high- and low-impact variations of each move scale to the abilities of each student. The result is a full-body workout that relies on functional movements such as jumping, running, pushing, pulling, and bopping it.
Le Juin Day Spa & Clinic, appropriately named for the month that epitomizes summer, keeps skin radiant and clients as relaxed as if they had just spent a sunny day on the beach. Facials nourish skin and help roll back the signs of aging, such as wrinkles and hyperpigmentation, to reveal youthful glows that would make even the Gerber Baby jealous. Salt scrubs and mud wraps similarly rejuvenate skin beneath the neck, and waxing gets rid of unwanted hair, wherever it dwells. Massage therapists sap away stresses with the gentle kneading of hot-stone and aromatherapy massages, leaving guests refreshed as they head back into the world.
After an eye injury took boxing and martial-arts champion Eddie Croft out of the ring, he set himself a new goal: becoming the first person to train a boxing, kickboxing, and mixed-martial-arts champion. Having already trained a world kickboxing champion and five San Francisco Golden Gloves winners, he is well on his way.
Croft plies his trade at B Street Boxing, where his team of instructors teaches professionals and amateurs the arts of boxing, muay thai, kickboxing, Brazilian jiujitsu, and tae kwon do. In the red, white, and blue ring of B Street Boxing’s gym, students jab and spar, practice their skills on punching bags, or check their form in a mirrored wall. Conditioning and boot-camp sessions also keep students from all backgrounds fit while imparting dedication, discipline, and the desire to wear boxing gloves even in the shower.
Resort Fitness eliminates the superficial atmosphere of a giant fitness club by limiting membership, keeping instructors and students on a first-name basis. College-educated, nationally certified trainers lead class sizes of 24 people in a studio with limited mirrors and warm lighting, creating a relaxed environment for working out. Inside the brick-walled, fully ADA-compliant fitness area, a state-of-the-art, 30-foot TRX training rack, resistance bands, kettlebells, and rows of dumbbells replace heavy weight machines to help patrons burn off calories. Resort Fitness focuses on high-intensity interval training that challenges and targets the whole body to achieve faster results.