At The Yoga Fusion, students and teachers grow side by side as they stretch toward the sun and reach into the recesses of their minds. Founders Gloria Persico of Glorious Yoga and Greg Riley of Upward Spiral Yoga strive to cultivate a relaxed atmosphere, welcoming yogis of all levels to connect and thrive, much like the Legos in the world's tallest Lego structure. Most of the instructors bring 10–35 years of experience to the mat, where they impart ancient poses and breathing exercises that build strength, flexibility, and focus while melting pent-up anxiety. Classes range from soothing routines, filled with sitting and supine poses, to advanced hatha sessions, which are built on challenging poses and opportunities to explore yoga's spiritual side. Diablo magazine readers picked The Yoga Fusion as the city's best yoga studio in 2012.
In addition to hosting yoga classes, The Yoga Fusion offers life coaching, Bowen bodywork, and retreats at tranquil sanctuaries such as the Stillheart Institute.
With an ERYT certification from Yoga Alliance, more than 200 hours of training, and 2,500-plus hours of teaching experience under her belt, instructor Umang Goel strives to instill mind-body wellness in her students during classes in a variety of yoga modalities. During classes that can be filled with children and adults alike, Umang emphasizes the connections among the physical, spiritual, and spandex aspects of yoga practice, encouraging students to perform challenging poses as they clear their minds through meditation, which she studies in basic and advanced courses at the Art of Living Foundation. Umang incorporates life-coaching skills into classes such as laughter yoga, helping students of all skill levels reap a host of benefits, including stress reduction, increased body awareness, and sharper vision in the third eye.
At Avalon Dental, patients place their pearly whites in the capable hands of [Dr. Broschinsky and his professional staff, who put patient comfort at the forefront of their practice. The sleek and comfy waiting room is designed to make clients feel at ease, accented by elegantly curtained, floor-to-ceiling windows and plush, earth-toned couches just begging to be turned into forts. Once patients are situated in the dental chair, a fleet of procedures awaits to spruce up their chompers or help prevent issues such as gum disease, tooth decay, or excessive back talking. Beyond basic cleanings, Dr. Broschinsky addresses cosmetic concerns using everything from veneers to fillings made from a nonmercury composite resin that matches the tooth's shade, and can even straighten teeth sans metal by creating clear, custom-fit Invisalign aligners.
30 Day-Bootcamp enlists an array of dynamic exercises to blast calories, sculpt muscles, and bolster confidence with women’s fitness and self-defense classes. During fitness and weight-loss boot-camp sessions, instructors guide clients through 45-minute circuits that combine light strength training, plyometrics, cardio exercises, Pilates, and intense cheeseburger slandering to build endurance and foster trimmer, healthier bodies. The training center also imparts self-defense strategies, ranging from the exercise-oriented cardio kickboxing to the more in-depth assailant vanquishing taught in krav maga tactical self-defense sessions. Classes are conducted indoors and outdoors across multiple Bay Area locations, and clients can also enlist in personal training sessions for one-on-one instruction.
A sports-related injury sent Doctor of Chiropractic Yang scrambling to the chiropractor’s office at a young age. Inside that office, he found out firsthand the importance of multidisciplinary care, and the experience turned his focus to a career as a chiropractor. Now the seasoned chiropractor uses his knowledge of pain, pain relief, and human anatomy to help patients of any age at his own office, Crow Canyon Chiropractic. Along with chiropractic services, Dr. Yang and his staff heal minds and bodies with rehabilitation programs, scoliosis screenings, nutritional counseling, and massage therapy. Advanced techniques and equipment, including x-ray imaging and spinal analysis, ensure that the doctor can accurately diagnose patients’ internal problems and finally discern the name of that song stuck in their heads.
As they enter the training at Curves, female guests come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. And just as points on a circle share a common distance from the circle's center, workout participants share the experiences of those nearby, trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. One minute is spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity.