After obtaining certifications to teach several movement modalities, including dance, aerobics, Pilates, and yoga, Carol decided to share her passion and wealth of expertise with others by opening her own studio, Yoga Core Fit. The studio's growing schedule features two styles of yoga: Vinyasa—which strengthens muscles through posture sequences linked with mindful breaths to bolster strength and mental clarity—and the slower-paced Yin style—in which poses are held for three minutes at a time to help students sink deeply into stretches. To outfit bodies with toned cores and lean-muscle suits, four Pilates classes enhance exercises with various tools, challenging patrons to stretch resistance bands, balance on fitness balls, whittle waists with toning rings, and complete routines while cradling snoozing baby hippos.
Inspired by her love of dogs—the studio's logo is a pup in the yoga boat pose, which is also known as the Pilates teaser pose—Carol collects donations for the Solano SPCA Haven for Animals at her studio.
Retired ballet dancer and Practical Pilates instructor Adam Aicher helps students hone long, lean physiques with 50-minute yoga and Pilates classes. The studio teems with sessions six days a week, including mat Pilates classes where the studio's extensively trained instructors lead students through a series of carefully controlled exercises that focuses on strengthening cores, increasing range of motion, and forging a bond with shy, sticky mats. Similarly, yoga classes bolster muscles while encouraging flexibility with a mix of challenging and peaceful poses.
Wellness workshops and intensive bridal boot camps allow guests to delve deeper into the aspects of fitness that most interest them, be it learning basic nutrition, chiseling physiques in three weeks, or learning how to stash wedding cake without losing muscle tone. The studio’s wall-to-wall glass doors reveal views of Town Square plaza, inviting guests out to the wraparound terrace as they wait for their classes.
Helmed by athletes and coaches Annie Baker and Jennifer Pero, Dream Xtreme Gymnastics immerses budding child and adult gymnasts in varied gymnastics instruction that boosts self-esteem. Instructors guide students at ten levels: parent-assisted learning for the youngest students and beginner through advanced classes to teach gymnastics positions, maneuvers, and flexibility-building techniques to older students. They also coach a competitive gymnastics team, where each petite athlete is trained toward individual goals, such as competing in college or at the USA Gymnastics National level. Whether training or visiting for open-play sessions, tiny guests exercise on the facility's low balance beams, low bars, and mine for evidence of lost teddy bear civilizations in the foam pit. Staff members can also host fully catered birthday parties, during which they coordinate food service, full setup and cleanup, and construct obstacle courses and coordinate games.
Launched more than three decades ago, Site for Sore Eyes now operates in more than 35 showrooms throughout the Bay Area. Staffers at every location share their dedication when pairing customers with head-turning eyewear and contacts. The company offers a $25 warranty that secures all of its products, replacing broken frames for free and furnishing half-price replacements for glasses that are lost, stolen, or transformed into an acorn squash. In case eyes require prescription tweaks, each shop sits next door to California-licensed Sterling VisionCare doctors of optometry.
While working as a law enforcement officer in the 1970s, Dennis Atkinson became fascinated with hypnosis, often watching hypnotists draw out forgotten details and suppressed memories from crime victims and witnesses. After retiring from the force, Dennis decided that he wanted to help people overcome their personal issues and began formal hypnosis training. During hypnosis sessions, Dennis accompanies his clients, who are lulled into a conscious state of relaxation, on journeys into their subconscious, offering suggestions to help them hurdle over stubborn mental blocks toward reducing anxiety, losing weight, quitting smoking, and solving intermediate sudoku puzzles. Dennis emphasizes that people can only undergo hypnosis if they choose to, and patrons are fully aware of their surroundings and the events that take place during each session.
Dennis Atkinson also combines hypnosis and visualization techniques with his life-coaching services to guide clients forward on the path to achieving their goals. He likens his role as a life coach to that of a traditional athletic leader, but he can safely travel outside of a tank of Gatorade to assist in career and health ambitions.
"I definitely recommend Spring Medical Clinic to people of all shapes and sizes—it's a place for anyone wanting to become healthier and happier!" This is just one of the many glowing testimonials from clients at Spring Medical Clinic. The reason for the praise: at each of its three locations, the wellness center offers up a weight-loss program that helps clients safely get rid of unwanted pounds without undergoing surgery or spending money in England. The clinic also provides health screenings and shots to ward off the flu, meningitis, and chicken pox, all of which are offered at a low cost in accordance with the staff's dedication to affordable health access.