At Hot Yoga Winnipeg, there's no such thing as a class for advanced students only. The instructors of every hot-yoga session welcome total beginners and returning students alike, guiding them through the same series of 26 poses. Adhering to the 90-minute sequence might sound monotonous, but the mix of Hatha-style stretches continually challenges yogis of all body types and skill levels. As the heat enables them to flex more easily, each stance prepares their relevant muscles to attempt the follow-up position, thereby progressively exercising the entire physique. While working out, sweat helps detoxify the body, leaving visitors feeling refreshed and content.
In addition to hot-yoga classes, the teaching team leads a number of course variants. Meditative music overlays the transitions of Hot Hatha, whereas Hot Core sessions focus on longer holds, building students' abdominal strength without making them wear brick-filled fanny packs. Those who wish to expand their repertoire further can take on the 84 asanas of the Hatha yoga class, which showcases several manoeuvres outside of the standard 26-pose series.
For 30 years, Cinematheque, which is operated by The Winnipeg Film Group, has devoted itself to screening a wide variety of independent and international films while exposing audiences to local filmmakers and special events. The intimately sized theatre's vast programming includes restored 35mm classics, contemporary Canadian and aboriginal films, and films that demonstrate unique and innovative approaches to the art of cinema. During weekly and one-off presentations, special guests such as directors, actors, and scholars place selected works into context by explaining the director's intentions, the film's impact on other filmmakers, and why dogs were used on set instead of ottomans. Similarly, the ongoing Cinema Lounge: Critical Dialogue on Canadian Cinema series features Canadian artists introducing a contemporary or classic Canadian film that has personally shaped their career, thus encouraging a public debate about the film's importance and influence.
Over the past 12 years, Adventure Skydiving’s aeronautical staff has taken more than 10,000 people on their first skydiving jump, inducing life-changing thrills on a daily basis. Tandem skydiving jumps take patrons of all experience levels on a partnered leap from a maximum height of 11,000 feet, reaching speeds of up to 230 kilometres per hour. Optional video footage documents hurtling leaps and the subsequent scenic drifts to the earth as skydivers release their canopies. Adventure Skydiving also holds courses to educate students in skydiving techniques such as properly exiting the aircraft, changing position in midair, and posing for avian paparazzi.
Adventure Skydiving also puts up guests at an on-site campground with a bunkhouse, a barbecue area, and a lounge with a pool table and dartboard. A spectator zone lets visitors watch skydivers careen through the atmosphere, and with proper focus, spectators may feel as if they are falling up.
A quarter-kilometre track serves as Speedworld’s centerpiece, goading drivers around nine turns ranging from wide sweeping bends to hairpin curves. The straightaways allow easy passing for the track’s fleet of vehicles, which include sprint cars that accelerate up to 40 km/h and race karts that max out at 50 km/h. 13-horsepower Honda engines power the cars and propel drivers across the finish line as the ChronX automatic timing system documents their journey more swiftly than an hourglass containing only one grain of sand.
Outside the driver’s seat, visitors can cheer on other racers from a viewing area framed in floor-to-ceiling windows and sound-insulated walls that block out the sound of rival fans cheering from the track. A mezzanine area outfitted with a refrigerator and microwave can seat parties of 7–30, rendering it an ideal venue for birthday parties, corporate events, or car-eating truck-rally monsters trying to stick to their diets.
The passionate instructors at Magic 'N Motion Studio inspire and equip students of all ages and skill levels to glide through an array of dance styles. Ballet classes, which typically run 60–75 minutes long, lead dancers through fluid movements, helping bodies to build strength, coordination, and balance. Ballet also equips students with a sturdy foundation for diving into all other dance disciplines. Dancers can expend excess energy reserves otherwise wasted on model-airplane assembly via 45- to 60-minute jazz classes, which foster coordination and flexibility, or 45- to 60-minute hip-hop classes, ripe with fast-paced, spirited moves. Peruse the full schedule here.
World Soccer Academy's goal is to elevate Canadian soccer to an elite level with training regimens culled from the world's finest soccer programs. The Academy instills sound fundamentals in young trainees with the help of the Coerver Method, a methodology developed by the late Dutch soccer manager Wiel Coerver designed to develop skills in a pyramidal fashion, beginning with individual ball-handling and advancing to more nuanced material, such as group attack tactics and covert hand-balling.
Though committed to fostering young talent, the Academy's seven-stage player development program prescribes proper training methods for players of all ages. The Academy also sponsors WSA Winnipeg, a team of elite players that compete against squads from Toronto, Michigan, and St. Louis in the USL Premier Development League.
Chris McWilliams believes that photos capture more than mere images. The lighting, the atmosphere, each subject’s facial expression: these disparate elements come together to create a mood that distinguishes each photograph from the next. It’s no surprise, then, that Chris prefers laughter to be the soundtrack at her photo shoots. The skilled photographer creates an upbeat, relaxed atmosphere by personally engaging with her subjects. Whether warming up shy children, easing the anxieties of stiffened adults, or making babies smile with with strange animal noises or playing "peek-a-boo", Chris seems to always know how to bring out the best in her subjects. In addition to composing artistic portraits, she memorializes weddings with lighthearted pictures of newlywed couples and as well as elegant and classic photographs of the bride and groom.
Sporting a hearty menu of classic café fare and sandwiches, Ellice Café welcomes the pre- and post-theatre crowd to dine while sprawled at tables under works by local artists. Contemplate the depth of a painted canvas while munching on a chicken teriyaki wrap ($5.99), mama’s lasagna ($11.99), or the rancher burger ($7.99), where bacon, cheddar cheese, and onion rings recline on a juicy patty under a fountain of ranch, barbecue sauce, and eternal youth. Lunch starts after 11 a.m. daily and reservations are required.
The bowler releases the ball so smoothly that it barely makes a sound upon hitting the lane, heightening the crack when the ball finally collides with the pins. You can witness this scene at Academy Bowling Lanes' of locations—Academy Lanes and Academy Lanes West—where Brunswick automatic-scoring systems record each roll down the alleys' polished lanes. Bumpers are on hand to clog the gutters and improve scores. On select evenings, the concourses transform into a cosmic-bowling arena with laser systems, black lights, fog machines, and music leading up the night's closing event, the landing of a real spacecraft. Food and bar services supply guests with refreshments such as pizza, popcorn, and fountain pop.
For over a decade, women have toned their physiques, improved their body image, and gained energy with goal-oriented workout programs at Image Fitness for Women. The studio’s team of certified yoga instructors teaches styles ranging from Ashtanga and Hatha flow to hot yoga, which is held in a heated studio to provide deeper stretches and enhance cardio conditioning. Meanwhile, heart-pumping classes range from the simple, Latin-inspired dance routines of Zumba to step and cardio classes. The gym’s array of cardio and weight-training equipment powers independent workouts, which can be blissfully peaceful thanks to onsite child-care services.
In Vertical Adventures’ 5,000-square-foot climbing gym, visitors scale colourful walls or traverse the bouldering gym, backed by ground support from staffers and automatic belayers. Climbers of all levels can hone their technique by practicing independently with the gym’s rental equipment or through an array of courses for children and adults. Instructors teach belaying, rappelling, and other basics, along with more advanced self-rescue techniques such as always carrying a fold-up helicopter. The gym also hosts birthday parties for groups of six or more, where a dedicated staff member helps guests to familiarize themselves with equipment and optimize their safety.
The Manitoba Paddling Association functions as the provincial sport governing body for local competitive canoeing, kayaking, and dragon boating. The association encourages the community to stay physically fit while still having fun through a variety of events such as races, year-round programs, and annual Dragon Boat festivals. Events change according to the season, and include summer camps that school beginners in the kayaking basics, spring training that introduces tougher techniques for competitive teams, and winter programs that offer opportunities to stay fit on shore, such as cross-country skiing, indoor circuit and strength training, and swimming laps in the snow.
Inside the Windsor Park Shopping Center, Windsor Bowling Lanes provides invigorating breaks from power shopping with a series of backlit Brunswick lanes. The five-pin lanes boast newly renovated surfaces, which leave few excuses for gutterballs but provide an excellent opportunity to hone curves. Overhead flat-screen monitors track the in-game action, and a video jukebox prompts adrenalin surges by filling the alley with inspirational ballads. Leagues are available throughout the week for children, adults, and seniors. The alley also takes on incandescent hues on select nights during cosmic bowl, simulating the rainbow-coloured dreams of My Little Ponies.
Skiers and snowboarders carve down the 100-foot vertical slope off the Stony Mountain Ski Area, leaving a waving path in their wake as they make their descent. One handle tow and one rope tow tote skiers and boarders to the summit, where they can choose to descend down one of six groomed runs kept swathed in powder by Stony Mountain’s snowmakers. Stony Mountain also rents out alpine equipment for those without their own skis, snowboards, or bionic dogsleds.
U-Puttz Black Light Miniature Golf reimagines the prehistoric world, creating a scenario in which dinosaurs were hit with neon fluorescent fairy dust instead of a giant meteor. Visitors perfect putts across its 18 glow-in-the-dark holes passing by dinosaurs, deep-sea dwelling creatures, and craggy volcanoes. Inside glow party rooms, kids celebrate birthdays, snacking on burgers and hot dogs from the on-site eatery and practicing their reflexes on arcade games.