Each member of Bikram Yoga Canada’s talented team of instructors possesses a sage yogic know-how borne of their participation in a 10-week certification course taught by Bikram Choudhury in California. Over the course of this rigorous program, the posing pedagogues learned the essentials of heated movement modality, spending hours stuffing their brains with wisdom ranging from yoga philosophy and anatomy to a detailed study of each pose. While the world-renowned course provides the team with an unshakable foundation, the instructors—firm believers that learning is a never-ending endeavour—undergo re-certification every three years to ensure that they remain abreast of current practices. With this impeccably trained and passionate staff at the helm of every sweat-inducing class, Bikram Yoga Canada offers students of all experience levels a chance to experience the physical detoxification afforded by stretching sessions within their balmy studio. During each class, the instructors put their hard-earned teaching skills into practice as they lead pupils through a series of 26 postures, known as asanas, designed to warm and stretch muscles, ligaments, and tendons while melting away tension and the frozen dinners stored in the hearts of pupils.
Sustainable lifestyle choices, environmental consciousness, and building a sense of community: these are a few of the pillars upon which Moksha Yoga is built. The architect is Ted Grand, who drew from 12 years of training under yoga masters including Bikram Choudhury and Acharya Yoganand to develop his own special technique. Moksha's focus on clearing the mind of distractions, detoxifying the body through sweat, and building powerful core musculature can help practitioners overcome everyday obstacles from managing arthritis or stress to sliding out of tight crawlspaces.
Moksha Yoga’s 75 studios operate under the caring supervision of a professional teaching staff. Their diverse backgrounds not only include years of yoga study, but also apprenticeships under Nobel Peace Prize winners and careers with Amnesty International. Both instructors and students are encouraged to share their positive philosophy off the mat as well: the company supports several charitable endeavours, and its studios are powered by renewable energy sources.
Yoga Tree teaches multidisciplinary yoga to students of all skill levels in a soothing spa atmosphere. Each of its three locations offer heated and nonheated studios and employ environmentally friendly practices. The Richmond Hill centre's 12-foot plant wall aids in naturally filtering indoor air and the evil thoughts of passing strangers. More than 90 classes stretched through each week manifest in variations on traditional Hatha yoga, exercising floor and balancing postures to focus on strength, flexibility, and stamina. Practitioners can also pay close attention to their precise muscular and skeletal alignment during Iyengar classes, as the teacher focuses on alignment and inner awareness. Hot-yoga classes, conducted in a room heated to 38 degrees Celsius, promote detoxification and deeper stretching. Each studio's neutral, earthy colour schemes are accented with recessed lighting, plants, and an energetic Spaniard to envelop students in architect-tailored yoga vibes. Toronto's downtown location opens in late March 2011.
Named after the word tula, which signifies balance, Tula was created to promote guests' inner and outer harmony and well-being. After a Pilates or Hatha- or flow-yoga class—available in a hot or temperate studio—patrons can indulge in spa treatments ranging from herbal body wraps to Ayurvedic facials and massages. Each location evokes a soothing, nature-inspired look, characterized by wood flooring and water fountains. The studios' radiant heating panels, natural cleaning products, and organic spa products also speak to a desire for balance with the earth.
Tula has built a loyal local following for both its yoga classes and spa services. The Tula West location made a list of Best Health magazine writer Kat Tancock's favourite yoga studios. Studio director Isabel Lambert's "meticulous approach" to sugaring was praised by Fashion Magazine in 2010, and the establishment was voted Best Hot Yoga by BlogTo in 2012, along with Toronto's Best Workout Studio by Now.
Located at 889 Yonge Street, the wellness spa and yoga center specializes in services that increase clients' physical and emotional wellbeing. Last spring, Elle Canada declared 889 one of the world's best spas, extolling its chic ambiance, green business practices, and beauteous clientele. With today's deal, select from several facials, such as the 75-minute therapeutic facial ($100) or mom-to-be facial. Or, opt for full-body nurturing with the organic bliss treatment, a body wrap, and massage infused with organic essential oils geared to energize, relax, and terminate trespassing toxins. Soy waxing, a 100% botanical, less painful alternative to regular wax, can be used for unwanted body fuzz anywhere from the brows to bottom of the foot.
With the helpful and assertive encouragement of owner Janice Guertin and her team of instructors, Bikram Yoga Forest Hill's students can learn to safely challenge their mental and physical limitations while improving their overall wellbeing. The studio's Bikram yoga classes consist of two mindful breathing exercises as well as 26 standing, seated, and twisting stretches, each of which works in concert to systematically strengthen muscle groups throughout the body while pushing fresh, oxygenated blood to major organ systems.
Although this practice is open to attendees of all skill and fitness levels, the instructors don't hide the fact that it's meant to be challenging. Radiant heating panels in the ceiling and geothermal ducts in the floor keep the practice space at a balmy 40 degrees Celsius throughout each 90-minute class, which helps to loosen taut muscles and facilitates deeper, safer stretches. Over time, students can develop the stamina, balance, and flexibility required to maintain each sustained pose, along with the mental fortitude to overcome their perceived limitations, such as, "No, really. My leg just doesn't bend that way."
Though Janet and her staff strive to push their patrons, they also demonstrate their deep compassion for every individual's progress. They help students correct their form and do what they can to maximize everyone's comfort. As an example, the studio's air-exchange system constantly brings in fresh oxygen from outside while pushing stale air out of the practice space. Additionally, the instructors reward students for their effort by providing a chilled, lavender-scented face cloth at the end of every class.