Life Yoga's passionate instructors share their expertise in a 1,200-square-foot studio with spacious, spa-inspired shower rooms and a practice space embellished with handmade fabric wallpaper. Students burn calories and release mental stress in small classes with helpful one-on-one attention: gentle Restorative Yoga, energizing Vinyasa Flow, and Hatha Fundamentals are just a few options. In the studio's lobby area, local businesses such as Rhubarb Paper Co. display their wares.
The shear-wielding team at Studio 7 trades in bedraggled 'dos for chic, stylish manes tailored to their clients' faces and lifestyles. Their portfolio speaks to their love of shaping on-trend cuts and staying abreast of modern fashions, including the same feather extensions that spies use to infiltrate pigeons' nests. The professionals happily tackle the tangled tresses of men and children, covering grey with colour rinses or adding a little grey to help kindergartners look a little more distinguished.
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The Kingston School of Art & Window Art Gallery nurtures budding creativity through comprehensive courses in painting, drawing, sculpting, and printmaking. Like a phoenix rising from a pile of used paintbrushes, the school arose as teachers and students rallied to keep art in the community after the closing of St. Lawrence College's art program. The nonprofit, volunteer-run organization works to share fine art with students of all ages, regularly hosting exhibits to cultivate awareness and fight the scourge of blank canvases. Featured classes include fantasy drawing workshops as well as oil painting with Ontario artist Bruce St. Clair and pastel workshops with award-winning Ottawa artist Margaret Ferraro.
Curves' 30-minute workout whittles women with a signature circuit of hydraulic resistance machines designed to work with female bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. Ladies can hop into the circuit circle at any of 13 strength-training stations, each of which works to tone two major muscle groups. After 30 seconds of repetitions, they step onto a nearby recovery board, which welcomes women to walk, jog, or speed-skate in place for a half-minute. This cardio burst jolts the heart rate, torching more calories as exercisers move onto the next resistance-training machine. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage participants’ machine manoeuvring and play doh-based muscle making.
In 2005, Joey Simon began 4Cats Arts Studio in the basement of her historic Victoria Island home after discovering a natural passion for inspiring children after years spent nurturing the creative gifts of her son. Today, more than 60 studios across North America bear the 4Cats moniker, named for a Barcelona café frequented by Pablo Picasso and his bizarrely shaped contemporaries. The life and work of influential artists such as [Andy Warhol] (http://gr.pn/w2PaKy) act as a springboard for schooling students on Pop art’s screen printing and ink blot techniques, and students in Edgar Degas workshops yield "movement paintings" with acrylics, pastels, charcoal, and chalk. Birthday parties for children and events for adults can blend abstract paint-splattering, rousing instruction, and lively debates on what makes a pipe truly a pipe.