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.
At Green Door Vitamins, shoppers can peruse an array of nutritional vitamins, fitness supplements, and beauty products chosen for their health-enhancing properties. The shop's multitudinous multivitamins include Natural Factors' Super Multi, which packs a day's worth of nutrients and four suitcases into one pill ($18.99 for 90 tabs), as well as offerings from Greens Plus composed of nutrient-rich green things such as vegetables, herbs, and Loch Ness–monster extract ($19.99 for 60 tabs). Fish-oil soft gels from Carlson Labs come packed with healthy omega-3 fatty acids ($18.99 for 1,000 mg bottle), and InterActive Nutrition's chocolate-flavoured whey protein powder can assist in body bulkification ($26.99 for 340 g). Green Door Vitamins' spectrum expands to nonswallowable products, such as Weleda Skin Food, an ultramoisturizing skin cream that hydrates parched pores and irrigates epidermal fields using natural and organic ingredients ($17.99 for 2.5 oz).
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.
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.
A community presence in Ottawa for more than 140 years, YMCA-YWCA of the National Capital Region remains true to its mission of physical and social enrichment for men, women, and kids of all ages across all seven of its facilities. Staff members uphold the YMCA’s core values of honesty, acceptance, and fairness as they invest in their community’s children and strengthen family bonds critically weakened by overzealous games of Monopoly. They pump up adult fitness regimens with aquatic fitness and boot-camp classes, personal training, and full gymnasiums outfitted with equipment for basketball, soccer, and rope skipping. They’ve also filled their fitness centres with free weights, cardio equipment, and weight machines. When they’re not helping adults trim down waistlines during yoga, boxing, and salsa-dance classes, staff members are getting back in touch with their inner children. They stimulate imagination, mental development, and growth as they lead children’s day camps, after-school programs, birthday parties, and outdoor education.
These YMCA-YWCA outposts are dedicated to helping all members of the community. They provide those in need with emergency and youth housing, employment services, and domestic-violence support programs. They further strengthen and unite the Ottawa community through the YActive Assist program, which adjusts membership rates to help families that can’t afford the full cost of any of YMCA’s progressive programs.