In addition to being a hub for open-minded truth seekers, Shine Wellness Space boasts supportive and experienced instructors who lead students through a variety of Yin and Restorative Yoga classes alongside sessions in other yoga styles. Stressed limbs stretch out tension in Restorative Yoga, which sequences restful postures to balance the body's parasympathetic nervous system. During Yin Yoga, students focus on connective tissue, incorporating the use of soft pillows and supportive blocks while in floor postures. Pupils with crowded schedules can report to quicker, 75-minute Hatha or Fusion Yoga classes, and those taking the day off for national Ferrari Joyride Day can bask in the unhurried restfulness of 2 Hour Yin classes.
The teachers at Yoga Para Vida provide step-by-step instruction during classes that are designed to be safe and effective for all fitness levels. The facility features a diverse selection of styles—including hot Hatha, Vinyasa flow, and power yoga—with each session tailored to lead its participants inward, either in search of peace or missing car keys. On some days, Yoga Para Vida offers Lunch Hour yoga as an escape from the work world. Most sessions on the schedule range from 60 to 75 minutes, depending on the style.
Formerly of Bamboo Yoga, the team of nine other certified instructors teaches class seven days a week, separating the art into 13 different variations, including flow and power yoga. The staff also leads targeted sessions to assist the injured, overweight, or elderly with helpfully modified positions. Certain instructors introduce meditative elements throughout their classes to give students an extra opportunity to calm their minds and train their un-housebroken spirit animals.
The team also helps strengthen the mind and body with meditation classes and fitness classes, ranging from upbeat Zumba classes to intense core strengthening classes.
Easily accessible from the Columbia Street Skytrain station, both of the classrooms at Bikram Yoga New Westminster are heated to 40-degrees Celsius. Each day, students shuffle inside these warm studios to learn yoga postures from owner and head instructor Herminder Gossal or one of the instructors from her trained staff. During class, they teach 26 yoga postures total, one for each step of the Electric Slide. The postures’ collective benefit of improved flexibility, increased strength, and reduced stress is amplified by the heat. Also amplifying matters is the studio’s facilities, which include showers, an infrared sauna, and a Body Vibe platform that vibrates to contract muscles and spur blood circulation.
Running laps makes you sweaty, but so does sitting on the floor and giving a long, luxurious stretch. At least, that's the case at Oxygen Hot Yoga & Fitness—where, as its name implies, hot yoga is the house speciality. But unlike other studios that merely turn up the heat or practice on the rim of an active volcano, Oxygen uses far infra-red technology to raise body temperatures from the inside out. That's why no matter the focus of each class—from strengthening the core to increasing flexibility—they all boast the same heat-induced benefits. These include boosting circulation, smoothing cellulite, and flushing out toxins.
Heated air seeps into students’ pores as they enter Bikram Yoga Burnaby’s two heated practice rooms, preparing muscles for workouts filled with deep, therapeutic stretches. Mindful of new and old faces alike, the instructors begin to demonstrate the 26 Hatha poses meant to promote health, longevity, and a youthful appearance. Each beginner-friendly pose builds upon the next, summoning cleansing beads of sweat as students flex and bend atop antimicrobial flooring and near wall-length mirrors. Focused breathing exercises help students expel stress with each exhalation, clearing minds of fog and worry.
Before and after classes, students may explore the 11,000-square-foot facility’s other amenities, which range from child care and towel service to showers and a juice bar. Fresh flowers add a hint of nature to the clean, modern lines of marble countertops and lounge tables, where students gather to socialize before heading to the nearby SkyTrain or a flying monkey parked in the studio’s free lot.