The instructors at Bikram Yoga Delta's studio help students boost strength, stamina and flexibility by leading them through Bikram Choudhury's therapeutic 26 asanas and two specialized breathing exercises. Each dedicated teacher believes in the healing benefits of Bikram technique — for instance, Sunshine Zhang found that the technique alleviated her sciatic nerve flare-ups, and director Mak Pahar credits it with his recovery from injuries sustained in hockey games and wrestling matches with his doppelganger. Their pupils practice the soothing and strengthening postures amid a studio decorated with wall murals of rushing waterfalls, stylish black-leather furniture, stone-tiled shower rooms, and heated yoga rooms lined with mirrors.
Giggling children tumble into pits filled with foam cubes, bounce on trampolines, swing on ropes, or roll around mats shape like doughnuts and cheese wedges. Across the room, older kids twirl, flip, and pace on Olympic-grade bars and balance beams. When designing Cartwheels Inc., founders Katherine Campbell and Lisa Lacamell wanted to provide a space for serious gymnastics and cheerleading training as well as a place for children to have fun. They employed expertise from a lifetime of gymnastics training, and roles as the national course conductor for Gymnastics Canada and board director for Gymnastics BC, respectively. They hold their staff––many of whom come from yoga, dance, and fitness backgrounds––to high standards: each holds at least a level-one NCCP certification, child-safety-focused Respect in Sport certification, and first-aid certification.Cartwheels Inc's instructors coach children as young as 18 months in classes taught to the standards of the National Coaching Certification Program, giving them stylish ways to climb into bunk beds. Beyond tumbling and gymnastics classes, girls also combine gymnastics, dance, and stunting formations to hone cheerleading skills in recreational and competitive all-star cheerleading programs. In the summer, gym staffers lead day camps that combine gymnastics and arts-and-crafts instruction with off-site field trips, allowing children to visit water parks or meet the man who invented water. Recognizing that their gym spaces can also serve as a playground, Katherine and Lisa also organize birthday parties and kids'-night-out events to host hours of unstructured play.
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.
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.