Former professional dancer and Royal Academy of Dance–alum Allysia Nicolle first encountered Pilates while dancing on scholarship, eventually coming to view it as an essential component to her training. It wasn’t until after she tore her ACL, however, that she truly discovered how powerful the program could be; it not only offered her relief from the pain, but also helped her regain strength, range of motion, and muscle balance. Fuelled by the desire to share Pilates’ restorative approach to fitness, she now helms her own Stott Pilates program, which is a contemporary reworking of Joseph Pilates' original body-sculpting method that incorporates modern exercise science and spinal-rehabilitation techniques. During private lessons, she personalizes the exercises—designed to safely restore the spine's natural curvature after years spent slouching over office desks and feeding troughs—to help improve each student’s coordination, flexibility, and posture.
At Yoga Within, ancient poses serve as building blocks for both physical fitness and spiritual renewal. Certified instructors fill each class with warmth and positivity, helping students of all levels feel at home as they fortify their mind-body connection. Beginner Hatha routines acquaint new yogis with basics such as deep, focused breathing and relaxation techniques, and Kundalini sessions explore yoga’s spiritual side with mantras and meditation. Yoga poses are integrated into a circuit of cardio and muscle-toning exercises during Shape Your Buddha routines that focus on fitness, and yin yoga strengthens both mind and patience with energy-stimulating poses that are held for three to five minutes or until tension gets bored and leaves.
True Yoga, housed within a former Chinese temple, welcomes students to practice Ashtanga yoga in a serene environment. The studio's instructors specialize in the restorative postures of traditional Ashtanga yoga but also lead classes such as prenatal yoga, mother-and-baby yoga, baby massage, and birthing workshops. During morning classes, babysitters tend to little ones in an onsite childcare facility. The eco-friendly facility is also outfitted with free parking spaces and a small boutique.
At Lotus Soul Yoga, experienced practitioners and instructors lead a wide variety of yoga classes. The multidisciplinary gym offers styles such as hatha, vinyasa flow, yin yoga, and warm flow. Additionally, the studio offers classes geared towards beginners, pre- or post-natal customers, and even family yoga, which is kid-friendly.
At b? HOT YOGA, yogis of all levels practice poses designed to pump fresh oxygen through the body. To build strength and flexibility, poses are taught in a progressive sequence. In addition to complementing the poses, two deep-breathing techniques melt stress by purging mental clutter. Balmy temperatures infuse the practice space in some sessions, promoting litheness and drawing toxins to the skin?s surface. Impurities can then exit through beads of sweat, making the body feel energized and refreshed.
Bathed in bright, natural light, Shanti Yoga Studio provides a nurturing environment for body benders of all experience levels. Spark early-morning muscle motors with a Sunrise Yoga class, or practice traditional yogic breathing and mind melding in a Hatha or Ashtanga course, offered on alternating days of the week. If your connective tissues need cajoling in order to relax or meditate, try a Yin yoga class, which specifically targets parts of the joints and spine in extended physical exercises. See the schedule here. At Shanti, yoga is practiced as a way of life, and aspiring yogis of all experience levels are welcome to attend classes in an open, accessible studio. As the basis for yoga is to prepare the body for meditation, Shanti also offers meditation courses, where attendees can practice being fully present in life and the afterlives of childhood pets.