In oases of wellness scattered across Canada, GoodLife Fitness strives to improve people's lives with exercise classes for all ages and skill levels. For cardio, there's RPM, a high-energy spinning class, or Jillian Michaels's metabolism-boosting BodyShred. For mental serenity as well as healthy flexibility, there's hot yoga and Pilates. And for strength training, there's BodyPump, a barbell class; BodyFlow, a mix of yoga, tai chi, and Pilates; and BodyVive, a low-impact workout using Vive balls and tubes. GoodLife also offers corporate and business partnerships to ensure wellness in the workplace.
At Wynn Fitness Clubs, exercise isn’t about altering how the body looks. It’s about changing clients for the better from the inside out. Here, during group and one-on-one training, fitness experts pair encouraging words with adaptable exercises involving dumbbells, kettlebells, Selectorized weight machines, and functional movements such as pushing and balancing. In addition to bolstering the body, these programs strengthen the will to achieve, propelling exercisers toward goals faster than an espresso-fuelled hockey puck. Calming fitness classes such as yoga and Pilates unite the mind and body with deep stretches, focused core exercises, and measured-breathing techniques. Club members can torch calories with solo sessions on the clubs’ cardio machines or during boot camps, cycling routines, and Zumba dance parties that cultivate friendships while boosting energy and endurance. Post-workout, spa-like locker rooms and couch-lined cafés invite exercisers to relax and recharge.
Mystic Pointe Yoga's 900-square-foot space transitions easily from a yoga studio to a hot yoga studio, thanks to infrared heaters designed to boost metabolisms, detoxify systems, and help oxygenate blood. The studio complements infrared-warmed hot yoga classes with a variety of classic programs, such as Yoga Sculpt, which tones the entire body by working free weights into poses. Core Yoga, meanwhile, focuses on building abs and other central muscle groups. Relax and Flow yoga alleviates stress without teaching students to swaddle themselves inside rolled up yoga mats. The studio also offers more cardio-intense fitness classes such as Zumba and boot camp.
The path to health and happiness is often built from scratch, according to yoga master Bikram Choudhury and the stretchy sages at Bikram Yoga Red Tree. Filled with triathletes, engineers, and social workers, the studio’s teaching staff illustrates yoga’s ability to inspire and transform people from diverse walks of life. Between bright windows and mirror-lined walls, students of all skill levels reflect upon wellness while practicing 26 poses designed to pump oxygen through the blood. Tight muscles loosen as bodies absorb heated air, which seeps into pores during twists, balances, and forward bends. Coupled with deep-breathing exercises, the heat helps to oust toxins and tension through sweat beads and focused exhalations. When fatigue sets in, students draw inspiration from one of Bikram’s loftiest challenges: a knee injury that threatened his ability to walk. With hard work and the support of a caring yoga teacher, he regained his ability to stroll, sprint, and perform the hokey-pokey.
This whole-lifestyle center fuses sports medicine, nutrition, training, and recovery, helping athletes get the most out of their body's potential. For injured or sore athletes, onsite chiropractors, massage therapists, and physiotherapists help guide muscles into healthy positions. More high-tech testing happens at the sports science lab, where movement-monitoring equipment helps assess athletic abilities. Free weights, punching bags, and Olympic lifting platforms are also available for athletes to test their strength and explosive power before going out into the field or promising friends they can crush a coffee can with their pinkies.
Three decades ago, renowned spiritual leader and Global Humanitarian Award recipient Sri Sri Ravi Shankar founded The Art of Living to share his approach to emotional and physical well-being, build harmony, and encourage social responsibility. The nonprofit—which now spreads across 152 countries—guides individuals toward inner peace through holistic yoga that incorporates meditation and techniques for breathing. Wellness Yoga integrates elements from modern and traditional yoga paths, especially Hatha, to create a form that focuses on uniting body, mind, and spirit, while enhancing sensitivity to the myriad levels of human existence.
True to the vision of its founding luminary, The Art of Living carries its holistic approach to wellness into a broad array of humanitarian projects and peace initiatives. These range from education programs to disaster relief that provide both immediate material aid and long-term rehabilitation support. Rural development projects target poverty and disease, and a prison program takes a restorative approach to justice. Recognizing the vast impact of Shankar’s efforts, governments and organizations from around the world have showered him with dozens of awards and honours, giving his trophy case as many bragging rights as Meryl Streep’s.