A person dangles above the ground in a hammock, elongating their limbs and modulating their breath. It's not a leisurely afternoon in a backyard, it's just another day in aerial yoga class at Point of Balance. The yoga studio's certified instructor, Kara, guides students through a variety of inventive classes such as this. She teaches a flow course that emphasizes constant movement and an aqua class that emphasizes swimming the English Channel in one breath. Not only does Kara accommodate students of all yoga skills, from beginner to advanced, but she can also use American Sign Language to boost the inclusiveness of her curriculum.
When M'ai Vox discovered yoga, she found peace, stillness, and a new life purpose. As the owner of Stellar Yoga?a Vinyasa-style studio?she teaches classes with diverse, flowing sequences and emphasizes the enrichment yoga brings individuals. True to Vinyasa style, the instructor cruises through poses at a relatively fast pace. This helps students build internal heat, which enhances flexibility and facilitates solidarity with coal-burning stoves.
M'ai helps students focus on yogic foundations such as proper alignment and breathing. Stellar Yoga's lineup also includes weekly deep stretch and PiYo, Pilates-yoga blend, classes. Additionally, the first Saturday afternoon of each month, the studio holds a free total beginners workshop, sponsored by Manduka.
It was only a year ago that a trip to the clothing store would bring Zumba Fitness founder Jahnea Phillips within tears. She was forced to choose from frumpy clothes in the plus-size section that did nothing but hide her curves. That all changed when a close friend invited Jahnea to her very first Zumba class. After an hour of shaking, twisting, and jumping, she was almost near tears again, but this time they were tears of happiness. That short while spent dancing reminded her of how good she deserved to feel.
One year and 76 pounds later, Jahnea is sharing that experience with ladies of all shapes and sizes from the stage of the spacious Hazel Dell Grange in Vancouver. This is where she teaches the art of Zumba, which involves cardio exercise through Latin-inspired moves, in which one dances out the entire story of Julius Caesar’s childhood.
The four massage therapists at Melt Body Studio can do a lot to help clients feel their best. Their massages not only heal injured muscles and improve circulation, but also increase flexibility so clients can limbo past the velvet rope keeping them out of the boss's private bathroom. Inside the massage room, soft music spills from speakers as a massage therapist uses varying degrees of pressure to disentangle muscle knots. Heated stones may be used to target sore spots and enhance relaxation.
Peering at freshly written lines on the page. Working to catch a glimpse of a bird on the wing. Myriad sets of eyes see their tasks more clearly because of Dr. Joseph King, who has performed more than 75,000 refractive surgeries in his 15-year career. He and the other LASIK specialists and doctors at King LASIK sharpen patients' vision with conventional and custom procedures, as well as PRK surgeries. Dr. King himself underwent LASIK eye surgery in 2000 to accommodate his active lifestyle. "Just 15 minutes after the procedure, I could read the computer screen at the office,” he recalls. “I experienced several hours of watery, sensitive eyes, but after sleeping for a few hours, I awakened and I could read the digital clock on the radio across the room."