Bikram Hot Yoga is a melting pot of good vibes—almost literally, as the high temperatures required for Bikram yoga encourage muscle tension and toxins to melt away, allowing students to move deeper into each stretch. The 90-minute Bikram yoga series thus hones mental and physical stamina, activating the body's entire muscular system with its carefully ordered sequence of 26 poses and two breathing exercises. However, the venue also deserves to be labeled a melting pot because it serves as a hub where wellsprings of positivity coalesce.
One such spring is the supportive staff, helmed by owner David Tiviluk and comprised of such devotees as Denis D., whose Bikram-yoga journey helped him to regain movement after a devastating motorcycle crash. The teaching team helps newcomers and advanced yogis alike achieve the benefits of a long-term Bikram practice. They pose challenges—take four classes a week for one month, for example—that create an encouraging, communal atmosphere. They also schedule special events, welcoming visitors to seminars by guest instructors and candlelit cello performances.
Another agent of good vibes is the studio itself, which was built according to the advice of a feng shui consultant. Warm red and orange tiles line the desks in a lobby hung with paintings and pendulous lights. Signs of an eco-friendly attitude abound: the floor is recycled vinyl, the insulation in the walls is recycled denim, and there are no plastic water bottles; instead, students can purchase chilled water in glass jars or store water in their cheeks until they are thirsty.
ISSA-certified fitness trainer Chris Walker of Chris Walker's Fitness Bootcamp keeps clients in top shape by sharing his health expertise via online articles and regimens in addition to in-person fat-shedding exercise programs. His handpicked squad of personal trainers leads private workout sessions as well as specialized boot-camp classes, both of which aim to ease physiques into slimmer frames. Ever-varied routines combine drills from kickboxing, Zumba, and weight-loss calisthenics, with most programs supplemented by dietary tips and advice on how to properly dice pineapples with your fists. Chris's motivational strategies prioritize collaboration over competition to benefit clients of all fitness levels.
Joshua Webster attended the College of International Holistic Studies, where he studied acupuncture’s many different forms, including variants for the hands, ears, and cosmetic purposes. He showcases his skill set during communal acupuncture sessions inside The Healing Roots’ minimalist, wood-floored space. In addition to treating patients and scaring off parade balloons with his needles, he offers other alternative health therapies as well, including yoga, hot-stone massage, cupping, and herbal medicine.
Fitz is the owner & president of Vanderpool Fitness & Boxing in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada.
Ÿ Fitz facilitates fitness boxing programs in Waterloo Region schools in the Region of Waterloo, teaching the students fitness through boxing and inspiring them to be successful individuals.
For more than 30 iron-pumping years, World Gym continues to help clients of all fitness levels find fine fettle with muscle-boosting equipment and exercise classes. Fitness students can work toward fitness goals or live out their own Pygmalion transformation after sweat sessions such as a 45-minute Spin class, or a 60-minute Pumping Iron class that promises to challenge all clients from beginners to seasoned weightlifters. The Boxfit session boosts cardiovascular health while teaching students how to defend against one’s own shadow; Hatha yoga yields peace of mind and the path to toned physiques. With a variety of classes offered seven days a week on the Cambridge and Kitchener schedules, students can mix and match classes to create the ultimate weekly buffing routine.
Aradia Fitness welcomes women of every age and fitness level with a supportive environment for exploring their sexy side while simultaneously getting a total-body cardio workout. A single pole-dancing intro class teaches essential sensual pole work and doesn't require any previous knowledge or skills. Each small class combines elements of ballet, yoga, and striptease (though you won't be shedding any leotards or turtlenecks in class) to strengthen cores, tone muscles, increase flexibility, and keep participants limber. As the seductress embedded deep within makes her way to the surface, dancers engage rarely used muscles, sometimes resulting in day-after pangs of soreness, sudden Facebook friending of said muscles, and a confident new saunter. The only requirements for the class are gym or yoga attire and bare feet to make your first firm step toward becoming a music-video vixen or reverse-firefighter a reality.