Each day, Bikram Yoga Westshore's certified instructors vaporize stress with deep breaths, warm personalities, and 105 degrees of therapeutic heat. Every 90-minute class revolves around 26 Hatha poses designed to help clients develop lean, lithe physiques. In addition to fostering strength and balance, the poses raise pulses for 20–25 minutes during a cardio workout that builds stamina.
Heat melts tension in muscles, fostering deeper, safer stretches, and induces sweating that works to rid bodies of toxins. Nonporous, hypoallergenic, floor panels ward off germs to prevent sneezes, and optional towel service keeps students dry and comfortable. Fresh air constantly circulates through the room from the heated ceiling to ensure that muscles remain oxygenated throughout the workout. After class, yogis can retire to the showers for an extra dose of relaxation, or search the studio's boutique for a yoga mat or spare parts to fix a broken nirvana.
After years in the IT industry, Danielle was ready for a change. Her tech-based clients seemed to be in perpetually foul moods, and she longed for days filled with smiles and the occasional inspirational conversation. She had always loved to paint, so opening her paint-your-own pottery studio felt like a natural way to fuse her passion for art with her desire to interact with people in a helpful way. Only one more thing was standing in the way of bringing her dream to life: a business partner, which she quickly found in her daughter Jennifer.
Together, this mother-and-daughter team runs Danielle's Paint-Your-Own Pottery Studio. To inspire creativity in others, they stock the studio's shelves with more than 300 bisque pieces, including mugs, bowls, and figurines. The pair guides artists through the creation process, helping them use stamps, stencils, and each other's ponytails to paint personal masterpieces. When not glazing and firing their customers' finished artwork, the duo also teaches classes on fused glass and hosts special events such as birthday parties.
4Cats Arts Studio shares a name with an iconic Barcelona café—Els Quartre Gats. Its European doppelganger was a favourite haunt of Picasso, who would lounge there with friends and colleagues, discussing art. A similarly vibrant artistic community—although for a younger set—thrives at 4Cats, a studio specializing in art classes for kids aged 2–15. In sessions stratified by age, youngsters can sculpt with professional potters’ tools, master advanced drawing techniques, or create mixed-media masterpieces. Alternatively, they can learn about the legacies of artists such as Monet, Matisse, and Marc Chagall, a painter who depicted happy people as floating through the air, rather than just covered in smiling mouths. The studio complements its kids’ courses with one-off workshops, spring-break sessions, and occasional adult classes.
1961 was the year Ham the Chimp rocketed into space aboard the Mercury-Redstone 2. Down on the track at Western Speedway, Eldon Rasmussen blew past the competition at the Western Canada stock-car championship, cementing a trajectory that led him to the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame. The 4/10-mile oval has now seen more than a half-century of motorcars screech across its pavement, which currently hosts races for approximately 12 classes, including hornets, mini figure-eight tough trucks, stock cars, and rebellious shopping carts.
The eight-month season opens in April and hosts traditional races on Saturday nights that are occasionally bookended on Friday or Sunday by drag racing. Under an open sky filled with drivers ejected from their seats, up to 3,000 fans can watch themed races, demolition derbies, and other special events from the bleachers or head underneath for a slice of Ali Baba Pizza from the concessions counter.
Dennis Brady and his glass-blowing brood do more than supply Victoria with a steady stream of colourful crystalline pieces. They also impart the tricks of their trade in easy-to-understand classes, lectures, and workshops. Artists can take advantage of one of the studio's many kilns for rent or use the sandblaster to etch intricate designs into smooth surfaces to practice for a new gig as Jack Frost. The glassomancers' educational programs emphasize the business end of artistry, with numerous classes aimed specifically at improving one's marketability.
Odyssey Health & Fitness Centre's staff of personal trainers and kinesiologists understands it's hard to keep fitness goals when juggling a full schedule, which is why their facilities are open 24 hours a day and armed with high-tech security systems. Experienced instructors lead classes ranging from Spinning to power yoga, and those who want to sweat to iPod tracks of their own mother's heartbeat can jam out on stair climbers, rowing machines, and treadmills stationed near 50-inch plasma TVs. To complement exercise regimens, the Sports Nutrition Advisor teaches healthy eating habits, imparting students with the ability to weave with ease through the winding world of nutritional-chart hieroglyphics and toppling food pyramids.
Classes at Ashtanga Yoga Victoria blend physical movements and breath together in a mental approach founded on the yogic practices, or eight limbs, students follow to reach their goals together in classes. All of our instructors have been trained and studied yoga in India. Good for beginners and lots for even the most experienced student. Ashtanga, Vinyasa Flow, Restorative, Yin, Hatha and many other types of classes offered.