CANADA’S FIRST INDOOR ALL-SEASON MULTI-DISCIPLINE BIKE PARK! A 90,000sq/ft indoor bike park open year-round for bike riders of various disciplines, ages & skill levels. The park features a cross-country loop, beginner/sport/expert sections, rhythms, foam pit, resi jump, street park, grind room, pump tracks and a BMX zone.
In a society that looks for shortcuts to weight loss wherever it can, FitStudios is taking the long way. Through their Functionally Integrated Training program, or F.I.T., the studio's trainers borrow from numerous disciplines to customize their fitness programs to each student's goals, taking their time to ensure students work out right the first time in order to maintain their health in the long run. The result is a stronger body with more stable joints, better cardiovascular endurance, and enhanced flexibility. Through the studio's group training regimens, students learn how to buff up as they work together, forming towering human pyramids to eventually find out what clouds taste like.
These physical feats are accomplished in FitStudios' well-equipped fitness centre, in which TRX suspension bands dangle over an obstacle course of footwork ladders, elliptical machines surround gliding pads and hurdles, and free weights and kettlebells stand at the ready. Also providing holistic wellness, FitStudios' team of sports-therapy specialists treats sports- and stress-related injuries with chiropractic services, acupuncture, and massage therapy.
At Art One Academy, a team of practicing painters, sculptors, and illustrators share their expertise with a new generation of artists. Their curriculum, geared toward children and teenagers, includes painting, pottery, comic-book art, and digital-art classes, which can be taken individually or as a 19-week course. Adult workshops are also available and are led by impressionist painter Margarita Kukhtina, who guides students through the process of creating their own masterpieces in a single two-hour session.
When Moksha Yoga cofounder Ted Grand created the sequence of postures that make up his studio’s yoga classes, he drew from more than 1,000 hours of yoga training and from the expertise of other seasoned professionals in the field. His order of Moksha postures—a beginning savansa, intention setting, a standing series, a floor series, and a final savasana—are only part of what makes Moksha yoga unique among yoga styles. Its practitioners are also encouraged to follow its 7 pillars, a set of philosophies that includes living green and supporting the local community. In that vein, the eco-friendly studio sports a sustainable bamboo floor, VOC-free paints, and stays tidy with plant-based cleaning products.
Moksha Yoga sets a philanthropic example for its students by offering a donation-only class each week from which the proceeds go to charity, as well as a Trade for Yoga, program that offers unlimited yoga classes in exchange for volunteer work inside the studio. To help promote the overall wellness aspect of the 7 Pillars, therapists are also available to perform massages and acupuncture.
Yoga Tree teaches multidisciplinary yoga to students of all skill levels in a soothing spa atmosphere. Each of its three locations offer heated and nonheated studios and employ environmentally friendly practices. The Richmond Hill centre's 12-foot plant wall aids in naturally filtering indoor air and the evil thoughts of passing strangers. More than 90 classes stretched through each week manifest in variations on traditional Hatha yoga, exercising floor and balancing postures to focus on strength, flexibility, and stamina. Practitioners can also pay close attention to their precise muscular and skeletal alignment during Iyengar classes, as the teacher focuses on alignment and inner awareness. Hot-yoga classes, conducted in a room heated to 38 degrees Celsius, promote detoxification and deeper stretching. Each studio's neutral, earthy colour schemes are accented with recessed lighting, plants, and an energetic Spaniard to envelop students in architect-tailored yoga vibes. Toronto's downtown location opens in late March 2011.
What began as an art-supply store in 1978 has since grown into a full art centre helmed by husband-and-wife team Lynnie and Richard Rosenthal. The inventive duo harnesses their extensive experiences in the art world to teach students at Lynrich Arts Fine Arts Centre how to create their own masterpieces. Adults delve into watercolour, acrylic-painting, and drawing projects; children try their hands at mixed media and cartooning, sketching out imagined superhero feats or adventures in accounting. In addition to creating business cards, brochures, and banners, the accommodating staff also hosts parties, ringing in birthdays, bridal showers, or other notable occasions with plenty of paintbrushes, canvases, ceramics, and inspirational work lining the walls.
Each member of Bikram Yoga Canada’s talented team of instructors possesses a sage yogic know-how borne of their participation in a 10-week certification course taught by Bikram Choudhury in California. Over the course of this rigorous program, the posing pedagogues learned the essentials of heated movement modality, spending hours stuffing their brains with wisdom ranging from yoga philosophy and anatomy to a detailed study of each pose. While the world-renowned course provides the team with an unshakable foundation, the instructors—firm believers that learning is a never-ending endeavour—undergo re-certification every three years to ensure that they remain abreast of current practices. With this impeccably trained and passionate staff at the helm of every sweat-inducing class, Bikram Yoga Canada offers students of all experience levels a chance to experience the physical detoxification afforded by stretching sessions within their balmy studio. During each class, the instructors put their hard-earned teaching skills into practice as they lead pupils through a series of 26 postures, known as asanas, designed to warm and stretch muscles, ligaments, and tendons while melting away tension and the frozen dinners stored in the hearts of pupils.