Power Yoga Canada stirs together equal parts spiritual and physical exercise to alternately calm and invigorate visitors to its two supportive studios, with a planned third studio location opening this summer. Jam-packed schedules of Baron Baptiste–inspired Vinyasa classes tone and lengthen limbs of all ability levels, from living statue to liquid mime. Burn away pesky calories and exasperating stress in a heated room during power yoga classes, or downward-dog to the beat in a power yoga jam session. Kids, 'tweens, and expecting mothers stretch further than their nay-saying ligaments knew they could in specialized classes. Power yoga's trained and friendly instructors correct poses and direct breathing to encourage proper technique and discourage such distractions as astral doodling and restless neck syndrome.
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.