Formerly of Bamboo Yoga, the team of nine other certified instructors teaches class seven days a week, separating the art into 13 different variations, including flow and power yoga. The staff also leads targeted sessions to assist the injured, overweight, or elderly with helpfully modified positions. Certain instructors introduce meditative elements throughout their classes to give students an extra opportunity to calm their minds and train their un-housebroken spirit animals.
The team also helps strengthen the mind and body with meditation classes and fitness classes, ranging from upbeat Zumba classes to intense core strengthening classes.
The teachers at Yoga Para Vida provide step-by-step instruction during classes that are designed to be safe and effective for all fitness levels. The facility features a diverse selection of styles—including hot Hatha, Vinyasa flow, and power yoga—with each session tailored to lead its participants inward, either in search of peace or missing car keys. On some days, Yoga Para Vida offers Lunch Hour yoga as an escape from the work world. Most sessions on the schedule range from 60 to 75 minutes, depending on the style.
Blood & Iron Martial Arts' principal instructor Lee S. Smith and senior instructor Nicole Smith both love a good fight, whether with fist, knife, or sword. Mixing manuals penned by the masters of antiquity with a little modern combat science, the duo resurrects European styles of weapon fighting ranging from the Italian rapier and dagger to the German longsword to Single stick and German messer. They pack their weekly schedule full of two-hour classes, spending the first 90 minutes imparting the basics of balance, footwork, and body alignment needed to add a 3-foot metal extension to one's arm. They leave the last 30 minutes open for sparring sessions for authorized students, since application is the best way to master a skill and the world’s last dragon retired to Florida in 1986.
Easily accessible from the Columbia Street Skytrain station, both of the classrooms at Bikram Yoga New Westminster are heated to 40-degrees Celsius. Each day, students shuffle inside these warm studios to learn yoga postures from owner and head instructor Herminder Gossal or one of the instructors from her trained staff. During class, they teach 26 yoga postures total, one for each step of the Electric Slide. The postures’ collective benefit of improved flexibility, increased strength, and reduced stress is amplified by the heat. Also amplifying matters is the studio’s facilities, which include showers, an infrared sauna, and a Body Vibe platform that vibrates to contract muscles and spur blood circulation.
In addition to being a hub for open-minded truth seekers, Shine Wellness Space boasts supportive and experienced instructors who lead students through a variety of Yin and Restorative Yoga classes alongside sessions in other yoga styles. Stressed limbs stretch out tension in Restorative Yoga, which sequences restful postures to balance the body's parasympathetic nervous system. During Yin Yoga, students focus on connective tissue, incorporating the use of soft pillows and supportive blocks while in floor postures. Pupils with crowded schedules can report to quicker, 75-minute Hatha or Fusion Yoga classes, and those taking the day off for national Ferrari Joyride Day can bask in the unhurried restfulness of 2 Hour Yin classes.
The instructors at Bikram Yoga Delta's studio help students boost strength, stamina and flexibility by leading them through Bikram Choudhury's therapeutic 26 asanas and two specialized breathing exercises. Each dedicated teacher believes in the healing benefits of Bikram technique — for instance, Sunshine Zhang found that the technique alleviated her sciatic nerve flare-ups, and director Mak Pahar credits it with his recovery from injuries sustained in hockey games and wrestling matches with his doppelganger. Their pupils practice the soothing and strengthening postures amid a studio decorated with wall murals of rushing waterfalls, stylish black-leather furniture, stone-tiled shower rooms, and heated yoga rooms lined with mirrors.