Yogana Studio's minimal, elegant space reflects the instructors' modern take on yoga, which focuses on the athletic and spiritual aspects of the practice. This holistic approach emphasizes the physical, breathing, and relaxation exercises found in the studio's eight modalities. Gentle Hatha yoga focuses largely on creating optimal postural alignment, and power-yoga sessions deliver intense workouts designed for advanced students or stressed-out power plants.
Ceroc Vancouver's casual blend of salsa, swing, and jive attracts crowds of dancers every week due to how easy it is to pick up. Focusing not on technique but on fun, Ceroc ushers guests onto the floor to experiment with the simple style that gained a following during its infancy in France. Every party starts with a beginner lesson, during which instructors show the crowd introductory steps; afterwards, a DJ spins music from many different eras to spark a freestyle dance session. Dance nights take place across the city, offering guests the chance to experience Vancouver's different hot spots while grooving with a partner.
North Shore Ski and Board, a Vancouver business for more than 30 years, equips its customers with apparel and accessories for adults' and children's water and snow pursuits. Keep safe from the sun's rays by donning a "Kinda Shady" women's sun hat from Roxy ($30) or sunglasses from Ryders or Scin brands ($19.99–$29.99). Underneath sportsmanlike duds such as a Billabong Paris rash guard tee ($29.95), don a pair of flashy and comfortable undies from Björn Borg ($19.99–$34.99) that keep everything in its right place. Feet learn to breathe without the need for above-water snorkels in Havaianas classic flip-flops ($20), or jump into a pair of comfy Vans slip-on shoes ($39.99). During the winter months, patrons can ask their snowman butlers to bring their skis or snowboards in to North Shore Ski and Board for maintenance services.
Though the certified staff at Live Fit takes health seriously, they have fun while they achieve it. Ten indoor cycles set the scene for intense indoor biking workouts, and in a nearby wood-floored studio, instructors lead high-energy Zumba sessions and TRX-suspension workouts. The staff’s infectious enthusiasm inspires exercisers to push through personal-training and small-group sessions, which are sometimes held on the nearby pier to inspire exercisers with vistas of the city and squads of whales cheering silently just beneath the surface. The studio’s view of the city is equally as pristine on days when the weather doesn’t agree with outdoor workouts, as noted by the North Shore Outlook.
The instructors at Bikram Yoga North Vancouver focus on Bikram yoga, which was founded by Bikram Choudhury, who started his practice at age 4 and won the National India Yoga Championship at age 13. He later injured his knee in a weightlifting accident, and despite a grim prognosis from doctors who said he would never walk again, Bikram continued his yoga practice and made a full recovery. Each 90-minute Bikram-yoga class takes place in a studio heated to 105 degrees Fahrenheit and consists of one series of 26 poses. This discipline can move oxygenated blood throughout the body, increase muscle tone, improve overall health, and steam unsuspecting vegetables.