The Yoga Sanctuary's impassioned instructors helm an extensive array of classes that cater to varying skill levels and yogic interests. Tasked with centering minds and corralling stampeding thoughts, Hatha sessions indulge arching limbs with a gentler yoga style that bolsters stamina and mindful concentration. Vinyasa classes enlist a dynamic series of fluid transitions that integrate measured breaths, crafting an invigorating sequence of poses that flows with the grace of a waterfall in zero gravity. Throughout the kinesthetic symphony of Ashtanga yoga's intensive regimen, the style's Primary Series of poses sculpts lithe limbs with powerful postures that hone the strength and flexibility needed to arm wrestle an octopus.
Derwin Johnson has donned many belts. After serving in the Canadian Armed Forces, he began studying a variety of martial arts, including muay thai, Shaolin kempo, and Brazilian jiu-jitsu. He eventually realized that he wanted to share his extensive physical knowledge with others, and left behind the corporate world of glass-encased offices for a realm of punching bags and floor mats. Today, Johnson operates The Sweat Shack, where he combines his love of martial arts with modern fitness techniques to help transform clients’ bodies.
Johnson and his skilled instructors practice a fitness style called muscle confusion, constantly varying their exercise routines so that the body can’t adapt to the workout. This method prompts the muscles to constantly work harder and burn more calories. The team holds classes in seven partner martial-arts gyms, taking advantage of their bags, mats, and pads to add high-intensity, light-contact accessories to each camp.
Dr. Justin Guy believes in his own rehabilitative power for one simple reason: he's gone through the same treatments himself. After a gruesome injury on the soccer pitch and subsequent failed surgery left him with severe knee damage, Dr. Guy turned to treatments within his own field of study to reduce his pain and reorder his joint. Through this blend of chiropractic adjustments, acupuncture, and custom orthotic care, Dr. Guy made a full recovery. Now, from the comfort of his Oakville office, he provides patients with the same care and kindness that helped him recapture his own mobility.
Managing his struggles with weight and depression via Bikram Yoga, studio director Dann Thew—determined to share his newfound passion with others—left his job in the oil industry to become a certified Bikram Yoga teacher. During each 90-minute class, balmy air within the sunny yellow studio envelops kinetic bodies in its 40-degree-Celsius embrace, coaxing forth detoxifying sweat from pores and revealing the identity of undercover snowmen with its 40 per cent humidity. Dann and his staff of instructors foster a welcoming, nonjudgmental environment while teaching the yogic method developed by Bikram Choudhury as they guide students through 26 postures accompanied by soothing breathing exercises that facilitate a full-body workout while enabling weary minds to recharge. To further ensure pupil's comfort, Bikram Yoga Oakville staff requires that posers bring along two litres of water, two towels, and a yoga mat to class.
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.
There's no need to choose between moving your body or relaxing your mind at Fire Bunnies Dance & Yoga, because there, you can do both through its variety of classes. Zumba is just one of the calorie-blasting dance options—others include jazz funk, belly dance, and burlesque. Yogis can also burn fat, find balance, and detox. Vinyasa and detox yoga classes are offered, along with meditation and restorative yoga sessions. For those who don't like to pick a favorite, Yopilates sessions fuse the meditative and flexibility benefits of yoga with Pilates's core crunching and overall toning.