The seasoned trainers at Fang Shen Do motivate men, women, and children in 60- to 90-minute private or group sessions, using techniques tailored to facilitate quick and effective learning. Senior sifus demonstrate a blend of traditional and gym-developed self-defense and kung fu strikes, traps, and grapples to teach personal protection in real-life dilemmas such as street attacks or attempts to collect taxes from a bear. MMA and sanshou courses focus on fitness and sport training to hone skills such as strike combinations, proper footwork, and specific uses of MMA and sanshou equipment.
A community presence in Ottawa for more than 140 years, YMCA-YWCA of the National Capital Region remains true to its mission of physical and social enrichment for men, women, and kids of all ages across all seven of its facilities. Staff members uphold the YMCA’s core values of honesty, acceptance, and fairness as they invest in their community’s children and strengthen family bonds critically weakened by overzealous games of Monopoly. They pump up adult fitness regimens with aquatic fitness and boot-camp classes, personal training, and full gymnasiums outfitted with equipment for basketball, soccer, and rope skipping. They’ve also filled their fitness centres with free weights, cardio equipment, and weight machines. When they’re not helping adults trim down waistlines during yoga, boxing, and salsa-dance classes, staff members are getting back in touch with their inner children. They stimulate imagination, mental development, and growth as they lead children’s day camps, after-school programs, birthday parties, and outdoor education.
These YMCA-YWCA outposts are dedicated to helping all members of the community. They provide those in need with emergency and youth housing, employment services, and domestic-violence support programs. They further strengthen and unite the Ottawa community through the YActive Assist program, which adjusts membership rates to help families that can’t afford the full cost of any of YMCA’s progressive programs.
The founder of the Ashtanga form, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, proclaimed once that "yoga is 99% practice, and 1% theory." For Janice DeFilippi, a more appropriate ratio would be 99 per cent practice, and 1 per cent airfare, as she took several yoga retreats to Mysore, India, to study under the late Pattabhi Jois directly. When she's not furthering her knowledge of the Ashtanga philosophy or practicing overseas, she's working alongside her team of certified instructors to expand this powerful practice throughout Ottawa. They teach the arts of proper alignment and breath-linked movement during Ashtanga and Mysore classes, doling out personal attention and hands-on corrections.
David Lee began life on rather precarious footing. He was born to a single mother in a poor area of Seoul, South Korea and, as a small child, suffered from food allergies and poor digestion. Luckily for him, a mentor in Canada sponsored Lee and his mother and sister and taught them about nutrition and the healing power of whole foods. Soon afterward, a young Lee was outlining his own nutrition regimens, and he eventually even managed to overcome his chronic ailments without the help of a doctor or a genie.
Today, David applies this spirit of innovation in his professional life as a personal trainer, nutritionist, and holistic practitioner. Drawing from more than 20 years of experience, he has pioneered Tai Body, a workout that incorporates Thai boxing movements with aerobic exercises, meditation, and stretching. He also developed a system of exercises and nutritional packages known as the Vital Health System, which gradually strengthen beginners’ cores so they can begin to tackle more advanced exercises, such as transforming into a treadmill. As participants work to obtain healthier lifestyles, the nutritional counseling helps increase energy levels by encouraging smarter food choices.
Honking cars amble through down the bustling streets of restaurants and boutiques in the surrounding Golden Triangle neighborhood, but the interior of the Santosha Yoga studio is an oasis of calm and tranquility. Sunlight gleams down on the hardwood floors, where a rotating cast of certified instructors lead classes in a variety of yoga styles throughout the day. In the mornings, instructor Robin Russel Hosein teaches Hatha yoga, guiding students through traditional poses and breathing exercises to build strength, spinal alignment, and breath awareness. Later on, Laura Conroy directs students through the movements of vinyasa flow, the yoga modality most favored by rap artists. When Jane Baird takes over for hot yoga classes, she cranks up the temperature in the studio to encourage detoxifying perspiration and increased flexibility. All instructors strive to maintain a peaceful and focused energy during the classes, requesting that participants turn off cellphones and refrain from chitchat.
End Result Fitness triggers self-assurance with customized personal-training sessions and results-oriented nutritional coaching. A summer fitness package commences by exercising jaw muscles with a pre-fitness assessment, during which a sage counselor discusses goals, a proposed fitness plan, and possible buddy tattoos (a $150 value). Through the nutritional program, participants explore how to burn calories without sacrificing their favourite foods (a $50 value) before diving into a private personal-training session, which supports losing weight, building muscle, or redistributing weight into an exact replica of a brown bear to fend off predators (a $150 value). Today's deal also includes a gift card for furnishing friends and prefriends with the opportunity to jump through fitness-boosting hoops (a $150 value). Personal-training sessions available with the included gift card start at $37.50 and reach as high as $85, depending on experience level and client needs.
Steps from the hustle and bustle of Parliament Hill lies an oasis that swelters even in the depths of winter. Though it teems with cool, filtered water and the occasional potted plant, this place isn't a tropical rainforest or the pied-à-terre of a wealthy goldfish. It's Bikram Yoga Ottawa, where sultry temperatures and ancient exercises join forces to foster wellness. Here, students of all skill levels practice 26 Hatha-inspired poses sequenced by Bikram Choudhury, an athlete who used yoga to mend a serious knee injury. Muscles become extra pliable in the heat, easing into stretches that foster flexibility, stamina, and strength. Pores oust toxins throughout the 90-minute routine, which summons sweat with toe stands, forward bends, and deep-breathing exercises. After class, students can steam away stress in the studio's showers.