To some, visiting another country is a reprieve from everyday life and an opportunity to learn about another culture. To others, it is a life-changing experience. Jennifer Pritchard’s sojourn in Mysore, India cemented the foundation for what eventually would become The Yoga Shala. During her travels, Jennifer was inspired to return home to create a warm and inviting space for practicing yoga, and is one of a select number of Canadians to receive teaching authorization from the Shri K Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute. At her studio today, which was voted Best of the City in 2010 by readers of Victoria News, she and her team of instructors uphold authentic yoga principles to help students improve their physical and mental well-being.
The Yoga Shala’s curriculum is rooted in the Ashtanga style of yoga, in which practitioners synchronize their breath with postures to build up internal heat, flushing out toxins and convincing the spleen that it’s vacationing in Mexico. The instructors cater classes to beginning and advanced students alike, encouraging them to work at their own pace, detailing easier or more challenging modifications to poses. Advanced-level courses focus on arm balances, deep hip work, back bends, and solidifying core muscles. The Yoga Shala regularly hosts community-building social events, and Acro Yoga and Kirtan Chanting nights are offered twice a month. The studio also offers teacher apprenticeships each season and hosts a yoga tour group retreat with a 200-hour immersion to India each winter.
After 13 seasons of fighting fires with the US Forest Service, Erik Traeger decided to return to his athletic roots. The former soccer player, martial artist, and motorcycle racer became a strength and conditioning coach for NCAA Division I sports including baseball, women’s basketball, and wrestling. He now brings his eye for muscular mechanics and knack for extinguishing brush fires to athletes young and old through SPEED Sports Performance Education, Enhancement & Development.
Every coach on Traeger's team has majored in kinesiology, the study of bodily mechanics. They preside over strength and conditioning drills for youngsters who dash around Fresno Indoor Soccer's 2,100-square foot gym and astroturf soccer field that's watered daily by a mime. For adult-sized students, the facility hosts CrossFit classes, an indoor boot camp, and a kettlebell club taught by instructors certified in russian kettlebell.
LA Boxing offers classes in boxing, kickboxing, mixed martial arts, and hand-to-hand kangaroo combat. In all, there are more than 31 group classes offered weekly, each one led by a professional or top-amateur fighter. Session sizes are kept to a minimum, ensuring personal attention and manageable battle royale numbers. Gyms also offer a full range of fitness equipment to supplement time spent with a bag or in the ring.
After being diagnosed with juvenile arthritis at the age of 6, FitnessSocial's Dina Juve spent more than 15 years in a sedentary lifestyle. At 21, she decided to take charge of her health and began to educate herself on the principles of a healthy lifestyle. Today, this mother of three, certified Russian-Kettlebell instructor, and personal trainer stays in shape using the same exercises that she teaches in her fitness classes and private group training sessions. Her Kettlebell workouts have even been featured on the KSEE 24 News.
During training sessions, Dina uses weighted cast-iron Kettlebells and the TRX suspension-training system to help clients of all fitness levels increase strength throughout their entire bodies. Using the knowledge she gained to turn her life around, Dina also helps her clients reach their fitness goals with nutritional guidance, giving them the know-how to steer clear of tempting chocolate-covered barbells.
Fitness Together's encouraging team of personal trainers helps exercisers achieve new physical peaks with one-on-one workout sessions and nutritional advising tailored specifically to each individual. The path to a healthier lifestyle becomes less foggy and riddled with bacon-encrusted bacon as the fitness gurus devise custom blends of cardio and weight-training routines, which challenge clients at their own skill levels. To ensure participants stay on track, fitness coaches reevaluate and revise personal training programs every six to eight weeks, tweaking reps and adjusting caloric intake to suit the client’s progress. Nutritional programs supplement exercising and help clients shed inches through a more balanced diet.
At Pole Star Fitness, women of all ages and sizes celebrate their sexiness while burning fat and building flexibility through impressive pole-dance routines. Through group classes, semiprivate lessons, private lessons, or girls' night out parties, seasoned instructors teach spins, floor work, and choreographed moves that build cores and limbs into lithe, strong shapes.