Sustainable lifestyle choices, environmental consciousness, and building a sense of community: these are a few of the pillars upon which Moksha Yoga is built. The architects are Jessica Robertson and Ted Grand, who drew from years of training under yoga masters such as Bikram Choudhury and Acharya Yogana before co-founding Moksha Yoga. Their focus is on clearing the mind of distractions, detoxifying the body through sweat, and building powerful core musculature that can help practitioners overcome everyday obstacles from managing arthritis or stress to sliding out of tight crawlspaces.
Moksha Yoga's more than 70 studios operate under the caring supervision of a professional teaching staff. Their diverse backgrounds not only include years of yoga study, but also apprenticeships under Nobel Peace Prize winners and careers with Amnesty International. Both instructors and students are encouraged to share their positive philosophy off the mat as well: the company supports several charitable endeavours, and its studios are powered by renewable energy sources.
Medical procedures and spa treatments share a home at Allure Skin and Laser Clinic, where medical aestheticians reinvigorate skin with facial peels, laser hair removal, permanent makeup, and other treatments that blur the line between the laboratory and the day spa. Though their specialties vary, the staff members share a common philosophy: treat each guest as an individual who deserves to be pampered.
This philosophy pervades every aspect of the spa, from the smile and steamy cup of herbal tea that await guests upon their arrival to the treatments themselves—each of which begins with a personal consultation and a customized skin analysis. The aestheticians often call upon advanced implements such as a special skin scanner to determine which treatments to deploy. Their considerable skills also allow the team to camouflage scars, whiten teeth, and obliterate rebellious planets with their laser devices.
After prosperous beginnings in 2002, Northside Autosports quickly became too popular for one location, expanding to more than 15 one-stop shops for all auto specialty needs. Skilled car techs execute services such as meticulous detailing, installs, repairs, and refinishing tires and wheels. Additionally, the team can boost auto's sagging self-esteem by performing exhaust maintenance, keeping the car hygienically attractive to eligible convertibles. By offering stereo system and performance installations, the shop keeps audiophiles surrounded by a wall of sound and road huggers souped up with a selection of top-of-the-line products.
Housed in a century-old dairy barn amid authentic stable fixtures, vintage theatre seats, and rural checkered textiles, Herongate Barn Theatre shines the footlights on arts culinary and dramatic. Presented the Eat Smart award, Herongate's food architects daily prepare an ever-changing smorgasbord of comfort classics, which have including among their savoury ranks plates of roasted pork loin with applesauce, roast beef, and cranberry chicken. Not to go unaided into the great digestive unknown, entrees are dutifully partnered with down-home sides such as Mom's sweet-potato bake and a full drink menu. Diners can graze as they lap up regular performances on the stage.
The palate-popular chefs at The Lobster House emphasize freshness while assembling their hearty seafood dinners, using maritime lobsters that are shipped to the restaurant multiple times a week as the focal point of their menu. Before digging into salmon and halibut entrees, diners visit the eatery’s complimentary bread, salad, and ice cream bar, where they can hide scoops of ice cream beneath beds of lettuce to flout parental embargos on pre-meal sweets. The kitchen also prepares cut-to-order steaks boasting certified Angus meat that has aged for at least four weeks. Sandy tones wash over The Lobster House’s dinning room as sturdy wooden tables hoist hefty plates of delectable sea-fruits.
The 19 heritage buildings in Pickering Museum Village take visitors back in time. A blacksmith's shop, a school house, and other structures show how rural Ontario residents lived from the mid-1800s through 1920. The authentic buildings look just as they did hundreds of years ago, which makes it easy to imagine a family tending to the outside the Miller Cole House or picture a community gathering at the Bible Christian Chapel, circa 1853. Imagination isn't required, however, since the village's current residents?costumed educators?lead public tours and special events that show what life was like during bygone times.