Each member of Bikram Yoga Canada’s talented team of instructors possesses a sage yogic know-how borne of their participation in a 10-week certification course taught by Bikram Choudhury in California. Over the course of this rigorous program, the posing pedagogues learned the essentials of heated movement modality, spending hours stuffing their brains with wisdom ranging from yoga philosophy and anatomy to a detailed study of each pose. While the world-renowned course provides the team with an unshakable foundation, the instructors—firm believers that learning is a never-ending endeavour—undergo re-certification every three years to ensure that they remain abreast of current practices. With this impeccably trained and passionate staff at the helm of every sweat-inducing class, Bikram Yoga Canada offers students of all experience levels a chance to experience the physical detoxification afforded by stretching sessions within their balmy studio. During each class, the instructors put their hard-earned teaching skills into practice as they lead pupils through a series of 26 postures, known as asanas, designed to warm and stretch muscles, ligaments, and tendons while melting away tension and the frozen dinners stored in the hearts of pupils.
Wooden accent panels line Fitness Connection's entryway, welcoming guests to burn fat and build muscle with the spacious studio’s rows upon rows of equipment. Guests melt stress in group classes or on cardio and weight-training equipment while joggers torch calories on treadmills as they step in time with playlists via the machine-mounted iPod docks or tune into TV shows on personal viewing screens. In one-on-one sessions, guests can glean toning tips from certified personal trainers, who calculate target heart rates and demonstrate how to use the exercise equipment. A modern locker room invites post-workout relaxation with a eucalyptus steam room, which is unfortunately free of baby pandas, and a juice bar restores energy levels with fresh fruit smoothies.
Moksha hot yoga is a unique yoga series that combines the precision of therapeutic yoga and the foundations of traditional yoga in a specially heated room. The series is a cardiovascular workout that strengthens, tones and loosens the muscles, while calming the mind and reducing stress.
The staff members at Sylvan Learning's numerous study facilities understand that each child learns differently. Therefore, they don’t try to implement a uniform tutoring system; instead, they design custom lesson programs based on the results of standardized testing, diagnostic tools, and one-on-one interviews.
Tutors work with students from kindergarten through grade 12, illuminating topics ranging from basic reading and writing to remembering complex algebraic formulas without having to scribble them on your hand. Many of Sylvan’s instructors work in local schools, so they are intimately familiar with common curricula and understand how to gear lessons toward optimal results.
At Art One Academy, a team of practicing painters, sculptors, and illustrators share their expertise with a new generation of artists. Their curriculum, geared toward children and teenagers, includes painting, pottery, comic-book art, and digital-art classes, which can be taken individually or as a 19-week course. Adult workshops are also available and are led by impressionist painter Margarita Kukhtina, who guides students through the process of creating their own masterpieces in a single two-hour session.
Katerina Atapina sees no conflict between fun and professionalism. Armed with degrees in both art and education, she designs classes that underpin the exuberant artwork of kids and adults with a firm grasp of colour theory, design principles, and technique. Even high-school students often turn to the school to develop the skills they’ll need to pursue careers in comic-book illustration, animation, and fashion design. Weekly workshops and art classes for adults and children focus on painting, ceramics, watercolours, and sculpture, and summer camps help students beat the heat by painting ice-cold pictures of lemonade or crocheting a ceiling fan.