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.
Reshmi Chetram has been dazzling audiences on the dance floor with vibrant costumes and explosive movements for more than 16 years. Following the fancy footsteps of her mother—who founded both the Tarana Dance Centre and Natya Arts Productions—she has studied classical Indian dance, Kathak, in New Delhi under the guidance of renowned Indian-dance guru Pandit Birju Maharaj. She has also studied Bollywood and contemporary Indian dance in Toronto and abroad. In 2008, she channelled her dance skills to create BollyFuze (formerly known as BollyFit), a full-body conditioning program that helps students of all ages and abilities get whipped into shape with a blend of traditional Indian dance moves and aerobic exercise steps. She and her team of certified BollyFuze instructors lead clients in burning calories and sculpting fitter physiques in classes including the high-intensity BollyFuze Cardio, low-intensity BollyFuze Rhythm, and fun-filled BollyTots.
Extending her knowledge beyond the workout studio, Reshmi hosts her own BollyFuze television series. She and her instructors lead Bollywood-dance-inspired workouts that patrons can join in the comforts of their own homes without needing to make 1,000 friends.
At Wynn Fitness Clubs, exercise isn’t about altering how the body looks. It’s about changing clients for the better from the inside out. Here, during group and one-on-one training, fitness experts pair encouraging words with adaptable exercises involving dumbbells, kettlebells, Selectorized weight machines, and functional movements such as pushing and balancing. In addition to bolstering the body, these programs strengthen the will to achieve, propelling exercisers toward goals faster than an espresso-fuelled hockey puck. Calming fitness classes such as yoga and Pilates unite the mind and body with deep stretches, focused core exercises, and measured-breathing techniques. Club members can torch calories with solo sessions on the clubs’ cardio machines or during boot camps, cycling routines, and Zumba dance parties that cultivate friendships while boosting energy and endurance. Post-workout, spa-like locker rooms and couch-lined cafés invite exercisers to relax and recharge.
The fitness instructors at 2 B Fit Training Studio hail from diverse backgrounds. Some have spent most of their lives stretching into the core-strengthening poses of yoga and Pilates, while others have earned certifications in physical therapy and wellness counseling. These specialties translate into a long list of classes held seven days a week, as well as a Young Athlete program that helps teenagers conquer the boulder toss that traditionally marks the end of puberty. Between fitness classes, students can keep up their commitment to health thanks to the studio’s nutritional programs.
A full-time yoga teacher since the 1960s, Axel Molema of Body Mind Soul Yoga was a pioneer for the now-prospering Toronto yoga scene. After studying for four years at the very first studio ever opened in Toronto, Molema completed his teacher training and dedicated himself to turning this passion into a full-time endeavour. He now conducts yoga classes in various churches, community centres, and university athletic clubs throughout the area. Molema has studied and worked alongside many notable yogis over the years, drawing much of his inspiration from Swami Sivananda, the founder of Integral yoga, who believed yoga should promote social engagement, spiritual transformation, discipline, and wisdom.
Today, Molema continues to teach 15 classes a week, guiding students in hatha yoga and breathing techniques that aim to enhance flexibility, coordination, strength, and inner peace. During his classes, he shepherds students through athletic and therapeutic positions, as well as delves into yoga philosophies that students can employ practically in their everyday lives to help them manage stress, personally grow, and effectively imitate pretzels in games of charades. He regularly lectures on healthy nutrition and lifestyle habits, also offering private coaching sessions where students can seek his counsel on applying yoga philosophies in their work or scholastic endeavours.
The team at Biggest Loser Bootcamp taps into a variety of techniques to help their clients drop pounds and get healthy. Whether they're encouraging competitive spirits by offering prizes, fostering camaraderie during Fuzion Bootcamps, enlightening minds during nutrition classes, or keeping them accountable during one-on-one coaching, the purpose remains the same: to achieve fitness goals.
Franchise owner JT Trimper says that the programs attract everyone from "very, very fit" exercise lovers to people who need to get in shape—and they range from 18 to more than 70 years old. She says that the Fuzion Bootcamp program, for instance, can even help those who hate working out lose the pounds they need to. "We do have a large part of the population that doesn't want to exercise," she admits. Rather than surreptitiously super gluing dumbbells to their palms while they’re sleeping, she and her staff help these clients focus on their nutrition as a pathway to health, exemplifying the franchise’s client-focused philosophy.