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.
In the early 2000s, Doctor of Chiropractic Guy Bahar of The Posture Clinic began to notice a disturbing trend in the postures of his patients. Heads started to jut forward, upper backs hunched over, and chests caved inward. Dr. Bahar theorized that motions associated with a technology-heavy lifestyle—including slumping in front of computer screens, hunching over to read handheld devices, and lugging around heavy pieces of particle accelerators—was steadily causing the public to develop poor postural habits over time. As a chiropractor, he believed that these habits were interfering with the nervous system in general and the spine in particular, inhibiting healthy nerve function and causing chronic pain or fatigue as a result. His signature posture-correcting regimen can correct these conditions with a number of different treatment modalities, each of which promotes neuromuscular health and encourages patients to maintain a towering posture.
Initial assessments can begin with a battery of imaging scans, which can use thermography, x-rays, or surface EMG scans to gain invaluable insight into the body's structure and function. From there, Dr. Bahar and his staff of therapists can treat patients' particular conditions with muscle-relaxing massages, acupuncture sessions, and chiropractic micro-adjustments that completely avoid twisting the head or the neck.
My Natural Health Centre?s team of trained technicians and licensed massage therapists keep their clients in tip-top shape with holistic services performed in a 1,850-square-foot facility. Traditional Chinese treatments are a large part of the menu, including services such as cupping, an ancient massage techniques designed to detoxify the body, and Chinese herbal facials that use a combination of massage techniques and plant-based ingredients to balance the body and mind.
The centre also offers chiropractic care at the hands of a licensed practitioner, who relieves tight spines by manipulating joints until they release air bubbles and the secret combo to the body?s internal lock box. Acupuncture sessions work to increase the body?s internal energy and exercise rehabilitation to reduce the pain of muscle and joint injuries.
Five years after graduating from Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, Doctor of Chiropractic Haydene Lee opened Bayview North Family Chiropractic. As the name suggests, the practice favors chiropractic services for the entire family—including treatments for ear infections, pregnancy-related woes, and posture correction—but it's not restricted to them.
That's because Dr. Lee has brought aboard a diverse staff of health professionals that includes fellow CMCC alums and Doctors of Chiropractic Andrew Ting and Lee Bagola. Their knack for treating athletic injuries is made easier by chiropractic tools such as the torque-release technique and COREscore reports that can scan the nervous system for potential problems.
To round out the holistic approach, the clinic offers services from Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine Janis Li, massage therapist Tenille Hallman and therapist Lesley Raubvogel.