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.
At Spa Namaste at Richmond Hill Natural Therapies, the scent of aromatherapy oils wafts through the air in and around tropical plants and fireplaces, all arranged according to the principles of feng shui. This design is intended to create a relaxing and positive environment for clients. As music plays, the team of massage therapists, chiropractors, and naturopathic doctors steps in to help clients feel at ease during services that range from organic facials to acupuncture and nutritional counseling. Massage therapies include lomi hawaiian-temple bodywork, which utilizes long, flowing strokes, and Thai massage, a therapy that combines yoga and Ayurveda. Other treatments include craniosacral therapy, which aims to improve how the central nervous system functions, ensuring that humans don’t try to eat with their ears or hear with their mouths.
The team of structure specialists at Chiro-Med Rehab Centre provide services such as physiotherapy, massage, chiropractic, acupuncture, and diet counseling in order to further the goal of providing integrative physical medicine. With a focus on personalized care, physicians tailor decompression treatments by performing an in-office health assessment. Staff treats any function-impeding maladies through treatment techniques ranging from electric muscle stimulation to laser therapy.
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.
The skilled technicians at Angle de Beaute Laser Cosmetic Clinic offer a full menu of aesthetic services to treat a range of issues. A steady hand takes the place of lasers during the clinic’s aesthetic services, which include permanent makeup, spray tanning, and XTreme Lashes eyelash extensions. Botox and filler injection services are also available, in addition to acne and skin-tightening treatments, chemical peels, and microdermabrasion. A variety of lasers help rid skin of blemishes, sun damage, and more. Each beam reaches the exact wavelength needed to remove unwanted hair, fade stretch marks and spider veins, or stimulate collagen production across a variety of skin types.
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.
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