Though the world around Blank Skate + Snow has changed dramatically since the shop first opened in 1978, the team holds firm to its roots. Committed to carrying only trusted snowboard, long board, skateboard, and surf gear, they strictly avoid less-than-quality equipment, while maintaining a promise to never become a "clothing-skateboard store." To that end, staffers give skateboards and snowboards by Canadian manufacturers top priority in the shop, along with trucks, wheels, bearings, boots, and wax by companies such as Endeavor and Never Summer. They also keep their clients’ snowboards and skis maintained each season by edging boards and waxing away winter stubble.
Vanessa Herle isn't your typical mom. Not only does she manage two local child-care centres, Vanessa owns and operates Family Fitness World, where she draws from her degree in early childhood education and her 12 years of child-care experience to conduct a variety of kids' programs throughout the week. A certified kids' yoga instructor, Vanessa leads youngsters through animal-inspired yoga poses, stretches, and meditation exercises with the aid of stories, toys, and music. Alternatively, she can guide toddlers and infants along with their parents in movement and music exercises. She also hosts a before- and after-school program for elementary-school students within the spacious studio, where she supervises youngsters as they participate in both structured and free-play activities within the large gym and playrooms. Kids can play with toys, work on art projects in the craft room, or venture into the reading room to leaf through child-friendly reading materials.
Soulspin isn't like most fitness studios. For starters, there's the unique lighting that?along with the motivating sound system?makes this place feel like an otherworldly nightclub. At the beginning of each class, students hop onto a bike and start pedalling their way through a workout designed to strengthen and tone in equal measure.
An indoor-cycling workout might seem limited in terms of exercising various muscle groups, but Soulspin hosts more than 10 different classes that focus on different fitness goals. The Sunrise Blast class, for example, shakes off the morning cobwebs with a 45-minute workout, while the Spin Fusion class adds hand weights for an upper-body workout. After showering in the full-service shower and changing room area, students can pick up their kids from the play area or grab a beverage at Glow Juicery before heading out.
Krav Maga is a form of self-defense originally created for the Israel Defense Forces, and Krav Maga Solution keeps close ties to that tradition?the school is actually an official branch of the International Krav Maga Federation based in Israel. At the school, instructors teach simple, practical self-defense moves that can be useful in real-life situations. In addition to private and semiprivate lessons, the instructors also lead classes geared specifically toward women.
Across several Edmonton-area parks, the certified instructors of Pursuit Bootcamps lead students of all fitness levels through intense full-body workouts. Exercisers can sign up for several weeks of classes or drop in as their schedule allows. Pursuit Bootcamps complements the workouts with customized nutritional plans based on each client’s goals and eating habits.
With two principles in mind, the student is invited to push their body and mind, using breath, to what I call an appropriate 'edge'. Bringing the body in Asana to a place between ease and effort without allowing the EGO to push you past that 'edge' and into 'injury'. This takes practice, awareness and dedication.