Instructor Linda Summers strives to instill within each of her students the important life lessons that yoga has taught her—to slow down, celebrate each day, and embrace the goodness in every living thing. Linda has been carving out a healthy lifestyle for two decades through her work as a personal trainer, Pilates instructor, and spin instructor, but it's been her decade of yoga practice that has truly shaped her outlook on life. Over the years, Linda has studied under many notable yogis, including Twee Merrigan.
Now she shepherds aspiring yogis of all levels along the path of physical, mental, and spiritual discipline—which leads the traveller toward wisdom and away from the lies crooned by late-night infomercials—through small Vinyasa and Hatha yoga classes. During these classes, Linda teaches her students to marry controlled breath with a flow of athletic and remedial postures as she gently adjusts their forms. Her studio's earthy walls surround students in tranquility as she inspires them to feel the strength and vibrancy that yoga has taught her to realize within herself.
As a singer in Le Trio Parisien, Juliet Dunn uses the power of song to entertain. As a Zumba teacher at J.A.D.E. Zumba Fitness, she uses it to get hearts pumping and waistlines slimming during dance-based exercise parties. African drumbeats and South American melodies converge in her workout soundtrack, which brims with international tunes from Grammy-winning producers. As the sound system blares, Dunn imparts easy-to-follow dance steps inspired by salsa, merengue, cumbia, and reggaeton. Like a trip to the airport in a clown car, Zumba fitness classes are an hour long and accommodate 20–100 people.
Defensive Arts Training Centre offers four class types: kickboxing, mixed martial arts, Brazilian jujitsu, and kids' martial arts. In mixed-martial-arts classes, masters teach a combination of moves from various disciplines, such as karate, judo, and muay thai. Meanwhile, youth aged 4–18 progress between belts by grappling and self-defense in kids classes. Brazilian jujitsu instructors impart a foundation for practical defense that involves submission holds and shadow-puppet decoys, while kickboxing participants build strength as they work up a full-body sweat.
Yoga Truly owner Claire entered her first yoga studio in 2002, hoping to find relief from chronic neck pain. Not only did she find pain relief, but she also found a deep passion for yoga. Now an instructor herself, Claire helps others suffering from stubborn aches with private yoga therapy sessions. Her group yoga classes help students of all ages and levels, including kids yoga classes that focus on movement and songs to build self-esteem and social skills.
Unlike most gyms, Revenge Gym can’t be found in a building. Instead, fitness coach Todd Battle relays workouts from his website and engages students on the street during group sweat sessions. Colourful classes such as Slow Groove Sculpt and Retrofit keep students entertained, even though each workout has been designed to effectively shred calories and strengthen limbs.
Pilates Postures is a home-based Pilates Studio located in St. Catharines, Ontario. Owned and operated by Ellen Vriend.
I teach the high quality STOTT Pilates Method of intelligent exercise by offering Mat Classes for all levels, TRX Classes, Stability Chair Classes and Private/Semi-Private Equipment Sessions.