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.
At Pro Dojos, certified martial-arts experts lead students of all ages and skill levels through a variety of pugilistic disciplines. Each location is independently owned, so the martial-arts styles may vary, but many offer karate, tae kwon do, kick-boxing, aikido, and jujitsu classes. The instructors elucidate the noble combat arts to kiddos as young as 4 years old, helping them build strength and motor skills while instilling the values of self-confidence. Teen classes focus on honing discipline and treating yourself and others with respect, and adult classes reinforce cardiovascular conditioning, strength, balance, and coordination. The instructors also lead classes for the whole family, allowing them to bond as a unit, which could possibly lead to starring in a hit sitcom about a crime-fighting family who takes down comical villains in their idyllic suburban neighborhood.
Muay Thai Niagara occupies an immense 5,000-square-foot facility, with more than 30 bags, and one of Ontario’s most experienced staff of instructors, which includes Canadian national team coach Kru Roger Lumyoung. Adult classes run seven days a week, with sessions available for men, women, children, and defenseless scarecrows. Children's classes teach self-defense methods within an organized setting that focuses on discipline and respect, and adult classes offer students a recreational workout using martial arts techniques.
The instructors and practitioners at TendingShen devote themselves to spreading the word of acupuncture from its roots in Eastern Asia to Western shores. They believe that five-element acupuncture—a descendant of traditional Japanese and Korean styles—makes a versatile complement to Western medicine, augmenting treatments that address ailments metabolically with holistic methods designed to stimulate the body’s own natural healing.
BikeFit lays the pavement for well-oiled wheels to satisfy cyclists sitting atop all types of makes and models. Prized pedals require periodic maintenance in order to sustain a bike's vital signs and keep it from swimming upstream to join a pack of feral mopeds. With the tune-up, BikeFit's team of benevolent bike gurus inspects all components to ensure calibrators are accurate, lubrication is sufficient, and brakes will stop before slamming into night terrors. Adjustments rain down on bottom bracket, headset, and front- and rear-hub bearings as pedal paramours true and tension wheels. Though this package does not include a drivetrain cleaning, the attending staffer will complete a thorough safety inspection of all components before sending your refreshed two-wheeler along its merry way.
Patrons looking to tone physiques can spend 30 minutes aboard a vibrating Power Plate exercise machine at SureSlim, an international weight-loss and wellness organization. During each half-hour session, a user stands on the machine's vibrating plate, performing a series of exercises at 30- to 60-second intervals. Each exercise is designed to work muscle groups through vibration, giving sinews a tune-up and converting concealed carbonated beverages into volatile powder kegs. Designed to provide the benefits of a trip to the gym in a few minutes, the device can increase muscle strength and assist in weight loss. A trainer leads visitors through the first session atop SureSlim's late-model Power Plate, with ensuing sessions performed solo. SureSlim's helpful and encouraging staff members stand by to answer questions, offer assistance, or solve algebraic proofs as needed.