The Lotus Centre’s focus on yoga and meditation reflects founder Meranda Squires’ extensive study of holistic health in India. In 1983, Squires travelled to the birthplace of yoga and stayed for 17 years, immersing herself in the practice’s basic tenets. Now, she shares her wisdom during Soma and Hatha yoga classes, each with gentle flows that build strength, agility, and enough flexibility to pat yourself on the head after strapping yourself into a straitjacket. In addition to leading classes, teachers meet with students for one-on-one yoga-therapy sessions that focus on individual challenges, and administer Thai yoga massages that reduce muscle tension through guided stretching. The Lotus Centre also offers retreats that combine yoga with meditation to help participants find inner clarity and direction.
Wheel worshippers flock to this cycle temple to peruse one of the largest bicycle selections in Canada. With hundreds of velocipedes from among the world's leading brands, such as Norco, Kona, and Santa Cruz, Cychotic outfits all nongas guzzlers, from professional BMX stuntmen to beginner rim riders. The shop's warehouse-style den teems with varieties of jump bikes, hybrids, road bikes, and downhill specialties for those allergic to lactic acid. Rubber revolutionaries can embellish their balancing acts with colourful chrome handlebars ($60–$90), a psychedelic bike chain ($30), or an industrious aluminum sprocket ($69). Riding gloves and helmets also adorn Cychotic's citrus-coloured walls to swaddle savvy cyclists and extreme chandelier swingers in safety. An on-site workshop repairs, services, and assembles all pedal-pushing mobiles, enlisting a team of professional rehabilitees to perform a standard tune-up ($40) or refurbish weathered parts. All bikes come equipped with a full warranty.
MAX Arts. Athletics. Wellness. is a kind of Athenian-style gymnasium that celebrates the intersection between physical and intellectual pursuits. The instructors teach arts courses in dance, music, and theatre and help to increase physical grace with jazz and ballet, train aspiring thespians through acting classes, or build musical acumen during one-on-one singing or instrument lessons.
On the other end of the spectrum, athletics programs include volleyball and basketball camps to hone sport-specific skills, such as spiking the ball or building new hoops out of peach baskets. Martial-arts instructors arm students with confidence and self-defence skills through youth karate classes, adult kenpo training, and women-only kick-boxing courses. Yogis and Pilates instructors also make use of the centre’s space to strengthen cores and limbs with stretches and asanas.
All classes take place within one of four top-of-the-line teaching centres, which house ample classrooms along with a fitness and conditioning centre. Inside, 66 feet of field turf stretch across the gym, providing better shock absorption as students work with kettlebells, battling ropes, sleds, and hurdles.
A passion for the culinary arts led Allan Hussey to the kitchens in the restaurant industry, where he honed his skills as a cook but gained weight due to unhealthy personal eating habits. To help him shed the pounds, Hussey sought the aid of personal trainers, and focused on making greater lifestyle changes than simply hitting the gym. He married his cooking skills to his quest for fitness to create for himself a system that led him to lose 55 pounds, after which he decided to bring his skills to the public by creating Taste Life Fitness.
Today, the company's staff supplies students with programs that focus on three major pillars: strength, endurance, and taste. Trainers assess each individual's health before prescribing a personalized program of exercise enhanced by a mix of dietary recommendations and recipes invented by Hussey. Programs typically come in highly digestible four-week chunks, which can produce changes in body shapes as profound as a caterpillar transforming into a werewolf.
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