The founders of Stretch Yoga Studio wanted to connect the Vancouver yoga community, so they built a class schedule that's full of different styles, practices, and traditions intended for students of all skill levels and interests. During their classes, instructors not only lead students through poses but also encourage personal growth and transformation. During therapeutic classes, for instance, instructors combine prop-supported asanas, controlled breath work, and guided meditation to create a gentle practice that aims to alleviate physical and mental stress. As students become more familiar with the fundamental poses, they can attend more advanced sessions that introduce inversions, arm balances, and faster paced, Vinyasa-based sequences. Stretch also has space available for those looking to host special events.
Owners Karl Gregg and Allan Bosomworth channel their sundry culinary interests into Two Chefs and a Table, a French-cuisine-inspired bistro with a robust catering wing and a focus on delightful wines. Their laid-back eatery immerses diners in artful food preparation at the chef's table, where cooks prepare meals in the open to assuage the anxieties of claustrophobic cheeses.
The menu and its carefully selected complementary wines change with the season, variously sating appetites with fresh salmon, British Columbia boar, and a slew of other locally sourced ingredients. Occasional Wine Drinker dinners match themed five-course meals with ideal wines as patrons mingle in merriment. For special events and social gatherings, the catering service supplies appetizers and plated cuisine.
DJs take song requests, get the party started, and according to disco band Indeep, save lives on the dance floor. At School of Remix, fledgling DJs learn the techniques needed to become sought-after party-starters. Under the tutelage of popular local DJs, students practice music mixing, spinning, and scratching behind a record’s ear on the school’s high-quality equipment, all while developing their own creativity and inimitable style.
At Weightbusters Fitness, students gain control of their fitness and health with an arsenal of group classes. Experienced instructors guide the diverse array of classes, which range from flexibility-boosting flow yoga to high-intensity total-body conditioning. As clients sweat to their full potential under the watchful eye of a personal trainer, nutritional coaches help pupils fuel their bodies with healthy, sustainable food choices. The group environment unites friends and aspiring athletes with fun, engaging Zumba or Pilates workouts, and collective training sessions further encourage camaraderie.
When Alfonso Arnold took time off from touring Canada as a musician, he planned to focus on business and marketing. But when a colleague asked him to snap a quick shot of a local artist, Arnold realized he had found a new artistic passion: photography. Since capturing that spur-of-the-moment image, he's crafted a diverse portfolio that encompasses fine art, commercial work, and a wide variety of subjects. He also teaches at Vancouver's LaSalle College of Design, imparting the photographic technique that's inspired the University of British Columbia and Amnesty International to commission his work. Arnold himself has been featured on CBC and MTV Canada.
As the instructor and founder of Photography Cures, he follows a philosophy that hinges on giving constructive critiques and paying close attention to students' skills so he can tailor each workshop and curriculum to individual needs. Not content to merely lecture, Arnold takes students on photo walks so they can get hands-on experience and try out their new skills.