When M'ai Vox discovered yoga, she found peace, stillness, and a new life purpose. As the owner of Stellar Yoga?a Vinyasa-style studio?she teaches classes with diverse, flowing sequences and emphasizes the enrichment yoga brings individuals. True to Vinyasa style, the instructor cruises through poses at a relatively fast pace. This helps students build internal heat, which enhances flexibility and facilitates solidarity with coal-burning stoves.
M'ai helps students focus on yogic foundations such as proper alignment and breathing. Stellar Yoga's lineup also includes weekly deep stretch and PiYo, Pilates-yoga blend, classes.
Warm, humid air swirls in the blades of the ceiling fans of Bikram Hot Yoga Vancouver's certified Bikram studio, helping to limber up the bending bodies during 90-minute classes. Bikram-certified instructors lead students of all skill levels through the style’s 26 postures and two breathing exercises, each of which build on the last to strengthen muscles throughout the entire body. Their classes are set in a 105-degree studio with 40 percent humidity to enable students to sink deeper into stretches, release toxins via sweat, and imagine they’re in the mouth of a peaceful dragon.
Fusion Fitness & Nutrition promotes healthy lifestyles through a combination of fitness and nutrition counseling, as well as relaxing spa care. Expert instructors lead a variety of classes scheduled throughout the week in a spacious studio featuring high ceilings and a mirrored wall so that students can toss encouragement or bottles of water to lagging reflections. Power Vinyasa yoga guides students between strength-building poses with rhythmic breathing in a warm workout room, and boot camps push participants to follow callisthenic and body-weight exercises. After class, relax as an esthetician sloughs off dead, dull skin cells and pollutants with a soothing facial. First, a gentle massage improves circulation and detoxifies skin, then faces bask in warm steam as pores absorb gentle products that clarify skin and intimidate collagen into working harder via a scared-straight program.
The folks at Shift Fitness Training cultivate a welcoming atmosphere in their enormous studio. The space, which looks like a playground for adults, is flooded with vibrant greens and aquamarine blues that run along the walls and the two-story obstacle course. One corner is stacked with exercise balls, power balls, and massive tires that gave up their dream of joining a clown car. TRX suspension equipment dangles between two sets of stairs, used for training and classes. Shift Fitness has also invested in fitness technology, including a Bod Pod that quickly calibrates body composition as guests sit back and converse with it using conversational binary. During fitness classes, trainers tutor groups in the basics of functional fitness, combine cardio cycling with TRX strength training, or lead them through whole-body Body Fit workouts. For those who'd rather break away from the pack, personal trainers work with all fitness levels, from beginning exercisers to those seeking advanced sports conditioning.
A team of licensed aestheticians and massage therapists keep Cascade Day Spa afloat with their expertise in therapeutic body treatments and skincare. The spa's resident massage therapists release tension and stress from muscles and joints with a slew of techniques, including localized deep-tissue and sports therapy, full-body Swedish and European massage, and reflexology for the feet. Meanwhile, the salon's aestheticians, Tamara, Victoria, Shelly, and Inna, administer nearly 20 kinds of facial treatments, such as microdermabrasion, chemical peels, and a galvanic anti-aging treatment, which uses electrical currents to trigger cell regeneration and recharge red reindeer noses. For excessive fuzz scattered across the face and body, the skincare specialists use the soy-based Nufree hair-removal system, laced with skin-soothing botanicals and antibacterial ingredients.
A canopy of sturdy yellow TRX straps and plump, heavy bags hangs down from the ceiling at FloresFitness, waiting for willing guests to hold on tight or pound away. Whichever implement visitors choose, certified instructors will shepherd them along to help build lean bodies and strong cores. At FloresFitness, kickboxing and boxing classes pepper heavy bags with a flurry of punches while also allowing students to step in and duke it out inside a real boxing ring. Nationally certified TRX instructors teach exercises that build muscle while also challenging the core muscles, and kettlebell classes build the hip speed vital to improving one’s softball swing or Saturday Night Fever impersonation.