If Trish Stratus had continued to pursue her dreams of becoming a doctor, would she have ever performed a flying leg drop from the top turnbuckle? Maybe on her lunch break, but that wasn?t the way things played out for the seven-time WWE champion. While studying biology at York University, an unforeseen faculty strike indirectly led Status toward her wrestling and modelling career. After several years in the athletic and entertainment businesses, she eventually retired in 2006, discovering that her pursuits left her with a herniated disc. While seeking rehabilitation, Trish re-discovered yoga. It was this ancient practice that allowed Stratus a way to keep the pain at bay before finally giving it the boot for good.
Today, Stratus shares that discovery with others within the earthy-hued walls of her 5,200 square foot eco-friendly facility. She divides her sleek space into three separate practice areas specifically designed for each level of her three-tiered program, entitled spirit (beginner), shape (intermediate), and strength (advanced). She and her team of passionate yogis lead these classes atop joint friendly cork floors and ensure a clean practice space by regularly sanitizing the studio with biodegradable cleaning products. Click here for a virtual tour of the facility.
In addition to taking yoga classes, visitors can partake in Zumba and Pilates classes or stop by for regular workshops that focus on topics such as meditation and kids' yoga. Guests may also spend some alone time in the lounge where they can kick back and read a selection of material from the yoga library.
The chocolatiers at Chocolate Tales love a sweet bit a cocoa, but they love bringing people together even more. That's why they created the Chocolate Social, an innovative event that combines the hands-on fun of chocolate making with the laid-back ambiance of a happy-hour bar. The vision for this new social experience comes from David, the founder of Chocolate Tales. Inspired by his time in Europe, he brought back the continent's shared love of quality chocolates, social camaraderie, and a few stiff drinks before adding his own, unique spin.
During these two-hour sessions?held at bars and restaurants throughout the GTA?groups loosen up with a drink and chocolate pairing, sipping on wine or cocktails in between bites of delicious confections. Then, they listen to enthusiastic chocolatiers share their knowledge of generating fine, cocoa-based creations as well as tasty tidbits of chocolate history. Finally, it's time to get hands-on; participants bond while creating impressive sweets such as hand-rolled truffles.
Workout buddies Guylaine and Rina founded their yoga studio on the central idea of creating a space where people can centre their minds amid a calming, social atmosphere. Autumnal notes of orange and cool, dark purples accent the polished hardwood floors and loft ceilings, and a lounge invites visitors to stay and chat in plush semicircular easy chairs while they wait in vain for marshmallows to roast in the roaring digital fireplace. Students fine-tune their bodies during a diverse range of yoga and Pilates classes, such as hot power yoga, Pilates Body Sculpt, Yogalates, and hot Pilates. The studio also hosts specialized workshops that include yoga for teens and a class for students new to yoga.
Yoga Tree started with a single studio and has now grown into a yoga empire, with five studios in Toronto, Richmond Hill, and Vaughan. Styles such as hot yoga, vinyasa, hatha, and ashtanga form the roots and branches of these Yoga Tree locations, where approximately 90 instructors now teach hundreds of classes every week. Beyond the classes themselves, each studio houses amenities such as lockers, rain showers, and eco-friendly features including energy-efficient lighting, reclaimed wood furnishings, and locally sourced air. Also located within Yoga Tree is Pekoe Kombucha Bar, which offers up bubbly kombuca, a fermented cold-served tea rich with probiotics and other nutrients, both on draft and in bottles.
Sustainable lifestyle choices, environmental consciousness, and building a sense of community: these are a few of the pillars upon which Moksha Yoga is built. The architects are Jessica Robertson and Ted Grand, who drew from years of training under yoga masters such as Bikram Choudhury and Acharya Yogana before co-founding Moksha Yoga. Their focus is on clearing the mind of distractions, detoxifying the body through sweat, and building powerful core musculature that can help practitioners overcome everyday obstacles from managing arthritis or stress to sliding out of tight crawlspaces.
Moksha Yoga's more than 70 studios operate under the caring supervision of a professional teaching staff. Their diverse backgrounds not only include years of yoga study, but also apprenticeships under Nobel Peace Prize winners and careers with Amnesty International. Both instructors and students are encouraged to share their positive philosophy off the mat as well: the company supports several charitable endeavours, and its studios are powered by renewable energy sources.
NASCAR SpeedPark thrills speedsters of all ages with five go-kart tracks and a variety of indoor and outdoor rides, plus an arcade, laser-tag arena, climbing wall, and indoor playground all operated on a ticket or wristband system. Race courses include The Qualifier, a 100-foot starter track for kids at least 40 inches tall (two tickets), and the Mini Motor Speedway, where drivers at least 64 inches tall and 16 years old drive 5/8-scale Sprint Cup cars (five tickets). Other tracks include the polished slick-track Slidewayz (three tickets) and the Family 500 (three tickets) pairing parents and tykes in double-seater go-karts before they begin discussions about career choices. For non-racing recreation, The Pro-Tow (one ticket) extinguishes sugar highs and cures hiccups with a breathtaking drop appropriate for kids at least 36 inches tall (smaller children may ride with adult). Further fun includes the 1,500-square-foot laser tag arena (two tickets) and climbing wall with four different climbing experiences (two tickets). The unlimited-ride wristband is valid for one day, but buyers may use the 20-ticket option over multiple visits and can combine multiple Groupons for more tickets.