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.
At Pure Image, you won’t find any stations manned by manicurists, makeup artists, or dental hygienists. Neither a spa nor a dentist's office, this friendly facility is dedicated entirely to teeth-whitening procedures. Here, experienced technicians pair a potent peroxide gel with cool blue LED lights to whiten teeth up to eight shades. To aid in client comfort, they prop smiles with cheek refactors and apply the gel directly to the teeth without dental trays, which minimizes mouth sensitivity and the odds of walking out of the office while still wearing a dental tray. They also use Power Swabs loaded with a foam-based gel that lifts stains dwelling deep in the enamel.
In addition to brightening teeth in the Pure Image office, technicians help clients maintain alabaster enamel at home with cosmetic products such as touch-up pens, peroxide-free whitening foams, and shine-enhancing tooth gloss.
Founded in 2000 with the intent of introducing the Toronto community to Latin dance, Soul2Sole now employs a vast team of knowledgeable instructors whose passion for their art permeates every facet of the classes they lead for adults and children alike. Nimble limbed teachers follow a progressive curriculum in each lesson series, building each class on a core of salsa bolstered by a host of equally fiery styles such as Bachata, Cha-Cha, Kizomba, Casino Rueda, Merengue, and Latin Hustle. Throughout classes, instructors patiently impart essential Latin dance skills upon students, expounding upon fundamentals such as rhythm and timing, turn patterns, and smoldering stares.
The founders of Fitness 4 Success established their business as a family-fitness facility so that they could help provide solutions to the growing instances of obesity among Canadians, especially children. In addition to physical-fitness programs designed for adults and kids and teens, the staff trains athletes in developing agility and endurance for specific sports such as hockey, basketball, and soccer. Because the staff trainers see themselves as ambassadors for all aspects of healthy living, they conduct educational programs for kids in elementary and secondary schools as well as full-day summer camps filled with activities such as Zumba, hiking, and meditation.
Sleek white couches sit pristinely below a modernist chandelier, overlooking a manicured row of bamboo stalks. If guests arriving in Thornhill Smile Centre's waiting room feel as though they have taken a wrong turn into a nearby spa, that's no accident: Dr. Hagi and his corps of teeth-cleaning experts have worked for years to create the most comfortable, relaxing dental experience possible. Once inside treatment rooms, guests sink further into luxury, snuggling beneath warm blankets and using contoured pillows to cradle necks while remaining en garde for an impromptu pillow fight. Gentle vibrations massage backs during procedures while satellite radio or HDTV further distract minds from treatments. All the while, top-of-the-line technology streamlines experiences, with virtual mouth modeling, digital X-rays, and noise-dampened hand pieces.
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.
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