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.
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.
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.
At Pro Dojos, certified martial-arts experts lead students of all ages and skill levels through a variety of pugilistic disciplines. Each location is independently owned, so the martial-arts styles may vary, but many offer karate, tae kwon do, kick-boxing, aikido, and jujitsu classes. The instructors elucidate the noble combat arts to kiddos as young as 4 years old, helping them build strength and motor skills while instilling the values of self-confidence. Teen classes focus on honing discipline and treating yourself and others with respect, and adult classes reinforce cardiovascular conditioning, strength, balance, and coordination. The instructors also lead classes for the whole family, allowing them to bond as a unit, which could possibly lead to starring in a hit sitcom about a crime-fighting family who takes down comical villains in their idyllic suburban neighborhood.
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.
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.