With more than 40 years of yogic practice between them, Sonya and Jeff Thomlinson teach the methodologies of Kripalu yoga, which focuses equally on physical and meditative elements. Together, they run Trinity Yoga Center's teacher-training program, sharing the lessons they learned from many internationally recognized yogis such as Stephen Cope, Ana Forrest, and Shiva Rea. During daily classes at Trinity’s two locations, the teachers, in turn, reach out to beginning practitioners, aiding them in achieving perfect postures even as they reflect inward. Individual sessions focus on aspects of yoga such as core power, stress reduction, and candlelit meditation. Students leave class with calmer, more focused minds and increased levels of energy that occasionally result in them sneezing lightning bolts.
The certified instructors at Excel Fitness lead exercisers of all ages and fitness levels in lively group training sessions, including yoga, cardio, and cycling classes. A presale variety-pack punch card grants access to five sessions led by a fleet of experienced fitness instructors. RealRyder classes let students race their shadows on modern stationary bikes, and Krankcycle cardio machines give arms a chance to pedal for upper-body toning. The machine’s bench and cycle mount design allows for multiple directions of exercise as well as full participation from wheelchair-bound fitness seekers. Bellyfit classes, meanwhile, fuse belly dancing, African dance, interpretative polka, and Bollywood styles with yoga, Pilates, and meditation for a holistic cardio cabaret. Step360 uses a round, versatile, floor-mounted device for enhanced step routines that can build balance, strength, and better hoverboarding skills.
At Inner Light Yoga and Wellness, each class is a physical journey toward enhanced self-awareness. Sessions begin with breath work, helping to synch the lungs with the rest of the body as the instructor directs one’s focus inward. Mid sessions are devoted to the practice of Asanas, or poses, used with varying breathing techniques to help both stretch and strengthen the body, relieving stress and creating balance in both the body and mind. Sessions conclude with focused relaxation, allowing the cessation of thought that frees up the consciousness. The dynamic wellness center also offers sessions in guided meditation, Reiki, Pilates, and belly dancing.
Inspired by the teachings of living yogi master B.K.S. Iyengar, the well-trained teachers at Kelowna Yoga House guide students through a practice that champions prop-supported backbends and inversions to bolster stamina, strength, and range of movement. Beginner classes introduce bodies to the basic standing poses and inversions on the spacious studio's hardwood floors, and more experienced practitioners can delve into the intermediate and advancing classes' unsupported backbends and inversions. Gentle yoga makes use of belts, ropes, and pillows to help practitioners assume proper poses and craft a Rube Goldberg pillow fluffer after class, and a slow pace eases those working with injuries. With 25 classes a week, yogis can stretch with more frequency than a superhero's spandex biking shorts.
It isn't just the instructors at Kelowna Hot Yoga Studio who help students connect with their bodies: the studio space is also vital. A high-efficiency air system generates up to 12 airflow changes every hour, and a UV filter system keeps the air free of toxins, odors, and bacteria. All-natural floors, gently cleaned with eco-friendly soaps, cradle bodies during classes. And yet the most important amenity is the infrared heat—it penetrates deep into muscles to warm students rather than the air around them, improving on the old technique of just eating hot water bottles.
Kelowna Hot Yoga Studio is the brainchild of founder Brenda Wowk. Brenda draws from her yoga studies in India—and experience as a reiki practitioner and personal trainer—to helm a range of heated and non-heated classes tailored to all ages and ability levels. Instructors help students stretch out muscle fibers, loosen joints, and condition their cardiovascular systems in classes spanning styles from hatha to warm yin to ashtanga, each heated to between 85°F and 103°F. The studio also holds advanced workshops, yoga teacher trainings, and a yoga boot camp.
Amid bright-orange walls and colourful, pose-inspired artwork, guests at Bikram Yoga Kelowna are sweating. The certified instructors at Bikram Yoga Kelowna draw from personal inspiration as they help students sweat and stretch toward fitness. Stretched into the triangle pose with a hand raised toward the sky and their eyes following suit, students' muscles gain a helping hand from the studio itself?heated to 105 degrees Fahrenheit. During more than 20 weekly classes, students gather there to detox and improve their strength with Bikram yoga?s 26 muscle-spanning postures. Throughout each routine, the instructors? focus remains on alignment and posture, ensuring that participants refrain from overexerting themselves or letting their minds wander away from their practice toward daily matters, such as work or counting how many times they blink.