For more than 10 years, in more than 300 centres nationwide, the trained health coaches at Herbal Magic have helped their clients shed excess pounds through a combination of nutritional counselling, personal coaching, and supplements. With a focus on portion control and choosing the right foods, clients can oust 2 pounds per week on average and are protected by a guarantee of satisfaction.
Brazilian jujitsu’s main tenet, “minimum effort for maximum efficiency,” could evoke laziness; however, one look at jujitsu practitioners sparring with each other and executing signature takedowns allays that misconception. The self-defense style stresses ground fighting, which can neutralize an opponent’s size advantage for a more interesting physical match. The self-defense style stresses ground fighting, which is a technique that can help neutralize size or strength advantages, evening the odds in a match, and allowing a modern day David to defeat a Goliath without the use of a sling. But at Gracie Barra, the primary emphasis is a philosophical one.
The jujitsu school values perseverance and discipline. It helps prepare students to succeed not only in physical combat but also in life, helping them to gain focus, increase fitness, and perhaps meet new friends. Gracie Barra's four black belt instructors complement their jujitsu instruction with alternate fitness styles, such as kickboxing and mixed martial arts. Each location also boasts expansive views: the Salmon Arm branch is situated riverside, and the Vernon branch’s huge bay doors showcase views of the mountains.
Vernon Yoga's three-woman team of yogis combines backgrounds in athletic training, hot yoga, and Ashtanga to help folks get in shape or train for specific sports. In addition to leading traditional classes, including sessions designed to help people unwind or rebuild their cores after a pregnancy, the trio offers a slate of disciplines unique to their studio. Beginners and seasoned yogis alike can enlist in the 40 Day Challenge, designed to break down negative habit patterns and get clients flat out fit. There are also a slew of one-off events, such as the yoga marathon where practitioners will pull off 108 sun salutations to celebrate the summer solstice.
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.