Health & Fitness in Victoria

Three or Six Personal-Training Sessions at Yana Hempler Fitness (Up to 62% Off)

Yana Hempler Fitness

Victoria

C$225 C$89

Certified personal trainer tailors workout regimens to clients' goals, from losing weight to training for a 10k

10 or 20 Boot-Camp Sessions from New You Fitness (Up to 71% Off)

New You Fitness

Oaklands

C$125 C$49

At parks, playgrounds, or the ocean, certified instructors lead boot campers through ever-changing cardio and strength-training exercises

One, Three, or Five 90-Minute Clinical Hypnosis Therapy Sessions at Changes in Mind (Up to 65% Off)

Changes in Mind

Victoria

C$150 C$59

Hypnotherapists lull clients into a state of deep relaxation to achieve personal goals via subconscious suggestion

Two Month Gym Membership & Polar BodyAge Assessment or 10 Gym Visits at VI Fitness (Up to 81% Off)

VI Fitness

Multiple Locations

C$79.95 C$29

At coed or women’s only gyms, athletes sweat through spinning classes, trainer-designed workouts, and solo sessions on high-end equipment

1-, 3-, or 6-Month Gym Membership with Personal-Training Sessions at Studio 4 Athletics (Up to 82% Off)

Studio 4 Athletics

Downtown

C$154 C$29

Includes access to fitness equipment and boot camp, cardio kickboxing, spin, yoga, and a variety of group exercise classes

One Month of Fitness Classes at Ice Personal Training Studio (Up to 86% Off). Two Options Available.

Ice Personal Training Studio

Victoria

C$320 C$59

Fitness classes run the gamut from yoga and kickboxing to sports-specific-training sessions for athletes

Three, Six, or Eight Lipo-Laser Body-Slimming Treatments at Esteem Treatments (Up to 61% Off)

Esteem Treatments

Fernwood

C$387 C$155

Lipo-laser technology can help melt fat

Sight-Test and Eyewear Packages at Perfect Look Optical Ltd. (Up to 81% Off). Three Options Available.

Perfect Look Optical Ltd.

Victoria

C$465 C$89

After a sight test, clients pick prescription lenses and frames, or shoppers can get nonprescription designer sunglasses

C$29 for C$200 Toward Prescription Glasses with a Complimentary Second Pair from Optiks International

Optiks International

Saanich

C$200 C$29

Optical store has 4,000 frame options and custom-fit digital and progressive lenses; two-for-one glasses offer

C$49 for Month of Unlimited Yoga Classes at Bikram Yoga Saanich (C$139 Value)

Bikram Yoga Saanich

Victoria, BC

C$139 C$49

Beginners are welcome at this heated yoga studio specializing in Bikram yoga; the studio prides itself on eco-friendly initiatives

3 Introductory Lessons and 2-Week Membership for Kid or Adult at Martial Arts Unlimited Victoria (Up to 70% Off)

Martial Arts Unlimited Victoria

Esquimalt

C$97.50 C$29

Students improve physiques by soaking up take-downs and striking techniques in the hands of experienced instructors

Eyewear, Contact Lenses, and Exams at Island Eyecare (Up to 93% Off). Three Options Available.

Island Eyecare

Multiple Locations

C$305 C$105

(29)

Resident optometrists administer exams to pair eyes with appropriate eyeglasses & soft lenses

One or Three Community Acupuncture Treatments at Vita Health (Up to 58% Off)

Vita Health

James Bay

C$45 C$19

Patients relax among others in a group of recliners in a large, quiet, soothing space; patients keep their needles in until they feel done

One or Three 60-Minute Weight-Loss Hypnosis Sessions at Inner Vision Hypnotherapy (Up to 53% Off)

Inner Vision Hypnotherapy

Multiple Locations

C$95 C$45

A hypnotherapist uses techniques to access the subconscious mind and help curb appetites and eliminate bad eating habits

C$29 for 1 Month of Unlimited Cycling, Yoga, Zumba plus Gym Access and Fitness Assessment (C$175 Value)

Steve Nash Fitness World & Sports Club

Multiple Locations

C$175 C$29

Prominent health fitness club with 18 locations across British Coumbia dedicated to NBA star Steve Nash’s lifestyle and philosophy

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Bikram Yoga Saanich

"I love the way Bikram Yoga makes me feel happy, energized, and healthy. I didn’t love the heat at first, but now I need to sweat everyday."

—Anastasia Magdalene, Bikram Yoga Saanich Instructor

It only took 26 yoga postures and a heated room to rid Anastasia Magdalene of her chronic back pain. That winning combination—the foundation of Bikram Yoga—has changed the lives of many of Bikram Yoga Saanich's instructors. Abbey Lee found a sense of community, while Owl won relief from anxiety, spinal issues, and other problems. Read more about the instructors, who were each trained personally by Bikram yoga founder Bikram Choudhury.


Their Studio

Bikram Yoga Saanich's studio features rubber flooring made with recycled materials, low-flow shower heads, and no plastic water bottles. The hot studio of Bikram Yoga Saanich makes for a happy planet Earth and a jealous planet Mars. Find out all the ways the studio stays eco-friendly.


Tips for First Time Students

Classes at Bikram Yoga Saanich accommodate all levels, including first-timers. Here are some tips for new students:

  • Drink lots of water on the day of the class, and continue drinking during the session to stay hydrated.
  • Dress in clothes that accommodate stretching and sweating.
  • Take your next class as soon as possible.
  • Read more tips on Bikram Yoga Saanich's website.

1620 Garnet Rd
Victoria,
BC
CA

To some, visiting another country is a reprieve from everyday life and an opportunity to learn about another culture. To others, it is a life-changing experience. Jennifer Pritchard?s sojourn in Mysore, India cemented the foundation for what eventually would become The Yoga Shala. During her travels, Jennifer was inspired to return home to create a warm and inviting space for practicing yoga, and is one of a select number of Canadians to receive teaching authorization from the Shri K Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute. At her studio today, which was voted Best of the City in 2010 by readers of Victoria News, she and her team of instructors uphold authentic yoga principles to help students improve their physical and mental well-being.

The Yoga Shala?s curriculum is rooted in the Ashtanga style of yoga, in which practitioners synchronize their breath with postures to build up internal heat, flushing out toxins and convincing the spleen that it?s vacationing in Mexico. The instructors cater classes to beginning and advanced students alike, encouraging them to work at their own pace, detailing easier or more challenging modifications to poses. Advanced-level courses focus on arm balances, deep hip work, back bends, and solidifying core muscles. The Yoga Shala regularly hosts community-building social events, and Acro Yoga and Kirtan Chanting nights are offered twice a month. The studio also offers teacher apprenticeships each season and hosts a yoga tour group retreat with a 200-hour immersion to India each winter.

1322 Broad St.
Victoria,
BC
CA

Needleless acupuncture sounds like a contradiction, but Shelly Wade does it everyday—with lasers. Of course, she's well versed in traditional acupuncture as well. Licensed through the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of British Columbia, Shelly found her way to acupuncture after a car accident interrupted her competitive dancing career. Impressed by its impact on her recovery, she began studying acupuncture along with other natural therapies, such as biofeedback and reflexology, to pay forward the benefits these therapies afforded her.

Today, as owner of Island Integrative Health Clinic, Shelly does just that by combining those multiple approaches to healing. She also specializes in anti-aging treatments such as facial-rejuvenation acupuncture, giving clients an alternative to Botox and never smiling again by applying a low-level current that combats wrinkles and other signs of aging. Further services her centre offers range from massage therapy to BloodScan, a live-blood analysis that aims to identify pre-symptomatic indicators of degenerative disease. No matter the treatment, she approaches each case with a gentle, welcoming approach, believing that acupuncturists must help their patients feel comfortable so that they remain open to the healing process.

2950 Douglas St
Victoria,
BC
CA

Dr. Anita Narang of Island Eyecare uses a variety of advanced technologies to maintain the ocular health of her patients. Her practice's advanced equipment includes a visual field analyzer and retinal camera that catches signs of ocular disease and can detect whether a significant other has a wandering eye. In addition to performing routine eye exams, she and her staff can administer emergency services to those in need of urgent care. She is also able to perform exams in Punjabi for those not fluent in English.

As Dr. Narang helms the exam rooms, friendly, expertly trained staff members man the clinic’s showroom. The cheery crew is always available to answer questions about your contact lenses or help you select a flattering pair of frames and sunglasses from designer brands such as Versace and BCBG Max Azaria.

2187 Oak Bay Ave
Victoria,
BC
CA

Cadence Fitness

At Cadence Fitness, guests can tone their bodies in core workouts, sultry pole-dance spins, and aerial circus arts without leaving the building. However, the women-only studio isn't a training spot for acrobats?its expert staff invites ladies of all backgrounds and body types to their classes. Owner Amie set out to create a safe and compassionate haven where guests can experiment with movement, whether they are spinning six feet from the ground aboard a lyra or stretching into atmospheric yoga's midair splits. Her programs have been featured on Shaw TV's "The Daily" for their accessibility and benefits, which include having enough strength and balance to tightrope walk while tearing phonebooks in half. Amie and her team also host workshops, parties, and teacher-training seminars, inspiring groups to shed their insecurities and twirl toward empowerment.

2455 Millstream Rd
Victoria,
BC
CA

After a trek down the Panama Canal, visitors stop for a brief sojourn under the Matterhorn before journeying on to the Eiffel Tower. This trip around the world comes courtesy of All Fun Recreation Park's miniature-golf course, whose 18 globally themed greens are littered with water traps and austerely dressed customs officials. Elsewhere, eight cages hurtle baseballs and softballs toward batters at 40–75 mph, and drivers accelerate across a 1,400-foot go-kart track's over and under bridge or hug the turns of a smaller oval track designed for parents and youngsters.

For more racing action, patrons can head over to Western Speedway each Saturday night in May–September for stock-car competitions on an oval track or drag strip. Westshore Motocross rents entry-level dirt bikes to riding and racing novices, and 75 RV and tenting sites give guests opportunities to yodel freely in nature. Guests can then practice licking techniques on the flower-filled patio at Mr. Tubbs Ice Cream Parlour and Family Fun Zone, or explore the Swap & Shop each Sunday, where vendors dispense copious household goods and collectibles.

2207 Millstream Rd
Victoria,
BC
CA