Moksha Yoga Winnipeg’s students stretch toward the sky, reflecting their teachers’ belief that yoga’s benefits are limitless. Held in balmy rooms warmed by radiant heating panels, hot-yoga classes help limber muscles and extract toxins. These routines begin with a relaxing supine pose, gradually progressing to standing stretches and balances designed to build strength, stability, and endurance. Floor-based bends bolster the spine and open the hips, which can enhance posture and flexibility. Cork flooring cushions joints and wards off microbes, and filtered faucets fill water bottles with water as cool and clean as a freshly scrubbed snowman. Experienced instructors also lead non-heated classes for students of all levels, including intense yet accessible barre classes, which use small isometric movements to improve core strength and help compliment other yoga classes.
At Hot Yoga Winnipeg, there's no such thing as a class for advanced students only. The instructors of every hot-yoga session welcome total beginners and returning students alike, guiding them through the same series of 26 poses. Adhering to the 90-minute sequence might sound monotonous, but the mix of Hatha-style stretches continually challenges yogis of all body types and skill levels. As the heat enables them to flex more easily, each stance prepares their relevant muscles to attempt the follow-up position, thereby progressively exercising the entire physique. While working out, sweat helps detoxify the body, leaving visitors feeling refreshed and content.
In addition to hot-yoga classes, the teaching team leads a number of course variants. Meditative music overlays the transitions of Hot Hatha, whereas Hot Core sessions focus on longer holds, building students' abdominal strength without making them wear brick-filled fanny packs. Those who wish to expand their repertoire further can take on the 84 asanas of the Hatha yoga class, which showcases several manoeuvres outside of the standard 26-pose series.
Equipped with varied experience and an in-depth knowledge of alcohol and service regulations, the instructors at Fine Art Bartending School guide their students toward mixology mastery or job placement in the bartending industry during intensive eight-day courses. While many schools focus solely on the craft, Fine Art's instructors also hone customer service skills through a guest bartending program at local bars and clubs—teaching students tip-enhancing approaches and how to graciously deflect customer's attempts at Bryan Adams sing-alongs. They also hold individual classes targeted at everyday drinkers, divulging industry-style instructions for blending specific drinks, performing difficult mixes, or pouring the perfect beer.
In his 30 years as an artist, Guy St. Godard has used watercolour to capture the vibrant landscapes of such reaches as Vancouver Island, Newfoundland, and Labrador. A graduate of the University of Manitoba, his works are vividly shaded celebrations of nature, depicting tranquil waterways and nostalgic farmlands populated by rusted, forgotten trucks. Guy has also turned his talents to teaching for the past six years. During lessons, he instructs small groups in the fine techniques of brush strokes and how many licks it takes to prepare a watercolour palette. He continues to travel to shows, and his works are displayed in private collections across Canada, the United States, and Germany.
When not in the gym, Advantage Conditioning's co-owner, Marty Shumka, acts as a health consultant to corporations, hosts a weekly exercise show on Shaw TV, and makes guest appearances on Breakfast Television. He is sought after for both his knowledge of fitness and exercise trends and his proven success at his own gym.
Leading a team of professional trainers, he and co-founder Lindsay Jurkowski personalize workouts. They travel to clients’ homes or offices for personal sessions or lead small, tight-knit groups of encouraging peers through rigorous boot camps in the studio (which is moving from 1B-2020 Portage Ave. to 1871 Portage Ave.). Exercisers who prefer to go it alone can cycle through Advantage Conditioning’s ample stock of free weights, resistance bands, and strength and cardio machines. The facility also addresses injuries sustained from playing sports or MMA-fighting a rival mascot with athletic-therapy treatments that involve massage and electric muscle stimulation.