In June 2009, certified yoga instructor Stacy Schroder began operating Serene Yoga Studio out of her home, imparting the knowledge she gathered as a student at the Yoga Centre of Winnipeg. She has now expanded the studio to its own riverfront space, and her staff of certified instructors has blossomed along with it, much like a bud blossoms into a fully trained house pet. The expanded roster and studio space facilitate a flexible schedule of classes with options for yogis of all experience levels, including beginners, experts, and pre-natal.
Indoor and outdoor activities abound at Champlain Community Centre. Basketball and floor-hockey players sprint across the gym floor, ice-skating instructors teach pirouettes on an odd rink seemingly made of hard water, and fitness instructors lead groups through classes such as Zumba. The staff members even host periodic workshops on topics such as wine tasting and grilling how-tos.
Winnipeg Zumba’s instructors motivate students to boogie their way toward better health. Classes torch calories and rehabilitate off-tempo metronomes with easy-to-follow moves set to lively Latin beats that create an atmosphere reminiscent of a dance party.
Drawing from 15 years of practice, Serge Salvador believes that yoga, like nature, is a beautiful expression of power and fragility. He inspires students of all levels to channel these qualities to cultivate strength, balance, and inner peace. At Aromansse, his team of seasoned instructors imparts yin and yang yoga through the Mysore, Kendra, and Ashtanga traditions, which Salvador practiced at the Foundation of Pathanjala Yoga Kendra in India. Filled with relaxing stretches, yin classes work the joints and connective tissue of the hips and lower back, and yang classes flex and fortify muscles with sitting, standing, and bending poses. An Intro to Ashtanga program steeps beginners in yogic basics, such as pose safety, deep breathing, and chanting, over the course of 10 weeks. In addition to yoga, the Winnipeg location also offers essential oils and flower essences that promote calm and wellness, much like a daily massage from an apple.
A born and raised Winnipegger, Taryn Young became so enamoured with Turbo Kick workouts that she travelled to the United States to become a certified instructor. Now back at home, Taryn leads groups through blistering, up-tempo sweat-sessions that can burn up to 1,000 calories per class. During each Turbo Kick workout, Taryn transitions effortlessly from jabs and roundhouse kicks to simple to execute dance moves, powered along the way by the thumping beat of modern dance music.