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.
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.
Inside the Windsor Park Shopping Center, Windsor Bowling Lanes provides invigorating breaks from power shopping with a series of backlit Brunswick lanes. The five-pin lanes boast newly renovated surfaces, which leave few excuses for gutterballs but provide an excellent opportunity to hone curves. Overhead flat-screen monitors track the in-game action, and a video jukebox prompts adrenalin surges by filling the alley with inspirational ballads. Leagues are available throughout the week for children, adults, and seniors. The alley also takes on incandescent hues on select nights during cosmic bowl, simulating the rainbow-coloured dreams of My Little Ponies.
The Manitoba Paddling Association functions as the provincial sport governing body for local competitive canoeing, kayaking, and dragon boating. The association encourages the community to stay physically fit while still having fun through a variety of events such as races, year-round programs, and annual Dragon Boat festivals. Events change according to the season, and include summer camps that school beginners in the kayaking basics, spring training that introduces tougher techniques for competitive teams, and winter programs that offer opportunities to stay fit on shore, such as cross-country skiing, indoor circuit and strength training, and swimming laps in the snow.
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.
Began to strengthen the familial bond of the three sisters at the helm, poco creations & beads fortifies budding jewelers with expert instruction and crafting supplies. In the Basic Wire Wrap class, students smith a gemstone pendant by choosing $10 worth of beads from an extensive, globe-trotting selection of semi-precious stone, fresh-water pearl, and bone beads such as agate ($8), mother of pearl ($5), or fossilized triceratops horn. After learning the basics of wire gauge and looping, students grab a length of wire and apply newfound wrapping skills to their own pendant. Limited to seven students, small classes allow instructors to lavish one-on-one tutelage and develop a secret handshake with each student.