It isn't just the instructors at Kelowna Hot Yoga Studio who help students connect with their bodies: the studio space is also vital. A high-efficiency air system generates up to 12 airflow changes every hour, and a UV filter system keeps the air free of toxins, odors, and bacteria. All-natural floors, gently cleaned with eco-friendly soaps, cradle bodies during classes. And yet the most important amenity is the infrared heat—it penetrates deep into muscles to warm students rather than the air around them, improving on the old technique of just eating hot water bottles.
Kelowna Hot Yoga Studio is the brainchild of founder Brenda Wowk. Brenda draws from her yoga studies in India—and experience as a reiki practitioner and personal trainer—to helm a range of heated and non-heated classes tailored to all ages and ability levels. Instructors help students stretch out muscle fibers, loosen joints, and condition their cardiovascular systems in classes spanning styles from hatha to warm yin to ashtanga, each heated to between 85°F and 103°F. The studio also holds advanced workshops, yoga teacher trainings, and a yoga boot camp.
With more than 40 years of yogic practice between them, Sonya and Jeff Thomlinson teach the methodologies of Kripalu yoga, which focuses equally on physical and meditative elements. Together, they run Trinity Yoga Center's teacher-training program, sharing the lessons they learned from many internationally recognized yogis such as Stephen Cope, Ana Forrest, and Shiva Rea. During daily classes at Trinity’s two locations, the teachers, in turn, reach out to beginning practitioners, aiding them in achieving perfect postures even as they reflect inward. Individual sessions focus on aspects of yoga such as core power, stress reduction, and candlelit meditation. Students leave class with calmer, more focused minds and increased levels of energy that occasionally result in them sneezing lightning bolts.
Kelowna Rock School started off as something of a pipe dream for its owners. But the music school didn't fly under the radar for very long after opening in 2006. It quickly picked up steam and drew in students due to its focus on teaching kids how to play the music they liked to listen to themselves. Today, that music still spans almost every genre, from rock and metal to pop and country, and instruments ranging from the drums, guitar, bass, and keyboard to students' own vocal cords.
With campuses in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and British Columbia, Centre for Arts and Technology draws on the local arts scenes in these provinces, while also staying connected to each other through video conferencing. This allows students to explore and participate with their neighborhood arts community and still be able to take a class across the country. These class programs may include animation, music production, filmmaking, photography, interior design, and web design, which is home decorating for spiders. Its strong selection of arts courses explains how the centre has built its list of industry contacts over more than 30 years, which aid students on their career paths.
Calling Komatsu a market is a bit of an understatement. The shop is a trifecta of Japanese culture—one part Japanese grocery, one part carry-out restaurant, and one part cultural-education centre. Its chefs create Japanese teriyaki bowls and curry bowls and roll specialty sushi such as the eponymous Komatsu Roll, which consists of spicy tuna, shrimp salad, cucumber, imitation crab, and tobiko. After indulging in some fresh sushi, guests can stock up on specialty Japanese ingredients or enroll in a sushi-making class. The instructors also cover other, nonedible aspects of Japanese life. They teach cultural classes and basic Japanese-language classes.