Humans of Eastside Fitness – Ian

Over the years I had attended the odd hatha yoga class at various community centres (and even tried hot yoga once). I try to keep fairly active and enjoy hiking, canoeing, skiing and curling. Once I turned 50, I decided to get into yoga on a more regular basis because I wanted to increase my flexibility. And the core exercise certainly wouldn’t hurt! I didn’t want to lose my range of motion and had started to notice more joint pain in my shoulders and knees, mainly from old sports injuries. I tried some physiotherapy and quickly realized that exercise and stretching was the route to strengthening those joints and mitigating the pain. My wife had found a small, local fitness studio and started taking yoga classes there, so about a year and a half ago I began going with her. Right from the start I found the instructors very conscious of people’s limitations and individual abilities. After a few months of regular attendance, I certainly noticed a big difference with my motion and easing of tension and stiffness in my neck, shoulders, back and hips. I even started golfing again. In addition, I found the deep breathing, relaxation and quieting of the mind inherent in the yoga practice to be a fantastic stress reliever. It really helps with decompressing after a day’s work. I can see yoga as being a part of my wellness routine for a long time to come. It’s something that you can adapt to your level of fitness, and even if you can’t always attend classes, it’s easy to fit in some of the movements...

Free Yoga

There are lots of free yoga opportunities at Eastside Fitness right now.  Come one come all!  Join us, your neighbours, family,  and friends and enjoy the healthy experience of yoga.   #bringaguytoyoga Runs Nov 11th to Dec 21st.  All guys can do yoga for free in honour of our Commit to Fit Mobility Challenge – 40 Days of Sun Salutations.  So if you haven’t taken advantage of this yet, please do! Check out our current schedule to find Hatha, Hatha Flow, and Yin yoga classes.  108 Sun Salutations Join us to celebrate the Winter Solstice and the final day of the Commit to Fit Mobility Challenge – 40 Days of Sun Salutations.  We will begin at 12pm and it will take approximately 2 hrs to complete all 108 Sun Salutes. You may join in and/or leave at any time. We will provide healthy snacks and refreshments.  Come and experience what your body will feel like after preforming 108 Sun Salutes. Dec 21st 12pm-2pm NOTE:  This is not a “class” nor is it a guided practice.  This is simply a group of us getting together to move, stretch, reach, bend and breathe together.  Hope you will join us!  Register HERE Christmas Eve Yoga A Neighbourhood Tradition for the past 6 years.  A Classic Hatha style class. Join friends and neighbors to stretch, breathe and relax before the “big night”. Dec 24th 3pm-4:15pm Register HERE We hope to see you at the studio soon! #committofit #bringaguytoyoga #mobility...

Humans of Eastside Fitness – Roger

Prior to having kids, my wife and I lived a very active life, hiking, snowshoeing, and snowboarding.   Although we knew having children would change our lifestyle,  I didn’t realize that I also wouldn’t have the energy or the motivation to exercise.  Last winter, I inured my ankle playing basketball and I ended up doing even less exercise than what had become usual.  My wife, Mun “gently hinted” to me that I was getting out of shape and I needed to take care of myself. I knew I needed to make a change but it seemed so difficult.  In June 2017, my wife bought me personal training sessions.  I had lifted weights and gone to the gym in the past but never went to a personal trainer.  I was surprised at how much I actually enjoyed working out with trainer!  The encouragement, trying new things, feeling sore the next day (in a good way), was the motivation I needed.   I have enjoyed it so much that I organized a small group ofguys from the neighbourhood to come work out with me.  I also, invested in a bicycle and have become a seasonal cyclist to and from work!  We even got out on some family bike rides this summer.  Fitness is a journey that includes the whole family. Humans of Eastside Fitness is inspired by the interesting and popular – Humans of New York series. We aim to document the diverse and dedicated community who workout and hang out at Eastside Fitness.   ...

Humans of Eastside Fitness – Bonnie

I’m a mom, yogi, knitter, belly dancer, gardener, and avid food preserver; a lifelong East Van resident. I don’t move around much. In fact, I live in the house my husband grew up in, which is only 8 blocks from my own childhood home! I have 3 growing kids, two of which now go to the high school where my husband and I met. Having deep roots in a place seems so much more uncommon nowadays, but it’s really special to my family. My parents moved to North Vancouver not too long ago, and it will take years before I let them live it down! It will take a lot to get me out of the Eastside I adore…although I’ll take any opportunity to holiday at my beloved Rathtrevor Beach in Parksville on Vancouver Island. When I’m not living on “Island time”, summers find me standing in my kitchen over a canning pot, preserving all the fruits and veggies I can get my hands on.   I can hardly remember a time when I felt comfortable in my body, which is something I regret about my younger years, and hope my daughters don’t go through. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized that, while I’m actually quite introverted and love to be alone, I need a group around me to successfully commit to regular exercise. I started American Tribal Style bellydance 11 years ago, which is based on group improv, not solo choreography, and it brought me so much joy. Nothing like dancing with a group of women to make you feel great. And the costumes! I loved teaching it...

Humans of Eastside Fitness – Margaret

For many years  I thought my daily bicycle commute to and from work, walking the dog in the morning, taking the stairs and a hot yoga class per week would suffice to keep fit.  But I was wrong,  I began feeling tired after work.   I felt I was in the body of a Hamster without the cheek pouches or little tail.   I noticed a change in my muscle tone and strength.  My cardio vascular output was ok, I could run a few laps around the track, but did not have the endurance to go longer distances. About the same time there were many changes at work to adapt to.  I was not sleeping well.   I needed to strengthen my body so I could deal with everyday stresses, personal and professional.  It was Dec. 2012, I searched for a fitness facility close by to home and found one.  It was a 10 minute walk away and it had a variety of classes which interested me.  I purchased a package of classes, they also had a run club which met Tues. evenings, this I would eventually join Dec 2013. The next few years, I attended a variety of classes with different specialties such as core, cardio, weight training, yoga, posture, ugi  ball, etc.  I joined the run club to work on cardiovascular and running form.  The classes and run club provided a balanced fitness program.   I began to feel my cardio and strength improve.  I was ready for a challenge.  In 2016, I signed up for the BMO Half Marathon  training .  It was great fun training with a group and...