When picturing Toronto’s financial district, a vision of professionals mindfully breathing and stretching isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. But why not? We spent time with Sandra, a legal assistant at a law firm in downtown Toronto, a regular yogi at the Adelaide Club, and a member since 1987!
What was entering the doors of the Adelaide Club in 1987 like?
It’s been almost 30 years, but I still vividly remember going for a tour and joining that same day. The Club had all the amenities you could want and a huge selection of group exercise classes with convenient class times for busy professionals.
Today, yoga is what I need to get through my days because it allows me to take pause and concentrate on my mindfulness. I still do aerobics and strength training, but I’ve started incorporating more yoga classes into my schedule in the last 5 years.
Four uplifting ways yoga will help you during a busy work day:
1. Uplifting poses to start the day
When my schedule allows it, I love attending early morning yoga class because it’s a great way to start the day. Yoga helps relieve stress and tension by helping you find a sense of calm in the morning. Many people leave class feeling energized and focused on tackling the day ahead.
2. Yoga for pain management
Like many professionals, I spend most of my days behind a desk, which can take a toll on my neck, back and hips. I was surprised when I started practicing yoga more regularly that many of my aches and pains built-up from sitting and typing at a computer all day were remedied.
Sandra, on the right, says that what makes Adelaide unique is that she can depend on her favourite instructors being there, year after year, decade after decade.
3. Relax, realign and refocus
Amidst the 24/7 emails, back-to-back meetings and impending deadlines, it’s easy to lose sight of priorities and not accomplish what you set out to do. To keep me on track, I like sneaking in a quick yoga class at the Adelaide during lunch to help calm and refocus. I’m lucky to work with people who know the benefits of stepping away for an hour to get a workout in.
When I get back to the office, I feel less stressed, relaxed, and I am able to get the job done better.
4. Balance in all aspects
Yoga is an amazing habit that can have a positive impact in many aspects of your life – whether it’s focusing at work, being more patient in your personal relationships or relieving chronic stress. I credit yoga, and working out at the Adelaide with helping me maintain my good health over the years.
Why the Adelaide?
What makes the Adelaide so amazing is not just the classes taught by my favourite instructors, but that I can depend on those instructors being there, year after year, decade after decade.
My favourite yoga instructors are Ian and Susan. Ian always takes the time to correct your form and Susan offers more opportunities to practice advanced poses for the experienced yogi. Regardless, if I can’t make it to one of my favourite classes, I am never disappointed when I try a different class. All of the instructors are fantastic.
The Adelaide has always been there for me. And somehow or another, it just makes life better.
Ian MacDonald, one of Sandra’s favourite yoga instructors, has been teaching yoga at the Adelaide for over 20 years. Ian teaches Ashtanga Yoga II, Hatha Yoga I, Hatha Yoga II and Vinyasa Flow weekly.
Feeling like you need a good stretch?
Adelaide Club offers many variations of yoga classes and instructors on a daily basis for our members. Take a look at our yoga offering and sign up for your next class!
If you’d like to belong to the Adelaide Club, we welcome you to schedule a tour and see how yoga at the Adelaide could benefit you.
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Main photo: Sandra (right) has been an Adelaide Club member since 1987. She says that regular yoga at the Club helped her to remedy many of aches and pains that built-up from sitting at a computer all day.