Article by Stephanie Smalls
I’m not one of those people who are all about fitness. I do not like exercise, by any means. I believe taking the stairs instead of the escalator in the subway falls under “exercise”. I believe the walk to and from brunch can and should count as “exercise”. I believe if I run to catch the bus that also counts as “exercise”.
I’m in shape as far as appearances go. People often ask me what I do to stay in shape and I tell them, I do nothing. I was very active as a child and into my teen years. Even as a young adult, I had a gym membership that I utilized daily, I ate well, went to bed at a respectable hour and limited my alcohol intake. Then came my 30s…
It wasn’t that I got older and cared less about exercise, ok well yes that actually was it, but also because I became more confident in my own skin. I became less concerned with what other people thought and made sure I was happy with myself. However, I do understand the importance of physical exercise for more than appearances and that is why I decided to find something that I actually wanted to do to get fit and be healthy.
I’ve always enjoyed Yoga, Pilates and Spin but I tried classes at my local gym and found that it wasn’t what I was looking for. I wanted something more relaxed; come in at any level and have some fun while getting fit together. That’s when I found Fly Studio, a boutique Yoga and Pilates Studio on Queen West. When I saw they have an Aerial Yoga class and the prices were affordable, I was sold.
I called to reserve my spot and spoke to Chris who was extremely friendly, answered all of my questions and explained Juan would be the instructor for my class. I arrived to a brightly lit, small studio with energizing music playing and a Reformer Pilates class in full swing. Chris actually remembered me from my phone call (uncanny) and showed me where to change. That’s when the nervousness kicked in. I hadn’t been in a class in so long, I couldn’t even remember the last time. What if I didn’t know the poses? What if I fell out of the fabric? What if everyone in the yoga class is a Yogi Master and I’m the uncoordinated one holding the class back? I took a deep breath and stepped out of the change room. My mouth was feeling dry from my brief anxiety attack and I noticed glass bottles of water hanging on the wall. Luckily for me, if you forgot/didn’t bring a water bottle; the studio has one for you. Bonus!
Juan was friendly and advised he wouldn’t pick on me, thankfully. The class size was small, eight of us to be exact, which I appreciated. Juan had time throughout the class to go around to each person, including myself, and assist with the poses or offer alternative ways to achieve the current pose. I befriended a couple of girls in the class, who are sisters, and we apologized to each other several times because you it’s common to accidentally nudge the person in front of you with your foot. We shared many laughs throughout the class and congratulated one another when someone achieved a pose. I was the first person in class to achieve the upside down “vampire” pose thing. I’m not sure what it’s called but that’s what we called it. Sorry Juan…
After class, you truly feel like you could be part of Cirque De Soleil, Ok maybe not but I did. Remember, I haven’t done anything active in years. Be as proud of me as I am of myself. I highly recommend Fly Studio for many reasons but personally, it’s affordable – they have pricing options to fit your lifestyle and budget, staff are friendly and welcoming – thank you Chris and Juan, they have a variety of classes to fit your schedule all at a convenient location in one of the hippest neighbourhoods in the city. So, have you signed up yet?