It’s officially the time of year when goals and resolutions are put to the test! For many, January is the beacon of all things fresh and new when it comes to health and wellness. Lucky for all of us, Bloor-Yorkville is home to some of the most innovative wellness-based businesses. Given that we’ve just headed out of the holiday season, we’re happy to say there are some great low-cost events happening in the coming weeks. Research continues to show the benefits of an integrative approach to your health, combining everything from fitness to meditation and simply carving out time for your own interests. We’ve put together some unique ways to focus on your personal health in the new year. Enjoy!
Your must-visit wellness destinations in Bloor-Yorkville
Lolë Athletic Yoga Drop-In (by donation)
88 Yorkville Ave
Lolë is offering a by-donation drop-in yoga class! Taking an athletic approach to the practice and combining elements of Pilates (affectionally known as yogalates to anyone else from The O.C-era …), this class will focus on functional body weight and mobility exercises. It is designed for all fitness levels, with the instructor adapting movements as needed. The no-stress, welcoming environment is a great way to get out in the neighbourhood, while doing something good for both your physical and mental health.
This is a pay what you can event with proceeds going toward the Walk for Memories charity.
Wednesday, January 15th
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM EST
Piano Paradiso at the Heliconian Club
35 Hazelton Ave
If taking some “me” time in the new year is one of your priorities, a night of classical piano at the architecturally intriguing Heliconian Club could be just what you need. For just $15, you can enjoy an evening performance by Montreal-based pianist Bader Soma. Promoting his second album, Soma will play his own compositions and will be joined by Matt Tanguay, who will perform classical pieces. The former church features vaulted ceilings, making for an incredible evening of live music.
Ginko Health Shop
50 Bloor Street West
Along with prioritizing health and fitness goals, fending off cold and flu season is generally a priority this time of year. Ginko Health Shop, located in the Holt Renfew Centre, is a great resource. Whether looking for immune support or supplements, their team is focused on providing a helpful and friendly approach to an industry that can sometimes be confusing to navigate.
Somatic Movement Workshop at Mindset Brain Gym
62 Cumberland Street
Many New Year’s resolutions include working on your physical fitness, but what about your mental fitness? If you’re looking for new ways to reduce stress and increase focus, consider the Somatic Movement Workshop. Brain fitness expert Jill Hewlett is offering an introduction to neuroscience and brain agility for learning, work, and life. Additionally, she’ll be teaching tools for managing stress, building inner calm, and developing mental resilience. The philosophy at Mindset Brain Gym is that “meditation is an important daily exercise to make ourselves mentally healthier and stronger” – these introductory level workshops are a great way to start setting your wellness goals!
Saturday, January 18th, 10-11:30 am
Saturday, February 22nd, 10-11:30 am
The IV Lounge
Suite 1102, 1200 Bay Street
IV treatments are no longer reserved for the emergency room. The benefits of IV therapy are plentiful, from boosting low vitamin levels, as well as relieving fatigue and dehydration. Led by Dr. Amauri Caversan, the IV Lounge offers a variety of treatments tailored to your specific health conditions. In order to pinpoint nutritional deficiencies, patients will receive a full diagnostic evaluation during their first appointment.