Some days are the heavy lifting, sweaty, push it hard, HIIT, super intense kind of workout days. Others are the meditation, restorative, mindfulness, stretch it out, three bolsters please, and an eye pillow kind of workout days. And then there are the days where you get yourself out of bed before the sun comes up and make your way to PowerHour.
Created by Academy Of Lions Founder, Dhani Oks, PowerHour starts with a group mindfulness practice followed by an energizing metabolic workout that sets you up for the rest of your day…seriously. No matter your level of fitness or the amount of time you’ve spent on a meditation cushion, this class works the mind-body connection in a unique and innovative way. When we hit the fourth round of exercises in our tabata-style workout, and my mind started to think of some creative way to stealthily sneak out of class, Dhani reminded us to come back to our mindfulness practice to push through the pain. Now, don’t get me wrong, my first thought response to that reminder went something like “wtf, are you kidding me?! I want to die.”…but the reminder to tune in, as we had done in meditation, along with the support of my fellow PowerHour people, helped me to push past that wall and finish strong (or, at least, stronger than I thought I could). Oh, and the music was pretty awesome…
While Dhani offers this class on an ongoing basis at Academy Of Lions, this month you don’t need to be an Academy member to start your day with PowerHour. Dhani has teamed up with lululemon (he’s an Ambassador) to bring this incredible class to The Attic. Plus, 50% of each drop-in fee will be donated to Right To Play’s project to help improve the lives of children living in indigenous communities in Canada through the power of sport and play. We in the Toronto wellness community have so much to be grateful for and this is an incredible opportunity to give back to those most in need right here in Canada.
To sign-up for PowerHour at The Attic, click here. To find out more about the incredible community that is Academy Of Lions, click here. And to learn about all of the game-changing work that Right To Play and Canadian Olympic legend Adam van Koeverden are doing, including how you can get involved, click here.
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