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Get into fitness groove with Madonna in TO

- January 2nd, 2014

Sweeeeet news for fitness-conscious fans of the Material Girl.

Madonna is coming to Canada next month to work up a sweat at Hard Candy Fitness Toronto — the latest addition to her growing list of high-end fitness clubs around the world (it opened in October).

And if you think you’ve got what it takes, you can audition for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work out with the 55-year-old uber-fit pop icon.

Read the press release for more details …

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Madonna at the grand opening of Hard Candy Fitness Berlin in October. (Stephan Schraps photos)

Madonna to attend grand opening of Hard Candy Fitness Toronto on February 11

Hard Candy Fitness members from around the world will audition to work out with the Material Girl at event

TORONTO – Hard Candy Fitness®, the global luxury fitness brand in partnership with Madonna and New Evolution Ventures, today announced that Madonna will host the official grand opening of Hard Candy Fitness® Toronto on Tuesday, February 11, 2014. The stunning 42,000 sq. ft. club is located in the heart of Toronto, in the Aura building at College Park (382 Yonge St.). The facility, which opened for workouts in October, is the brand’s largest in North America and only club in Canada and the United States.

WEN_MadonnaHard CandyAs part of the festivities, Madonna is scheduled to lead her signature Addicted to Sweat cardio-based dance class with the Hard Candy Fitness Performance Team.

In addition to a selected group of Toronto club members, Hard Candy Fitness clubs from around the world will hold auditions to send members to work out with Madonna live at the event. Auditions will take place at Hard Candy Fitness clubs at the end of January, and the selected winners will be flown to Toronto. Auditions for Hard Candy Fitness Toronto members will take place on January 30 and February 1, with final cut auditions on February 10.

We are very excited to share news of Madonna’s visit to our club and proud to host Hard Candy Fitness members from around the world at the grand opening,” said Leonard Schlemmco-owner of Hard Candy Fitness Toronto.

Hard Candy Fitness has also recently opened clubs in Berlin and Rome, joining existing locations in Sydney, Santiago, Mexico City, Moscow, and St. Petersburg, Russia. The brand is expected to announce the opening of multiple locations this year, as it continues its expansion into destination cities around the world.

In Toronto, first round member auditions will be held at Hard Candy Fitness Toronto on Thursday, January 30 from 7:30 to 10 p.m. and Saturday, February 1 from 1 to 4 p.m. Final cut auditions will be held on Monday, February 10. You must be a member of Hard Candy Fitness Toronto before January 30 to qualify for auditions. Those who make the final cut must be available all day on February 10 and 11.

For more information about the Toronto club, exclusive membership opportunities, and how to enter the auditions:

• call 416.979.1645,

• visit www.hardcandyfitnesstoronto.com,

• or email info@hardcandyfitnesstoronto.com.

Twitter:        @HCFToronto
Facebook:   Hard Candy Fitness Toronto
Website:      www.hardcandyfitnesstoronto.com

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Hard Candy Fitness Toronto. (Image courtesy of Jennifer Toole)

About Hard Candy Fitness: Hard Candy Fitness is a global luxury fitness brand with a distinctive footprint. Clubs are focused on innovative group fitness programming and personalized fitness training. The brand was created in 2010 by Madonna, the world’s leading female pop-icon and well-known fitness enthusiast, and New Evolution Ventures, the world’s leading expert in fitness club development and operations. Hard Candy Fitness currently has club locations in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Santiago, Sydney, Mexico City, Rome, and Berlin.

For more information, please visit www.hardcandyfitness.com.

About New Evolution Ventures® (NeV): Based in Northern California, New Evolution Ventures® (NeV) has a two-decade plus record of success in delivering superior returns on investment, specializing in the acquisition, development and operations management of both domestic and international fitness endeavors.  Founded in 2008 by Mark Mastrov, Jim Rowley and Mike Feeney and following a strategic partnership with Vision Capital in 2011, the current team of NeV professionals is setting industry-wide standards one brand at a time. Operations have spanned over 20 countries worldwide and included hundreds of facilities. Our team’s industry experience has positioned NeV as a global leader in its field, expanding and reinventing the vision of fitness.

For more information, visit www.nev.com.

Madonna opens gym in Toronto

- October 23rd, 2013

The Material Girl’s fitness brand — Hard Candy Fitness — has arrived in North America with the opening of a 42,000-square-foot club on Toronto’s Yonge Street.

Here are the details that were released today …

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U.S. pop star Madonna poses for photographers on the red carpet at the opening of her fitness centre “Hard Candy Fitness” on Oct. 17 in Berlin. The fitness brand’s largest location is now open in Toronto.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 23, 2013

Madonna’s Hard Candy Fitness® opens its doors in Toronto

New club location in city’s downtown core now accepting memberships

TORONTO, ON – Hard Candy Fitness®, the global luxury fitness brand in partnership with Madonna and New Evolution Ventures (NeV), today announced the October opening of Hard Candy Fitness Toronto located at 382 Yonge St. The exquisite 42,000-square-foot facility is the brand’s first club in North America and the largest of all current Hard Candy Fitness gyms whose current locations include Rome, Sydney, Santiago, Mexico City, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Russia, and Berlin. 

We are very excited about the opening of Toronto’s new Hard Candy Fitness,” said Leonard Schlemm, chairman and co-owner of Hard Candy Fitness Toronto. “The club is in one of the city’s most beautiful condominium towers in arguably the most vibrant neighbourhood in Toronto.”

This full-scale club will exude the brand’s signature modern style with high-end amenities, extensive cardio, functional strength and personal training spaces, state-of-the-art equipment, saunas, steam rooms, custom juice bar and an all-around rooftop terrace. Hard Candy Fitness Toronto members will benefit from unique group fitness programming with studios for everything from cycling and Pilates to yoga and cardio-dance — including Hard Candy Fitness’ signature “Addicted to Sweat” workouts. Madonna and her long-time personal trainer, Nicole Winhoffer, were directly involved in the selection of each Addicted to Sweat instructor at the Toronto location.
 
The club will be located on the top retail floor of the newly-constructed, 78-story Aura building at College Park. Built by the Canderel Real Estate Development Corporation, the building will be the tallest condominium in Canada with stunning views of the cityscape with an adjacent three acre park. The Toronto team, led by President and CEO Annick-Isabelle Marcoux, is made up of some of the top fitness experts and trainers in Canada.
 
Hard Candy Fitness is expected to announce the opening of several other locations this year as it continues its expansion into destination cities around the world. Madonna recently attended the official opening of Hard Candy Fitness in Berlin and taught an “Addicted To Sweat” class. Exclusive promotional membership packages are now available. 

For details, or to enroll, visit www.hardcandyfitnesstoronto.com,
email 
info@hardcandyfitnesstoronto.comor call 416.979.1645.
 
About Hard Candy Fitness:
Hard Candy Fitness is a global luxury fitness brand with a distinctive footprint. Clubs are focused on innovative group fitness programming and personalized fitness training. The brand was created in 2010 by Madonna, the world’s leading female pop icon and well-known fitness enthusiast, and New Evolution Ventures, the world’s leading expert in fitness club development and operations. Hard Candy Fitness currently has club locations in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Santiago, Sydney, Mexico City, Rome, and Berlin. For more information, please visit www.hardcandyfitness.com.
 
About New Evolution Ventures® (NeV):
Based in Northern California, New Evolution Ventures® (NeV) has a two-decade plus record of success in delivering superior returns on investment, specializing in the acquisition, development and operations management of both domestic and international fitness endeavours. Founded in 2008 by Mark Mastrov, Jim Rowley and Mike Feeney and following a strategic partnership with Vision Capital in 2011, the current team of NeV professionals is setting industry-wide standards one brand at a time. Operations have spanned over 20 countries worldwide and included hundreds of facilities. The team’s industry experience has positioned NeV as a global leader in its field, expanding and reinventing the vision of fitness. For more information, visit www.nev.com.
 
About Aura at College Park:
Canada’s tallest condominium will punctuate the skyline of Toronto like no other building. At 78 stories, Aura projects a commanding presence with granite, glass and stunning views of the adjacent three acre park. Built by the Canderel Real Estate Development Corporations, the space is more than just a residential building, and includes boutiques, restaurants, cafes and more. For more information, visit www.collegeparkcondos.com.

Photo of the week: Madonna at Hard Candy Fitness

- August 25th, 2013

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Madonna waves as she leaves the new Hard Candy Fitness centre in Rome on Aug. 21, 2013. REUTERS/Remo Casilli

Words of wisdom from Madonna’s former yoga instructor

- October 30th, 2011
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The great Gurmukh is India-bound after a three-city Canadian tour this month.

Internationally renowned yoga expert Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa wrapped up a four-day seminar today in Ottawa.

She taught a Kundalini yoga training course for yoga teachers Oct. 27-30 at The Shunnya Centre, 63 Beechwood Ave.

It’s the last official stop on a three-city Canadian tour this month that included visits to Vancouver and Edmonton.

The 68-year-old former yoga teacher-to-the-stars is now preparing to go to India.

In case you missed her, here’s a collection of wisdom-filled quotes from a recent interview I conducted with the woman commonly known as Madonna’s ex-yoga instructor, followed by video clips from the Vancouver and Edmonton workshops:

• On balance

“Body, mind and soul … (are) the three aspects of the human being and once they come into balance, that’s when you find happiness.”

• On happiness

“Happiness is that which doesn’t deviate due to circumstances. You know, you have a girlfriend, she breaks up (with you) and then you’re sad. … You had a bummer day. … When you’re truly happy, you just keep constant. It doesn’t mean you’re not emotional or sad when something happens. But you don’t give away that permanent gift inside of you.”

• On inner peace and geographic location

“If you find that peace inside of you, you can almost be anywhere and not be affected by your environment. But if you don’t have that inner strength and connectiveness, the environment dictates your emotions. … Kundalini yoga gives you the interior peace no matter where you are.”

• On whether a certain physical activity is worthwhile

“Is it fun, does it make me feel good, and is it also challenging? If all those three things I can answer (affirmatively), then to me it’s so worthy of doing.”

• On her formative years in the U.S. midwest

“I worked hard at ice skating and then swimming and being on the swim team and water ballet and all that. I always loved movement and dance. I loved to read and I loved school, but I really liked to move. I always have.”

• On breathing at full capacity

“That’s why people get high when they climb mountains, when they do marathons, when they ski — because they’re using full breath capacity. It’s hard at first, but then you get a high without any drugs at all. The high comes from the connection of your breath to your spirit. They call it a second wind in sports. We just call it a spiritual connection. It’s all the same thing.”

• On teaching yoga to celebrities

“I did that for a number of years. … That was a chapter of my life I would never go back to. It was interesting, it was entertaining, but it wasn’t sustaining for my soul. I got so less impressed as time went on with all the celebrities. I enjoyed them, but I saw then just as anybody else. They still had to learn to breathe and quiet their mind and move their bodies. They just became wonderful human beings, but they weren’t any different than anyone else.”

• On her worldwide notoriety

“I never planned on it. … I never asked for this at all. It just was my destiny. It wasn’t like I went out looking for it. I just kept teaching and working hard and carrying on, and lo and behold, this thing happened. But it wasn’t any of my doing. It was more just destiny’s doing, you might say. And I’m thankful for it.”

• On teaching

“I teach a lot of teachers to become teachers. That’s my biggest goal because I’ll leave my body, but what am I leaving on the earth? I want to leave teachers that will carry this ancient technology on. … I feel so blessed every morning I wake up and it makes me really be more dedicated to wanting to help other people to feel the same way — to feel alive.”

• On yoga

“It’s the most ancient science in the whole world. It’s 40,000 years old. It wasn’t just thought up in the ’80s and the ’90s. And you don’t need anything but yourself and your breath. You don’t even need any equipment. It’s such a built-in ancient technology that just came up. It was lying dormant, you might say, and then in the mid-’70s, it started awakening. And now … everybody’s doing yoga.”

• On tips for trying yoga

“Find a class in your area. It doesn’t matter what kind. Just give it a try. Everybody’s got yoga everywhere and maybe that won’t be the yoga that you’ll stick with, but you’ll get an experience and then maybe try another yoga class or get a video. And the best test is how do you feel? Do you feel more calm? Do you have more energy? Are you less worried? Whatever it is. Does your back feel better? Whatever it is. And that would be the sign. If you feel sicker and stiffer and more angry or whatever your thing is, then it’s not for you, but I’ve never met anyone that it’s not for them.”

• On the essence of yoga

“The expression is: ‘Off the mat and into the world.’ Like, get off the mat, your spirits are up, your body feels good, now go and help other people who don’t feel this way.”

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Madonna’s former yoga teacher in Edmonton tonight

- October 25th, 2011
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Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa

Following yesterday’s sold-out workshop, there’s only one more opportunity to catch internationally renowned yoga expert Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa in Edmonton.

The ex-flower child who counts Madonna and Cindy Crawford among her former yoga students will be at Ross Sheppard School, (13546 111 Ave.) from 6 to 8:30 p.m. today (Oct. 25) for a workshop titled Peace of Mind: How to get it … How to keep it.

The 68-year-old presented a workshop called 10 Sacred Secrets to Success yesterday (Oct. 24) at Laurier Heights School.

Here’s a note from local yoga instructor Susan Agrios, who helped bring Gurmukh to Alberta’s capital during a three-city Canadian tour this month:

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Gurmukh and Edmontonian Susan Agrios

I often get asked why do you have Gurmukh teaching in a school? I intentionally put Gurmukh in two schools for a number of reasons:

1) I have been teaching students and teachers about yoga and meditation so they can experience the many benefits. As well, I have been teaching yoga and meditation to teachers across the province at conventions such as GETCA, HEPC so they can use it for themselves and also teach it to their students in the classroom. I feel this is such an important/key place for yoga and meditation to be and if kids can learn this at a young age it will help them better deal with all the stress they face on a daily basis and into their adulthood. We spend so much time trying to control our environment or we try to escape from it by perhaps watching TV, drinking or going away on a trips …we either have to literally remove ourselves from our environment and we check out by watching TV and others go even further by drinking or taking drugs. Yet in the end we still have to come back to our environment. I often have people tell me they went away for a week and they were just starting to unwind the last few days of their trip. They tell me how they go back to work and by the end of the day they feel like they need another vacation. I’ve always felt you can’t control your environment but you can certainly change what you can bring to it … something yoga and meditation can help you with.

2) I was a former school teacher and was able to see first hand all the stress teachers and students are under. As well, how important it is to have mental focus and clarity as both a teacher and student … again something yoga and meditation can help you with. Please note I was a former student at both of the schools (Laurier Heights and Ross Shep, my nieces are now at Laurier Heights) Gurmukh will be teaching at. In addition to being a graduate at Ross Shep I was also a former school teacher there.

3)  I’ve got a program called TIME OUT in the schools.  TIME OUT for yoga, meditation and fitness. Proceeds and donations from this event will go towards the TIME OUT program … continuation of yoga, meditation and fitness in the schools.

4) I wanted to make it more affordable for people so having her in a larger space enabled us to do so as it will fit more people. The last thing I wanted to hear was I sure would like to go see here, but I can’t afford to.

Please note this event is also open to students … grades 5 and up.

So in short, it was very fitting to have her in the schools

Also if you get a chance, watch my nine-minute video on my website (click on classes & cds and scroll down to video) of teaching yoga and meditation in the schools and you will get a flavour of what I am doing with the students and teachers and the impact it is having on them as you listen to their testimonials.

Look forward to having you join us for two special evenings with Gurmukh and experience a magical evening with us.

Susan Agrios

International Sport Performance Specialist

Fitness Trainer and Speaker

B.A. in Psychology, B.Ed

NCCP Olympic Weightlifting Certification

Advanced Training in Yoga Nidra

Kundalini Yoga Instructor

www.trainingbyagrios.com

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• Susan Agrios brings world renowned yoga master Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa to Edmonton for two Kundalini yoga and meditation workshops.

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• Susan Agrios, Bringing Kundalini yoga and meditation into schools.

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