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The following programs are available to Members and Non-Members for an extra cost. All participants are required to register before the start of each session.

Fall 2021 Programs

Registration for Fall 2021 Premium Group Fitness Programs is open for Members and Non-Members.

Register via email at fitness@villacharities.com, in-person at our Membership Office during office hours, or call 416-789-7011 ext. 231.

Hatha Yoga

The primary purpose of yoga is the reconditioning of the system, both body and mind, to affect the highest possible standard of physical stamina, mental health, and organic vigour. Hatha Yoga is interpreted as a method that will achieve maximum results with a minimum expenditure of energy. Maximum number of participants is 15, minimum of 10.

Instructor: Carol Miller, Dragana Despotovic, Niki Aron


Gentle Hatha Yoga

Gentle Hatha Yoga is designed for the older adult who may be suffering from depression, mental stress, arthritis and orosteoporosis. In this class, you will learn to meditate, breath correctly though yoga methods that will improve your body posture awareness and self-confidence. No mat work, chairs will be provided.

Instructor: Carol Miller


Restorative Yoga

Restorative Yoga is for stressful times. Let stress and tension melt away and connect with a deep sense of peace and relaxation. Restorative Yoga is a deeply relaxing practice of supported poses, guided relaxation, yogic breathing and an extended final resting pose. When stress becomes chronic, our body’s capacity to heal itself is compromised, but the antidote to stress is relaxation. This class is for any level student seeking to reduce the effects of stress. This practice cultivates a necessary balance between body and mind while dissolving physical and mental tension. The class is slow, deeply nurturing and suitable for all ages – particularly those with chronic pain or limitations.

Instructor: David Pantano


Vinyasa Yoga

Vinyasa Yoga (a root form of Ashtanga Yoga) is characterized by a focus on dynamic connecting posture that creates a flow between the more static traditional yoga postures.

Vinyasa translates as linking and the system also implies the linking of the movement to the breath. Essentially the breath dictates the movement and the length of time held in the postures. Attention is also placed on the journey between the postures, and not just the postures themselves. In Vinyasa Yoga the postures can be arranged into different sequences that can meet the practitioner’s need or mood in a more creative flow.

Instructor: David Pantano


Bliss Yoga (Seated Pillow Practice)

Combining aspects of traditional yoga, Tai Chi and meditation with breathing practices, Seated Pillow Yoga is a mindful and meditative yoga class, ideal for individuals looking for a low energy activity to unwind, stretch and recover vitality. The instructor will lead the class through an hour-long session that combines light physical stretching, mindful meditations and whole-body relaxation exercises to slow down, de-stress and transform energy to refresh, recharge and rejuvenate. Participants are asked to bring a pillow to class.

Instructor: David Pantano


Mindful Yoga

Warming up with yoga flow and diving into Kundalini breathwork and movements to balance the chakras and enhance flow of energy in all systems. Powerful, transformative, immune boosting, calming and physically and emotionally healing, this class is friendly and informative for all levels.

Instructor: Marda Sperber


Yoga Flow (All Levels)

This class focuses on the flow of Vinyasa and breath (pranayama) awareness. Movement that connects in a continuous smooth fashion. For all levels. Great for balancing and vitalizing all your energies.

Instructor: Marda Sperber


Meditation (Day & Evening)

Quiet your mind, connect with your inner self, and listen to your body. Join our group of like-minded people in a safe, supportive environment, to start or grow your meditation practice. Be guided to connect with your inner-self to help physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being. This 45-minute class is designed for those who want to improve health, energy, independence, judgment, empathy, happiness, relaxation, mindfulness and peacefulness.

Instructor: Marda Sperber

For more information on upcoming sessions, please contact the Membership Office:

 416-789-7011 ext. 214
Email: fitness@villacharities.com

Olympic-Style Non-Contact Box Fit


Aspire to the lean muscularity and athleticism of the elite boxer and discover why boxing / kick-boxing is referred to as “the sweet science.” Learn the skills of a great sport and a proven method of self-defense.


The biomechanical science underpinning both the conditioning and technical elements of Coach Mancini’s program sharply distinguishes it from the typical Box-exercise class, which only mimics boxing movements, often teaching students a poor technique that lends itself to injury. Whether in his non-contact or competitive program, students will learn to box.


Instructor: Erico Mancini

Try your hand at squash and racquetball on one of our five courts and make strides in your game. We have four international sized squash courts and one racquetball court. Any-time use is included with your Executive Membership. General Membership use is limited to non-prime time hours. Whether you are a first-time player or a seasoned veteran, everyone is welcome!


Adult Intermediate Squash Clinic


Work on perfecting the shots you already have or add a shot to your selection. We will focus on game play strategy and shot selection, as well as footwork and biomechanics. This clinic is for people who are level 3 or above in the house league.


Instructor: Patrick Clinton & Niki Aron



Kids Learn To Play (Ages 10 – 13)


Kids will benefit from the physical activity that squash requires, as well as the mental strategic component of becoming a squash pro. Students will need their own racquet, goggles and court shoes to participate. This program is open to children at any playing level.


Instructor: Niki Aron


Private Squash Lessons Available

The use of TRX® and other modalities are utilized to work through various functional movement patterns including squats, hinges, pulls, pushes and planks. This program is open to all levels, as anyone can learn to move well. Get ready to sweat and burn some extra calories.

With varied, high-intensity functional movements, our new OMEGA High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) at the Columbus Centre Athletic Club coaches people of all shapes and sizes to improve their strength, physical well-being and cardiovascular fitness in an encouraging environment. Using various training equipment including kettle bells, resistance bands, battle ropes and sledgehammers, OMEGA is designed to improve your endurance, stamina, strength, mobility, power, speed, agility, balance and coordination.

With our specialized coaching staff, OMEGA is scalable for everyone, from beginners to high-level athletes. You will finish the course with renewed energy and excitement to continue your health and fitness journey.

For More Information On Upcoming Sessions, please contact the Membership Office:

Phone: 416-789-7011 ext. 214
Email: fitness@villacharities.com

Adult Karate


Do is a complete system of self-defence designed for persons of all ages. Classes include gentle stretches, warm-up techniques (such as punches, kicks, intercepting strikes, combinations), kata (patterns) practice, ukemi (break-falls), joint locks and throws. Proper karate training helps to develop coordination, balance, improved concentration and confidence. Emphasis is placed on karate history and philosophy.


Instructors: Maria Galati & Edward Lakics


Children’s Karate


Children learn a complete system of self-defence with classes that are structured to teach self-discipline in a fun atmosphere. Students practice with gentle stretches, karate techniques, kata, ukemi and throws. Children develop coordination, balance, improved concentration and confidence. Emphasis is placed on proper breathing techniques and effective use of energy. Karate philosophy and history are taught in an age-appropriate manner. Children must be 6 years of age. Please speak with the instructor if child is under 6 years of age.


Instructors: Maria Galati & Edward Lakics


Please note: If you or your child have any special needs, please contact Gabriella Lalli in advance of start date.


Phone: 416-789-7011 ext. 214
Email: lalli@villacharities.com


Karate Parties!

Celebrating a birthday? Want to create a special party event? Ask about our fun and action-packed parties for children, teens and adults.


Cost: $20.00 per person
Age: 6 years + | Min. 5 participants
Maximum capacity of 8 as per safety guidelines.


For more information contact:
Gabriella Lalli
Phone: 416-789-7011 ext. 214
Email: lalli@villacharities.com

Balance With Tai Chi (All Levels)

This gentle Chinese practice helps clear and calm the mind while you work your body. Benefits of Tai Chi conditioning include improved concentration, balance, posture, circulation, co-ordination, general well-being, and a strong body mind connection.


Maria Galati,
AOCAD, BA, Karate 3rd Degree Black Belt



Okinawan Matsubayashi Shorin-Ryu Karate-Do

Traditional Okinawan karate for children, teens and adults. Practice for fun or certified belt levels. Regular classes, private and semi-private lessons available.


Maria Galati,
AOCAD, BA, Karate 3rd Degree Black Belt


Edward Lakics,
Karate 4th Degree & Judo 2nd Degree Black Belts



Serious Self-Defence For Teens, Women Or Men

Private and Semi-Private Lessons available.


Maria Galati,
AOCAD, BA, Karate 3rd Degree Black Belt


Edward Lakics,
Karate 4th Degree and Judo 2nd Degree Black Belts



Gentle Fitness

Gentle Fitness is for all seniors interested in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. This low-impact, one-hour class includes flexibility, cardiovascular and muscle strengthening exercises, and is less stressful than other exercise classes. Come out, meet new friends and get into shape. Everyone is welcome. Register for Gentle Fitness today!


Instructor: Jean-Luc Fornasiero