FitZonePLUS exists because many people of ALL shapes, sizes & abilities find typical yoga & fitness studios intimidating & non inclusive.
Give us the chance to help make a difference in your life. One hour, one class - JUST TRY IT. You don't have to come back, but most people do because we are EXACTLY what we say we are.
You will NEVER feel judged, uncomfortable or out of place at FitZonePLUS. We PROMISE!
Suzanne is an international advocate for inclusive, non judgmental, supportive yoga classes to suit ALL BODIES. She is a pioneer in Plus Size Fitness and created the FIRST plus size yoga class in North America in 2002. She specializes in Beginner, Plus Size and Senior yoga and teaches a variety of classes including Hatha, Restorative and Yin. Suzanne has practiced yoga for over 25 years and has trained 100+ instructors on yoga modifications and working with diverse body types through workshops, international retreats and at her studio in Toronto.
Suzanne has practiced yoga since the late 80's and was active and involved in competitive sports until an accident in 2001 left her barely able to walk for two years. After gaining 100+ pounds over the next 8 years of due to nerve damage and sciatica, a mixture of yoga and acupuncture helped her get back in action, but her experiences in yoga studios as a larger person were not ideal. Due to her much larger than average size (at that time) and physical limitations, she wasn't able to do many of the poses and instead of being shown modifications to boost her confidence and master them in a way that worked for her body, she was usually told "just do your best." She wanted to channel the shame, embarrassment, frustration she felt into something positive, creating a small plus-size yoga class in 2002.
She opened FitZonePLUS in 2011, starting with just two classes — those two classes sold out from day one! In October, 2013, demand for classes had grown so much that FitZonePLUS moved to it's current location in the heart of the Danforth. Classes now include Yoga, Zumba, Group Personal Training, BallroomBlitz, workshops, local and international yoga retreats and the life changing Mind Body Makeover. All FitZonePLUS instructors are personally trained by Suzanne on modifying yoga poses and fitness classes to fit diverse body types.
FitZonePLUS has been featured on CBC News, The National, Global News, The Toronto Star, The Globe & Mail, The Vancouver Sun and many local and international blogs. It's the 'go to' boutique yoga/fitness centre in Toronto for those looking for a non judgmental, supportive environment with NO attitude.
Suzanne says, "Creating FitZonePLUS has been a large factor in my growing self acceptance and confidence; it has changed my life in countless ways. I've lost over 120lbs and I'm heathier than ever! I hope my journey will inspire others."
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