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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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Stretching the capacity of ACE’s Climatic Wind Tunnel

UOIT and the community experience yoga in the elements

Climatic yoga class in the ACE Climatic Wind Tunnel (November 16, 2015).
Climatic yoga class in the ACE Climatic Wind Tunnel (November 16, 2015).

The University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) made history at ACE on November 16. The university’s renowned advanced testing facility opened its Climatic Wind Tunnel to stage the world’s first climatic yoga class.

Around 70 eager participants experienced Yoga in the Elements, an hour-long yoga journey filled with tropical warmth, soothing wind, refreshing and misty rain and energizing sunshine. The historic class was guided by experienced and charismatic yoga instructor J.P. Tamblyn, owner of Toronto-based Ahimsa Yoga. Tambyn’s unique teaching style enhanced the enjoyment of the class, ensuring those of all yoga levels felt welcome.

Climatic Yoga class in the ACE Climatic Wind Tunnel

Using ACE’s seemingly endless climatic capabilities, ACE engineers were able to boost the temperature from 30 to 40 degrees Celsius, create mystifying sun showers, and replicate the sun from sunrise to sunset. The climatic capabilities were set to co-ordinate with the flow of yoga poses and calming music to truly envelope participants in the elements.

ACE wants to contribute to the health and fitness of all those at UOIT and the community to ensure their focus is on innovation in all applications – from automotive technology advances to fitness classes.

“It was tons of fun, everyone really enjoyed themselves and stepped out of their comfort zone,” said Tamblyn. “Everyone was open and perceptive to it and had a really good time.”

ACE is planning to host another fitness event in January to incorporate fun ways for students, staff and the community to take advantage of ACE’s unique capabilities. The January event will treat participants to a rejuvenating sunny and tropical climate to help battle the winter blues.

To keep up to date on all events happening at ACE, feel free to follow its Facebook page and Twitter feed.

For more on J.P. Tamblyn’s Ahimsa Yoga, visit anytime for locations and class information.