Yoga is incredibly popular in the heart of Toronto and across the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). At a yoga studio in Toronto, there is sure to be something to suit practitioners who want easy access to their favourite types of yoga and adventurers interested in trying out new styles.
As of 2013, there were about 669 yoga studios in Toronto offering different types of yoga in a wide variety of spaces, each with a unique vibe—ranging from large corporate chains to highly specialized, one-of-a-kind boutiques where the founder still teaches virtually every day of the week. In fact, according to Toronto yogis, the GTA is Canada’s yoga capital with more studios per capita than anywhere else in North America.
With so many possibilities in every part of the GTA, there’s a yoga studio in Toronto for everyone. Whether you want to stick with the types of yoga you already know and love or step out of your comfort zone and experiment with more unusual and exotic types of yoga, you’re sure to find a style and yoga studio in Toronto to match your needs.
The Yoga Sanctuary
The Yoga Sanctuary, which currently has two locations, was started by sisters Kimberley Sopinka and Cynthia Funk who dreamed about creating a family business. That dream became a reality with their first studio at Yonge and College in late 1999, followed by their studio at Broadview and Danforth in 2003.
Today, they offer myriad types of yoga including Hatha and Hatha Flow, Vinyasa, restorative, Zen Stretch, Yin-Yang, prenatal yoga, Slow Flow, Mysore, Ashtanga, Yin, and more.
If you’re looking for a meditative experience, try Yin Yoga. Peaceful and calming, even contemplative, Yin Yoga effectively targets connective tissues, ligaments, and joints with deep stretches held for long periods of time. There are also classes that will teach you meditation and create long, lean, strong muscles with Pilates.
Whether you’re a rank beginner or an experienced yogi, the Yoga Sanctuary provides plenty of options in open, airy, and spotlessly clean studios.
The Flying Yogi
Canada’s first Suspension Yoga studio, The Flying Yogi, is perfect for those who want to try something new, love having fun, and want to experience how suspended inversions can release back pain, improve posture, and enhance spinal mobility. Yogis use the unique, patented YogiGym equipment to support the more challenging postures and allow practitioners to hold deep stretches longer.
If you’ve always been drawn to the unusual, and upside-down practice holds a particular appeal, this is your chance to flip up, down, and around. The Flying Yogi welcomes people of all ages and abilities—founder Beatrix Montanile says, “Kids love being upside down and our biggest challenge is getting them right side up again.” What’s the best possible reason to sign up for the parent-and-tot and family classes? They’re a ton of fun for everyone!
Infrared Yoga at The Flying Yogi lets practitioners reap the therapeutic benefits of heat as infrared heaters gently warm muscles and internal organs while toxins are naturally eliminated through sweat.
The Flying Yogi also offers aerial silks training for those who, inspired by the grace, artistry, and contained power of circus performers dancing on colourful fabric, are ready to take their skills up a notch.
Beaches Hot Yoga
For a completely different yoga experience in Toronto’s east end, just minutes from Lake Ontario’s beaches, Beaches Hot Yoga offers Bikram method, 60- and 90-minute classes, as well as non-heated Yin Yoga and special classes. The majority of classes are 60/60 Hot Yoga where you’ll be led through the typical 26 postures with two breathing exercises, which are designed to move your blood through every part of your body. Each of the postures is intended to prepare the muscles, ligaments, and joints for the next one.
Mentally relaxed, but physically stimulated after your Bikram yoga class, you can happily wander the boardwalk, peruse the shops that dot Queen Street East, and enjoy a bite to eat at one of the laid-back, funky restaurants en route.