Finding balance, relaxation, and sanctuary is no easy feat in a busy city like this. Perhaps that’s why innovative yoga studios have sprung up in neighborhoods across Toronto, each offering a fresh mix of classes and a new path to help you get centered. Call up any friends who might be up for a class or two, and get ready to warm up and bliss out at some of the best yoga studios in Toronto.
Downward Dog Yoga Centre
Have you been wanting to try yoga for a while, but you’re afraid of getting your butt kicked? Downward Dog is a great place to learn. Have some of your pals sign up for a Prep class with you and head down to the warm, homey Queen Street West studio and learn at your own speed, without feeling like you’re disturbing the flow of the class. If you feel yourself start to slip, or can’t quite get into a pose, don’t worry: A friendly instructor will come over to catch you, guide you into the right shape, or help you with your breathing.
Add some (literal) heat to your fitness routine: Temperatures inside Moksha‘s yoga studio rooms are cranked up to sweat-inducing highs to increase your flexibility in the poses and detoxify your body. Drop by Moksha’s uptown, downtown, or Danforth location to stretch, strengthen, and tone your muscles while working up a sweat. Don’t forget to bring a towel.
Octopus Garden Holistic Yoga Centre
Feel like you’ve been burning the candle at both ends? Octopus Garden in Little Italy offers calming, restorative Hatha yoga classes almost every day of the week. Plus, the centre’s on-site therapeutic clinic provides healing acupuncture and Oriental medicine, osteopathy, and massage therapy. Ah, bliss…
The Yoga Sanctuary
If you want a middday re-charge, this should be your spot. Billed as “a safe haven for inward journeys,” this airy College Street studio is ideally situated for a lunchtime yoga class before you head back to the office. Started by sisters Kimberley Sopinka and Cynthia Funk, this family-run business offers classes in Pilates and several forms of yoga. And if you work closer to the east end of the city, you can drop by Yoga Sactuary‘s second location on the Danforth.
This boutique studio on the Ossington Strip offers almost every type of yoga class you could dream of, from vigorous Ashtanga to calming Restorative – there’s something for everybody. If you’re a new mom, you’ll want to check out the post-natal program, where you can bring your baby to class. Yogaspace‘s on-site wellness centre offers services like nutrition coaching and personal training: It’s a one-stop shop for holistic living, and one of the best yoga studios in Toronto.