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Yogathletix

Posted by Erica Berman / Posted on February 5, 2013

yogathletix torontoYogathletix is a newly-opened fitness studio on Queen Street, in Leslieville. The studio bills itself as "an intimate, non-intimidating yoga and fitness studio offering various forms of yoga and barefoot group exercise programs, including "BarreFit" workouts." What's meant to differentiate Yogathletix from other studios is their goal of balancing the athletic and spiritual aspects of yoga, with other mind/body practices.

yogathletix torontoTheir signature class is described as a blend of "hatha yoga poses, vinyasa flows, Pilates techniques and upper body and core strengthening exercises." This fusion-based approach is meant to attain many of the same benefits of yoga (toning, flexibility, strength-building) through a less "yogacentric" type of practice.

yogathletix torontoFancying myself an athlete (in the sport of life), and a yogi (of the bear kind), I was eager to try this class. Arriving for the lunch hour Yogathletix session on a frosty Friday, I was immediately impressed with the space. Located on the second floor of a commercial building, the studio has hardwood floors, exposed brick walls, and soaring windows and skylights which provide an abundance of natural light.

yogathletix torontoThe common space features the work of local artists and the wood furniture and benches provide sculptural elements to the room. There's a large studio for classes, plus separate changing areas for men and women.

yogathletix torontoThere are also two private, unisex washrooms, but no showers. Although you are responsible for your own yoga mat, they have ample numbers of blocks, straps, and bolsters for use during classes.

yogathletix torontoGiven the intensity level of the class, I was surprised that our teacher, Vikram, did not inquire about anyone's experience level or physical limitations before beginning. While it was a solid class - bonus points for including the pigeon pose - I can't say there was anything that distinguished it from any other power yoga/flow-type class I've previously done. There was no more focus on upper body or core strengthening beyond what you would normally find in this type of yoga class.

yogathletix torontoI was one of a dozen women attending, most of whom appeared to be under the age of 30. While the room was full of Lululemon garb and perfect pedicures, the attitude you sometimes find at yoga studios was thankfully absent.

yogathletix torontoYogathletix offers a number or other 'barefoot' classes including GETnZEN, GETnFIT and Barre FIT, all of which provide varying proportions of stretch, strength, and sculpting work. This studio does not provide you with fancy equipment and calorie burning opportunities; however, if you are looking to increase flexibility, improve your posture, or simply unwind with some mind/body therapy, than Yogathletix provides a gorgeous space to do so.

yogathletix torontoThey are currently running a Grand Opening special which will score you 30 days of unlimited classes for $40. Normally a single drop-in class will run you about $18, while discounts are offered for purchasing packages of classes or 1-month passes.

Photos by Jesse Milns

Discussion

14 Comments

Michelle / February 5, 2013 at 07:35 pm
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Glenn and team are great! The space is beautiful and the classes are thoughtful. I'm not much of a yoga-type, but don't let that deter you from trying another type of class! I'm loving the challenges in barre fit and getnfit classes. A welcome addition to the neighbourhood!
Guylaine / February 5, 2013 at 11:19 pm
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Thank you for your review and the beautiful pictures! I have to comment in regards to "only women under 30" attending class; our clientele actually varies from men and women in their 20's, 30's, 40's and up! It just happened that this particular lunch class did have many younger yoginis. We cater to all ages and our teachers take care in offering modifications and options for the fit and unfit alike. Also note that classes such as Barre Fit and GETnFit will burn calories and get your heart rate up more more than our yoga programs. I'm glad that the atmosphere was welcoming and that you found the space to be attractive and peaceful! Thanx again for taking the time to check us out!
Kate / February 6, 2013 at 10:52 am
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Oh wow, Leslieville has another gimmicky low-impact fitness studio. COLOUR ME SURPRISED.
thx / February 6, 2013 at 11:29 am
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Dear Lululemon,

Thank you.

Regards,
Male Crotches.
mappy replying to a comment from Kate / February 6, 2013 at 11:30 am
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Would you prefer it had been about King West?
Bren / February 6, 2013 at 01:55 pm
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I'm a guy and I've never really worked out in my life and figured I'd give this place a shot after seeing their $40 deal. I've already gone 4 times within a week and I love it. The classes are fantastic and everyone is really friendly. Try the BarreFit classes – awesome
Karen / February 6, 2013 at 10:20 pm
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For a studio that just opened, they have been very accommodating and have always asked for feedback so they can better serve Leslievillers. How many studios have asked for your feedback and really meant it? Not many. The barrefit class is an amazing workout and they offer so many different types of classes depending on what your looking for. I know that as they grow, they will be offering more times and other classes. It's only February...and they just opened in January! The studio is by far one of the most beautiful I've seen in Toronto. If you want to go to a studio where no one knows your name ... Yogathletix is not for you. Namaste
J / February 8, 2013 at 10:52 am
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I love this studio! I have been doing Crossfit as my primary exercise for the past few years, but lately I have been lacking motivation to do such intense workouts multiple times a week. Yogathletix has been an amazing compliment to Crossfit and I've started getting excited to exercise again...finally! I love their blend of classes that range from straight yoga to some really cool barre/ball/pilates fusion classes. Everyone there is lovely and like the commenter above, they really listen to feedback about their class schedule. It's also a GORGEOUS space, and very inviting. I signed up for their intro deal and will be registering for a monthly pass when it ends. Their prices are very reasonable.
joe mama / February 8, 2013 at 03:58 pm
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Yoga: Allowing women to feel like they got a serious workout since 2000BC.
seymour butts / February 8, 2013 at 09:10 pm
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"strengthening your core" is pointless if your "core" is under a big layer of fat, like the heavyset women in the pictures.
JC replying to a comment from seymour butts / February 10, 2013 at 11:47 am
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hey now, no need to call out anyone and their body types. Incidentally, strengthening your core is important for more reasons other than having a six pack. A strong core = a healthy spine.
Lucas Bako / February 13, 2013 at 09:48 am
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As mma gyms in nyc instructor, I have to say, yoga is a great athletic exercise, principal when you associated body and mind. Great and functional space.
J replying to a comment from seymour butts / February 15, 2013 at 09:31 pm
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Dear Seymour,

I am the "heavyset woman in the pictures". Thank you for the insult. I appreciate your opinion that there is no point strengthening my core since it is under a layer of fat. That is very valuable feedback. I suspect you believe that I should also not participate in my other weekly workouts that involve weight training and cardio? What's the point in improving my fitness level, strength and muscle tone - it's stuck under a layer of fat, after all. Should I also stop cooking and eating high quality, nutrient dense meals? After all, what's the point in nourishing my body properly when it's all stuck under a layer of fat? Thanks again for the insult. I'll think of you tomorrow when I'm at yoga, wasting my time improving my strength and flexibility, since I know I shouldn't bother taking care of my body so long as I've got that extra layer of fat on me.
Andrea / March 15, 2013 at 11:27 pm
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This is my favorite studio now. As a fairly new Torontonian, I have tried out a few other yoga studios, but this has the best balance of classes for me. The location is great (I live just a 15 min bus ride north of the studio). You can easily take the streetcar west or east along Queen or the 72 bus north to Pape Station. For a cardio workout, I love the GetnFit and Barre Fit classes. For a mellow stretching class, GetnZen does the trick. For some regular hatha yoga, Yogasana and for a bit of a challenge, YogAthletix. I also like the diverse clientele that go here; young, older, skinny, curvy, the lot! I always felt self conscious going to other yoga studios where everyone is a size 2 and the median age is 22. Glenn (the owner) always greets me by name. I like the personal touch. Try this beautiful studio out and you won't be disappointed!

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