The top 10 meditation centres in Toronto
Meditation centres in Toronto will ease your worries, heal your soul and leave you feeling at peace with the world. Many of these places are free of charge, so you don't need to stress about money (see, it's already working), and with group meetings all around Toronto, you won't need to go far. So get into that kinda-awkward-cross-legged position and say it with me: ommmmmmm.
Here are my picks for the top meditation centres in Toronto.
With free sessions spanning from Etobicoke to Scarborough (with Annex and Danforth locations) and up to North York, you're bound to find a spot near you. The volunteer-led groups generally meet once a week.
Kadampa Meditation Centre Canada
The Kadampa Meditation Centre in Little Italy is actually a Buddhist temple - but you don't need to be a Buddhist to come here and benefit from its practices. There is a cost to take the various meditation classes, or if you think you'll end up a regular, you can purchase a centre card, which will provide you with unlimited classes.
Mindfulness Meditation Toronto
With meditation programs taking place at two locations, one in Davisville and the other on Eglinton West, Mindfulness Meditation can help you with your stress, management of your emotions, sleep and much more. One of their popular programs is the 8-week core program, which takes place three times a year.
Shambhala Toronto in Koreatown is all about manifesting people's goodness into society. The general meditation programs for this ancient practice are free to the public, but they also have special focused programs for a fee.
Nithyanada Meditation Academy
The Nithyanada Meditation Academy in Scarborough not only offers free guided meditation, but also free yoga, Kriya classes as well as Energy Healing. This is obviously your one-stop shop for all around wellness.
Located in an actual house in the Dupont and Lansdowne area, Yoga House keeps the class sizes to maximum of 5 people so you can really focus on your meditation. Every Saturday morning they have Satsang class, where you'll get in yoga, meditation and more.
True Peace Toronto
True Peace Toronto gathers Mondays at the University of Toronto campus, and Fridays at the Miles Nadal Centre, for no charge. The focus of their practice is on the Zen Buddhist teachings of a Vietnamese monk - but as always, everyone is welcome.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre
The Toronto location (at Harbord and Spadina) of Sivananda Yoga Vendanta Centre is just one of 30 worldwide. They offer free group meditation throughout the week from 6 to 7am (just try not to fall back asleep while meditating) and also on Friday and Sunday evenings.
Toronto Zen Centre
The Toronto Zen Centre, in High Park, was established back in 1967 as place to practice Buddhism. They offer an introductory workshop so you can decide if the Zen Centre is right for you before you purchase a membership.
Awakened Meditation Centre
Located in New Toronto, the Awakened Meditation Centre offers a weekly three-hour meditation course, beginning with yoga and ending with a Zen meal (bonus!). The centre has a Zen Master and a number of Dharma teachers to lead you through Buddhist practices, or to take you on multi-day retreats if you need a little extra de-stressing.
Photo via Toronto Meditation.
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