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The Best Hot Yoga in Toronto

Posted by Anne Cloutier / July 23, 2012

Hot Yoga TorontoThe best hot yoga studios in Toronto have come a long way from early days, set-in-stone series and claims of quick weight loss as an incentive. Hot yoga is big business in this city of go-getters and time-strapped exercisers, and there's nothing quite like the buzz you get from an intense session: this feeling of strength wrapped in peacefulness topped by a knowing smile.

The studios on this list all cater to their students' need for precise alignment in a heated environment, and restorative as well as challenging classes. Their teachers' bios read like self-improvement manuals, constantly acquiring new knowledge from the best masters in North America, India and elsewhere, and creatively enriching their classes with it.

There's a lot of variety here. But visit these studios and you'll find people plugged into their communities, looking you in the eyes when they talk to you and meaning it when they ask how you're doing today. These studios value the importance of being welcoming, and of helping students of all levels find the practice that makes them happy the most. Welcome to the new Toronto - and it's hot.

Here are the best hot yoga studios in Toronto.

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Writing by Anne Cloutier

Moksha Yoga Bloor West

Moksha Yoga Bloor West

Friendly instructors at this busy studio focus on teaching exactly to the needs of students rather than sticking to a single goal-shape or difficulty level for the standard Moksha series. This is a great place to start practicing, with many pricing options including a $7 weekly community class. Radiant panels heat the studio to 40 degrees. You will not glow but seriously sweat. And, as usual in Moksha studios, there are roomy, spotless shower areas to take care of that. Note that the studio is moving soon to 2150 Bloor Street West. More »

Tula West

Tula West

A tasteful city girl’s yoga oasis. Women sporting a post-class Grin & Glow cross paths with those coming in for hot power flow, fusion, gentle yoga, or maybe a spa treatment. I get why some neighborhood users say they come twice a day, with lots of classes in the morning, and teachers trained in many Hatha styles (Ashtanga, Bikram, Joga, Tula) catering to a wide range of tastes and difficulty. Fun, balance and variety rule. More »

Yoga Tree Dowtown

Yoga Tree Dowtown

Yoga Tree Downtown has a great, energetic vibe. Complementary hot, reduced heat, ashtanga, core and restorative classes allow students to smoothly and confidently move on from one level of difficulty to the next. Teachers are young and hip, with a passion for yoga that just shines through. This studio caters to young urban professionals and neighborhood artists, and it does it well with its effective website and an iPhone app with schedules for its 4 studios (Downtown, Yoga Tree Midtown, Thornhill and Richmond Hill) as well a booking utility. Class fees are standard on a one-off basis, but the $40 one-month unlimited package and the $99 monthly auto-renew program are great deals. Show up early at popular times. More »

Kula Yoga

Kula Yoga

"Everyone has their yoga, and yoga should be for everyone" says Kula’s studio manager, Jamilah Malika. And there’s always something juicy happening at this studio where a bevy of teachers passionate about their personal practices come together to create community, growth, and serious fund of alignment knowledge. Kula is a positive space with anasura-inspired, power flow, prenatal, Baby and Me, yin, queer and brown girl classes. This is a studio where you can both go to work on a strong practice, or find your strength when you need a soft place to land. Radiant panels. Not all classes are hot, and no extra heat is used when it’s over 30 degrees. More »

Yoga Lounge

Yoga Lounge

Had a long, crazy day in the Financial District? Banish that dream of a cool glass of rose and sprint to a hot vinyasa class at The Yoga Lounge instead. This gorgeous studio is an open secret in the 'hood. Owner Susan Emery, a long-time Iyengar yoga practitioner with extensive knowledge of other traditions, has created a hip, irreverent and joyful space where hot vinyasa and fusion classes are offered under infrared lamps. Most teachers have multiple certifications. Classes focus on breath, alignment, and finding that sweet spot that results from harmonious effort. When heat doesn’t appeal, take a class in the second room. More »

Gyan Hot Yoga

Gyan Hot Yoga

Gyan Hot Yoga is the creation of brothers Rishi, Rahul and Gourav, who started practicing yoga as children in India, where they became yoga competition champions. This is good studio to start a holistic Hatha practice including asanas (poses), kriyas (purification rituals such as nauli, demonstrated on the studio’s web site), pranayama (breathing techniques) and dhyana (meditation). If you’ve been doing hot yoga for a while and are looking for a new challenge, master balance poses here. Finally, if you think yoga is too expensive to make it a habit, this studio is so affordable you’ve just run out of excuses. More »

Breathe Yoga Studio (Junction)

Breathe Yoga Studio (Junction)

Breathe has a stellar reputation for having one of the best teams of young Ashtanga-trained teachers in town, with strong credentials in other disciplines such as Iyengar, anasura, Jivamukti, Yin, and Restorative yoga. Knowledge runs deep and tradition is intelligently expanded to fit the needs of students here and now. Heat is used for its therapeutic effects or as a support for practice goals rather than as the basis for classes. In the summer, there are Hot Yin Yoga classes. As the weather gets cooler, a greater range of classes are infrared-lamp heated. Breathe truly offers a full range of options for beginners to advanced students, so do check their website if you’re looking for a studio where you can grow your practice over time. More »

energyXchange

energyXchange

An un-gym with over 50 classes a week that aims to make you so comfortable you’ll gladly mix it up instead of worrying about looking like a fool if you try something new. energyXchange has a highly qualified yoga staff and takes its hot yoga seriously. The studio is infrared lamp-heated to 28 degrees so your body is warm enough to enhance detoxification, but not so much that your main focus is dealing with the crush. This super-creative space has a membership with unlimited classes approach, yet remains affordable. Break the monotony of set hot yoga series with hot Joga (yoga for jocks), Yin Yoga Flow, Yogilates, Fuzion. I’m heading out to a OmSweetOm Detox Cocoa class myself next week. More »

Iyashi Bedrock Yoga

Iyashi Bedrock Yoga

Ever heard of Ganbanyoku rock bathing? Try it once and your notion of what constitutes an awesome hot yoga session will be forever transformed, particularly if you’re an athlete looking to accelerate recovery, have an autoimmune condition, or just want to detox. Iyashi is the first rock bathing spa in North America. Its owners have imported black silica bedrocks from Japan. Heated to 42 degrees in a room with 63% humidity, these slabs emit detoxifying far-infrared rays. Iyashi offers one Hot Yin Yoga class a day Monday to Thursday, and two on Saturdays and Sundays. You lie on the bedrock for 30 minutes to warm up, then practice a seated Yin series for an hour. Instruction is precise, with a focus on good alignment. More »

Discussion

36 Comments

Jessica Baker / July 23, 2012 at 02:10 pm
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I've been going to iamyoga at Yonge and Bloor for the past year and love it there. Great core + flow classes, and they keep the room nice and hot. It's a great studio if you like to challenge yourself and use yoga for your primary workout source.
Angela / July 23, 2012 at 03:20 pm
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Iyashi, a unique and great spa I love! Everyone must try it!
j / July 23, 2012 at 05:01 pm
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The instructors at Tula are fabulous - though I see my fave, Jenny, is gone - but the management is terrible, thus the high turnover in staff.
steveranden / July 23, 2012 at 11:43 pm
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If you are using yoga as a "workout," you're doing it wrong.
rob / July 23, 2012 at 11:53 pm
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Are no Hot Yoga Studios in the North York/Scarb area any good then? Also if one Moksha location is amazing, would the rest be as well?
Elizabeth / July 24, 2012 at 11:27 am
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I love Moksha Yoga Downtown. Amazing teachers and supremely clean space!

Were these studio put to a vote or just the opinion of the blogger? I'd be interested to know how many studios were visited if this is just the opinion of one person.
Jessica Baker replying to a comment from steveranden / July 24, 2012 at 11:58 am
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That's not true, one of the lovely things about yoga is that everyone is responsible for their own practice. If someone wants to do a lot of core/power classes vs. a lot of ashtanga/hatha classes that's not "doing it wrong", it's just embracing what they want to get from the experience.
Paul / July 24, 2012 at 01:20 pm
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Did you guys not check out any Yoga studios in the east end, or outside the core? Seems like a limited number of studios was actually visited.
Anne Cloutier / July 24, 2012 at 02:05 pm
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Hi everyone. The studios in this list were selected based on the votes they obtained in blogTOs best hot yoga studio survey a few weeks ago.
Ed replying to a comment from rob / July 24, 2012 at 03:21 pm
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With regards to the Moksha studios, all have a unique neighbourhood flavour to them (and that's a good thing), but they all embrace some common principles which they call the "Pillars of Moksha"...being healthy, accessible, green friendly, community and outreach supportive, learning and peaceful. They also encourage everyone to practice yoga in general whether it be Moksha or not. Nothing wrong with giving it a try!
JJ / July 24, 2012 at 03:56 pm
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Red Tree Yoga in Etobicoke is the best. Love it!
LifeIsGood / July 24, 2012 at 07:30 pm
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Great to see Gyan Yoga in the top 10...it really is a gem! Been to many studios through passport to prana but stuck on this one for the challenging classes with a no non-sense approach.
Zoe Brown / July 26, 2012 at 02:25 pm
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Power Yoga Canada is amazing! I absolutly love the owners and the instructors!
Michelle / July 27, 2012 at 03:31 pm
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where are the bikram hot yoga studios? i know of a few in the city that are amazing! bikram yoga beaches is my personal favourite :)
Yogi / July 28, 2012 at 03:39 pm
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Yoga Tree downtown and midtown are both excellent! My favourite teachers are Duncan, David, Jason & Kate (she's mainly at their RH & TH studios). Both studios are very clean and the Staff are friendly. For hot yoga the heat is great! Downtown can be very frenzied in the women's change room though as it's a very busy studio. I hate it when people complain that YT DT change room is too small: it is actually very generous and very clean for a yoga studio. Plus, lockers! You want to see a bad set up for change room, shower etc? Go to Tula Central.
Iam Yoga is only OK. One practice room that you get crammed in worse than sardines. I know the only space I need is my mat but it just makes it that less relaxing when it's so crazily packed (I imagine due to those promos they always seem to be selling with Groupon etc.) I liked the teachers I have had there (Linda & Bruce in particular but I don't think he's there anymore). I noticed they reduced their schedule. It's not as convenient for me anyway. Change rooms at Iam were in a deteriorating state (at least earlier this year), broken shower heads, shower curtains and hooks for some of the hooks for hanging your stuff, and there was often a bad smell. They do clean regularly there though.
Svitlana / July 30, 2012 at 10:11 pm
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Hi Anne,
Thank you for the review of Breathe Yoga -- we are honored to be part of your list for Best Hot Yoga. Just a note that the photo features our Bloor West location while our Hot Yoga is offered at our new and much larger Junction location. I'd be happy to supply a photo.

Thank you,
bruce replying to a comment from rob / August 1, 2012 at 04:11 pm
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i would highly recommend moksha yoga north york. i used to teach there when i was home for a few months this past winter. excellent instructors, and amazing community.
James replying to a comment from steveranden / August 6, 2012 at 01:01 pm
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You're so judgmental! If you do yoga then YOU are doing it wrong by being so judgmental! Not everyone 'gets' the true concept of yoga. Live and let live and let people take from it what they will. Eventually the broader concept/purpose/meaning may come.
james / August 31, 2012 at 07:37 pm
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Tula is a great studio!
Dave S. / September 4, 2012 at 11:57 am
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Great Instruction at Tula. It was my first time and I felt completely supported to do the best that I could do.
Lauren / September 4, 2012 at 12:06 pm
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Great classes at Tula Yoga Spa!! The Studio is evenly heated. Love the attention to detail - mat racks, lighting, music, etc., everything is ZEN!!
Cesco Lepanto / September 6, 2012 at 10:32 am
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Great results start with a great studio! In the last 12 months Tula has helped me heal from several sports injuries and most of all helped my organs + digestive track return to a younger day when I never thought of them because they are feeling great once again! Great, Thanks to the greatness being created at Tula Hot Yoga!!

Cesco Lepanto / TSN Radio Toronto – 5 Star Rating!!
Laura / September 7, 2012 at 11:27 am
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Tula West is great! The instruction and facility is excellent.
JackieO / September 13, 2012 at 12:32 pm
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Great Experience at Tula Yoga Spa: Elly was amazing!! Her yoga voice / style is fantastic. Perfect mix of work / relaxation. More Elly classes!!
fahad / September 18, 2012 at 02:37 am
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any good hot yoga places in mississauga/oakville area ?
Jill / September 23, 2012 at 06:36 pm
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@ Fahad. I'm not from Mississauga but my friend goes to hot yoga at Kula in Oakville and likes it. A good way to explore studios in your area is through Passport to Prana. In the GTA, the pass is good for 1 year from the date of activation. You can use it once at any of the listed studios. One class will not give you a true sense of any studio or how the practice is, but it will give you an idea and an opportunity to explore the space and try. It's a great deal. You can buy/renew each year as well. The studios listed may change. You can order the card on-line or pick it up at the listed studios (but call ahead to see if the studio has any in stock). http://passporttoprana.com/home.php
Jill / September 23, 2012 at 06:43 pm
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Evidently this list was by vote. If BlogTO is going to do reviews on Best Hot Yoga (and other topics), they should really be exploring and reviewing all studios by sector/neighbourhood, and not by vote. Who even knows to come here and vote on stuff anyway?

One of the best hot yoga studios in Toronto is Bikram Forest Hill.
COSPLAY / September 26, 2012 at 10:51 pm
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The instructors at Tula are fabulous - though I see my fave, Jenny, is gone - but the management is terrible, thus the high turnover in staff.
Cindy / November 19, 2012 at 10:06 am
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For those of you in west end, try Bikram Red Tree, off Royal York (between Lakeshore and Queensway). Good facilities, lots of classes to choose from and nice folks - supportive community.
Carrie / December 3, 2012 at 06:26 pm
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Tula is a wonderful studio. Management is excellent, many times they have been very accommodating with my pass when I have had to travel etc. The teachers are very good, they train their teachers in house. Always such a positive experience when I go there! I highly recommend.
kelly / January 12, 2013 at 05:06 pm
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For anyone looking for yoga in the downtown core, a new boutique studio just opened called Yogavita, King West - it's inside the Detox Market and is really clean - smells pretty and not sweaty. They have vinyasa and ashtanga classes.
dolly dossa / March 20, 2013 at 08:56 pm
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Any good yoga studio near Donmills and Finch, Toronto
Sheena / April 23, 2013 at 10:03 pm
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Gyan Yoga is by far the WORST yoga studio I have ever been to!!! I've been doing yoga for over 10 years and I would never recommend this studio to anyone. It is absolutely run and taught by unprofessional, rude and passionless people. During one of my classes one of the teachers who was participating during the class decided practically yell to a beginner yoga student from across the room. All to tell her that she is facing the wrong way and it will throw everyone else off. Aside from that I found that all the teachers that I had seemed to be there without really having a love for yoga. Y Yoga studio is currently based in Vancouver but will be coming to Toronto soon; it is absolutely phenomenal!!! I spent a month in Vancouver and went to Y yoga everyday for two weeks. It has incredible and passionate instructors, a great atmosphere and full service (towels, ample showers, tea room, etc.).
Vanessa / May 22, 2013 at 09:45 pm
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Kula is my fave yoga studio. It's the only one I really go to. Great studio, great classes and great peeps.
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The person who found the fountain of youth / September 20, 2013 at 08:55 am
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IMO, moksha yoga is the best all around. Great variety of classes & levels of difficulty in which you can challenge yourself in. Studios are well-kept, the staff welcomes everyone as family, and the classes are outstanding.

Noted, I've tried Bikram (east York) recently. Quite frankly, you're gonna have a difficult first week (they recommend taking a class the day after your first class). Just as anyone said, bikram is like a "drill" yoga (which I don't mind since I live to challenge myself everyday). It may not be for everyone but I highly recommend it for experienced yogis to try it once at least.

So if you're trying to find the fountain of youth, I highly recommend these 2 studios!

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