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The Best Yoga Studios in Toronto

Posted by Anne Cloutier / August 1, 2012

Yoga TorontoThe best yoga studios in Toronto are where many of us sweat some balance into our crazy workweek or regain some sanity when it's over. Toronto is actually a big, big yoga town, and many of its teachers are considered world-class.

Yoga is all around us - in the studios listed below, and many more, too. It's on Lake Ontario this summer, with paddleboard yoga class takers splashing and laughing all around. It's in your neighbour's backyard, where he's learning how to do a proper lunge from his partner while the BBQ heats up. And in your boardroom, where your boss has secretly taken on Ashtanga or Bikram to make sure his ticker goes on strong.

For those who have never taken a yoga class, read up and try out a class from the ones below. Most offer one-week unlimited access deals to first-time customers. You could even try all of them sequentially this way, practicing for a song for the next 3 months. I'll be very surprised if you stop once you're done.

Here are the best yoga studios in Toronto.

See also:

The best hot yoga in Toronto
Yoga teacher training in Toronto
The best pilates in Toronto
The best fitness clubs in Toronto
The best crossfit gyms in Toronto
The best fitness bootcamp in Toronto
The best spinning classes in Toronto
The best martial arts in Toronto
The best boxing gym in Toronto
The best personal trainers in Toronto

Please note: Comments made up until July 10, 2012 reflect the previous list that was published on March 1st, 2011 (as well as the version of the list published prior to that). Top photo from Misfit Studio's Facebook page.

Octopus Garden

Octopus Garden

Octopus Garden is the manifestation of Scott Davis and Pat Harada Linfoot’s dream of building a community space for yoga, health and balance, and a community of yogis. The Centre has two spacious, sunny yoga studios and a therapeutic clinic offering massage, traditional Chinese medicine, osteopathy, ayurvedic care and private yoga consultations. Urban Herbivore's cafe at street level offers a place to nosh and hang out between sessions. Post-ashtanga classes are demanding but respectful of individual student needs, with a focus on remaining safe while honing one's edge. Restorative yoga, one of the studio's sweet spots, is available most every day. A great place to learn how to own your practice and to make new friends, whether you are a beginner or a yoga teacher elsewhere. More »

Kula Yoga

Kula Yoga

Kula, which stands for community, 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. This positive space offers anasura-inspired, power flow, prenatal, Baby and Me, yin, queer and brown girl classes. Teachers passionate about their personal practices come together to create community, growth, and serious fund of alignment knowledge. The Annex studio offers both classes heated to 28 degrees or and regular ones. The Reiki restorative class is bliss. More »

Downward Dog Queen West

Downward Dog Queen West

Downward Dog at the corner of Queen and Tecumseth has been seeding the world with awesome Ashtanga instructors for more than 15 years. This is, quite literally, one of the mother nodes for learning this discipline. Diane Bruni and Ron Reid understand bodies and how to tease them into flowing, hot vinyasa as few teachers do. For all the Ashtanga knowledge here, though, this is not a purist space. New strands of practice are constantly integrated, with regular visits by exciting instructors from around the world. Start with an intro class if you’re brand-new. If you’re experienced, don’t miss the Ujjayi Pulse classes with live drumming. More »

YogaSpace

YogaSpace

Having practiced yoga for over a decade now, there was a time where after a few years of all-out crazy love, disenchantment started pointing its ugly head. I’d hurt myself by being a keener and I doubted I’d ever enjoy doing yoga again. And then I landed at YogaSpace, where I found my mojo back. This studio exudes love. For long-term practice, self-discovery, the overall healing benefits of yoga, and its students. Not surprisingly, it was also one of the first to have a Therapeutics program and clinic. YogaSpace is well-known for its prenatal classes and prenatal yoga teacher training, as well as its restorative yoga classes. More »

889 Yoga + Wellness Spa

889 Yoga + Wellness Spa

889 is dedicated to offering a best-in-class yoga experience to its users, be they beginners or avid practitioners. This is perfectionism at its best, yoga-style. A beautiful space, inspiring teachers who’ll make you sweat hard (watch out for these Core classes!) or find your still point depending on what you need that day, an authentically friendly vibe, and a spa for those days where all you need is refuge. If you’re out to develop a steady personal practice, check out the new 200-hour LivingYoga program. Beyond their Rosedale headquarters, 889 has a second location on the third floor of the Thompson Hotel. More »

Bikram Yoga Beaches

Bikram Yoga Beaches

Unlike most hot yoga studios in this city, Bikram Yoga Beaches, as obvious from its name, follows Bikram Choudhury’s 26 asana series. There’s no two ways about this practice. You’ll either love it or stop. This is a good studio to discover the essence of this lineage, with well-established teachers certified by Choudhury himself. Don’t be intimidated. Students of all levels and ages gladly report how practicing here has improved their health, flexibility, and quite simply made them love yoga. More »

Moksha Yoga Downtown

Moksha Yoga Downtown

I’m an ashtanga girl myself but this is where you’ll find me doing hot yoga close to home. The Downtown Moksha studio differentiates itself through its excellent teacher lineup, reporting that students (lots of young professionals for neighbouring condos and Queen West hot yoga afficionados) love the fact that they can show up anytime because it will always be a standout class. The standard Moksha sequence is followed but demanding Level 2 ones are added to challenge more advanced practitioners. Spacious, spotless showers allow you to go out still glowing (but smelling much better) right after. More »

Breathe Yoga Studio

Breathe Yoga Studio

Breathe prides itself on the precision of its knowledgeable Ashtanga instruction. It has a well-deserved reputation for having one of the best teams of Ashtanga teachers in the city, many of whom are independently sought out for their expertise. Nothing is spared to ensure that you learn ashtanga with proper alignment, and continue to practice in a nurturing environment with uniform heat, self-practice supervision, challenging classes, classes for mothers and babies, mothers-to-be, runners, tweens, stiff men. A great place to start and to grow. More »

Misfit Studio

Misfit Studio

Misfit Studio is what happens when you take out the incense and put the rock’n roll into yoga, adding lots of Pilates, Ashtanga, anatomy and dance expertise into the mix. Owner Amber Joliat and her merry crew of teachers operate out of quirky open space at Queen and Euclid. Enter through the back alley and discover creative classes where conversation, music and experimentation are encouraged. Asstastic Pilates, Broga (for guys, but not limited to them), sweaty Fusion and Playtime self-practice. Go on, have some fun on that mat, already. More »

Yoga Lounge

Yoga Lounge

Staring at the downtown skyline through the tropical plants lining the loft-like windows of The Yoga Lounge while taking a deep, centering breath, it’s hard to believe I’m just 6 minutes away from my office. Susan Emery has put a lot of thought and care in creating this haven, offering both hot yoga and Hatha or Iyengar classes in a soothing environment under the guidance of engaging, attentive teachers. A home away from home. More »

Ahimsa Yoga

Ahimsa Yoga

Ahimsa Yoga is one of the Annex’s favourite yoga studios and J-P Tamblyn-Sabo, its owner, is the key reason why. A long-time Ashtanga practitioner, Tamblyn-Sabo has grown his practice around the notion of ahimsa (non-violence) and other principles from Patanjali’s sutras. This translates into intelligent instruction that teaches you to respect your body’s needs and limitations, while engaging you to go just a little bit farther to discover your strengths. There are magic moments to be had here. More »

Spynga

Spynga

Spynga yoga and cycling studio just South of St. Clair on Bathurst offers yoga and cycling classes, a surefire winner given how many yogis in this town are also devout cyclists. There are two main class streams. SpyngaFlow, which start on the bike for a breath and balance workout and finish on to the mat either with a flow or yin sequence, and full-on yoga classes offered by top-notch Jivamukti and vinyasa teachers. A great place to practice with a partner if you both love yoga and cardio, but in different proportions. More »

Discussion

114 Comments

Jackie / December 2, 2008 at 12:09 pm
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Bikram Yoga studio in the beaches is great. The insturctors are so helpful and friendly.
EastEnd Mom / December 2, 2008 at 12:18 pm
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Does anyone know a good studio in the East End that does "family yoga"? Meaning my 4 year old and I can take the class together :)
Arlee / December 2, 2008 at 01:54 pm
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Anyone have a good recommendation for a first Yoga class/instructor/style? I've never gotten into it, but I really want to!
Zoe replying to a comment from EastEnd Mom / December 19, 2008 at 07:04 pm
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The Yoga Sanctuary Danforth as opened a new fourth floor to accommodate more classes and they now have family yoga. I have been attending for a few weeks and have really been enjoying them. My kids are loving it! The space is new a beautiful. If you have never been there it is on the corner of Broadview and Danforth.
Cassy / January 3, 2009 at 11:41 pm
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You don't have to be bad at math to skip your free second class at Tula. I never went back because I was put off by the low quality instruction and the dirty changeroom. In the case of this studio, I definitely got what I paid for. I'm surprised to see it listed here. I work near the studio and no one I know has returned for the second free class. It was that bad.
Lee replying to a comment from Cassy / January 29, 2009 at 06:10 pm
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I completely agree with Cassy about Tula hot yoga studio. I only went once and didn't opt to take advantage of the second free class because I was so unimpressed with the whole vibe. The heat in the room was dry and stifling, not enough humidity. The teacher wasn't great either, during savasana she actually left the room and never came back, that's how class ended??? Unfortunatley, Tula's fancy space goes to waste when there's no substance in the place.
Claire replying to a comment from Arlee / February 21, 2009 at 07:29 pm
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Yoga Space (Dundas and Os) offers and incredible (6 or 8 week) beginner's course with two of the cities most qualified instructors. No, I'm not a teacher or part of Yoga Space, I just really like them there. Patricia and Katherine teach the beginner's class and are both incredibly skilled and knowledgeable. Namaste!
Adrienne / April 5, 2009 at 07:50 pm
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What has anyone heard, or know about Shas Yoga & Pilates Studio at Dupont and St. George. It sounds like they have an interesting mix if disciplines, and a fair range of rates and introductory offers. - Adrienne
karen / May 31, 2009 at 05:31 pm
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Is anyone aware of "core strength yoga" classes in Toronto? Thanks, Karen
cleong / July 20, 2009 at 09:36 am
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Can anyone recommend a good studio for prenatal yoga? How is Yoga Sanctuary or Breathe Yoga? Please let me know of your experience. :)
JohnJohn / July 29, 2009 at 08:31 pm
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I've been going to Yoga Plus(formerly the Yoga Studio) for years at Yonge & Eglinton and it's by far the best studio I've been to in this city. Not sure how it did'nt make the list. Maybe only the downtown core was reviewed?
Zohra replying to a comment from Cassy / August 18, 2009 at 08:24 pm
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I agree about Tula, I would not recommend it to anyone. The showers are so small and so are the lockers. The teachers are okay, but it's not spacious as all, everyone is stepping on each other's toes in the change room and the waiting area. Don't go there anyone !!!!
sarah / October 15, 2009 at 11:39 am
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Anyone seriously interested in taking their yoga to the next level should check out Kula in the annex. It's a gorgeous, warm and extremely friendly environment for people of all stages of their practice but the teachers are wildly knowledgeable, challenging and always fun. The place has a real focus on alignment which I have found extremely useful in my practice and also offers hot classes, restorative classes with a reiki healer, classes with live music, a strong sense of community... it's a lot of fun and I highly recommend it to anyone new in town checking out studios...
leslie replying to a comment from sarah / October 16, 2009 at 11:17 am
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Anyone know of a good yoga studio in North York East of Yonge, or even Scarborough West end? The only one i've seen is Bikram and I can't handle the heat...not good for me according to my acupuncturist!
Thanks would appreciate any feedback
:-)
Lina / October 20, 2009 at 09:54 am
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I highly recommend Kula in the Annex. It is just a fantastic studio. I had never really done much yoga before I started attending classes at Kula; I felt intimidated about the whole yoga culture and put off really giving yoga a chance because of this. The teachers and students at Kula really made me feel welcome and I quickly felt part of the community that centers around this beautiful studio.

Practicing yoga has really made a difference in my life, and Kula in the Annex has been a really big part of that. I really urge anyone who is thinking about trying out yoga or in enriching their practice to give Kula a try!
Julie / October 20, 2009 at 10:01 am
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I also think Kula in the Annex is a really special place. I cannot say enough about this studio and I really feel compelled to share my experiences with anyone and everyone who will listen (I am known to just boast and brag about the studio and get friends and even new acquaintances to come try out a class because I feel so strongly about it).

I have struggled with depression for quite some time and I was really in a deep funk. My Dr. was urging me to join something social to get me out of the house and I decided I'd try yoga. I went to Kula in the Annex and even though I was feeling miserable most days, I always felt a little brighter as I walked into the calm and accepting space. I felt I could be honest and share my experience and relate to others. I used the studio and the classes to help me during a very difficult time and I am so happy that I did.

I now take classes regularly and I feel very grateful that I found this hidden gem of a studio in the big city.
Sing Lung / October 30, 2009 at 02:37 pm
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Taste a unique Urban Edge Yoga experience!

Urban Edge Yoga is a yoga lifestyle with a difference. Every session here, whether it be a yoga class or a lifestyle workshop is followed by full vegan dinner and dessert in a relaxed and convivial setting (at no extra cost)

It's your place...
Come just for yoga, or with a desire to explore the lifestyle and deep practical wisdom behind it. You will find Urban Edge Yoga to be a warm and friendly environment where you can meet and mingle with a variety of likeminded people with interest in yoga.


Soul Food: Taste the Atmosphere! Every session is followed by a full vegan dinner and dessert in a relaxed and convivial setting (at no extra cost!)

Kitchen: At Urbanedgeyoga we love to cook, and we put love into our food. We approach cooking as a type of meditation, understanding that the consciousness and intention of the cooks affects those who eat the meal. Taste the difference!

Cuisine: All meals at Urban edge Yoga are pure Vegan. Every meal is a delightful and fresh experience; practically no 2 meals are the same!

Special Dietary Requirements?: Here we put people first. If you have any special dietary requirements such as those of a vegan diet, or have specific food allergies, ring us in advance to let us know you're coming and we will be happy to cater to your needs!


Check out the website for weekly sessions plus special events.

http://urbanedgeyoga.com/


Sincerely,

Sing Lung.
Sasha / November 5, 2009 at 12:19 am
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For some challenging hot yoga in Bikram-Bishnu tradition and more, please try us out. We are on Spadina Ave, just south of Bloor St.
The temperature IS HOT, 45C-50C, and it is humid, so please dress appropriately.

http://hotyoga.ca

In Yoga,

Sasha
Marv / December 6, 2009 at 05:16 pm
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Annex residents are invited to try (1) FREE Yoga class at the Urban Fitness Playground. (Bathurst and Bloor).

The Playground is not a Yoga studio, we offer a diverse schedule of functional/athletic training programs. Our Yoga program is a perfect fit for recreational athletes and fitness enthusiasts, who want to maintain/improve flexibility, balance, core strength and more. Call: (416) 458-8266 or e-mail: info@trainwithmarv.com for schedule and registration info. Come down and try a class - we'd love to get your feedback!
Donny / December 27, 2009 at 12:55 pm
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We offer private Yoga home visits for $30 in Toronto. Check out our website: www.yogaqi.webs.com. Call Amanda: 416.560.4572 or email us: helpfulyoga@gmail.com for more details.
Downtown Beginner / April 22, 2010 at 12:09 pm
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Kula Yoga on Brunswick/Bloor? Do Not Go. CRAMPED and SQUISHED in like a can of SARDINES. Doing the poses forced me, and everyone else, to place our feet on our neighbours mats. Not great. The right side then the left. The teacher said this was 'okay', because "yoga is involement with community"! Really? It is not okay to have someone place their foot on my mat under my nose. Twice. It was very uncomfortable. and then during another pose we, because we were so jammed in, we had to hold our neighbours feet up in the air, as they held our feet. Good G*D! let me get the heck out of here, Could not wait to get out, except the hallway was jammed with people, and the change room was PACKED! Terrible claustrophobic feeling.
Introductory offer of $30 for 30 days but honestly can't picture stepping back into that damp crowded pit.
Anfernee / May 15, 2010 at 12:17 pm
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suggestions for pwyc classes on the west side anyone? i'm at dufferin and dupont.
Sarah / June 30, 2010 at 01:02 am
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You should definitely try IamYoga (hot yoga) at Yonge and Charles. It's close to the subway, incredibly clean and the people are really helpful!

iamyoga.ca
Natali replying to a comment from Anfernee / July 16, 2010 at 03:11 am
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for pwyc classes, you gotta try Alex Leikermoser @ Yogagurl. She is awesome, and on the West Side. She also does drop in classes @ Harbourfront. Plus her company holds retreats during the summer where you can have private group Yoga in the sun. There's one coming up that my friend Lorraine is going on. She's "underemployed" so Alex gave her a great deal with an energy exchange.
Angie / July 25, 2010 at 03:16 pm
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I have tried several yoga studios in Toronto having purchased a passport to prana. I did not have a great experience at the Yoga Sanctuary studio on College. Both the reception desk and instructor were rude.

Moksha Yoga uptown is nice but the washrooms are too cramped. I just went to Bikram Forest Hill and had a great experience. I will definitely go back.


pam / October 21, 2010 at 04:11 pm
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I love the ladies at Core. There are several, wonderful instructors. It is a wonderful, friendly, bustling and professional place. The owner is a serenely beautiful norwegian with a warm, encouraging manner. She manages to keep the schedule interesting with regular Boot Camps and 30-day programs. The space itself is breathtaking, one of the old buildings on Queen West, beautifully refurbished yoga, reformer and mat studios, and private training rooms.
Alexia / November 14, 2010 at 03:21 am
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Hey guys, Im living in Toronto, Thornhill, Could someone tell me where is good yoga class around Thornhill, Richmondhill, Yonge and Finch, Yonge and Sheppard area?

I'm new to Yoga and need a good class with preferably more ladies than guys. I just dont feel good around too many guys.

Thanks,
tifffee / December 8, 2010 at 09:59 am
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I'm also from Yonge and Sheppard area. Does anyone know a good studio that's not in the downtown core?

I currently have a 20 class card to iam yoga. I must say I am not happy with the classes there. They do not mop the floors after every class, so everytime I will point out to the staff that it is "unpleasant" stepping on other people's sweat and potentially slipping. The smell inside the studio is also repulsive. I am only going back to finish off the classes I have left, and I am hoping to find a studio closer to home.
VeloKate / March 1, 2011 at 03:37 pm
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Does anyone have any experience with the new yoga place at Broadview and Queen? I think it is called Energy Exchange.
Dee / March 1, 2011 at 04:23 pm
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Big Stretch Yoga (bigstretchyoga.com) is a wonderful small-ish studio on Bayview between Eglinton and Davisville. Nice classes and very welcoming!

For the East End Mom: Toronto Parks and Rec does a Family Yoga class at Main Square Community Centre on Sundays. It's not a bad little Intro to yoga for the kids.
Sandy / March 1, 2011 at 11:02 pm
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I love Tula! Yes, the change rooms are small but the studio itself is spotless, roomy, and beautiful. The instructors are friendly and knowledgeable and yogis of all levels are welcome. I love hot yoga and this is one of the first hot yoga studios i have been to that did not have a funny smell to it.. ;)
energyXchange team replying to a comment from VeloKate / March 2, 2011 at 11:16 am
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Hey VELOKATE! I can't give you an unbiased opinion on our studio but come on in and give us a try! We practice heated Yoga (infrared heat) rather than hot Yoga at the studio but it doesn't stop at just Yoga! Not only do we have a wide variety of classes, we are also a Physiomed location that includes massage, physiotherapy, acupuncture, chiropractic care...the list is too long! Check out our online schedule for details about our classes, give us a call or just come by :) Looking forward to seeing you!
Benny / March 3, 2011 at 01:18 am
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I've tried 3 studios in 6 weeks, with my favorite being Moksha's Wellington location (#2 on the list). Here are my reasons for going back to Moksha repeatedly (not in any specific order):

1. passion and knowledge of staff
2. cleanliness of facility
3. variety of classes
4. enjoyment of the classes
5. professionalism
6. consistency - knowing what to expect each and every time
7. good variety of packages (no expiry dates on certain packages)
8. accessible class schedules (all day long)

I can tell you what I didn't like elsewhere (not naming names):
1. weird changing room facilities (where they existed at all)
2. run in a chaotic fashion; no idea who was in charge or who to ask questions to
3. lack of variety/availability of classes
4. general indifference from staff

All facilities will have their pros and cons, but I really think you can tell the difference between a studio that is finding it's feet and one that is well grounded (puns intended!).

BLOGTO - it would be nice to actually look at the different aspects of whatever you are comparing (e.g. yoga studios), try to find a set of consistent factors that can be compared across the board, and create a rating system that is based on real comparisons, not whimsical or emotional impressions. Just an idea...
Susan / March 5, 2011 at 10:41 pm
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Gyan Yoga in Libertyvillage has great yoga classes. Classes are taught by instructors who come from a yoga tradition. In this studio yoga is practiced from an authentic stance.
Michelle replying to a comment from karen / March 11, 2011 at 02:44 pm
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Hello, I am replying to Karen's comment regarding Core Classes in Toronto. Hot Yoga Wellness, in Concord at 1750 Steeles Ave West (West of Dufferin St) offer Hot Core classes. I am an Hot Yoga Instructor there and teach the Yoga/pilates class on Sunday evenings and Monday afternoons. The Hot Core class is a pilates class as well, that focuses all on ABs for 1 hr. That class is on Monday's and Friday's at 5:30pm and the instructors for those classes are amazing too.

Check it out!!!! The studio is beautiful and cozy... very welcoming atmosphere, full change rooms with showers.. and the instructors are top notch! First class is always free.
Linda / March 11, 2011 at 02:54 pm
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Hi Karen

Iam Yoga also offers heated Core Flow classes (they are probably one of the most popular classes we offer) I have included a link a video that highlights that class and explains the principles behind how we teach it - Siobhan is one of the instructors and she's in the video. You will also get a chance to see the studio!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v3ru7WOXSRA - Core Flow Video Iam Yoga Yonge&Bloor
Jenn / March 11, 2011 at 05:34 pm
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I run an inspired home yoga studio in the east end called Diamond Body Yoga. The spring session starts March 21st, 2011. My philosophy is to inspire my students to live and love at the edge of their being. I offer Baby Mom, Family, Hatha-All levels and a new class Fire Yoga. Fire yoga will be additionally heated by a wood burning fireplace. My classes are $99 for 9 weeks or $13 drop in. I am open to barter and exchange in the spirit of community. Come one, come all. There is room for 5 - 7 people. I have some spaces still available. Yum!
Namaste.
Mer / March 14, 2011 at 10:56 pm
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I have been to 3 yoga studios within the last four months. I realized I prefer a small to medium class and something a bit more challenging. So I tried hot yoga because I like to sweat the toxins off. You will sweat like never before! A
Out of the 3 hot yoga places I have been to I really like HotYoga Studio on 720 Spadina, close to Bloor & Spadina, near the subway stn. , www.hotyoga.ca .
The vibe is very peaceful and the instructors really watches your poses, whether you're doing it wrong or the right way.
Try the Intro Pass for 30 for $30, it was awesome deal.
Laura / March 28, 2011 at 06:48 pm
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To VELOKATE
I haven't been to the Energy Exchange yet, but I've heard it's really beautiful, and I know that at least one instructor there is Excellent. His name is Geoffe Weibe.. I have become pretty picky with the instructors I go to, and his classes are excellent... Based on that, I would say it's worth giving it a shot!
GOOD LUCK!
Danielle / April 12, 2011 at 12:59 pm
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Has anyone tried out the new Tula in Liberty Village?? I have been meaning to get there.
Reiner replying to a comment from Cassy / April 18, 2011 at 09:40 pm
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@ Cassy
I have been to many yoga studios in the city and the one feature that jumped out at me is how CLEAN Tula is. Not sure what your yoga background is to provide an assessment of the quality of the teachers at Tula but as I am a trained yoga teacher myself the quality of instruction was outstanding, very nurturing, no ego, very refreshing in the Toronto yoga community. Given how busy Tula is whenever I attend clearly they are doing a number of things correctly. Highly recommended!
Megan / April 27, 2011 at 01:31 pm
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A couple weeks ago I stumbled upon a new yoga studio in The Ritz-Carlton. Run by Yogagurl the classes are semi-private and offer a unique approach. The last class I went too combined yoga and ukuleles! Wicked experience.
jamessiemens replying to a comment from Danielle / April 30, 2011 at 12:28 am
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I just took my first class at south and I love it there, They have all the good things offered at Tula Central but after you leave it's way more pleasant walking in Liberty village than it is downtown, I almost want to move there. Give it a try danielle, you'll love it
Bhakti Yoga Club / August 11, 2011 at 01:36 am
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We are a student run group at the University of Toronto! We have weekly yoga classes, cooking classes, philosophical discussions and meditation sessions. Follow us on twitter or facebook for more information about our events -

twitter : http://twitter.com/#!/BhaktiYogaUofT
facebook : http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/pages/Bhakti-Yoga-Club-at-UofT/257704177591446

We hope you see you sometime :)
Stephanie / August 13, 2011 at 03:19 pm
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I'm having a great experience with a company called yoga qi. For a VERY reasonable price they come to m home - and having been in a car accident I needed some serious rehabilitation of which they provided very well - I'd definitely recommend them - www.yogaqi.org - i know they also have a lot of other clients with serious challenges
Paula replying to a comment from EastEnd Mom / October 20, 2011 at 05:37 pm
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the Yoga Sanctuary at Danforth and Broadview have family yoga
Anne / December 4, 2011 at 09:29 am
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I agree with "downtown beginner" about Kula yoga. I was stuck in one of those cramed
Classes inches from the wall, and to top it off a cockroach came crawling out to do a little
Downward dog action on my mat. Very horrifying and far from a de-stressing environment.
Yes the woman's change room is infuriatingly cramped. Go else where

 
Christine / January 28, 2012 at 04:20 pm
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Bikram Yoga Forest Hill is great! I have been going to the studio for 3 months now and I always have pleasant experience in every class and in the studio. It is very clean and has nice and helpful staff. It's very great environment. I have been to Bikram north york, bloor and lawrence market studio and they are all great but the forest hill studio is my favorite :)
Hailey / February 8, 2012 at 09:54 am
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I've enjoyed my classes at King West Fitness. Not a pure Yoga studio, but a good schedule and some nice alternate programs like Joga and pre-natal Yoga.
Chrys / February 12, 2012 at 12:47 pm
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Midtown/Uptown. Would highly recommend Yoga Tree Midtown at Yonge-Eglinton (opened Dec. 2011.) Schedule has many class times and styles available. Teachers I have had are great, conveying their knowledge, philosophy, sense of caring, and instruction is very precise. 3 practice rooms. Hot studio heat is great. Of course these classes are busy but I've never felt crammed or restricted. Other two studios are smaller but very bright - have windows. All practice rooms are very quiet (no city noise.) This is the former space of YogaPlus. Nice updates to the studio. ALL of the facility is very clean, including the change rooms (located within the studio.) There are some lockers (bring your own lock), and plenty of shelves, hooks and some benches. Two shower stalls (very clean and modern, with glass doors. Body wash is provided.) In a corporate building (limitations) so toilets are just outside reception - seems a hassle but actually ends up being no big deal. Admin. staff also friendly and helpful.

I would also recommend Moskha Uptown at Yonge-St Clair. I enjoyed a few of their hot classes and practice rooms very nice. I attended when the change rooms were too small/crammed/outdated, but they acquired more space and just renovated end 2011/beginning 2012 so that would make this studio even better. (I have not been back yet, as it's not the most convenient location for me.)

Downtown: Iam Yoga at Yonge/Bloor is a good studio for where it's located. Studio staff are nice and helpful. I've liked all the teachers I have had. Heat is great. It is VERY busy during the week. The practice room is packed and too frequently, some students cut it very close, coming in just before start time (when there's pretty much no room left.) Wait area/lounge is just outside the one practice room and gets very lively with people talking too loudly in this area and between class turnover. For this reason I do not feel totally calm in this studio when I'm in the practice room waiting for class to begin. Change rooms are spacious and there are showers where shampoo & conditioner and body wash is provided. (There's an odd smell here with the showers/plumbing, but you can't win everywhere.) There are no lockers but plenty of benches and hooks (which will be actively used - it's a busy studio with one practice room.) The do clean very actively, I witness it every time I am there. No, I don't see a mop up between classes…it's actually not practical for this studio. Students could easily clean up after themselves around the immediate space they've practiced in. That shouldn't be too much to ask of students (anywhere) respecting the space.
kimberley replying to a comment from Angie / February 21, 2012 at 05:09 pm
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I just wanted to comment to Angie that our staff has changed and we have made many changes since her post in July of 2010. We have since had many comments that our staff is friendly, open and knowlegable. The Yoga Sanctuary has also extremely great Teachers who are very helpful and friendly.
Suzanne / March 2, 2012 at 09:10 pm
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jolie / June 17, 2012 at 12:50 am
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I just wanted to comment I've visited alot of studios and it really depends on what you are looking for in your practice. For one-on-one privates sessions I enjoyed my spa day and class at yogagurl and the Spa at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Toronto!
soho replying to a comment from karen / July 10, 2012 at 02:58 pm
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Core Strength classes are incredible at IAMYOGA !!! Try CORE FLOW its a fast pace core class with vinyasa yoga mixed in a heated room !!!!
Eva replying to a comment from cleong / August 1, 2012 at 11:33 am
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I love the Yoga Sanctuary (go to the one on College). I'm actually quite disappointed it didn't make this list. The instructors are wonderful, and for the most part the classes aren't too big, so every student gets some personal attention.
alex / August 1, 2012 at 12:04 pm
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the best yoga is Axel! his classes are held all around Toronto

http://www.bodymindsoulyoga.com/
Johanna / August 1, 2012 at 12:05 pm
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Anyone have recommendations for a newbie in Roncey or Junction/Junction triangle area?
alex replying to a comment from alex / August 1, 2012 at 12:05 pm
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is with Axel*
alex replying to a comment from Alexia / August 1, 2012 at 12:07 pm
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http://www.bodymindsoulyoga.com/

he holds a few classes through out north york and thornhill area
chantelle / August 1, 2012 at 01:10 pm
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The Yoga Lounge at Richmond and Church is my new favourite studio. They have small class sizes, which allows you to get to know the lovely instructors. Plus, you get better tips on your postures and more attention than a larger class can offer. The studio offers both hot and regular yoga classes that vary by difficulty and style. If you feel like you need a stretch one day but a challenge the next, this studio is a great choice!
L replying to a comment from cleong / August 1, 2012 at 03:12 pm
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For those looking for a good prenatal yoga class, I recently joined Baby & Me, which has a few different locations, and so far the yoga classes are good. They start with a short discussion about a pregnancy topic and then do a one-hour class, so it's good for interacting and meeting other mothers-to-be.
Candice replying to a comment from Johanna / August 1, 2012 at 03:13 pm
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For yoga in the Junction I would recommend Breathe. They have a new location at Dundas W and Pacific. They have beginner level drop in classes and also do a beginner course. :)
Hyedie / August 1, 2012 at 09:54 pm
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Question! Why do you guys write over previous lists? Why can't you keep the previous lists and create a new post for the updated/new list? That way we can compare how things have changed over the years but also see and link to stores/restaurants/places that were once popular.

It's also a bit annoying to have to wade through old comments that aren't relevant to the updated post.
vares replying to a comment from Johanna / August 6, 2012 at 10:22 pm
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For a yoga studio ion The Junction you should check out Breathe Yoga. it's their second studio in the west end (other one is in Bloor West). I have been practising yoga for over 10 years, travel a lot and visit yoga studios around the world and I can say that the new Breathe location in the Junction is stunning in decor and fantastic in the quality of its teaching. If you check out their list of instructors you'll see some of the top instructors in the city.

I sent a friend of mine to the beginners course and my wife to the prenatal classes - both loved it. So not only do they have superior advanced classes but satisfy the beginner and pregnant student.

can't say enough about this studio. highly recommend you check them out.
Ella replying to a comment from Johanna / August 6, 2012 at 10:57 pm
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Hi Johanna, I highly recommended Breathe Yoga studios new location on Dundas at Pacific. They run classes from 6am to 9:pm. The schedule gives me alot of flexibility to fit yoga into my day. Great teachers! Great variety of classes. Www.breatheyogastodio.com
Ella replying to a comment from cleong / August 6, 2012 at 11:14 pm
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Breathe Yoga Studio has the best pre-natal classes! They provide such a loving class experience. I started with a drop in and moved to the 6 week session. They let you complete it in 7 weeks if you can't make a week. I rolled my pre-natal over to post-natal and they are the only studio in town that I know of with a baby change table. Studio is clean!!
Ashley Holly / August 7, 2012 at 12:38 pm
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Check out my yoga studio reviews at www.yogayuda.com :) The Toronto Yoga Scene: Exposed. No Niceties here :)
Holly / August 7, 2012 at 03:26 pm
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Does anyone know of a strong Ashtanga yoga studio on the East side, Beaches? Leslieville? Looking for somewhere with a pleasant space, inspired energetic teachers and an Ashtanga driver flow class.
Downward Dog in the beach is not my cup of tea.
CREWMEN & Co. / August 7, 2012 at 11:09 pm
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What are peoples thoughts on Yoga at a Park. We're thinking of having our certified CREWMEN lead a class or two before the summer is over.
Ashley Smith / August 8, 2012 at 01:10 pm
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WOW, you have to be kidding. Where is The Yoga Sanctuary Danforth and College, I have been practicing at both locations for 3 years and I love both studios. Where is 889, great studio, beautiful. Where is Esther Myers the back bone of the yoga community for the last 30 years.

Very disappointing list. With no thought put into it.

For those who have not practiced at any of these studio, please do, they are amazing!

The Yoga Sanctuary - great teachers, great vibe
889 - Beautiful, great teachers
Esther Myers - great teachers
G / September 7, 2012 at 01:08 am
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The tone and remarks made about some of the yoga studio’s and their staff really shows how shallow and sad some of the people that post on this site are. Shame on you. The benefit you get from any and all of these classes should be the main focus of your posts. Nit picking and judging, perhaps you should write on a different blog. How about Entitled blogers.com Personally working in the health industry (not Yoga) and living in the city of Toronto I am grateful for all of the studios and the variety they offer. Because your life may be less than great, no need to hate, I hope one day you can appreciate. All the best positive people.
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COSPLAY / September 26, 2012 at 11:57 pm
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suggestions for pwyc classes on the west side anyone? i'm at dufferin and dupont.
Jodie / October 3, 2012 at 08:11 am
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I can't believe you don't have Ashtanga Yoga Centre of Toronto with David Robson on that list! (Yonge & Lawrence). It might seem a little intimidating at first (it's the real deal), but all levels are truly welcome!
Vanessa / October 11, 2012 at 03:01 pm
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Agreed Jodie! the Ashtanga Yoga Centre is the real deal. After taking years of led classes at other studios listening to the teachers say the same things over and over it was such a relief to be given guidance in building a self practice. Supervised, and taught but the Mysore approach really lets you connect with your breath and body in an authentic way. LOVING it.
Katherine replying to a comment from COSPLAY / October 12, 2012 at 08:34 pm
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You might want to check out On Yoga on Dufferin and St. Clair West. They have a community yoga class every Friday night for minimum $5 (http://onyoga.net/onyoga.net/On_Yoga_Schedule.html). They are also one of the cheaper yoga places in town.
Babyrama / November 15, 2012 at 06:23 pm
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At our store, located in Ajax, we offer yoga classes for soon to be mothers wanting to stay fit and active. There is prenatal and hatha yoga. Its quite enjoyable.
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Glenn / December 30, 2012 at 07:34 pm
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YOGAthletix, yoga & fitness studio is excited to open its doors at 201-911 Queen St East (Leslieville) - classes start January 3rd 2013, we look forward to making it on your "toronto's best yoga studio" list! Over 30 mindful fitness classes offered weekly! Hatha, Yin & Power Flow inspired classes as well as Barre Fit and UGI ball workouts! Beautiful inspiring space with 30' long sky light ceiling! Check us out @ yogathletix.com!
Becca / January 2, 2013 at 10:58 pm
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What's a good yoga studio near Parkside and Bloor for beginners that is reasonably priced?
Archana-ji / January 4, 2013 at 08:39 am
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Is this an advertorial? You are missing some of the oldest most established studios in Toronto with the most seasoned, highest educated teachers. Yoga Center Toronto at Yonge/Eglinton and The Iyengar School at Yonge/Lawrence are missing ... THe Yoga Sanctuary at College/Yonge and at Danforth/Broadview and at ELginMills/Bathurst ... Ester Meyers to be left off is ridiculous. Therefore this assessment is not to be taken seriously. THere are some good studios listed above but there are some top knotch facilities that are missing and one has to wonder why.
Laura / January 6, 2013 at 10:39 pm
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I am looking for a Hatha yoga class in the west end. I am sick of ashtanga yoga classes that drill plank, downward dog, cobra, over and over and over again, as if it were some kind of army boot camp. As if it took any training or knowledge to bark out 20 reps of these exhausting poses. I want a workout but I don't want huge muscular arms and shoulders. And I'd really love to find a yoga instructor that doesn't single out people for corrections. Is that possible? Or has Toronto yoga just turned into some kind of macho ego-driven competition? That's the experience I've had in most studios I've tried out here.
Christie / January 28, 2013 at 09:57 am
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Downtown: 889 Yoga is awesome loved the teachers and classes..friendly staff now i have moved to 905 area..it was hard at the beginning to find a nice yoga studio..i have finally found hotyogawellnessbrampton.com ..nice looking studio...great teachers ...check out their studio video on their website.
Dyana / February 8, 2013 at 08:05 pm
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I would highly recommend a new place that opened in my Leslieville neighborhood, Yogathletix. It's a new beautiful spacious studio space with wooden floors, wall mirrors, skylight and ballet barres for the Barre Fit class too. As well as yoga classes, there is an interesting variety of other type of classes. The staff is great. Right now they have an introductory opening special 30 days for $40. check out yogathletix.com
Hope / February 12, 2013 at 11:08 am
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Clarification - Toronto is a good "athletic" yoga town. For those looking for meditative or more spiritually oriented yoga, you have to look very hard even to find a good yin class. In Vancouver (my former hometown), it was not hard to find studios that integrated Kundalini into their schedule. Here it is segregated into its own little cult. I had several excellent yin teachers at the studio I attended, and was able to find hatha/yin classes(virtually unheard of in Toronto)in a number of studios, That said, I've found a couple of very good instructors here in Toronto, but (sadly) not many teach for real beginners, and most teach athletic style yoga. There are a couple of excellent restorative instructors (try Simone at Yoga Lounge). And I've found some really nice (if pricey) studios (the lovely 889 yoga, the yoga lounge and the yoga sanctuary). A little studio that just opened in Cabbagetown looks hopeful as well (Sundara Yoga). So... I still hold hope that Toronto will gradually move beyond its fitness focus and embrace the entire yoga experience - chanting a unifying sound of "Om"!
Tom / February 22, 2013 at 08:02 pm
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Something a little different for you in the world of Yoga. The Yoga Back Clinic. Come check us out. Opening April 1st. Adapted yoga specifically for back pain of all kinds. Safe, smaller classes, covered by insurance....and in a great new space in the Annex.

Adapted yoga is proven effective, and is very affordable back-care compared to traditional alternatives. And it's more fun!

The website is under construction still, but our facebook page is getting a lot of interest. Best wishes...
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Jessica / March 10, 2013 at 10:43 am
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Mindful Bodyworks at St Clair and Dufferin is a great studio, super clean studio with friendly staff. Love that they have both yoga and pilates. It's great for me as they offer so many different styles of yoga to try!
New Toronto Condos / March 11, 2013 at 05:37 pm
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Glad Bikram made this list. best east end Toronto yoga place for sure!
Erika / March 29, 2013 at 09:32 am
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I'll be staying at holiday Inn in Dufferin Street and need a hot yoga studio to attend near by. Could someone help me, please?
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Sadie / May 7, 2013 at 04:49 pm
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Hey all!

I'm moving to the West Queen West neighbourhood next weekend and I'm looking for a great yoga studio in the area that offers hot yoga. I've been practicing at Moksha Uptown, which I absolutely love (highly recommend), so I'm hoping I can find an equally great studio nearby.

Please let me know if you have any suggestions :)
Jay replying to a comment from Sadie / June 10, 2013 at 11:51 am
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Hi Sadie,
I teach a yoga class in Trinity Bellwoods every Wednesday 6-7 pm. Its a great class and its amazing to be able to practice yoga outside. You will naturally heat up with the warm weather :)
Located at B2 in the park (check link)
http://torontoist.com/2011/06/clever_trinity-bellwoods_map_helps_friends_get_together/
Susan replying to a comment from Johanna / July 16, 2013 at 01:51 pm
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Lila Yoga in Roncesvalles Village is a nice, quiet neighbourhood studio. Classes are usually smaller then the big studios and you get lots of individual attention. The teachers are all great – friendly and knowledgeable. It has a quiet relaxing vibe when you walk in and they have great vinyasa, but also lots of gentle and restorative classes. The beginners class is good for real beginners. I also love that I can walk from my house in about 3 minutes! No parking, no TTC.
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YMom / October 21, 2013 at 03:36 pm
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Anyone know of any family yoga classes downtown? For kids and parents toghether?

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Tara / November 22, 2013 at 05:07 am
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No comment on iyengar yoga...any reviews ...?..
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Elsie / January 27, 2014 at 05:04 pm
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To anyone and everyone looking for a more classical approach to Yoga in its most traditional form, I cannot recommend enough the Vidya Institute at 232 Christie Street! They are entirely focused on traditional Hatha yoga and I've always found the teachers there to be super inspiring and knowledgeable about classical yoga. My favourite studio in Toronto by far!
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Frank MANCUSO / January 28, 2014 at 12:12 pm
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Ashtonga Yoga studio Toronto is not on list?? These places on list are more trendy than anything.
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Dana replying to a comment from Laura / July 3, 2014 at 05:01 pm
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Lila Yoga in Roncesvalles Village has classes that are not so "athletically oriented". Their approach is much more therapeutic, although they do have some Vinyasa classes if you like to move more. The classes are great for decompressing, relaxing and stress relief. I have learned a lot about my body and the right way to work so I don't feel sore afterwards.
Jackson Smith / July 15, 2014 at 06:14 am
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There are a lot of good yoga studios in toronto. The yoga teachers here are experienced and skilled. Basically it dosen't matter which yoga studio do you go to, it all depends mainly on the kind of teacher you are seeking training from. A yoga instructor should have good knowledge of all the Yoga Styles . He should be an ideal person. He should represent his best self to the people.
Ali / August 13, 2014 at 12:43 pm
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I just moved to downtown Toronto from another province. I know of the two Iyengar studios on Yonge - are there any others?
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