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The Best Yoga Studios in Toronto

Posted by Jenna King / May 11, 2015

yoga torontoThe best yoga studios in Toronto are not only places to work on your head stand or crow pose, they're community hubs where fellow yogis gather to find peace and stillness amidst the hustle and bustle of modern urban living. From simple no-fuss settings to spa-like sanctuaries, these studios will help you increase your strength and flexibility while balancing your mind, body, and spirit.

Here are the best yoga studios in Toronto.

See also:

The best hot yoga in Toronto
Yoga teacher training in Toronto

Downward Dog

Downward Dog

One of the pioneers of yoga in the city, Downward Dog has a modest studio that gets super crowded. They are known for having excellent teachers that stay true to their yoga lineage, balancing the physical and spiritual benefits of practice. More »

Octopus Garden

Octopus Garden

Octopus Garden looks at yoga from a therapeutic perspective, offering restorative and hatha classes in addition to treatments like acupuncture, osteopathy, and massage therapy. It's family-friendly, has a relaxed atmosphere, and you can grab a juice or vegan snack downstairs at Urban Herbivore. More »

Kula Yoga

Kula Yoga

With a range of both hot and room temperature classes, the Annex studio is especially great for newcomers to yoga. They offer quite a few $8 classes on their schedule and have a childcare hour, so you can practice while your little ones play in the next room. More »

889 Yoga

889 Yoga

Catering to the Rosedale crowd, the flagship studio is warm and welcoming, offering daily yoga, pilates, and meditation classes. 889 also has a smaller, satellite location at the Four Seasons Hotel. More »

Breathe Yoga Studio

Breathe Yoga Studio

In addition to standard classes like Vinyasa, Yin, and Mysore, there are some very specialized workshops at this Junction studio, including 50+ Yoga, Yoga for Anxiety, and Yoga for Stiff Men (are you picturing what I'm picturing?). More »

YogaSpace

YogaSpace

Yogaspace has a strong teacher-training program, so it's no surprise that they also have a high-quality roster of instructors. They are mom and family friendly and have excellent pre- and post-natal classes, including Prenatal Partner Yoga and Yoga for Parents with Crawlers / Toddlers. More »

Moksha Yoga

Moksha Yoga

This bright, spacious, studio is for yogis who like it hot. Whether you prefer to hold poses longer in the regular Moksha class or get things moving in the faster-paced Moksha Flow, with the room temperature set between 35-40 degrees Celsius, you're guaranteed to challenge yourself while sweating out some toxins. More »

Yoga Tree

Yoga Tree

Yoga Tree has three locations in the city (and two in the 905), with a beautiful 10,000 square foot flagship at Bay and Dundas. They offer an impressive range of classes in a spa-like setting, complete with a tea lounge and infrared sauna. More »

The Yoga Sanctuary

The Yoga Sanctuary

The Yoga Sanctuary has two locations in the city, both in historic buildings with unique spaces. Their experienced teachers offer classes in many different styles of yoga including Ashtanga, Hatha, Yin, Restorative, and Vinyasa. More »

Misfit Studio

Misfit Studio

Located upstairs from the Anthropologie on Queen West, Misfit is "rooted in yoga" but brings in pilates and dance to create a fusion experience. They have a whole series of classes using the reformer machines, for a deeper, more intense workout. More »

Union Yoga

Union Yoga

Offering Hatha and Flow classes in heated and room temperature studios, Union operates with the belief that "yoga is for everybody." Chair Yoga, for example, is designed for people with limited mobility and taught by owner Ruby Knafo who is an Occupational Therapist. More »

Spirit Loft

Spirit Loft

In addition to classical yoga classes, the Leslieville studio offers strength and conditioning ones like Kettlebell Lab, Movement Lab, and Sprint Lab, all approached with a yoga philosophy. They also have Ropewall Yoga classes, teaching the Iyengar style that plays with gravity. More »

Discussion

30 Comments

ceeegeee / May 11, 2015 at 01:07 pm
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I can't believe Breathe yoga is on this list. sure, it's one of the only yoga studios in the west end, but it's overpriced and wayyyy overcrowded. I took a class a few months ago in their smaller room with maybe 35 people - every inch of floorspace was covered by a mat. you couldn't do a downward dog without having someone's face in your butt. not what I think of when I think of namaste. the instructors are okay but how can you properly direct that many people? Breathe - either cap your students per class or expand (more classes/more rooms).
Sandy / May 11, 2015 at 01:19 pm
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@ceeegeee All but a couple on this list are in the west end. And there are plenty more west end yoga studios.
Paige replying to a comment from ceeegeee / May 11, 2015 at 01:22 pm
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You should probably avoid a Saturday morning class at Octopus, precious.
ceeegeee / May 11, 2015 at 02:20 pm
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thanks Paige, sounds not fun.
Paige replying to a comment from ceeegeee / May 11, 2015 at 05:04 pm
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Actually, the classes at OG are fantastic so you overlook limited personal space. If you're into your practice, everyone else disappears.
Deborah from Aurora / May 11, 2015 at 06:42 pm
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Excuse me -- but I would like to inquire as to how you came up with this list?
What criteria did you use ?
Any list showing the "best" yoga studios in Toronto that does not even list
studios such as Ester Meyers ... or Ahimsa ... or Yoga Center Toronto ... or
the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center ... ETC> (i.e. some of the best studios
in t.dot) is highly questionable.

Viveka peeps. Don't drink the cool-aid.
And I'm really would like to know the answer to what criteria you based this
information upon.
(Not disputing that any of these places are good studios - but - there is marked
absence of traditional lineage ... and studios such as Ester Meyers that offer
exemplary training and have a stellar reputation for many many years are
palpably absent. WHY?) ....
Mike / May 11, 2015 at 09:53 pm
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Spirit Loft is awesome; their yoga, kettle bell and movement classes hurt me in the best way. The entire staff holds themselves and their students to a high standard. Keep up the good work
Ginger / May 11, 2015 at 11:27 pm
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I cannot believe Yogathletix in Leslieville is not on this list. They are the bees knees!
Ferdinand replying to a comment from Deborah from Aurora / May 12, 2015 at 09:15 am
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User votes just like every other "best of" list on this site.
Sar / May 12, 2015 at 10:12 am
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Here we go, comments that are mostly adversarial. I'd like to see a thread of comments on these sites that is positive for once, and I think we as yogins are capable of communication that transcends the reactive nature and negative culture of blog comments.

Why not just give a big up to a studio that's missing from this list as a stand alone comment, free from attacking the list or the studios on it. This could be a great forum to get the word out to what has been overlooked.

I second that Ahimsa, Esther Myers and YCT are fantastic studios with high quality instruction and vibrant sanghas. Definitely worthy of recognition and more importantly, worth checking out for practice.

I also think it's completely ridiculous to suggest that their exclusion from this list renders this list "kool-aid" or that anyone visiting these studios because of this list lacks discernment.

As a teacher, I've taught or subbed at many of the studios on this list. Most are run as a labour of love by folks and teams that put their blood, sweat and tears into their work, and who are tirelessly committed to the communities they serve and rooted in dedicated practice. I am happy to see them get recognition, especially the indie ones!

Ultimately, I am happy to see so many studios surviving in a tough market and continuing to share such powerful, healing and community building practices.
Fabienne Thuet / May 12, 2015 at 12:16 pm
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I would add "Roots Yoga Studio" to this list. It is a lovely studio, with great teachers, and a nice energy. Love it there.
Laura / May 13, 2015 at 09:04 am
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FitZonePLUS should be on this list. Its the the only studio in Toronto whose philosophy is "Non Judgmental, Supportive and No Attitude". All instructors are trained in modifications for diverse body types and it's truly the epitome of community. You will see people of all ages and all body types in the classes. In addition to beginner, flow, restorative, yin, chair and other gentle hybrid yoga classes there are also zumba and group personal training classes. The studio is huge and there is always lots of personal space. They even provide a yoga mat and have a huge array of high quality props! Highly recommended. (Danforth and Chester right by the subway)
deborah / May 13, 2015 at 04:31 pm
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Reply to Sar.

Not sure why you read the comments as adversarial Sar. In fact, I would suggest that
your reply is far more adversarial then my question, which was
"what criteria was used to make this determination".

It is a valid and an honest question motivated by a sincere curiosity and
maybe a little critical thinking.

Okay - so I got my answer - its user votes. Good to know, but "meh".
I'm still not sold that user votes renders this list as an accurate indicator of
"the best" yoga studios in Toronto.

"The best" based upon what criteria? Of course Down Dog is the best Ashtanga Studio - for Ashtangis. It might be the worst studio for a special needs student. And the fact there is no
differentiation between traditional or contemporary studios is another query.

I am also wondering who attacked the list or the studios?
Not me; if you read my comment it says "Not disputing that any of these places are good studios " ...
It seems that you are putting words into my mouth and that is just UnCool.

I am a teacher and YTT faculty trainer myself - and have taught for a few of the studios on the list; I do not dispute what you are saying about them. MOST studios are, as you say, "run as a labour of love by folks and teams that put their blood, sweat and tears into their work, and who are tirelessly committed to the communities they serve ..."

That is a red herring and has no bearing on my question whatsoever.
What criteria was used to make this determination and was it credible and valid?
Personally speaking, I don't put much stock in reader votes/feedback and
was "just saying". And I am not a fan of rating any yoga studios as "the best" -
especially without much clearer criteria then was presented by this article.

You can read "adversarial remarks" and "attacks" into that query all you want - but it doesn't make it so.

Peace Out






Alex / May 13, 2015 at 04:42 pm
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Start voting for/suggesting your faves and quit whinging, folks!
Jaffer Hussain / May 14, 2015 at 11:36 am
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Love this list. As an employee of YYoga would love to see us make this list one day. So many awesome things happening in our Toronto community. I've personally been to many of these studios to practice myself. Great spaces, great teachers!

Jenna King, how about a visit to YYoga? We'd love to have you in for a class :)
Jenna King / May 15, 2015 at 09:19 pm
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Thanks Jaffir Hussein - I'm actually a regular at Yyoga - I love it there! - but this list was based on reader votes, not my personal choices.
Jenna King / May 15, 2015 at 11:34 pm
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Apologies Jaffer for the type-os in your name!
Red / May 16, 2015 at 08:54 am
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Great list! Love to see so many great studios thriving and evolving in these modern times. Our city needs these practices. OM
Jaffer Hussain / May 18, 2015 at 05:57 pm
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Amazing! Thanks for the response Jenna! And no worries about the typo. Looking forward to seeing you at the studio sometime.
JP / May 19, 2015 at 01:10 pm
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Sar & Deborah - Thanks for the shout-outs to Ahimsa Yoga! We may not be the best-known studio in the city, but we do provide something pretty special. Thanks for your support!
Ali / May 30, 2015 at 12:17 am
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There has been a restaurant in Vancouver called Octopus Garden for 20 years
Poznan / June 1, 2015 at 03:03 pm
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In Kula i've been last time two years ago but it was perfect!
EP / June 3, 2015 at 11:07 am
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i was really disappointed in union yoga and am surprised it's on this list. they do iyengar yoga which isn't for everyone.
Jodie / June 3, 2015 at 05:28 pm
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Shoutout to Studio Blue where I first began practicing yoga, and to Jessica who keeps me there :)
Jane / June 7, 2015 at 08:11 am
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I am here for the handsome men
Jane / June 7, 2015 at 08:55 am
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Cue all the owners recommending their business
Jane replying to a comment from Jenna King / June 7, 2015 at 08:56 am
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BULL

where is the voting?

oh yeah in ur mind
Adam / June 16, 2015 at 07:34 pm
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This reminds me of the best scene in the Gangnam style video
Patrick / June 25, 2015 at 11:56 am
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Thank you for sharing the list of best yoga studios in Toronto. Although I think some may be overpriced and overcrowded.
小叶紫檀手链 / August 3, 2015 at 09:56 pm
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