Yoga is a part of Canadians life as much as mountains, cycle lanes, and misfiring sports teams. The classes are always full and more men are attending every week. Seems like every Canadian want a break from the hustle and bustle of the city just to lie down on a mat to sweat off the stress of their day. Everyone might not be into the “connecting to soul” mission, many want just an hour of hot yoga to end their day. But the demand is high and the numbers of studios are increasing.
Whether you’re looking for an ‘Ashtanga’ session, some ‘Hot Yoga’, or rather a restorative ‘Yin’ break, there’s no shortage of yoga centers in and around the city. Here we’ve listed the best five yoga studios in Toronto that are definitely worth checking out.
List of Top 5 Yoga Centers in Canada
Learning yoga should never be compromised. Thus to help you find a good place to learn yoga in Canada, here is the list of top 5 Yoga Centers in Canada.
1. Downward Dog Yoga Centre
Since 1997, this yoga center has been focused on the principles of Ashtanga and Vinyasa yoga. From the moment you walk into the door to the room full of natural light and Buddha figurines, you get that “Yoga in India” feel. The owner of the studio Diane Bruni and Ron Reid have over 20 years of yoga experience.
They have a well-designed fundamentals class if you’re new. For a more seasoned yogi, you can choose one of their upper-level vinyasa sessions. They have Yin yoga and restorative yoga as well. Downward Dog Yoga Centre’s famous class Mysore is a self-practice that focuses on your own breath and movement. Best known for their powerful classes and dynamic instructors, this yogis stop offers teacher training as well.
Address: Downward Dog Yoga Centre, 735 Queen St. West, 2nd Floor, Toronto, Ontario
First founded in Vancouver, this yoga studio is full of colorful light that gives a sense of an escape from the city’s hustle and bustle. Now YYoga has five studios at different places in Vancouver, where they teach 24 styles of yoga and conducts over 900 classes a week
The variety of classes ranges from hot and power to flow yoga for and Yin. Well, they also have restorative options when you need something gentler. Further, the studio also has circuit training, cycling, and meditation classes.
Address: YYoga, 333 Queen St W #327, Toronto, Ontario
Phone: +1 416 792 2211
3. Moksha Yoga Uptown
Mokshya Yoga is a large family with a community of over 70 studios worldwide among which four of it are in Vancouver. The studio offers multiple courses- Modo, Fusion, Power flow, Modo flow, Modo Yin, Karma, and Modo live music. It combines hot yoga and community while offering different classes for all skill levels. Each of their classes combines therapeutic and traditional yoga postures in a 35% humidity heated room.
Each week, Modo Yoga studios conduct donation-based classes to raise funds for many local and international not-for-profit organizations. Till the date, they have raised over 3.2 million dollar- thanks to their karma classes.
Address: 242-2083 Alma Street, Vancouver, BC V6R1T9
Phone: (604) 569-3650
4. Halifax Yoga
Halifax Yoga the only studio in Eastern Canada offering Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga has grown big and famous in just eight years. Halifax offers more than 40 yoga classes each week and 200-hour teacher training.
Halifax Yoga classes are known for its versatility- Baptiste Inspired Hot, MarDocs Yoga, Baptiste Inspired Flow, Aroma Flow, Aroma Restorative, Hot Power, Flow, Soulful Flow, Yin, Recharge and Restore, Rock Steady, and the list goes on. For beginners, Halifax has well designed 6 weeks intro to Yoga classes. They also have special Mom and Baby-Parental yoga classes.
Address: 7 Purcell’s Cove Road, Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3N 1R2
Phone: +1 (902) 406.YOGA (9642)
5. Iyashi Bedrock Spa
Iyashi Bedrock Spa gives a relaxing, rejuvenating, and detoxifying yoga experience. Iyashi has been listed as the top 5 unique spa experiences in the world.
Their Yin yoga classes on a hot bedrock that’s heated to 44C (imported from Japan) gives a next level yoga experience. Their main focus rotates around weight loss, sickness prevention, and decreased anxiety, anti-aging, and improved sleep. The place might not be a “connect your soul” type of yoga destination, but will sweat out all your stress while keeping you fit and flexible.
Address: Iyashi Bedrock Spa, 2662 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario, M4P 2J5
Despite the list, different people have different requirements and interests. Even the best yoga studios above might not be one you are looking for. Hence, take some time, explore different places and when you find your preferred place, the place where you like and would boost your personal growth, stick to it.