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Top 5 Yoga Studios in Toronto

By on September 23, 2014

Yoga (/ˈjɡə/SanskritयोगListen) are the physicalmental, and spiritual practices or disciplines that aim to transform body and mind. The term denotes a variety of schools, practices and goals[1] inHinduismBuddhism (including Vajrayana and Tibetan Buddhism[2][3][4]) and Jainism,[5][6][7][6] the best-known being Hatha yoga and Raja yoga. The term yoga is derived from the literal meaning of “yoking together” a span of horses or oxen,[1] but came to be applied to the “yoking” of mind and body.[1]  See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yoga for more informaiton

 

 

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After working in Europe for many years, Svitlana came home to Toronto looking for a career change. While her spare time was often spent practicing yoga, she still wasn’t sure which direction her new career should take.

However, as Svitlana went into her usual downward dog, she realized that her future career was right under her nose. She realized that with her passion for yoga, she could build her own studio with which to share with others the value  go fitness and health. Within a year, she opened Breathe Yoga on Bloor.

Not only did Svitlana want to have her own studio, she wanted to create a community that wanted to study and teach authentic yoga with the best teachers around​. ​Over the years she has seen how yoga can change one’s well-being, and strongly believes that yoga fosters good health and true contentment. Now, 14 years later Breathe Studio is now a​ much​ larger studio, located in ​heart of the hot ​Junction neighbourhood​​, in Toronto’s West End.

When describing Breathe Yoga a few words stand out above the rest; friendly and welcoming. Thiss studio truly believes that yoga is for everyone, and shouldn’t feel intimidating or exclusvie. At Breathe, you can find a crowd ranging from young college kids to perhaps your grandmother (they offer senior classes) because everyone is welcome!

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Breathe offers a variety of classes at different levels including: Ashtanga, Mysore, Vinyasa Flow, Pre and Post Natal, Men only and Seniors. Other studio owners and guest instructors often come in to teach workshops which are specialized for different needs. Breathe also offers one of the highest quality training programs in Toronto for those that want to become a Certified Professional Yoga Teacher.

As pointed out by their own customers, Breathe Yoga’s strengths are the exceptional instructors, the friendly community, and the studio itself – bright and clean. Well, sounds good to me! They are located in the west side of town at Keele and Dundas.

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Website: http://breatheyogastudio.com/

Location: 2968 Dundas Street West, 3rd Floor, Toronto, Ontario

Contact: info@breatheyogastudio.com, 416-926-YOGA (9642)

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Powering through its seventh year, The Yoga Lounge has continuously improved the lives of their clients, physically and spiritually. The Yoga Lounge’s primary goal is to slow down or reverse the process of aging through yoga. They believe that age plays a huge role in someone’s life and health and they want to take away the negativity that comes with the dreaded “aging” process.

The classes that The Yoga Lounge offers are all designed to target different issues people may be experiencing including, pain from stress, digestion problems, back and knee problems and more. Did you know that 90% of the population will suffer from back issues? The Yoga Lounge can help resolve this with their back care movements which are incorporated into many of their classes.

The studio itself is a 4000 square foot space, with numerous windows for natural light. You then have a choice to take class in one of two rooms. The regular temperature room holds classes focused on general health and rebuilding with Iygengar bolsters, blocks and straps to help correct body alignment. The hot yoga room is more for conditioning and yoga for athletes. The Yoga Lounge stresses that it’s important to connect with your feelings and the needs of your body so you can take an appropriate class. It doesn’t matter which room you go in, there’s a class for you, whether it be for alignment based yoga or vigorous vinyasa.

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There are 70 classes that are taught each week by highly trained professionals. Workshops are also constantly offered, most of which are instructed by guest teachers and yoga masters.

Located at Church and Richmond, The Yoga Lounge is booming with positive energy. People take classes for different reasons so why not try out the studio whose motto is, “All kind of yoga for all kinds of people”?

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Website: http://theyogalounge.net/

Location: 103 Church Street, 3rd Floor Toronto, Ontario

Contact: theyogalounge@bellnet.ca, 416-864-1973

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For 18 years, Yogaspace has served as a fully equipped health centre. Not only do they offer a wide array of yoga classes, they are also a 200 and 300 Hour Yoga Alliance Registered Teacher Training School. Even those who are already certified come back for continuing education!

Yogaspace has 60 drop-in classes every week, as well as pre-registered courses for beginner, restorative and therapeutic yoga. They can be small, intimate classes with more personal attention or larger, social classes. They have monthly beginner and speciality workshops taught by renowned guest teachers and Yogaspace’s own notable team. There is an impressive pre-postnatal program and there are opportunities for kids to practice as well! How cute? Oh, and let’s not forget the yoga retreats to places like Mexico and Puerto Rico!

Yogaspace is a health and fitness hub because they also offer fully functioning therapeutic services which include:

– Massage therapy

– Shiatsu

– Thai yoga massage

– Indian head massage

– Aromatherapy

– Acupuncture

– Reflexology

– Hot stone, and more.

At Yogaspace, you get all of that under one roof. There’s even a boutique where you can find some top of the line yoga gear. There’s bound to be something for you at Yogaspace. Visit them on Ossington Ave., between Queen Street West and Dundas St. West.

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Website: http://www.yogaspace.net

Location: 148 Ossington Avenue Toronto, Ontario

Contact: frontdesk@yogaspace.net, 416-516-9940


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Downward Dog was founded by a team whose lives revolved around teaching, studying and practicing yoga. After coming home from Mysore, India, Ron Reid wanted to create a space to practice and share Ashtanga yoga. A small place at College and Euclid is where he taught Mysore-style classes and to eventually join him was Diane Bruni.

When this place was becoming too small for the increasing number of students, it was time to move to a larger space at Adelaide and Spadina. The moving didn’t stop there though. So many people would flock to Downward Dog for yoga classes that they had to expand again to their present location on Queen St. West.

Of course, more students meant Ron and Diane needed more instructors, so they developed the Downward Dog Teacher Training Program. It focuses on a holistic approach that is based on the principles of alignments. Ron describes his teaching style as “building practice from the ground up”. It only makes sense, right? Yoga requires respect and should be practiced wholesomely. No shortcuts! Many of Canada’s top teachers and studio owners have recognized Downward Dog for its instruction and have visited to train under Ron and Diane.

downwarddogcollageThere are pre-registered and drop in classes available alongside retreats and special workshops. There are beginner, level 1 and 2 classes, restorative and meditation sessions and Ashtanga yoga up to level 3. Unique to Downward Dog is the Mysore self practice that was developed by Ron Reid himself. It takes the classic Mysore style and adds other sequences to give it a modern twist.

Downward Dog is located at 735 Queen Street West. Check out their website to see what’s new!

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Website: http://www.downwarddog.com

Location: 735 Queen Street West, 2nd Floor, Toronto, Ontario

Contact: info@downwarddog.com, 416-703-8805

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Practicing yoga when she was just in her late teens, Meryem Alaoui had no idea she would grow to become an integral part of other individual’s journey in developing their own love go yoga. After studying hard at university and training professionally for dance, Meryem felt that she needed to calm down and be more in touch with herself.

For 2.5 years, she went away to do full-time volunteer work and meditation. She still continues to study hatha, ashtanga, vinyasa and restorative yoga, all of which influence her own classes. When she came back, Meryem realized she wanted to be at peace no matter where she lived and wanted to spread her knowledge amongst others. This is where Kineo Yoga comes in! The meaning of kineo is “to set in motion”. Meryem’s goal is to help guide other’s towards living a calmer life, with a more positive attitude and better health. Yoga is taking time for oneself in this busy world and Kineo is the safe place to do just that.

Kineo is for busy women and referred men who want to dedicate time to their well-being. This can be done in two ways: privately or publicly. There are one-on-one, in home sessions or private group sessions of 5 in rented studios. The 60 minute classes are personalized just for you and you can be sure that you will get the guidance and attention that you need. Included are supported and non-supported yoga poses, breathing exercises, visualization techniques and guided relaxation. Another option is to practice yoga in one of the public group classes (max. 10 people) which you can pre-register for on the website!

These services are offered in Etobicoke, West and Central Toronto and Downtown. The public group classes are held at Talk Touch Move, near Jane Subway Station. Visit the website to get in contact with Meryem and get relaxed!

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Website: http://www.kineo.ca/

Location: Service available in: Etobicoke, West and Central Toronto, Downtown Toronto | Group Classes located at: Talk Touch Move, 359 Jane Street, Toronto, M6S 3Z3

Contact: info@downwarddog.com, 416-703-8805

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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