When it comes to finding peace and wellness in the city, Torontonians are blessed with tons of yoga studios to choose from. Whether you’re looking to de-stress and unwind or strengthen and tone, Toronto’s welcoming and warm spaces will offer you more than just a place to break a sweat.
If you’re not sure where to begin your yoga journey, we’ve rounded up our favourite spots in Toronto that will help you improve your flexibility while balancing your mind, body, and spirit.
Originally from Vancouver, YYOGA has two Toronto locations (in Harbourfront and Queen Street West), each offering yogis a variety of class options from peaceful practices to challenging flows. Grab your mat and get down with hot, power, Yin, Hatha, restorative, core fusion, and everything in between. You’ll not only enjoy practicing in YYOGA’s beautiful studios, but you’ll love the friendly staff that are always eager to answer your questions or go over any poses you’re unfamiliar with.
With five locations in Toronto, Yoga Tree makes it easy to practice yoga wherever you are (and whether or not you know what “tree pose” is). Yoga Tree’s lineup of classes include a variety of hot yoga and Yin options, as well as restorative and Vinyasa flows. And with a Yoga Tree membership giving you access to all studios and their 205 classes a week, you’ll always be able to find a practice that works with your schedule.
This College St. staple takes a more holistic approach to traditional yoga classes. Offering everything from restorative yoga and Pilates to meditation and therapeutic treatments like acupuncture, massage therapy, and osteopathy, Octopus Garden has every service you could possibly need to zen out and feel totally relaxed. The best part: this studio is attached to Toronto’s ever-popular vegetarian restaurant Urban Herbivore, which makes a post-yoga juice trip all but mandatory.
Flowing on Toronto’s bustling Dundas Street West, Breathe Yoga has been offering yogis zen-filled workshops and classes for over a decade. Known for having one of the best teams of Ashtanga-trained teachers in town, this studio has a practice suited for every type of yogi. Choose from Ashtanga, Hatha, flow, and Iyengar, as well as hot yoga, restorative, and even yoga for men (come on, gents).
Yogaspace is a peaceful escape from Toronto’s bustling Trinity Bellwoods neighbourhood. And business is booming — they teach more than 60 drop-in classes weekly, including beginner workshops, as well as Hatha, Vinyasa, restorative, and flow classes. Outside of its jam-packed yoga schedule, Yogaspace also has a yoga boutique, local and international yoga retreats, a therapeutic wellness centre, plus 200- and 300-hour teacher training programs available for students who want to take their commitment to yoga to the next level.
When it comes to Toronto yoga, Downward Dog is the OG in the city. For over 20 years, they’ve been teaching Torontonians how to get their Vinyasa on and they’re showing no signs of slowing down — thanks to the studio’s hip vibe and quality of classes, yogis have been coming back time and time again. Whether you’re new to yoga and eager to dip your toes or you’re a pro looking to deepen your practice, Downward Dog’s awesome instructors will be with you through every pose.
Heatin’ up Liberty Village, this vibrant studio is decked out with a totally Instagram-able neon sign that reads, “Namaste Bitches” as well as quotes from pop culture icons. Think of it as that extra bit of motivation when you feel like you can’t hold that deep stretch for one second longer. Sign up an unlimited intro month for $40 and try every class as many times as you like.
Another Dundas West gem, Studio Blue is a bright and welcoming space that’s inspired by the joys of summer. No seriously. This place has been designed to tap into the incredible feel-good sensations of summer all year-round. For instance, the studio is always warmed to 26°C — as they like to call it, the “perfect summer day weather”. How amazing does that sound? If that wasn’t enough to bring you out, Studio Blue offers everything from yoga to Pilates to cardio HIIT. With so many options available, you’re guaranteed to challenge yourself and sweat out some serious toxins.
With a number of studios across the GTA, the Moksha Yoga community is one you’ll want to be a part of. At every one of their locations, you’ll find heated and non-heated classes and a supportive group of yogis that’ll become your new fit fam in no time. While they offer a variety of practices suited for all skill levels, their hot yoga class is definitely the most popular — similar to Bikram, you’ll pick up the flow in no time. Just make sure you bring some water, you’re going to sweat… a lot.
With a bright and cheery space in Toronto’s Bloor Court neighbourhood, Union Yoga + Wellness welcomes all levels of yogi. Whether you’re interested in perfecting your downward dog, learning how to meditate, or trying to perfect that tree pose, you’ll find the practice that fits your needs. And with over 55 classes each week, you’ll always be able to find a class that works with your schedule. Don’t be surprised if teachers and staff become your second family — they make the studio community oriented, unpretentious, and a fun place to unroll your mat.
In The Spirit is a yoga studio unlike anything you’ve ever experienced. While they offer everything from Yin and restorative yoga to Hatha and meditation, it’s the post-class wine lounge that truly sets this studio apart. Yes, you read correctly. After you’ve relaxed and restored your body during your practice, you can unwind with a glass of vino. So regardless of what class you try, you’ll always find that you leave this studio feeling at peace, content, and maybe a little buzzed.
Kula Yoga is the go-to spot for Annex residents. Offering a range of both hot and room temperature classes, this welcoming space encourages yogis of all levels to unroll their mats for an empowering practice. And if the class offerings weren’t enough to catch your attention, perhaps knowing that Kula is a green studio that uses sustainable cork floors, radiant heat panels to warm their rooms, LED lights, and environmentally-friendly cleaning products will get you feeling good and earthy.
If you care about your yoga practice like you care about Mother Earth, then consider afterglow—in a cozy studio on Queen—your new yoga haven. They pride themselves on bringing natural elements to the studio, with two cork-floored practice rooms, natural light, and an atmosphere where you can just breath. Take comfort in knowing you have over 10 classes to choose from, and take your laptop knowing you have free Wi-Fi, a complimentary post-class orange, and tons of tea.
The Yoga Lounge is a place where you can walk right off the street and fall into a perfect flow to work out the stresses of the day. The bright, ground-level studio offers all flavours of yoga — you’ll find some fast-paced class like Vinyasa or Yogalates, or you can go for something mindful and meditative. Find this welcoming spot in Downtown Toronto at the corner of Sherbourne and Adelaide.
Now at nine proud studios, one being in Etobicoke, Power Yoga Canada has proven that power, grace, and positivity all belong in the same flow. From Oshawa to City Centre, this popular community brings in beginners and expert yogis into one sweaty, tight-knit tribe.
This place has been helping Torontonians find their zen since 1999, and as the name implies, this studio at College Station and at Broadview Station is truly a sanctuary. Here, you’ll bend and stretch in a room full of fellow yogis that will support you on and off the mat — community it what this place is all about. Plus, they’ve got a ton of different practices for you to get your OM on in, so there’s a good chance you’ll find the fit to your flow.
**Updated by Meredith RIgsby, October 2018