UPDATED FEB 21, 2020
Since 1999, the Yoga Sanctuary has been helping Torontonians find their zen, and as their name implies, their studios at College Station and at Broadview Station are truly sanctuaries. There, you’ll bend and stretch in a room full of fellow yogis that will support you on and off the mat — community is 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 right fit for your flow.
This bright and airy studio is a gem in the heart of Chinatown. How cool is it? Part of the space is rented out for local events and there’s always a few snacks for sale at the front. Classes are grouped into therapeutic (restorative or Yin vibes), beginner (includes AcroYoga), and intermediate classes. Plus, Sunday afternoons are reserved for a one-off lab course that dives into more specialty sessions like Yoga for Back Health, Intro to Mindfulness, or Cozy Stretch + Cello.
Sunset yoga overlooking Burrard Inlet from Granville Island? Yes, please. Conveniently, Semperviva also has three other locations along West Broadway towards Kitsilano that are all worth a visit. Just know that the studios can get quite busy — the variety of classes, non-judgemental vibes, and easily accessible locations are a big pull. Bonus: for people looking to take on the front of the room (or just deepen their practice), Semperviva offers a ton of yoga teacher training programs.
Here, you’ll get all the benefits of yoga, plus some classic fitness conditioning. Memberships can include access to straight cycling classes, a diverse program of yoga, or even a combination of the two. Try out their YRide + Yoga class that pairs cycling with high-intensity yoga moves for one intense sweat session. Or, join a Suspension Yoga class to incorporate TRX into your yoga practice. Regardless of what you pick, YYOGA has nearly 10 locations in Greater Vancouver to choose from, so you’ll be covered one way or another.
Most yoga studios talk about the benefits of yoga for healing injuries and chronic pain. But Form Body Lab takes holistic health to the next level: these trainers offer yoga, Pilates, physiotherapy, and massage out of the same Yaletown studio. Classes are super-small, sometimes private, and if you’re looking for Pilates, you’ll feel the burn with their half-dozen options.
Everyone’s favourite workout, hangout, and takeout spot in Kitsilano boasts some killer yoga options. While they frequently put Power Yoga series on the schedule, there are still a multitude of teachers and classes to choose from, including their shining star: Yoga Sculpt. Blending traditional yoga, barre, free weights, and cardio moves, this class is unlike any yoga fusion we’ve ever tried. Be prepared to sweat, let go, and become addicted to the high-vibe energy at TurF.
A hot yoga import from the Okanagan, The Hot Box landed their Vancouver location out by UBC. It’s hot, but not too hot (at least 25% cooler than your average hot class). Classes are designed for all levels, informal, and fun for the non-traditionalist. Cleverly, the Hipster class focuses on opening your hips (yours are probably tighter than you realize if you’re living that office desk lifestyle). Or, hit up Hip Hop Yoga to flow through strengthening postures and a burning ab series set to Biggie and Kendrick Lamar.
Hot Yoga 101 is a Mt. Pleasant yoga studio dedicated to the infamous Bikram routine. Classes run through the same 26 poses in a very hot room in 60- or 90-minute sessions. Unlike other Bikram studios, instructors here go off the script and are more helpful and forgiving than others. For those who’ve been publicly shamed for leaving the room to avoid passing out, we know it’s not fun. So, yes, drink as much water as physically possible beforehand and prepare to put those sweat glands to work.
Modo (aka Moksha) is one of the big name spots for hot yoga in town, and also globally — nearly 70 studio spaces in North America, Australia, and Europe fly the Modo flag! Each of the four studios in Vancouver will get you flowin’ and glistenin’ through sequences in 35% humidity rooms. Most classes follow the branded 40-posture routine that’s designed to open and detoxify. But for something a little different, head to the Kitsilano or Mount Pleasant locations for a routine set to live music right in the studio.
Whatever you do, don’t call it hot yoga. Here at Oxygen they use infrared heating to keep their studios at a balmy temperature that won’t make you feel nauseous. Classes mix yoga with Pilates, barre, strength, or cardio for a fun, full-body workout. With their ever-expanding franchise—over 10 studios in Greater Vancouver—we still recommend the Yaletown location for their YogaFit Fusion classes and super-relaxing style. Fitt Tip: because the studios are owned by different individuals, memberships are restricted per location.
Don’t call it hot yoga. Oxygen uses infrared heating to keep their studios at a balmy temperature that won’t make you feel nauseous. Classes mix yoga with Pilates, barre, strength, or cardio for a fun, full-body workout. This ever-expanding franchise has over 10 studios in Greater Vancouver, but we like the Yaletown location for their YogaFit Fusion classes and super-relaxing style. Fitt Tip: because the studios are owned by different individuals, memberships are restricted per location.
Want to try acroyoga on a budget? Try the drop-in class at One Yoga for the People, the city’s first donations-based studio. Pay what you can or pick up an affordable membership at this Gastown studio. Most classes are Vinyasa (that’s the fancy name for “flow”, and likely the most popular type of class in North America), with a couple Yin sessions thrown in every once in a while.
The Hollywood lights and warm timber at this studio create a rare glow on the pretty bleak section of Broadway, just east of Main St. Inside Just Yoga, you’ll find “Vancouver’s Friendliest Yoga Studio” and a little shop stocked with salt lamps as well as props for meditation, massage, and yoga. Classes focus on being gentle and healing and range from restorative yoga and meditation to sound therapy that uses traditional gongs. And if you’re a beginner or looking for something more upbeat, you’ll still find the standard flow and Hatha classes.
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