Looking for a yoga studio in Toronto is kind of like looking for a pizza place – there are tons that you’ll like, but it takes some trial and error to come across the one that you love. And that’s totally okay. Yoga is all about finding what works best for YOU and YOUR body. It should be a place where you’re happy to take up as much (or as little) space as you need; where you’re encouraged to move (or rest) until you’re comfortable with what your brain is thinking and how your body is feeling.
Taylor and I gave five different Toronto yoga studios a try. They all post their schedules online which makes it easy if you don’t have a flexible schedule (ah, the dreaded yoga pun). PS. Don’t worry too much about bringing your own mat, blanket or towel as most studios have a rental option for a nominal fee. Don’t bend over backwards trying to find the yoga studio that suits you best. Remember to go with the flow. (Okay I agree, that last pun was a bit of a stretch.)
I did a very powerful Vinyasa practice. Every inhale was rewarding and every exhale was relieving. The atmosphere was great. The lights were off, the room was warm and candles casted a soothing glow on the exposed brick wall. There’s something about breathing and moving in unison with a whole group of strangers for an entire hour that’s oddly comforting. My favourite part about this studio is that you can leave your purse in the room with you so you don’t have to worry about bringing a lock for a locker.
I did an 8 am core flow class at IAM Yoga and it was exactly what it sounds like – a perfect balance of core work and flow from pose to pose. This studio offers 45-minute morning classes which are great to squeeze in before work. The facility runs more like a mini-gym; it was super clean and supplied shampoo, body wash and conditioner in the showers to make the transition from yoga to work super effortless! All the lockers in the change room have keys so you never have to worry about leaving your stuff unsupervised. The change room was also equipped with hairdryers so you can do your ‘do before you head out. With two locations, the chance of finding a class that’s perfect for you is very likely.
Yyoga has a lot of options for fitness classes, and you’re able to customize your workout plan to the areas you’d like to focus on. Taylor’s favourite was the Hatha class, because it helped her tune into both sides of her body to see which side is strongest. Yyoga also has meditation classes, but this isn’t the focus of their fitness classes. The lockers come with locks so you don’t have to worry about bringing one, and the bathrooms are equipped with hairdryers.
Laya Spa and Yoga was not what Taylor was looking for in a yoga studio, but hey, it might be up your alley! The experience was very spiritual, with little physical activity. Laya focused on exploring the spaces in your body, finding your chakras, and aromatherapy. If you’re looking to get your sweat on, this is not the class for you, but if you’re looking to forge a better connection with yourself, it’s perfect!
The instructor at MISFITSTUDIO started the session with a 10-15 minute conversation about Scorpio season and what this means in all of our lives. We looked for things that we can focus on in the coming months, and how we can use the vibrant Scorpio energy to live our best lives. After that… Taylor said she had the most intense workout of her life. The workout really engaged her core and left her sore for days, which is exactly what she was looking for.
Do you have any yoga studios to recommend or any advice for finding the one you love? Let us know in the comments below!
Photos courtesy of IAM Yoga